Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.
Everyone needs some book recommendations every now and then. When I was thinking about the topic for this week I decided that now would be the perfect time to highlight books that explore the complexities of ones character. So to anyone that loves a good character driven story, I would highly recommend these books.
1. A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab: A Darker Shade of Magic served as a great introduction to this world and set out several plot lines that could be expanded upon in its sequels. A Gathering of Shadows is all about character. Here we deal with the fallout of the events in the first book and it’s the focus on the emotional complexities of our characters and their relationship with each other that steals the spotlight.
2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: Nothing is simple in this book. Jellicoe Road highlights the way that someone else’s past can affect another person’s present. As we explore the mysteries that haunt this town and it’s occupants, we also get an insight into the struggles each of our main characters face. It is heartbreaking and hopeful and definitely worth the read.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: At the heart of this book is the relationship between twins Noah and Jude. These two are far from perfect and they both do things that crush the other. However, that doesn’t mean that the issues tearing them apart can’t be made right and this story highlights the journey they take as a family and as individuals in becoming the people they want to be.
4. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick: This is very much a character driven story. I’ve said this before but I love the way Hutley Fitzpatrick explores different dynamics. From family, friendship and romance, each relationship has it’s time to shine. Gwen was such a wonderful protagonist and I love how she acknowledges her flaws. This book also highlights the power of speculation and rumours because it is this factor that acts like a wall between our characters.
5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin: A recent read of mine and while the book has plenty of action, the heart of the book lies in Yael’s journey as a character. Identity is key in this book and for Yael the struggle to see past the mask she wears is one of the biggest challenges she faces in this journey.
6. Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor: This remains to be my favourite installment in the trilogy mainly because of the development of Karou and Akiva’s characters. Karou’s journey takes a darker turn in this installment as she loses herself in grief and anger. Her journey mimics Akiva’s own journey at the beginning of this series and to see her find some semblance of hope was intense and necessary to her character.
7. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: One of my favourite aspects of this book was seeing Emily finally come into her own skin. Emily has spent the majority of her life living behind someone else’s shadow and to see her open herself up and interact with these new friends without having Sloane there as a crutch was beautiful.
8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 6 characters. All with a different backgrounds and a different story to tell. Each and every single one of these guys are morally ambiguous and have layers upon layers of complexity to them. I think Kaz Brekker takes the crown in this category because his story is so tragic and dark but underneath it all there were still moments of hope that crept into his persona. I feel like things will get a whole lot darker in Crooked Kingdom but hopefully there will be some sort of light at the end of this very dark tunnel.
9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: Out of all the books in this series, Blue Lily, Lily Blue is where the plot takes a step back. The third installment in this series explore the dynamic between our Raven Boys and Blue and it gives us further insight into the role they play in this group and as individuals. This is my favourite book in the series.
10. Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi: Like the Shades of Magic series, the first book in the Under the Never Sky series serves as an introduction to the world and it’s characters and lays the groundwork of things to come in the second book. This book belongs to Perry. His journey is so moving as he tries to adjust to this new role as tribe leader. He is responsible for these people and in between navigating the best options for their future, his relationship with Aria takes a few steps forward and a few steps backwards. At the end, his journey in Through the Ever Night helps him find that balance between being the leader and being a man in love, making him a force to be reckoned with in the final installment to this trilogy.
Those are my recommendations for character driven stories.
Which book would you recommend for fans of character driven books?