Top Ten Tuesday- Ten character driven novels


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share:  Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.    Well hell.  They are going to make me work this morning.  I seriously thought about skipping this week because I don’t know what the difference between a character driven novel, a plot driven or any other type of driven novel is.  I’m not really that smart, opinionated yes, smart no.  So off to Google I went and after several hours minutes of reading definitions, I still don’t get it.  So, like my poor grammar, you are just going to have to be happy with the list I give you…or not.  For those of you that get what a character driven novel is please explain it to me using small words in the comments section, thanks.  I’ve decided to select books or series where I was particularly drawn, attached or loved the main characters and hopefully they will fit into this week’s theme.  No particular order, listed as I found them

  1. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)  This book stands for the entire Chicagoland Vampire Series.  I picked this world because even thought there is a lot of crap going on, I feel the heart of the story is about Chloe and her growth to accept herself and eventually to build a relationship with Ethan.  What I find most fascinating in this series is the characters and not necessarily what emergency is going on in the moment.  I realized that when she tried to kill off a main character and I had a fit, a big one.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) What made this my all time favorite story was the characters Matthew and Diana, along with much of the supporting cast.  I loved their complexity and how they grew and changed throughout the entire series.
  3. The Martian This one I am not sure fits in to the theme today, but I absolutely loved the main character.  His humor was hilarious and you couldn’t help but root for him to survive.  I think it would have been a very different type of story if the lead was written any other way.
  4. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)  This book stands for the entire Hollows series.  Sure a lot of the book is about Rachel and her friends reacting to what goes on around them, but the heart of the story is about this band of friends and their relationships with each other.  Working on the last book now, going to be sad to see it end.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)  Again the heart of this series is Charley and Reyes, about their relationship and how Charley grows into her powers and place in this world.
  6. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)  Got sucked into this world at the beginning of this year devoured the series and its spin-off in under a month.  Great characters full of flaws and strengths thrust into situations where they are forced to discover who they are and what they are truly made of.
  7. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)  Loved the chemistry of the relationships in this world.  Finished series, miss my Cat and Bones.
  8. Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8) & Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #12)  Kenyon writes a tortured hero like nobody else, she also writes amazingly complex relationships and will find ways to redeem most any ‘bad’ guy.  These two books are her best example of her skill and should be read together.  LOVE this world and its characters.
  9. The Gargoyle  Simply a beautiful story about love of all types, perhaps most of all for oneself.
  10. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)  This is a fun story about a different type of character who makes no apologies for who he is.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Ten character driven novels

  1. MERCY THOMPSON!!! I actually just got into the series sometime last month. I spent an entire weekend reading 3-4 of the Mercy books in a row. I’ve kind of slowed down but not before I made sure she finally got hitched, Lol.

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      1. I read the first two of alpha and omega and am definitely enjoying them as well. I’ve mostly slowed my pace now so I don’t run out of either series too quickly

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  2. Hey, I think we shared a few of the same books here!
    The Gargoyle – wow, read that some time ago. I seem to remember starting off really disliking the main character – he started the story as quite an obnoxious so and so but then he definitely developed. Good call.
    Lynn :D


    1. Thanks! The beginning, of The Gargoyle, was brutal and so graphic. It was one of the few books I had to actually stop reading and look away. Made me bawl at the end too.


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