Oct 7, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (102)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Character
Driven Novels

I feel like this is an English test. Pop quiz! How was (novel) character driven? What did the characters do that made them so driven? Which character is more driven: Bob or Smith? So this question kind of makes me panic, and I want to make sure I give the correct answer so I can get a good grade. I want to know exactly what a character driven novel is, because I can therefore give you the right answer. But I have no idea. And so, here's my interpretation of a character driven novel--ten of them, actually. (Also, I'm trying to focus on some books that aren't super popular, because you've probably heard of the popular ones and have them on your TBR. And for series, I'll just show book one.)

These characters just feel so real to me; I expect to walk down the street and see them hanging out.

What makes these character driven is who some of the characters are: bonobos and chimpanzees.

Seriously, this series in general is just driven like whoa.

Have fun with your broken heart, and oh, prepare to hate Wendy.

I love these books, and these characters make them.

This is big on character development, and we get to see the protagonist Before and After and it works really well.

I may not have loved the first two books, but the characters are spot on.

Pretty much can't even. The characters are done so well. And their VOICES.

The voice in this one was so so good, and so were the characters.

A very big part of this novel is its characters, who are great (though maybe evil).

What are some of your favorite character driven novels?


  1. Great choices Rachel. I can't wait to start the Throne of Glass series. I love character driven stories. I have Eleanor & Park on my list this week!

  2. Such a good list. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on Throne of Glass, and most of your other choices are on my ever-growing TBR list!

    Here are my choices for the top ten - http://bmariebooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/top-ten-books-for-people-who-like.html

  3. *hugs this post* ERMAGERSH! So many of my favourite books! I'm kicking myself that I forgot to put Elizabeth Wein on mine. >_< I'm halfway through Rose Under Fire now and it's sooo good (just as good as CNV) and I totally think those books have the best characters in the world. Well, besides Throne of Glass. XD
    Here's my TTT!

  4. Great selection! I really want to read Code Name Verity and Eleanor & Park. I recently borrowed Vicious from the library and I can't wait to read it!

  5. I had the same mental anguish when contemplating this particular TTT topic; I almost skipped it, but then googled "character driven novels" before browsing my Goodreads shelves. ;)
    And based on the books I've read, I'd give you an A+! Great list!

  6. I seriously have to read the Eliot Schrefer ones. My roommate routinely checks them out from the library! Ahhh! Throne of Glass & Cinder! LOVE THEM! I think I'm like the only one who didn't get--in terms of understanding it all--Tiger Lily...I swear Rainbow is making everyone's list! Code Name Verity is so good. I still have to read Viscious, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and How to Love. Those were all on my TBR and I'm adding Glass Houses. I've heard of these books but haven't ever read them. Great list!:D

    Alexandra @ SleepsOnTables

  7. I've never seen that cover of Code Name Verity and I LOVE IT. Holy cow. This list is seriously good, and I added How To Love to my TBR! Thanks for the suggestions!

  8. Still need to read something by V.E. Schwab and also the Throne of Glass series! Oh, Tiger Lily, Fangirl, and Eleanor and Park too. Basically I need to READ ALL THE BOOKS. But time! And school! And a social life (but not really)! Seriously, someone needs to invent something so I can have more hours in the day.

    And yay for Code Name Verity and Cinder!! Loved them both. :)

  9. Eleanor and Park and Fangirl for the win! I love Rainbow Rowell's books :) All the characters are fantastic and so real!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert


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