Top 10 Tuesday is a post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's topic is Top Ten Books for Character-Driven Readers.
When I got to thinking about what it means to be a “character-driven story,” I kind of hard a hard time picking the books that I think applied. Obviously…these should be stories that are driven by the characters and not driven by the story itself. So I started going through my books, and what I was noticing were books that popped off the shelf at me as having exceptional characters, but I had to stop and ask myself “Did these exceptional characters drive this story? Or did the story drive the story?” And that wasn’t always an easy question to answer, because a lot of times what I found was that I answered “both.” So I feel like maybe some people will disagree with my choices, but who cares? Not I! These are stories with exceptional characters that moved the story along whether solely driven by the characters…or well not.
- The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, # 1) by Rick Yancey
- I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, # 1) by Barry Lyga
- Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, # 1) by RL LaFevers
- Push (Push, # 1) by Claire Wallis
- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, # 1) by Marissa Meyer
- A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, # 1) by George R R Martin
- Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, # 1) by Veronica Rossi
- Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, # 1) by Katie McGarry
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, # 1) by Jenny Han
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
That’s it. I’m forcing myself to stop here instead of going over ten. Do you guys even know how hard that is for me? Some of these stories mentioned, have GREAT story lines that also drive them, but if not for the awesome characters found within the pages, these books wouldn’t be as successful as they are. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Do you have any character driven book recommendations for me? Let me know!