Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Kudos to whomever came up with this unique topic! I have not read these books and am only mentioning them because these occupations sound amazing.


Title and Author: The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The Job: Carpet designer

Why I’m Interested: It’s quiet, intricate work that creates beloved family heirlooms.


Two dolls with fluffy white dresses. One has straight brown hair and the other has curly red hair.

Title and Author: The Queen’s Dollmaker by Christine Trent

The Job: Dollmaker

Why I’m Interested: Dolls bring so much joy to the world.


Title and Author: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

The Job: Poet

Why I’m Interested: I used to write a lot of poetry. It’s harder than some people imagine it to be but quite rewarding when you finally figure out the right turn of phrase to make your point succinctly.


Title and Author: The Naturalist’s Daughter by Tea Cooper

The Job: Naturalist

Why I’m Interested: This specific naturalist studied the platypus, an animal I find utterly fascinating. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the first person from your culture to discover such a thing? I’d like to think he spoke to the people who already lived there about what they knew about the life cycle and physiology of the platypus.

A red and white lighthouse on a large rocky outcropping by the ocean. Part of the lighthouse is reflected in a puddle nearby.


Title and Author: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Job: Lighthouse Keeper

Why I’m Interested: It was generally quiet and peaceful work which appeals to this introvert quite a bit.  I’d have time to write stories or read books while I was on the job.


Title and Author: The Archivist by Martha Cooley

The Job: Archivist

Why I’m Interested: I adore organizing, cataloguing, and sorting all sorts of different things. Being an archivist sounds heavenly to me.

80 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had

  1. Lighthouse keeper was always a job that I secretly wanted to have when I was younger and I completely forgot about it until now! I think it stems from reading the Lighthouse Keeper’s Tea when I was little. Any job where you can do more reading is a good job!

    • Yeah, I could see how that might happen after a while. I’ve been very low on time alone during this pandemic, though, so time alone sounds divine at the moment. 🙂

  2. Okay, I love the range of jobs here — I had a hard time making my list because I couldn’t think of the jobs for the characters — yours are all jobs I’d be interested in! (except for dollmaker!) Thanks for swinging by my blog this morning!

    • Isn’t that the perfect job?

      I’d probably feel lonely as a lighthouse keeper eventually, too. I haven’t gotten much alone time since this pandemic began, so I’m really yearning for more of it. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed seeing why you would choose these occupations. I never thought of a carpet designer, but it makes sense that someone has to come up with the intricate details in one of a kind carpets. I could never write poetry and have just recently come to appreciate the talent it takes. Great post Lydia.

  4. I have to admit that dolls completely creep me out (I had to scroll past the photo quite quickly), but some of the other jobs sound awesome! Naturalist, archivist, lighthouse keeper… all appealing!

  5. I could never work with dolls (says the girl who used to collect porcelain dolls…yes I’m a conundrum). I blame the Nancy Drew computer game “Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon…super creepy dolls….But the lighthouse keeper job? Sounds like a dream! Great post!

    • Oh, that’s funny. I’ll try to find Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon. Sounds fun if also creepy!

      And thanks. Glad you’re also interested in being a lighthouse keeper.

  6. Good list. My only library school regret was I couldn’t afford to stay an extra semester beyond earning my degree to take the archives course. It was only offered once per year and I was hurrying to graduate to save $$. I’ve always thought lighthouse keeper or national parks fire watcher would suit me.

    • Thank you! I hope you’ll be able to take that archives course someday (if it can be taken after graduation?)

      Being a national parks fire watcher would be cool, too.

  7. Ooh, a carpet designer sounds so interesting! Honestly, all of these sound perfect. At one point I was strongly considering schooling to be an archivist, but it didn’t quite work out since the field is so small, haha. I would love to be a naturalist.

  8. Poetry is indeed very hard. I used to dabble in it a bit in high school and wrote a couple of decent ones, but I don’t think I could write one now if I was paid to. And ooh, a dollmaker would be so cool! Dolls can be a bit creepy at times, but I also love collecting/admiring porcelain dolls.

    • YOu’re welcome, Marianne.

      And, yeah, this week’s prompt was a tough one. I’m glad you thought of an answer! It’s always interesting to read your thoughts.

  9. “Dolls bring so much joy to the world,” she says, using a picture that immediately makes me think of all the scary movies where dolls actually bring terror. XD

    Archivist, though, is actually my dream job – great pick! I like organizing, but cataloging is my true passion (did I, at age 13, once start creating a list of every object in my room, sorted by category? YUP. Sadly, lost it in a Blue Screen of Death computer crash). I hadn’t read any books with such a job or I would have put it on my list, so onto the TBR this one goes.

    (also, in case you didn’t check back, your anonymous comment did show up for me. I unscreened it so now it’s visible)

    • LOL! And here I thought I was picking a nice, friendly photo.

      Glad to hear my comment did show up on your site.

      It’s very cool that you have archivist tendencies, too.

  10. You don’t have to do it as a profession to make dolls! My grandma made them. I have one that she made even :-).

    I’ve made stuffed animals with movable arms and legs, but I didn’t make dolls.

    • Wow, I didn’t know that.

      Do you think you’ll ever make a doll? How easy was it to learn how to make stuffed animals with movable arms and legs?

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