5 After 5, Literary Characters Edition

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 books you've read so far this year and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 of your favorite literary characters

I've always loved books.  

Since I'm an only child, I often thought of literary characters as some of my best friends.  That's why all but one of my favorite book characters comes from books I read as a child.

Yup, I can imagine most bibliophiles listing famous classic characters like Elizabeth Bennett, Edmond Dant├Ęs, or Antonia Shimerdas on their list, but you'll see that my picks are a little less high-brow:

1.  Cherry Ames

Not only was Cherry an amazing nurse, but she solved mysteries with the best of them.  Cherry (and later, Sue Barton) made me want to become a nurse.

I later changed my mind about that vocation (several times, in fact), but there are still times when I wistfully dream about the romanticized nursing life these two independent gals portrayed.

Tomboy Trixie found herself in plenty of scrapes along with her Bob-White pals, but proved that her detective skills were first-rate as mystery after mystery was solved throughout this series.

I always liked Trixie a little bit more than Nancy (Drew).  Trixie was just as good of a detective, but a bit more realistically written and her younger age made her a bit more relatable, as well. 

3.  Nancy Drew


Even though Nancy's adventures were a bit more unrealistic for me to imagine than Trixie's, I still tore through every page of her books I could get my hands on.

And I still remember crazy little bits of trivia, too - like how her friend Bess always wore pink or her boyfriend Ned went to Emerson College. 

4.  Laura Ingles

I'm sure my love of historical fiction (and fun PBS shows like Frontier House) stemmed from reading all these books and following Laura's journey from youngster to mother.

The bonus with this series is that I not only got to know Laura on the written page, but every week on television, as well!

Gv and I have already begun reading through the books, but I'm excited to introduce her to the show in a few years, too.

5.  Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser

You can't read this book series and not get to know La Dame Blanche on a most intimate level.

I jumped on the Outlander bandwagon less than ten years after it was first published and was immediately hooked - I've even been known to wander around places (The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles comes to mind) commenting on what Clare did there, once upon a time...

Yeah, I'd say I know Clare pretty well.

For next week:

List 5 hits of the 80's that you love

I can already tell that I'm probably going to cheat quite a bit with this one.  I might highlight songs, I might highlight bands, I might mix it up even more!

What music did you love from this decade?  I can't wait to hear!  

And now, here's this week's link party!  Two other fabulous bloggers have teamed up with me to create lists of five each week and we hope that you'll join us, too!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our three blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow each of the three hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ 
Heather Marie at Life, Love, and LasagnaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin'

What's your list?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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