Top Ten Tuesday

Bookish Characters With Bookish Jobs That I Want For Myself

20210302 Bookish Jobs

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Today’s post is all about bookish characters whose job I wish I had and honestly, I’m one of those people with major difficulty choosing anything, and that includes career and job stuff. I ended up in marketing (and I love what I do), but choosing what to study and ultimately what to do for a living was BRUTAL. Because I wanted (and still want) to do it all. For example, I’ve also seriously considered becoming a psychologist, a translator, an architect and a teacher. (Fun fact: I actually studied to become a teacher for about a year before I decided to study marketing instead) And while I still often think about all the other career paths I could have taken, there is one kind of job that ALWAYS comes back and that is bookish jobs.

Every time I watch or read a story with a character working in a bookstore, a library, or a publishing company, my eyes get all twinkly, my heart starts racing and I get super jealous of this fictional career and want it to be mine. I’m sure this is not that weird for a book lover, because don’t we all imagine making a career of our passion? 

So that’s why I’m focusing today’s post on books with characters with bookish jobs. All of these books feature careers in bookstores, libraries or publishing and while some of them are a bit more fantastical than others, I still want them all to be real and hire me πŸ™‚

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Upside Down by N.R. Walker

Wasted Words by Staci Hart

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Recommended For You by Laura Silverman

Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

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Tell Me:
Do you get jealous of fictional bookish jobs sometimes too? Any other bookish jobs you’d love?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. Anne Bennett says:

    I like your little tweak of the theme. I went off the board this week because I couldn’t remember anyone’s professions except for the teachers and since I’m one that wasn’t fun. Check out my off the board list please. Thanks you. My TTT

    1. Haha I feel you on not remembering any other bookish professions πŸ˜‰

  2. Bookstores and libraries. Gimme!

    1. Yes, same! πŸ˜‰

  3. Great list! Well Met made my list this week, too, and working in the library in Sorcery of Thorns sounds like it’d be a lot of fun.

    1. I’d love to work in the library in Sorcery of Thorns!

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    Bookish jobs in general are so neat!

    My post:

    1. They are!

  5. I’m on my third “career,” but for a long time I’ve wanted to work with books! I always tell my husband we’re going to open a bookstore one day.

    1. Haha, I’ve been saying that to my husband too! A bookstore which serves breakfast or cake or something – I’ll do the books, he could handle the food πŸ™‚ A girl can dream right? πŸ˜‰

  6. Can I just jump into Sorcery of Thorns? 😭

    1. OMG, same!

  7. I’d love to work with books if ever got the chance!
    My TTT:

    1. It would be amazing!

      1. πŸ™‚

  8. Working at a wren faire would be a ton of fun!

    1. It would be so fun indeed!

  9. All seem fairly safe jobs we’d all love to get involved in! πŸ˜€

    1. Yes, exactly! πŸ™‚

  10. I think all us book nerds wish we could make a living doing what we love most. It sounds dreamy, even though I’m sure being a librarian, bookstore owner, publisher, etc. is harder than it looks.

    Happy TTT!


    1. Oh yes, I’m sure it wouldn’t all be sunshine and rainbows, but it indeed still sounds so dreamy anyway πŸ™‚

  11. I’d love tohave a bookish occupation too! These look so fun. I would love to be a librarian (preferably in a fantasy library) or bookstore.

    1. Oh, same! I’d also would love to be a librarian in a school setting.

  12. Yes!! All the jobs I want are bookish ones. πŸ˜‰ And I can’t believe I haven’t read ANY of these yet. So many are on my tbr, though. I especially want to read Well Met and Nina Hill!

    1. Seriously, may all us bookworms get the bookish job of our dreams some day πŸ™‚

  13. I definitely appreciate your start to this prompt because I also had such a difficult time deciding what I wanted to study much less what I wanted to do. Far too many choices for people who have too many interests! And I love seeing Much Ado About You on hereβ€”such a great book.

    1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who had that issue! I haven’t read Much Ado About You yet, but it’s high on my list πŸ™‚

  14. My job choice was similar to yours this week. I can’t believe I forgot Sorcery of Thorns and The Starless Sea though because those are such fabulous picks.

    1. Oh yes, I do love fantasy book stores/libraries πŸ™‚

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