Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s theme is Characters With Jobs I Want, and I’m sitting here thinking, “Dang, do I even read enough non-apocalyptic books for me to find a good job on my shelves?”
Currently, I work as a leasing specialist in a law firm, where my particular field is retail leasing. (As you can expect, we got a hit a bit hard at the beginning of the pandemic, but our work has quickly picked up in recent months. Some days are stressful, some days are a breeze, but every day is better than having someone yell at me for being too peppy at 7 am as a drive-thru cashier, or yelling at me because we don’t carry thousand-island dressing, or yelling at me because they waited until the day before school started to get their kid’s summer reading books and we’ve been sold out for months. (I did five years in retail/food service; I’ve learned a lot.)
1 – Demigod, from Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus
What’s better than having an ancient god/goddess as one of your parents, leaving you with powers beyond understanding? (Or a deep need to sleep forever, if you happen to be a kid of Hypnos.) While I don’t envy them for having to save the world or getting wrapped up in deadly prophecies or having a much shorter lifespan than mortals, I think it would be pretty fun to hang out at Camp Half-Blood and take a ride on a Pegasus.
2 – Astronaut, from The Martian
So while I wouldn’t want to be stranded on a different planet all by myself, nor would I want to make the decision to extend my mission in space by over a year and hope that we have enough food to make it (I would most likely be the one who would be chosen to survive and have to eat the corpses of my crewmates if we didn’t, because I’m small and don’t eat much anyway), I would absolutely love to go to space someday. I don’t think we’ll see space tourism in my lifetime (but I could be very wrong! a lot has changed since the 1960s), I’d still like to see it at some point.
3 – Antari, from The Shades of Magic series
Okay, so while it would probably be disappointing to be an Antari, considering that Kell is forced to be an ambassador between White, Grey, and Red London (we don’t talk about Black London), I think it would be amazing to travel between worlds like that. White London is our world, and Kell is from Red London, where magic exists. Delilah is from Grey London, which Kell has to escape to when something goes very wrong in his own London. Can you imagine shifting between worlds like that?
4 – Sky Captain, from The Edge Chronicles
The Edge Chronicles was my first foray into the darker fantasy series, where not everybody makes it out okay. They’ve since reworked the order of the series so they’re chronological, but I read Twig’s journey first, and I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive the authors for ending the series the way they did. But can you imagine piloting a flying pirate ship, held to the earth only by a floating rock? (Of course, not all sky captains are pirates, but Twig’s father was.) Maybe it would help with my fear of heights.
5 – Hypnotist, from the Molly Moon series
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism is the first book in the series, and I read this book until the shiny cover started wearing away. I think there are now five books in the series (I could be wrong!), but Molly Moon and her adventures made me want to learn how to hypnotize. Of course, it’s all smoke and mirrors in the real world (you have to have “willing” “volunteers,” wink-wink), but there have been people who claim that hypnotism therapy has helped them, so I’ll let you decide what you believe. (Also, I’d probably be a villain if I had hypnotism powers. I’d get away without paying for books, food, get my student loans forgiven, etc.)
6 – Irregular, from the Kiki Strike series
My aunt gave me the second book in this series, and I had to go back and find the first one. I absolutely LOVED this series when I was in middle/high school. It had a cast of strong female characters – a scientist, a makeover specialist, an engineer, and so much more – and I learned that it doesn’t matter what you look like or how quiet you are, if you’re good at something someone will eventually notice and you’ll end up doing something awesome with your life. (I’m still waiting on that “something awesome,” by the way.) The author finally released the third book several years after the second, and I have unfortunately heard bad things about it (plus, they redesigned the covers so my set wouldn’t match!), but I still want to finish it.
7 – Wizard, from the Septimus Heap series
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Septimus Heap is a better wizard than Harry Potter. And I love the world of Septimus Heap more than the world of Harry Potter, because everything is magical (or magykal) in Septimus’s world, and there are so many ancient things waiting to be discovered. Of course, a lot of them will probably kill you, but that’s a minor detail.
8 – Hobbit, from The Lord of the Rings
Okay, so Hobbit isn’t exactly a job, it’s more of a race. But have you read The Lord of the Rings? Have you SEEN HOBBITS? Eating, partying, having a good time – everything about it sounds like having a blast. Sure, I’d be giving up a lot of my favorite things (having adventures/traveling, for one thing, since only those hobbits who are odd in the head go out on adventures), but I would love to have a garden in a nice, safe hobbit-hole, and party every week with my friends. (Maybe the pandemic is finally getting to my introverted self.)
9 – Graceling, from the Graceling series
Sure, I guess this is along the line of “wizard” and “Antari” and all that stuff, but having a specialty that guides your life would be nice. Most of the time I feel like I’m stumbling through life and I don’t know where to go next or what to do. Sometimes I feel like my imposter syndrome is rearing its head and my bosses will suddenly realize I don’t actually know what I’m doing and I’ll get fired, or my cats will realize they hate me and run away forever. Wouldn’t it be nice to have one thing that you’re good at? (Although with my luck, I’ll get something boring and have to live the rest of my life peeling potatoes in a kitchen.)
10 – Witch, from Practical Magic/The Rules of Magic
So they don’t claim to be witches, because they don’t do outright magic like Harry Potter or Septimus Heap or even Kell, but they rely on their herbs and remedies and while people may not always trust them, they continue to go to them in order to get help for their illnesses or heartache or whatever is bothering them at the time. Just…don’t kill someone and bury him in your yard. That’s probably not a good idea.
This is one of those prompts that I’m sure are going to have jobs that are all over the place. I’m sure we’ll see witch/wizard pop up on most lists, but I don’t know how many are going to have Irregular or Hypnotist on theirs! I’m so excited to read everyone else’s.
What job would you pick from this list, or do you have a better one? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.