Bookish Discussion: What’s in a Name?

Posted May 18, 2015 by Zeee in Reviews0 Comments




So.  What is in a name?  One of the most famous lines in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is what we will be talking about right now.  Well, actually, it’s the newest book Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff that brought this about.  The blurb starts with this sentence: “This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.” and when I read it, I immediately read the blurb back to my hubby, to which he said: “So?”

Well, it’s just that my heart always, ALWAYS skip a beat every time I see the name EZRA as a character (the main character at that) in a book!  Because why?  See, this bookish person’s name is EZRAH, with an H, mind you.  And naturally, that name is pretty uncommon, most especially for a female.  Oh, I’ve read quite a few books with characters named Ezra, but you have to admit, it’s not pretty common.

I don’t know about you but I get a perverse sense of happiness every time I see a character with the same name as me.  Just call me weird.  Or bookishly weird.  I don’t really care.  But this just makes my bookish heart go squee!

These are a few books that have characters with the name Ezra.

IlluminaeThe newest book Illuminae got me super excited!  This is going to be one of the first books with one of the main characters name as Ezra.  So yeah, he is a male but still it made my bookish heart go pitter patter!




pretty-little-liars-sara-shepardRemember that little show on the CW called Pretty Little Liars?  Well, imagine my surprise when one of the love interests is named Ezra Fitz.  I admit to watching the first season of the series and I thought it was good.  So this character is supposedly super hot and an English teacher that Aria has a relationship with.  Scandalous!




everneath-brodi-ashtonEverneath is another book that has an insignificant (maybe?) character named Ezra.  He is a convenience store clerk that guards the entrance to the underworld.





So far, these are the only books that I know about with characters named Ezra.

Now I ask you.  Do you get any thrill in reading a book with the main/minor character is the same name as you?

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0 responses to “Bookish Discussion: What’s in a Name?

  1. I don't get excited when characters have my name because it's a classic, Elizabeth, so I see it often, usually in a nickname. I do excited to see the name Bryce. It was the first name I ever saw in a book that stuck with me. I always said if I had a son I'd like to name him Bryce. I don't remember the book, but I was about 12 and it was a sci-fi I found on the shelf at a house where I was babysitting. And I never read sci-fi!
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    • Zeee

      Oh! I love your name! I've loved it since I read the Sweet Valley series 🙂

      Bryce is a cool name!

  2. It always startles me honestly. My actual first name isn’t something I come across much, and when I do, it’s never spelled the right way. But I’ve read some books where a minor/secondary character had my name and was spelled right. And it always surprises me. It’s always kind of neat, unless I end up not liking the character. And then it bugs me a bit! *laughs*