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Top 10 Character Driven Novels

A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

I mildly agonized over this week's topic- "Top 10 Character Driven Novels." Looking through my list, I felt the majority were more plot driven than anything. However, I picked out a few that are more driven by characters' decisions. I hope you enjoy!

I love Robin McKinley's books featuring strong protagonists who take chances, make mistakes, and defeat evil curses. The emphasis is really on the character growth and it pulls me along even when the plot is slow. All Our Yesterdays is interesting in that half the cast is reacting to the plot while the other half is setting it in motion, but the resulting mesh of character arcs is worth reading even if time travel isn't necessarily your thing. Written in Red is a fun, fantastical, dangerous, humorous ride with a cast to match. White Cat and The Graveyard Book are set in places crawling with magic, but at their hearts, they're about young boys finding deciding who they want to be and how they will fit into the world. Dark Triumph, Seraphina and The Count of Monte Cristo all follow MC's with secrets and how they deal with those secrets.

That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back in tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I stuffed myself silly. :)


  1. The Count of Monte Cristo is such a classic. It may be the single non-fantasy book that every fantasy reader loves.

    1. Monte Cristo is still one of my all-time favorite books. The revenge! :)

  2. I haven't read any of these! I do have "Spindles End" on my book shelf to read from your recommendation to read Robin McKinley ;)

    I also really want to read "All Our Yesterdays"

    1. Yay! I readily admit the narrative style/format of Spindle's End isn't for everyone, but I LOVE that book. It is my definitive Sleeping Beauty retelling. And yes, you should definitely read All Our Yesterdays, too. :)