Books For Character Driven Readers

Posted October 7, 2014 by Brin in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 4 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

I absolutely love this week’s theme! Character-driven novels are what I enjoy reading the most. It was really hard narrowing it down to just ten choices but here are my top picks:

wander   anna

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: The journey is important but it is the character’s personal journey that really strives this novel.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Most romance novels do tend to be character rather than plot-driven and this is no exception.

sweethearts   sea

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr | The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

3. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr: The narrative is important but it is the how the characters react to the events that unfold that makes this book so powerful.

4. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: The story is heart-breaking but it is the two main characters whose thoughts and feelings (even though they are not always clear and there is a degree of unreliable narrator for parts of it) that propels the plot.

suicide   gone

Suicide Watch by Kelley York | Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Suicide Watch by Kelley York: This is a story where not much happens but you feel wrecked (in a good way) by the end. The characterisation is key to story.

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz: This is another story where the plot takes second place to the characters, and it is all the better for it.

saving   piper

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta | The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta: This book has one of the most realistic depictions of depression I have ever read so it goes without saying that it is a character-driven piece.

The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: The follow-up to Saving Francesca, this book follows a similar vein and is every bit as powerful.

ari   graffiti

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz: Again, the is a vastly personal type of book, the characters of Ari and Dante are vital and although it seems to be a book about very little, it packs a punch.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley: What is it about these Aussie authors who deliver time and time again fantastic character-focused books?

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Brin

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4 responses to “Books For Character Driven Readers

    • Anna and the French Kiss is a lovely book – one of my favourite contemporary books. 🙂

      Throne of Glass is top of my TBR pile – hopefully will be getting to it very soon as I have heard very good things.

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