Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is characters I liked in books that I didn’t like. Here are my choices:

  • Ally from Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

Even though I had some problems with the execution of Fish in a Tree, I did think Ally was a realistic character who authentically portrayed a person with a specific learning disability.

  • Dorian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t necessarily dislike Throne of Glass, but it never fully grabbed my attention and I can’t see myself continuing with the series. However, I really liked Dorian’s character!

  • August Flynn from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Once again, I didn’t necessarily dislike this book, but it didn’t grab my attention enough to pick up the second book in the duology. However, I thought August was a really interesting character and maybe I will eventually pick up the second book to see how his story wraps up.

  • Kile from The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

I actually liked The Heir, but I really disliked The Crown (the final book in The Selection series). However, I thought Kile was a really enjoyable character and always found myself rooting for him throughout the story.

  • Lucy from The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Summer After You and Me

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I liked about this book. In fact, I don’t really feel a strong connection to any character in this book. However, I really felt bad for the main character, Lucy. All of her friends and family were completely awful to her for such a small reason compared to everything that they put her through. It makes me mad just thinking of this book!

  • Olivia from The Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, #1)

This book was a bit of a let down for me because it seemed just like a repetition of the last Princess Diaries book. However, Olivia was a decent main character that a lot of young girls could relate to.

  • Cassian from A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Like a few others on this list, I didn’t hate this book, but it just wasn’t my favorite. However, I loved seeing more of Cassian and he definitely became one of my favorite characters in the series. I can’t wait to see more of him in A Court of Frost and Starlight!

  • Harper from Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins

Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3)

This series-ender definitely disappointed me, but I still like spunky and Southern Harper as a narrator.

  • Eliza from Eliza and her Monsters from Freancesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

Even though I didn’t love this book as much as everyone else, I appreciate the authenticity of Eliza’s character in this book.

  • Mindy from Be Mine by Sabrina James

Be Mine

Be Mine was definitely a let down for me after Secret Santa by Sabrina James, but I loved seeing school gossip Mindy stick her nose into everyone’s business. She’s definitely one of my favorites from the North High books.


Who is a character you liked in a book that you didn’t like?

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’t Like

  1. This is such an interesting blog topic–I’ve never thought of separating characters from their respective plots before. It sounds really insightful to consider what the author did right with characters even if you didn’t like the book’s premise. Overall, would you recommend checking out any of these books for the characters?


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