TOP TEN TUESDAY
October 7, 2014
It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: Top Ten Character-Driven Books
Okay, so as usual, I cheated. I came up with twelve of my favorite character-drive novels. Some have a bit more action than others, some are just driven by the characters alone, but these are the books whose characters really made a big impact on me and shaped the story!
So these are my favorite books with the best characters and ones that really made an impact on me! I recommend looking up any one of those if you’re looking for a good book with great characters!
Here’s a list of the books that were mentioned — click on any one to take you to my original review!
Top Twelve Character-Driven Books:
- Althea & Oliver – Cristina Moracho
- Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
- The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
- The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler
- Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
- If I Stay (If I Stay #1) – Gayle Forman
- Nantucket Blue (Nantucket #1) – Leila Howland
- One Moment – Kristina McBride
- Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
- The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay
- The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
- Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech
Not pictured, but also great character-driven books:
- Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1) – Louise Rozett
- Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – Gayle Forman
- Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2) – Leila Howland
- On the Fence – Kasie West
- Something Like Normal – Trish Doller
- This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales
Looking for more recommendations? Check out some of my previous graphics!
- If You Liked… If I Stay: For fans of IF I STAY, here are a few hand-picked selections of books you should read next!
- If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars: With so many great YA adaptations hitting the big screen, I wanted to make a lovely graphic of suggestions for people who have enjoyed them! This one kicks off the series with recs for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS fans!
- The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to “Crossover” Books: Know adult readers who want to get into YA? Or YA readers who want to pick up new adult reads? Check out this guide to “crossover” books!
- The Book Addict’s GUIDE to paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy: The second in my series of guides! I hard a hard time separating these three so they all got smushed together.
Infographic: A guide and compilation of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy recommendations
- The Book Addict’s GUIDE to contemporary: First of many to come! I created a road map/choose your own adventure-style guide to YA contemporary romances. If you’re looking for a good contemp read, start here!
Infographic: A guide and compilation of contemporary recommendations
11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – October 7, 2014: Top Ten Character-Driven Books”
I have read and loved most of these! That means I need to read the rest since they are in such good company. The Sky is Everywhere is definitely at the top of my TBR after reading I’ll Give You The Sun!
I feel like this week’s topic could also be called, “List All of Rainbow Rowell’s Books.” It seems like everyone has at least one Rowell book on their list – including me! And for good reason, her characters are really spectacular. Great list!
Great choices! I love The Sea of Tranquility and agree completely – that book lives by it’s two main characters. The Sky is Everywhere and Just One Day are books I still need to read, but I figured they’d be character-heavy based on the authors’ previous works.
Ohhhhh I totally forgot The Beginning of Everything on my list! What a dumb move on my part 😛 I love that book so much! And this is probably the third or fourth list that I’ve seen The Sea of Tranquility on – I suppose that’s a sign, yeah?
Great list, so many good reads on here that I’ve yet to get to!
I’m loving your list….we share a few of the same titles. I ALMOST added The Book of Broken Hearts…such a great book!
Eleanor & Park and Anna and the French Kiss both made it on my TTT this week, too. I almost included Open Road Summer, but it isn’t a favorite book of mine. Totally character driven though. I’ve never read If I Stay. I just don’t know if I can handle it. It seems like a real tear-jerker.
I LOVE Walk Two Moons. It’s such a wonderful story and Sal’s a great character. It ALMOST made my list too.
Great list. Some of them I’ve heard of some I haven’t. I have seen Eleanor and Park on quite a few lists today. I think I’ll have to check it out.
Ooh nice picks! All pretty much new to me in that I haven’t read any of them! Not a contemp reader, so there’s that too! But still great picks! Recognize them from around the blogosphere in that sense!
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