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Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels
To be honest, I had to think about this one for a while, because I don’t pay a lot of attention to whether a book is more character-driven or plot-driven. But after looking through everything I’ve read the last few years, I managed to come up with a few.
- You Look Different In Real Life by Jennifer Castle. I listened to this one recently, and was struck by how much each character stood out, despite the fact that there are so many of them!
- Tampa by Alyssa Nutting. I can’t believe that I’ve mentioned this one for the second time in as many weeks, but you really get into the characters head, as disturbing as it is.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. One of the things that has jumped out at me while reading Code Name Verity is that it’s more about the narrator telling her story than it is about what’s actually happening.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I feel a little weird putting this one on my list, as I didn’t actually finish it, because from what I did read, it did seem to be more about the characters.
- The Homecoming Masquerade by Spencer Baum. Yes, you announce you’re in the running for a shot at immortality by wearing black to homecoming, but it really does go into all of the characters and their motivations.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It really is about Cath figuring out who she is, and I could so relate to her story.
- The Trial Of Dr. Kate by Michael Glasscock. I’ve really enjoyed his Round Rock series, and this one in particular really highlights the people in this small town.
- A World Away by Nancy Grossman. I’m not sure if this one counts as character-driven, but I liked seeing Eliza experiencing new things for the first time.
- Every Day by David Levithan. I’m not a big fan of the book, but I think it’s an interesting read when your identity changes every day.
- The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir. Really, any of her historical fiction books would work, but this is one of my favorite HF books by Weir. It’s such a good (fictional) look at Elizabeth, and it felt very much like everything actually happened, even though some of it is fictional.
8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels”
Yay, Code Name Verity! Yes, that’s definitely a character-driven book.
It really is!
The Code Name Verity, The Book Thief and Fangirl were all wonderful! I put Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein on my own list but I loved both of her books!
Nicole @ The Quiet Concert
I haven’t read Rose Under Fire yet, but I’m really looking forward to reading it soon!
Looks like the book thief is going to be my next read according to how the votes are going on my blog so i’m glad to see it on a list of character driven books!
The Book Thief is definitely one to read!
The Book Thief is such a good book, I love Liesel’s story. Code Name Verity and Fangirl are both on my TBR pile and I’m glad to hear they are character driven. Great List! 😀
Alex @ The Book Banner
I wasn’t sure what to expect with Code Name Verity, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with it, and Fangirl is such a great book!