Allison: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Character Driven Novels

Hi everyone! Remember me?

Sorry, I’ve been really busy lately between school and work so I haven’t been able to put out any reviews. I have been reading (although not as much as I would like) so I do have some stuff stored up to hopefully get out to you all soon.

Since I did actually have a bit of extra time tonight and I realized it was Tuesday, I decided to see what the Top Ten Tuesday topic was for this week. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week the topic is:

Top Ten Books for People Who Love Character Driven Novels

Ooooh! What a tough topic. Here are just 10 of my favorites:

1. Open Road Summer – Emery Lord
The characters & moments in this story are going to stick with me for a long time to come.

2. Graceling – Kristin Cashore
I loved all the feminist undertones in this book.

3. Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys
So many fleshed out, heart-breaking, beautiful characters in this book.

4. Freaks Like Us – Susan Vaught
You cannot help but root for the main character who has schizophrenia.

5. Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Verity & Maddie. Unbreakable friendship. Chills.

6. Wanderlove – Kirsten Hubbard
A journey of self-discovery and learning to take chances.

7. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Characters who are so true to my heart and encompass why books are so important.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
The main character of this book lead me to write THIS post.

9. Being Sloane Jacobs – Lauren Morrill
Two characters. Same name. Different personalities. Switching places.

10. When I Was The Greatest – Jason Reynolds
Diverse, realistic, heartfelt characters with real experiences.

So, that is my list. Have you read of my choices?

What are some of your favorite character driven novels?

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I’m so agree with Out of The Easy and The Book Thief.

  2. Love the characters in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Great Choice!

  3. The Book Thief is on my list too – it’s such a beautiful novel!

  4. I’m actually not very much a fan of character-driven novels, but I do agree with your choices! Especially Code Name Verity

  5. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says

    Most contemporary books seem to be driven by character, and I like that.

    Here’s my Best Character-Driven Novels!

  6. Great list! I really, really need to read Code Name Verity – just need to get my hands on a copy!

  7. Hi April! I totally agree with Open Road Summer and Graceling! I haven’t read the others but they’re on my TBR pile. Character driven books are probably my fave ever. 😀

  8. The Book Thief is one of my all time favorite books – and one of only a few that made me cry.

  9. I almost included Code Name Verity on my TTT, too. Such a wonderful book that is.

    And great pick with Being Sloane Jacobs. I wish I had thought of that one.

  10. I almost put The Perks of Being a Wallflower on my list! And The Book Thief is an excellent choice.

  11. I have only read a handful of the books on your list, and I love character driven novels. I have to agree that The Book Thief is a big YES!