Top Ten Characters I’d Name a Pet (or Child) After <3

IT’S ANOTHER BELATED TOP TEN TUESDAY!! (The meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish if ya didn’t know! <3) This week it is top ten characters I’d name a pet after. Or child. But, to be honest, I probably wouldn’t name my kids after a fictional character. I might give them the name of a fictional character, but I think names are very important and shape who you are, so I’d be careful about naming my own kids. I feel like animals already have a mind of their own, and they probably have two names: their animal name and human name. I’m not being crazy, but to be honest have you ever heard your cat/dog/horse/goldfish say to a stranger, “Yo! I’m Blueberry Pickle, nice to meet you!” No, and if they’re a cat they probably don’t care anyway.

THEREFORE, I bring you the Top Ten Names I Would Name My Pets! I’ve also put pictures of the type of animal I would call them. If that makes sense. English is hard. 😦

  1. Tessa (From The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare)
    Tessa is such a lovely name. I could definitely see a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat being called Tessa. We did once live with a very grumpy tortoiseshell cat called Tasha, so maybe that’s why I like this name for this type of animal. ❤ hqdefault
  2. Thalia (from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)
    I’ve loved the name Thalia since I first read it. It was actually in the most recent book I read too, The Graces by Laure Eve. I think this name is suited to a black cat who takes nothing from no one and yet is very adorable and cuddly to those she loves (but, of course, doesn’t show this to anyone else). She’d be the cat the postman is scared of. blackcat-lilith
  3. Hermione (from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)
    How could I do this list and not put Hermione on?! Hermione is such a lovely name, and probably one of a few I would actually name a child of mine. Hermione is obviously suited to a gorgeous, fluffy, brown cat who knows when it’s dinner time and silently judges you from across the room. fluffy-brown-cat-wallpaper
  4. Malory (from the Chestnut Hill series by Lauren Brooke)
    I devoured this books as a youngster, and Malory was always my favourite character. I wouldn’t name a child Malory, but I could imagine myself naming a sleek brown cat Malory. It also reminds me of Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, although the main character in this is called Darrell Rivers. Anyway. Yes. Havanna brown siamese in the garden
  5. Jem (from The Infernal Devices byCassandra Clare)
    I still can’t think or read the name “Jem” without screaming “JEM” and holding my hands to my chest whilst crying. I am actually tearing up writing this, jeesh. I think Jem would be a gorgeous name for a white or black and white cat, but in this case I am going to pick a spotted horse. 🙂 729a77b7699b1cd0424e67bdde83de1a
  6. Alina (from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
    I have only read the first book, Shadow and Bone, so no spoilers please, but this is such a lovely name. I might call one of my children (or characters, aka fictional children) this name (maybe even in my next novel… hmm.) but I think that this perfectly fits a sleek black and white cat who will happily groom herself, play with you, and then claw you and look only slightly sorry for it afterwards. 1113667401-m
  7. Aelin (from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas)
    Aelin is just such a lovely name. (A lot of these names sound the same, I have noticed. I seem to subconsciously have a name theme.) I think Aelin is the perfect name for a silver tabby cat. Preferably with a sassy personality, who looks up at you when you give them the cheap supermarket cat food like, “You’re giving me this? DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” Silver tabby cat, Asphodel, 2 years old
  8. Remus/Sirius (from Harry Potter by JK Rowling)
    WELL OF COURSE I AM GOING TO PUT THESE BEAUTIES IN. (And yes, they totally count as one. Duh.)
    Gorgeous labs, of course! Sirius is obviously black, and Remus chocolate. And, oh, since you asked so nicely I shall show you them with James too…
    yellow-black-and-chocolate-labrador-retrieversRecording their new album, of course.
    (And hey, I even found them with Peter!)
    (Don’t even try and deny this is true.)
    Ahem. Back to the list.

  9. Rhysand 
    (from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas)
    Rhysand is actually a lovely name, although I had been pronouncing it “Rice-sand” (and, subsequently, “Rice”) throughout the whole book until, after I finished, I looked up a pronunciation guide and found I had it wrong. Thankfully, a lot of my English friends had done the same thing… Anyhoo. Rhysand would be a great name for a Staffy, I think. Sadly, everyone thinks they’re evil, and although they’re very protective, they are also very loving and give great cuddles.

