Hello everyone! I’ve done a few of these in the past, but this time I’m going to be listing my top 6 characters with interesting hobbies, jobs or skills! I am not including fantastical/magical skills in this list as that will be another countdown for another time. I do want to give an honourable mention to Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan for his awesome skills as a mechanist, but feel like as he is the son of Hephaestus, his abilities are kind of too magical to really include.
6: Amber Hopkins
Amber is from Becoming by Raine Thomas, the first book in a series that I view as a kind of guilty pleasure about a race living on another plane. Amber’s cool skill that is not fantastical (although she has a lot of those) is her epic Karate skills. She is a black belt. Now, I know a lot of people do karate, but it is still pretty cool and not a particualrly common hobby for characters in YA literature.
5: Emi Price
Emi is from Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, a really nice and summery contemporary romance between her and a girl called Ava. Emi’s cool thing is her job: she is a production designer in Hollywood, which means she designs the sets for films, which is really interesting and it was great seeing how passionate she was about it.
4: Emmeline Escot
Emmeline (similar name to Emi) is from The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street, an absolutely fantastic novel set in a sort of alternate Victorian-esque era where bike racing is massive (or well, the Victorian version of bikes known as velocipedes). Emmeline’s skill is her ability to race this velocipedes but I won’t say any more or I’ll spoil the story for you! By the way, the above picture isn’t random: this is Emily June Street’s author photo.
3: Cora Seaborne
Cora is from The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, a historical fiction novel about a young widow who moves from the society of London in the 1800s to the relative freedom of the Essex countryside on the tail of rumours about the fabled Essex Serpent. Cora is an amateur naturalist and geologist and not only is that really cool, but it also shows that you don’t have to have been doing something forever or have specific training to do something and to love doing it! You don’t even have to be very good at it as long as you enjoy it.
2: Mark Watney
Mark is from The Martian by Andy Weir, a sci-fi novel about a man who is left stranded on Mars and has to find away to survive until someone can come and rescue him. Apart from getting to go to freaking Mars (which is epic… although being left there kind of isn’t) and having the most incredible sense of humour ever, Mark is also a botanist. Which, I suppose, is pretty ‘normal’, but what he does with potatoes isn’t. That is unique and special. If you have read the book you know what I’m talking about.
1: Beatrix Adams
Beatrix, or Bex for short, is from Night Owls by Jenn Bennett, a contemporary novel about Bex and her relationship with Jack, a graffiti artist. Bex is also an artist, of a very different kind. She enjoys doing anatomical drawings. Not neccessarily textbook-type anatomical drawings, but quite artistic and beautiful ones. This is something I never really thought of before (although I should of- someone has to do the illustrations in my textbooks!) and also never thought could be so interesting, so that is why it made it to the top of my list. Jack could also have been included in here for his incredible graffiti artwork, but I always try to keep it to one character per book and anatomical drawing tops graffiti by a teensy tiny margin.
Did you find any of their skills and talents cool? Are these some of your favourite characters or do you know of someone with an even more interesting talent? Let me know and as always, happy reading, Keira x.