Top Ten Bookish Characters

April 22, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 33

Greetings Bookworms,

It’s Tuesday again! I love joining the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish in their list making endeavors, and this week is no exception. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Characters Who…” YES, they are letting me FILL IN THE BLANK! I’m going to make a list of characters who are BOOKISH. Wahoo!


1. Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Francie, Francie, Francie! The tenements of Brooklyn in the early 1900s weren’t the easiest place for a bookworm to grow up, but Francie had her library card and a fire escape. (my review)

2. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling: Seriously, how many times would Harry and Ron have died if it hadn’t been for Hermione and her bookish wisdom? Brilliant.

3.  Joan from Pope Joan by Diana Woolfolk Cross: To be a bookworm and a girl in the dark ages was darn near impossible, especially if your dad was a super jerkface and opposes your education at every turn. (my review)


4. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Ever since I first read this book in high school, I’ve toyed with the idea of reading all the books Charlie’s English teacher gave him as special assignments. Maybe that should go on my bookish bucket list? (my review)

5. Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” This. Just this.

6. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Jo March is one of my all time favorite characters. I don’t know what it is about Little Womenbut it will always have a special place in my heart.

7. Tyrion Lannister from the Song of Ice and Fire Series by George RR Martin: I might be a little obsessed with Tyrion. He is SO AWESOME.


8. CeeCee Honeycutt from (appropriately) Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman: All the girl wants to take with her when she leaves home is her box of beloved books. SOMEBODY GET ME A HANKIE! (my review)

9. Alaska Young from (also appropriately) Looking for Alaska by John Green: Alaska’s life’s library with her stacks and stacks of thrift store and garage sale books made me feel a strange kinship to the manic pixie dream girl. (my review)

10. Liesel from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: The girl steals books, for heaven’s sake. Despite a rocky start with reading, Liesel learns to love the written word and, just… Oh man. Just read it, okay? (my review)



My dear, dear bookworms, I know I haven’t done justice to the great bookish characters in the world, I’ve merely scratched the surface. Who are some of your favorites?

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33 Responses to “Top Ten Bookish Characters”

  1. Jennine G.

    You hit some good ones! Movie/TV series characters come to mind, like Belle (from Beauty and the Beast), Lisa Simpson, and Rory Gilmore.

  2. Charleen

    Margaret from The Thirteenth Tale. Juliet from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Diana from A Discovery of Wtiches.

    Also, a movie character that immediately comes to mind is Kathleen from You’ve Got Mail.

      • Charleen

        This doesn’t feel like your typical paranormal romance (at least not the ones I’ve read). The main character is a witch, though she doesn’t particularly embrace that part of her heritage… but then she gets sucked into this whole paranormal world that she’s sort of tried avoiding for most of her life.

        I really liked the first book… was less than enthralled by the second… but the third (and final) book comes out this year, so maybe wait and see what people think of the conclusion before you invest in the series.

  3. Megan M.

    Oh man, people already named Belle/Beauty and Margaret from The Thirteenth Tale! Those were my immediate thoughts! I have to go with Cath from Fangirl, since she loved Simon Snow so much she graduated to fan fiction. LOL And Eleanor and Park – comic books count, right?

    • Words For Worms

      Me too. I want them to become real so they can be my friends. Also because if Hermione became real, then magic would be real, and that would be the BEST.

  4. Wayne

    I’m afraid this is a chick’s list. What about Huckleberry Finn, Meursault from *The Stranger*, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom from *Rabbit, Run* and Jake and Brett from *The Sun Also Rises*?

    • Words For Worms

      “A chick’s list?” If by that you mean I’m a woman, and that I compiled this list, you are correct. I don’t recall Huckleberry Finn being especially bookish, certainly not enough to define his character, though I’ll admit it’s been quite a while since I read it. Same with the duo from The Sun Also Rises, though again, it’s been quite a long time. I mostly remember Jake and Brett drinking. A lot. As for the rest, I’ve not read them. I read what interests me, and I tend to choose books with strong female voices.

    • Words For Worms

      Ooooh, Jelly Bean, I’d be careful with that. I read a very ranty pants post a while back discussing the distinction between comics and graphic novels. Apparently the terms are NOT interchangeable (assuming you’re having the discussion with someone who would get riled up over such things), though I absolutely concur that BOTH should count as books.

  5. Ashley F

    Now that I’ve had time to think about this…

    Cath from Fangirl. She writes Fan Fiction based on a popular book series!!! That counts as bookish!!

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