Top 5 Tuesday – Character Driven Books


Happy Tuesday guys! Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah – The Bionic Bookworm and this week, the topic is character driven books!

Last weeks topic ‘Top 5 Naked Bookcovers’ was a bittersweet moment for me! Firstly I didn’t even realise that some hardbacks have secret pretty covers underneath the dust covers! So, I got all excited and pulled all my hardbacks from my bookshelf to see what gems I had…… I have none…. they were all just plain coloured covers with normal text on the spine. Disappointed was an understatement haha! On the bright side, now that I know this is a thing, I definitely think I’ll end up buying more hardbacks!

So, back to this week…..I’m super excited about the topic for this week because I LOVE a good character driven book!

Catcher In the Rye – J. D. Salinger
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This has appeared on a few of my Top 5 Tuesday posts and attempting to explain why this book is amazing never gets any easier. So just trust me… it’s amazing. Go read it.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott. Fitzgerald
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One of my all-time favourites, so of course I’m putting it on my list!

Wonder – Raquel Jaramillo
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Ugh, this book gives me all the feels. I finally got around to watching the film adaptation on the plane from Philadelphia to the UK the other week and I was a crying mess!

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
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This was the first book that popped into my head for this post. It’s SO character driven. I’m still impressed that I actually managed to finish it because it is long… and heavy….but amazing.

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
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This is partly shaped by events outside of the control from the characters, but I’d say it’s mostly character driven. Plus, I love this book so if I can see an opportunity to put it on my Top 5 Tuesday list, I always will.

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  1. Catcher in the rye was great! I read it when i was a teen, but it’s one if those i wouldn’t mind reading again.

    Little life is possibly the most depressing stuff I’ve read so far 🙈

    I have Wonder on my shelf, planning to read it soon. It sounds like a cute book 😀


  2. What a great list! Every time you mention A Little Life it makes me want to read it – but after finishing The Hearts Invisible Furies – I’m not sure that I’m prepared for that right now lol. And I LOVE that you added The Great Gatsby! I read it in high school and think about it often 🙂
    Thanks for participating – added you to the list 🙂


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