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October 7: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character-Driven Novels.


1. Beauty; Robin McKinley. In this fairy tale twist, Beauty isn’t what you might expect–in fact, her beauty is in her personality, but her strong will might just make her the woman who can tame the ferocious Beast.

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2. The Book Thief; Markus Zusak. Liesel is growing up in very trying times, which is perhaps why she’s such a remarkable young girl–a brave book-lover, a kind friend, and a fierce runner.


3. Fangirl; Rainbow Rowell. Cath is awkward, a nerd, and a bit in love with a fictional character–but she’s also creative and giving, and when she lets people see the real her, things go better than she expected.

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4. Goblin Emperor; Katherine Addison. Maia never expected to rule, a least-favorite son several heirs down, but a disaster puts him on the throne, and he has to balance his new power with the good of his country, the demands of others, and his quiet personality.

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5. Howl’s Moving Castle; Diana Wynne Jones. Sophie works in a hat shop, but she’s special–a quiet, determined kind of special that catches the attention of the Witch of the Waste and earns her a curse. Not content to bemoan her fate, Sophie sets out to change it.


6. Longbourn; Jo Baker. Sarah works for the Bennet household, seeing beloved characters from a whole new perspective–and telling her story in the unobserved spaces of Pride & Prejudice.

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7. The Name of the Wind; Patrick Rothfuss. Kvothe was a legend, and then he vanished, and when he finally tells his story, it’s complicated and riveting as a legend’s story should be.


8. Terrier; Tamora Pierce. Beka Cooper is the best kind of hero for young girls–smart, determined, loyal, focused on getting justice.

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9. Will Grayson, Will Grayson; John Green. The first Will Grayson is a loner, inwardly focused, and awkward, but events propel him into being more engaged in the world, with funny and poignant results.

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10. The Wind-Witch; Susan Dexter. Druyan let herself be confined into what is expected of her, until the world falls apart around her, and she has to decide whether to be a victim–or fight back.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

6 responses »

  1. Mari says:

    Got The Goblin Emperor as a birthday present, so it’s definitely on my TBR for the immediate future! As is Name of the Wind. And agreed with Howl’s Moving Castle, it’s definitely a must-read as far as character driven novels go.

  2. Rainbow Rowell writes some of the best characters!

  3. Yes, most definitely Cath! She is one of my favorite characters.

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