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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books for Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where The Broke and the Bookish provides a prompt and other lovers of list making join in on it with their own top ten list. You can have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! All they ask is that you link back to them if you’re participating.

Pretty much everyone that reads this blog loves to read.  But do you like the story aspect of it or the characters?  Do you have a favorite or you just don’t care and like to read?  This week’s topic is for Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

We chose to do things a little bit different this week.  We decided to share our list with one of our regular guest reviewers, Kelsey!  Therefore, Kelsey picked 5 books on topic and Mel picked 5 books.  Links will take you to our review or Amazon.  Let’s see what happened!

Top 10 Books for Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels



1.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – I chose Jane Eyre because the novel is clearly driven by the thoughts and actions of our heroine, Jane Eyre. Jane is such a force to be reckoned with. She has a mind of her own and knows herself fully.

2.  Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – I chose Pride & Prejudice because Elizabeth Bennet is a strong, willed, and witty woman who decides her own fate. She would rather be a spinster than marry without love.

3.  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina is a character driven novel because it follows the life-alternation decisions of Anna Karenina, an aristocratic woman who changes her life by entering into an affair with Count Vronsky.

4.  Blood Red Road by Moira Young – I chose Blood Red Road because the novel follows Saba on her quest to rescue her brother. Saba truly is a strong character. She is willing to do whatever it takes to get her brother back and I do mean anything.

5.  Abarat by Clive Barker – Abarat follows the adventures of Candy Quackenbush, a resident of Chickentown, Minnesota who enters into the land of Abarat and changes her life forever.



Character driven novels usually aren’t my favorite thing to read.  I tend to be all about the plot/action.  So this list was little harder for me to make than it usually is.  Since Kelsey took care of a few of the classics, I figured I’d head into the more comtemporary/modern books.

1.  Labor Day by Joyce Maynard – This book is all about the characters.  It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but it’s an absolutely perfect fit for this particular list.

2.  The Boyfriend League by Rachel Hawthorne – More of a coming of age type story that revolves around baseball.  I always enjoy a story where the characters realize how things really work and start to show signs of growing up.

3.  These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – This is probably one of the best character-driven novels I’ve read.  I’m normally more into the plot, but the way Tarver and Lilac change together was a pleasure to read.

4.  Holes by Louis Sachar – First of all, I used to be obsessed with this book and was on cloud 9 when they made it into a movie.  Stanley’s growth throughout is impressive.  He becomes a more self-possessed and stronger (both physically and mentally) guy.  Deep stuff considering I read it in elementary school.

5.  Bridesmaid Lotto by Rachel Astor – This was hilarious and the main character was so clumsy that I found her “journey” relatable.  We all have to accept what others might refer to as the embarrassing parts of our personality.

Have you read any of these?  What character driven novels do you love?


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