Top 5 Character-Driven Books Read in 2018 (Blogmas #8)

Hello everyone,

With so little time remaining in 2018, I have decided to write a series of posts about my year in reading! I never expected to read and review so many books this year, but I have ended up taking in a huge range of plot devices, writing styles, and interesting characters.

And characters is where I am going to begin by 2018 round-up. I love a good character-driven book, particularly when they are believable and I can develop a positive connection with them as they carry the plot forward. For me, if the main characters are likeable, then it is always a good start if I am going to like the book.

So here are my top five character-driven books I read in 2018!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

This was a truly incredible book, and the main character Aza was so likeable and well drawn that she helped make the story as powerful and emotional as it was.

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

The characters in this book are some of the most unusual and eccentric that I have ever come across. Beneath all of that were some serious underlying messages, but it made the story all the more entertaining.

The One Memory Of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

This book is a very heart-warming YA adventure, and Flora is an endearing character as she keeps going with short-term memory. It is impossible not to like her.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This is undoubtedly one of the most memorable books I have read in 2018, and although the writing style is profound, it is the compelling characters that act as the driving force behind it.

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

There are two main characters in this book, and both of them are wonderfully developed, unique and thought-provoking. I don’t think I will ever come across another character quite like Vivian!

Have you read any of these books? What are the most character-driven books you have read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Top 5 Character-Driven Books Read in 2018 (Blogmas #8)

  1. I want to read Flora Banks and also Turtles.
    I confess I prefer plot-driven books (providing I like the writing style) but will read character-driven if I like the characters and style. I suppose the classic character book for me would be Catcher in the Rye.

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    1. Plot-driven books are great – after all you are much less likely to have a good book without a good plot lol. The best character-driven books have interesting, engaging characters that are accompanied by a nice writing style.
      Happy reading πŸ™‚

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  2. I haven’t read any of these books but from reading the blurbs I can already tell I would enjoy a few of them. I do agree with you that character-driven books are the key to a successful book, I don’t often feel the same way with plot-driven books no matter how intricate the plot may be.

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  3. I got really interested in the first two, and the last one. I already have The Miniaturist and I’m planning to read it in January. I think I have missed it that you read it too. I’m excited to learn that you liked it. A few other bloggers whose opinions I trust said it was good, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

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    1. The Miniaturist is a great book. Not 100% perfect but compelling with a writing style that I absolutely loved. I hope you enjoy it! I read it in October and my review is somewhere on the blog πŸ˜‰


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