Top Ten Tuesday – Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

When I was reading over this prompt, I actually got really excited! If you’ve read my bio, then you probably know that I graduated a year ago, and because of the pandemic completely upsetting my area of study (theater), I am still on the job hunt nine months later. So, I’m going to consider this post my “dream board” of jobs that I wish I had or that I want to strive for!

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Up first is City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Like I said, I graduated with a degree in theater, and five years ago when I started my college journey, a theater job on Broadway (or in New York in general), was all I could wish for! Throughout my four years in college, the jobs that I wanted in theater fluctuated, and this book encompasses them all! Actors, costume designers/seamstresses, producers, directors…you name it, it was here! Honestly – I could quit this list right now, because there are easily 10 different careers in this book alone that I would dream of having!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

After looking through my bookshelf and my Goodreads list, I found that I don’t have a single book where the characters work in publishing (please rec me some good ones if you’ve read them!). Recently, I’ve been transitioning my time to focus on one of my biggest passions – books! I tend to really enjoy the administrative side of things, and I would love to work on the administrative side of books! So even though this book features a writer – it’s real purpose is to stand in for publishing as a whole.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Count on me to read a book about a high school student and be inspired by the characters parents. I have read this book more times than I can count, and every time I’ve been enamored by the lives of Ellie’s parents. To have a summer break well into adulthood? To have an extended “break” where you can go on vacation just to research a topic that you’re passionate about…and get PAID for it? Yes please! Sign me up for a life time of sabbaticals please and thank you!

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy

In this book the main character is trying to get an internship as a broadcast journalist. I’ve always loved researching a topic, and my love of theater makes me enjoy being in the limelight from time to time. Broadcast journalism seems like it would be a nice blend of both of those!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I think this pandemic has shown all of us how much we enjoy killing time by playing the Sims and Animal Crossing. I can only imagine what it is like for the people who get PAID to do so. I think that if I could ever make it as a professional gamer, my life would just be made. Sign me up. I’m never leaving my couch!

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Bold of you to assume that I’d leave off RW&RB from ANY book tag, including this one. As a huge fan of political shows like The West Wing I have dreamed from time to time of what it would be like to work in the political sector. If I did, I doubt that I’d ever be president, however, I do think that something like Press Secretary, or even a political lobbyist wouldn’t be far outside the realm of possibility for me.

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

I am not scientifically gifted in any way, and most things about computer programming tend to go over my head. That being said, I do think that it would be really cool to be a part of a team that was able to come up with something as cool as the dating app in this book. I would love to be able to work with a small team of individuals and make something extraordinary. (If you have any ideas, or want to start a brainstorming team….hit me up).

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Again, leave it to me to read a spooky urban fantasy novel and go crazy for the adult-supervision’s day job. In The Diviners, Evie’s uncle runs a paranormal museum, and while I wouldn’t want to work with anything having to do with the paranormal (I get spooked really easily), I think I would LOVE to work in a museum. Growing up, my parents would love to take us on historic or educational vacations, so I spent a healthy amount of my childhood in museums. I love to learn, and I love sharing my knowledge with others, so I think this could be a really cool job!


I know I only chose eight careers here, but these were the ones that I got the most excited about! I love how different each entry on my list is – I think it just shows how many different passions and loves I have! What about you? If you could have any job in the world, what would you choose?

Happy Reading!

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

    1. It’s been quite some time since I read it too (did you ever read the graphic novel sequels? Apparently Meg Cabot says that she’s the reason that that part of her publishing company never got off the ground, lol). But a job where I get to research all the time, with a pool, and just chill and learn, and relax? Yes please!!

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      1. I never read the sequels, I think because I already had an idea of the characters in my head and the pictures didn’t fit. I watched the terrible film though!

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  1. Great post! As for a rec, it doesn’t come out until June, but I’m really looking forward to The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. It’s a thriller about two girls who work in book publishing in NYC that start as friends but end up being pitted against each other.

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    1. Another theater kid named Stephanie! I think our lists were destined to meet! Thanks for stopping by – I loved your list too!

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