Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: All-Time Favorite Book Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is: Top Ten All-Time Favorite Book Characters

1. J.Lo the Alien from The True Meaning of Smekday
I know this book gets put on a lot of my Top Ten lists, but I just love it so much. The reason I love it so much? J.Lo the Boov alien. What crazy mad genius would ever think to name an alien J.Lo (and the main character Gratuity)? That is the hilarious mind of Adam Rex. Check out my interview with Adam where explains how he came up with the idea for the name J.Lo (and Gratuity).

2. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars
Smart, cute, funny, and the most wonderful teenage boy to grace the pages of a book. I mean, he fell for a girl who had visible signs of a terminal disease. There's nothing more honorable and endearing than that.

3. Melinda from Speak
Melinda has such a powerful voice even though she never talks. Her story will stay with me for a long time.

4.Micah from Liar
Even though I am ambivalent about how I feel about this book, you can't deny that Micah is one memorable character. One that you will question and doubt what is truth and what is lies throughout the entire novel.

5. Holden Caufield from The Catcher in the Rye
One of the few canonical classics I actually enjoyed in high school, Holden is one of the first characters I remember discussing with friends during our own time, meaning not in class. Back then we liked Holden even though we knew he was a pathetic mess.

6. Auggie from Wonder
Born with a severe facial deformity, we meet Auggie for the first time when his parents decide that 5th grade is the perfect time for him to stop being home schooled and start attending real school. Auggie's sweet nature and lovable intelligence makes him one of the most memorable characters to grace children's literature in a long time.

7. Julian Singh from The View from Saturday
The perfect poster boy for weirdness and kindness. Julian and The Souls are the reason I came back to books after a long absence.

8. Minny from The Help
The characters from this novel stayed with me even during breaks from reading. I would find myself cooking dinner or doing laundry and thinking to myself, "I wonder what Skeeter's going to do about this?" or "I can't believe Minny did that!" Or "Oh my gosh! That Hilly is so evil!" But Minny was sassy and mouthy and one of the most fabulous characters to ever grace the pages of a book.

9. Enzo the dog from The Art of Racing in the Rain
This book is one of the most emotional reads I've ever experienced and it was all told from the perspective of a dog. The most wise dog you will ever encounter. One you wish was your dog.

10. Adam and Mia from If I Stay/Where She Went
I am a dubious reader of romance so when I encounter a couple like Mia and Adam who are so perfect for each other and whose relationship has a strong foundation (not this insta-love crap that so much YA lit seems to be spewing out these days), that is something I will remember as a reader.


  1. Minny was the best, wasn't she?

    Such a quick wit, but was so strong. Loved her.

    Great choices!

    Laura @ The Traveling Owl

  2. I love Minny. It's great when a character can make your jaw drop :)

    My TTT. 

  3. Yes, Augustus! He was so funny. Handsome, vain, delightfully arrogant, vulnerable...wonderful.

  4. I haven't really read many of the books on your list, but I know a little about The Art of Racing in the rain and I would agree that even just the novelty of the point of view makes it list worthy.

  5. I know exactly what you mean about Micah - she is completely unforgettable, but I don't know how I feel about her/her story!

    My Top Ten Characters