Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top 10 Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where, each week, a Top Ten list is posted based on a particular topic.

Hi there Misfit Booknerds!!! It's another Tuesday, time for another Top 10! This week's topic is all about books with character driven stories! Some of these books I may recommend to you might remind you of my other Top 10, but really, I've read these books and the characters here are what lifts the story up into its shining glory!

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

If you've read my review before on Where She Went, you will know how much I loved Adam's character, even though he turned to an utmost douchebag in the beginning. The way that Gayle Forman was able to work out a very vulnerable and tense Adam was absolute genius.

2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

This story is just, ugh! I love the incorporation of love in midst of death and moving on. It also tackles the themes of jealousy, selfishness, acceptance and letting go. I love how each character in this story made it all worth while. Each character has a flaw that makes them very real and truly, this novel is an A++. I should review this soon.

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Need I say more? The characters are just so pure, real and honest that it feels like you are actually in the story, talking to them, going through the same pains and lingers of love. It's a book that starts subtly but gets rough and unbelievable in the middle that you can't stop. Then the ending, with each of the characters finding themselves somehow, better, allows the readers to be hopeful for themselves too! A TRUE COMING OF AGE STORY!

4. Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer

A weird take on a coming of age story, yet speaks of truths untold. You can never go wrong with an original way of handling how the teenage and troubled mind should be handled! Plus Moby Dick and White Grape Slushee??? Ain't that original enough? HAHAHA! Will post my review on this soon, I swear!

5. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Everything so wrong about how this story is handled by the characters is what makes this book a gem, for me that is! The way bullying is expanded into a story about Alice Franklin, will get the readers thinking about the truths that revolve around her, and how the human psyche affects the choices that people make.

6. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

A quirky take on psychological tendencies and problems but mixing it with fun and dancing, the Silver Linings Playbook shines because of it's characters wit and rudeness. They bring the fun, sorrow and joys of being alive and living in the moment without worrying about the people that may say otherwise or the failures that you may have gone through.

7. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

How one young man realizes that the now maybe something but the truth behind what the future beholds is something that may challenge his beliefs and break his walls. The film with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley was also an amazing adaptation to an amazing source material!

8. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I really loved this story about two boys with the same name, with different character profiles and personalities. The contrast between their beliefs and assumptions on life and friendship maybe polarizing, but their attitudes towards making someone happy was the saving grace this book could ever ask for. And please, who can resist Tiny Cooper?

9. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

I know, 20 people may be too much to handle, but The Realm of Possibility allows us to see the infinite possibilities of how certain situations and relationships can affect their lives and decisions. I really really love this book and I would never grow tired of recommending it to friends. Plus, who doesn't love a Holden Caulfied reference?

10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Just one thing: Holden Caulfield understands us. In his annoying way, Holden Caulfield provides a tough exterior, a sense of control over his fear of growing up and realizing that his choices may turn to his downfall and that he can never go back even if he wants to, thus The Catcher in the Rye.

So those are my Top 10 books that have a lot of character and that would give us a sense of knowing ourselves a bit better even. Tell me what's your Top 10 and what books would you like to recommend to me if you are given the chance? Leave comments below! :)

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