  10. Silas (from Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce)
    Sisters Red will always remain one of my favourite books, and all of the characters have a place in my heart, but Silas is definitely the name for a gorgeous Husky. Of course. I mean, Sisters Red is about fenris (kind of like werewolves) anyway, so it’s really fitting too! I know Silas is for a grey dog, so it was a toss up between a Husky and another Staffy, but I think a Husky more fits the character, and a Staffy the name. Thoughts, if you’ve read the book? siberian_husky_015

So there you have it. This has been such a fun post to write! Feel free to link me to your TTT in the comments, and I’ll see y’all next time!


Can’t stop laughing, help. 

Top Ten Books I’d Like To See as TV Shows!

ttt-books-movies-tvThis week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) post is essentially a TV freebie inspired by fall TV (do we get that in England? Idk). I would love any/all of the books listed below to be turned into (good, accurate to the book) TV programs!

  1. Sisters Red, Sweetly, Fathomless and Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
    These four are fairytale retellings – Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen respectively. And they are one of my favourite series. I would love to see these as a TV show! Maybe a book per series or something like that? Wicked.
  2. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
    Well, The Mortal Instruments has their own TV show (called Shadowhunters for some reason) so I think TID should get its own too! Just imagine the steampunk.
  3. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
    Okay so I know the first two were done as movies… not very goodly. I would love to see this book series as a TV series. Maybe a companion series in Heroes of Olympus…?
  4. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
    Again, this is already a great film series, but it missed out/changed a lot from the books (“calmly”)! So I would like to see it in a brilliantly long TV series that could rival th elikes of Doctor Who and Supernatural (let’s be honest, it already does, but you get the gist).
  5. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    Believe me, I’m not talking about the 50. Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, heartbreaking WWII story. I think it would be fantastic as a mini-series. Lots of tears. (Or a movie, actually. WHICH IT IS GOING TO BE *CUE FANGIRL SCREAMS*) (although they’re changing the name… but I think you can see why)
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    This would be a great little series, and I think it would fit in wonderfully with the whole fall TV thing! I think if this was made, having Cath doing a sarcastic voice over would be wonderful.
  7. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
    This is a little different as it’s non-fiction, but I think a documentary about Matt and depression and his books would be fantastic and I would definitely watch it. Even a YouTube mini series would be amazing.
  8. Michael Morpurgo Series
    This one is slightly different to the others on this list. Michael Morpurgo is an incredible children’s author. I think his books would be incredible as 20 minute – half an hour shorts, perhaps animated! I would absolutely love to watch them and it would just be incredible.
  9. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
    This is a book series which is essentially The Hunger Games but with marriage and less death. This would be a great TV series! Imagine the pretty dresses! :O
  10. A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery
    This is a book I come back to a lot. It’s set in 2003 in the Middle East when the war first started, and Lina is the main character. This would be so informative and really pushing in the current times, especially with everything that is going on nowadays. I’d love to see it.

There you have it – here are some books/series I would love to see on the TV screen! Let me know if you agree/disagree, or any you think that should be added.

Now I’m going to go and be all sad that none of these are real.


Top Ten Tuesday: books I’d make my primary school kids read

ttt;required readingNow when I say “make” I’m not an evil dragonlord who forces people to read (much, anyway). But these are definitely books that I would either give kids to read or read to them if I were a primary school teacher.

  1. The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo. This is such a wonderful book (and short too so great for young kids!) and I’d read it like every term if they asked for it…
  2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. History and animals and learning the lovely hardships of life. Seriously though, this is a novel that is both sad and hopeful and it’s a beautiful children’s story.
  3. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. This is a book that is hopeful and wonderful and magical and should be required reading. One of my favourite books.
  4. Peter Pan by JM Barrie. Obviously a magical book! Every child needs to know this story. ❤
  5. Matilda by Roald Dahl. Every little bullied girl (and boy) should know that no  matter what the other people say, they are special and they matter to the people who matter.
  6. Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton. A wonderful book series about a 192/30s boarding school, and it definitely started me on my reading journey so maybe it could spark off someone else!
  7. Once by Morris Gleitzman. This is about a young Jewish boy in Nazi Germany. It might be upsetting for some – it was for me – but I think it’s a very important book for a child to read.
  8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Well, duh. This was obviously going to be on here!
  9. A Brighter Fear by Kerry Drewery. This is about Lina and the bombs in 2003. It’s a beautiful story and tragic too, and although this is over a decade ago it may have happened in the intended audience’s lifetimes, so it should definitely be read.
  10. Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. If you aren’t from the UK, it’s unlikely that you will have heard of this book series, but it was a staple for many young children and I think it still should be!

Many of these books are recommended for 6 – 11 year olds, but I would say you could still read them now! Soooooooooo go do it!