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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It’s Tuesday, and we’re back with a very interesting and kind of difficult list to assemble for TTT. I don’t know about you, but I read a lot of YA so uh, not everyone has jobs let alone exciting ones I would want.

But here goes nothing! What job would I want to potentially have, even for a moment, regardless if I am even qualified to do so?

Listing from #10 as a maybe to #1 as a hell yeah I wish I could do that

10. Fable by Adrienne Young – Captain of a ship

I mean, who wouldn’t want to captain a ship and sail the open seas with your friends and crew mates? I think it would be a wonderful experience to have, and the bonds built between everyone must be strong because your lives are in each other’s hands. Just take a look at the crew Fable finds herself joining who become the family she’s been looking for. Though, if a giant ship wrecking storm came through, would I absolutely have to be the last one out of the ship…? Let me think about this a little longer.

9. Love, Life and the List by Kasie West – Museum/art gallery curator (amateur)

This sounds like it could be interesting – a very Night at the Museum feeling but for a living! I love looking at art and learning the stories behind its creation, but if I were a budding artist like Abby in Love, Life and the List then I might be more gung ho for a position here. Alas, my creative skills only go as far as writing.

8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – King’s assassin

I absolutely adored this series growing up and just starting in the YA genre. One of my favourite couples are Valek and Yelena. And if I had to choose a job between the two of them, hands down I would want to be the king’s assassin/whatever the heck Valek is told to do. I mean, sure, there would be some morally questionable things he’d have to do because his king demands it, but would you rather be the king’s taste (I mean poison) tester instead? No, I don’t think so. Give me kickass fighting skills any day (I really DO wish I had some) over the potential of dying with every meal.

7. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – Radio show co-host

A recent read, and I found myself in love with the radio show segments in the book. I have wanted to start a podcast with my boyfriend for relationships, but this idea is pretty awesome. Not sure I’d be on board to do one with an ex, but I love the idea of sharing stories with people and getting to interact with those I would normally not get to reach out to in my day-to-day life. I suppose it’s why I blog, so a podcast is the next best thing!

6. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – the Face (aka smooth talker/diplomat)

I was a super shy child, but I think I’ve found my voice as I’ve grown up through the years. I would like to think I could pull off a job such as the Face in the Aurora Cycle series. After all, you just got to look pretty and know how to talk your way out of absolutely any crazy situation that comes your way. Should be a piece of cake, right?

Unless you’re being hunted by multiple groups across the galaxy, but I’m sure my life would be a lot more simple than that. Hopefully.

5. Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe / The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – Dog walker

I love dogs, and am actually hoping to get a dog this year (fingers crossed sooner than later, everyone). While I understand that walking dogs may not be super fun after a while, I think I would enjoy it at least for a good period of time in the beginning. Both the protagonists of Charming as a Verb and The Unexpected Everything walk dogs – plural – including a potential side hustle to attract more dog owners to your business. I could get into that kinda thing. The dog walking business, not the shady side of business. Of course.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – student studying abroad (in Paris!)

Because studying can totally be a job! I was a student for almost two decades so I would consider it practically a profession (and one I consider going back into some days…I know, crazy right?). But what I would’ve given to be able to study abroad! Trust me, if that is ever an opportunity that opens for you, take it with open arms! Especially if you go to a place as beautiful as the City of Lights, which our girl Anna here did and got to meet cute French boys. Le sigh.

3. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – Art collector/treasure hunter

Who wouldn’t want to go hunting for archaeological finds like a modern day Indiana Jones? Though I suppose the crew in The Gilded Wolves were in the 1800s, but still. I love history and the treasure that explains so much of those who came before us. It’s fascinating and exciting to be able to piece it together, like detectives, and learn from the cultures of days past. Of course, add in an element of espionage and uh, potentially stealing precious artifacts from rivals would definitely add an extra layer to intrigue. I might be able to do without that. Maybe.

2. Influence by Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham – Influencer

Everything is in its name. While the book really shows the price of social media fame, I do think learning more about what it’s like from the teen influencer author, Lilia Buckingham, has piqued my interest. I can’t say I wouldn’t love to gain a bigger platform at times, though I’m sure the more private part of me is happy I do not have such responsibility. Either way, if I had a choice, I would definitely want to try it.

1. Slay by Brittney Morris – Video game creator

But like the most kickass kinda interactive video game platform ever! I absolutely adored Slay, and had the pleasure of getting my hands on an ARC. The beauty of its black characterization and representation was everything missing in YA for so long. I learned so much from it, including video game creation/management which is what our protagonist is stuck doing even sometimes at odd hours in the night to interface with users across the world. If I could do absolutely anything, I would love to do this (though I have absolutely no technical skill to do so but let me have my fantasy).

And that’s it, everyone! What did you think about my fantasy job choices? Aside from the practicality of having the required skills, would any of you wish to be able to do these things for a living? Let me know in the comments below!

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had”

  1. Ha ha. You’re right – there aren’t a lot of jobs in YA novels and the ones that are there aren’t very glamorous. When I was a sophomore in high school, I worked at a vet’s hospital. Part of my job was feeding all the animals that stayed there overnight and walking all the dogs. Cleaning cages wasn’t very fun, but hanging out with the animals was a good time!

    Happy TTT!


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