Hello everybody, and welcome back sunshine! It’s Monday, it’s sunny, and I am back from an awesome staycation. My time off was full of food, family, and driving all over town to fit it all in. The highlight (besides seeing my far away sister) was the new baby nephew! Despite the busyness I did manage to get some reading it, including the very cute, clever, and charming book Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell. I am not yet finished, but I mention it now because it inspired today’s post. I noticed that there was not one, but two characters that shared by name. They were minor characters, one Meg and one Megan. I found that interesting, because I always find it interesting to come across characters with my name, especially since I was named after a character in a book. That’s right, I share a name with Meg March from Little Women, a book I shamefully have never read. It’s on the list, I swear. Anyway, this got me thinking about some of the other Megans I have come across in books and I realized that there was list potential here. I do love a good list (or wacky list. I have been told my lists are wacky. I can live with that.)
1. Meg March, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott-Meg is the oldest of the March sisters. She is a governess who dreams of being rich. I am the oldest of my sisters and I have long ago abandoned all dreams of being rich.
2. Meg Murry, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle-Meg is again the oldest child, the daughter of scientists. She is good at math, feels like a bit of a misfit and is unhappy with her “mouse-brown” hair and glasses. She has amazing interplanetary adventures. I am terrible at math (but I too have brown hair) and my dreams of interplanetary travel were crushed by my father in 6th grade when I got my first glasses. He promptly informed me that astronauts can’t wear glasses. Jerk. Glasses never stopped Meg Murry.
3. Meghan Chase, The Iron King series by Julie Kagawa-This Meghan spells her name wrong! She is the daughter of a fairy king and she goes on a dangerous quest through fairy land to rescue her half-brother. She is accompanied by two handsome fairies who both like her. My name is “h”-less, my father is not a powerful fairy, and while I do have a half-brother and I would go on a dangerous quest to rescue him, he is a grown man and should be able to avoid situations such as body-snatching on his own. Any dangerous rescue mission involving the two of us will really annoy me. The only thing following me around is my dog and her breath stinks.
4. Megan Berry, You are so Undead to Me by Stacey Jay-Megan Berry is a zombie settler. She is blessed/cursed with the ability to help the dead stay dead. Her social life is constantly being ruined by zombies. The poor, sized 2 girl just wants to go to homecoming in peace! I, on the other hand, have no problem with zombies. Don’t get me wrong, I love zombies, but we pretty much stay out of each others’ way, which is fine by me. I guess I should be thankful, but if I could choose, I might be tempted trade my zombie-free life for a size 2 waistline! I’ve been to formal dances and they aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, so a few unsettled wouldn’t bother me so much.
5. Megan Meade, Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian-Megan Meade is the daughter of career military personnel. She has had it with constantly moving and just wants to finish high school in the US. Her parents ship her off to family friends and their seven sons. Living with that many boys is truly a challenge. Unlike Megan Meade, I grew up with mostly sisters. I have 5 sisters and 2 brothers and those poor guys were so out numbered they barely had a chance to annoy us girls. I know all about living with a big family, but that many boys? Eek.
6. Megan, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer-This Megan is a devoutly religious teen, who makes sacrifices for her friends and kind of annoys Miranda because she is too good. I am with Miranda. You’ll notice I was not raptured over the weekend…
Ok, this is as far as I got, then I realized this really is kind of a ridiculous post. My brain must still be on vacation. I apologize for putting you through this. But I bet it got you thinking, huh? Wondering when you met a character with your name…
Check back tomorrow for yet another list. Don’t worry, it will be better-it’s Top Ten Tuesday!