Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they suggest a new theme with a list for bloggers to choose from. This week is a freebie week, so I’ve decided to talk about some of my favourite characters and why they inspire me!
From The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer! Cress is such an inspirational character to me in the sense that she is so much like me — she’s anxious around people, she cries a lot, is sometimes naive, she has a wild imagination and she’s a true romantic at heart! Reading about someone who is so similar to me overcome her fears, be a hero, and find her people is something that gives me so much hope and inspiration.
From Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! Strange the Dreamer is just like an ode to booklovers and I adore everything about it. The highlight of the book for me is the main character, Lazlo Strange. A librarian who loves reading, yearns for adventure, and even had his nose broken by a falling book? Sign me uppp. For this dreamer to read about Lazlo getting to go on his adventure gives me an immense amount of joy. This book and this character spoke to my soul and made me nostalgic for stories and places I’ve never even visited.
From Caraval by Stephanie Garber! I live for characters that are soft but so, so strong and this is Scarlett Dragna exactly. Her journey throughout the Caraval novels makes me so happy to think about and she has so many qualities that I really admire: her protectiveness of her sister, the fact that she’ll do anything for the people she loves, and most importantly, that she realises that she is deserving of happiness and adventure.
From Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Firstly, I adore this book and it’s characters very, very much and Nina, Inej, Kaz, Wylan, Jesper and Matthias all have my heart. I often find myself asking, what would Nina do? when I’m feeling anxious or a little bit in over my head. Having a character who is fat and confident, who loves herself and who’s story does not in the slightest focus on her being fat is SO. WONDERFUL. And I only wish I’d had a character like her in my life sooner. It makes me very emotional and happy to think of the impact Nina has had on doubtless many people, as she has had on me.
From Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! Fangirl was the first book I ever read with a main character that had anxiety and I related so hard to Cath’s story. It’s a weird moment when a book character seems to just get you. Her story just feels like a warm hug and gave me so much comfort when I re-read it as I started uni.
Do you have any characters who inspire you? Let me know in the comments!