Book Boyfriends (Valentine's Day Bonus Blog)
Valentine’s Day can be a bummer if your single and your hamster would rather spend time running on his wheel than snuggling with you! So, this Valentine’s Day why not snuggle up with a good book and fall in love with a fictional man? Here are five swoon worthy men from some of my favorite books (in no particular order).
1. Character: Matthias Helvar
Books(s): The Six of Crows duology
Matthias was one of my favorite characters from the Six of Crows duology. He is fiercely loyal, protective and brave, and stands up for what he believes is right. Most importantly, he shows a lot of character growth throughout the duology. He changes his worldview and comes to understand that just because he may not understand something that doesn’t make it wrong or unnatural.
2. Character: Ellery Finch
Book(s): The Hazel Wood
Ellery is a character of dubious loyalties, but he and I share a love of fairy tales and both of us use books to escape reality. I feel like he’s someone I could spend hours talking to, and we’d be able to recommend books to each other. I wouldn’t trust him with my secrets, but I’d trust his book recommendations!
3. Character: Elias Veturius
Book(s): The Ember in the Ashes quartet
Elias has a horrible mother and is being trained by an antagonistic empire to be a ruthless killer. Despite all of this, he isn’t evil. He has a beautiful personality. He is brave, sympathetic, kind, and a caring friend. He’s strong in his convictions and willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good.
4. Character: David
Book(s): The Uglies series (Uglies through Extras)
David is kind and hardworking. Unlike most of the people in the Uglies world, he isn’t shallow. He sees and values people’s inner beauty. He has his flaws as a character, but he never gives up on the people he cares about. I feel like he’s the type of person who would make you feel at home no matter where you are. He also seems like the type of friend who would motivate you and would pick you up if you were feeling down.
5. Character: Harold Monroe
Book(s): The Bunnicula books
Harold is a mixed breed dog belonging to the Monroe family. He has a sweet (if naïve) personality and, like most dogs, is a loyal friend. If I could have any fictional animal character as a pet, I would definitely adopt Harold. After all, who doesn’t want a furry Valentine that will love you unconditionally?
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day whether you go out with your sweetheart or simple snuggle up in bed with a good book! In other news, I want to send a shout out to my Dad, Terry M. Thomas, whose book, Follow the Money: State Budgeting and Public Policy in Ohio (the 4th edition) comes out today! He worked really hard on it and I’m a super proud daughter!