Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.  I love reading character driven novels so hopefully this won’t be too hard for me to complete!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

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The Rosie ProjectGraeme Simsion– I’m so glad that this book is the first in a series, because I absolutely adored the main character. I can’t wait to see how his story continues.

Eleanor & ParkRainbow Rowell– I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It’s deeper than you’d think.


The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night TimeMark Haddon– This is one of my favourite books by Mark Haddon and possibly one of my favourites ever. The main character is so unique.

RoomEmma Donoghue- This book is another unique read. It looks like it’s going to be completely harrowing and it is in parts, but the character of Jack does inject some much needed humour!

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The HelpKathryn Stockett– I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve included this book in Top Ten lists. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s got amazing characters. Just read it!!

Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another unique read. This book made me somewhat understand why the character did the awful thing that she did… (I’m so vague! 😉 )


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce– A beautiful book about an older man’s journey to find his friend.

The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger– This book took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving the journey that we went on with the characters.


TeaseAmanda Maciel– This one is interesting because it’s from the point of view of the bully.

Wonder- R.J Palacio- Another wonderful character in a very hopeful book.

What are your favourite character driven books? Feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by!



How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Hachette Children’s Books


Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault.

At least, that’s what everyone seems to think when Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. But Sara is sure she hasn’t done anything wrong, because Emma brought it on herself. Sara is adamant that she was the victim – not Emma.

Inspired by a true story, TEASE is a thought-provoking must-read that will haunt you long after the last page.


Tease is billed as a thought-provoking must-read book and I have to agree. It is thought-provoking. It didn’t take me long to read at all and it’s one of those books that proves that you don’t have to particularly like a character in order to enjoy the book. I enjoyed it, but I can see that a lot of people are going to have a problem with it.

Tease isn’t a really unique story. It’s a story that’s been told many times, but it’s told from a new perspective. Tease is essentially a story about high school bullies and the typical high school cliques. Emma Putnam is known as the school slut. Tease starts after her suicide. Emma was repeatedly targeted by Sara and Brielle, who use their popularity to encourage others to bully Emma. Sara is the narrator of Tease. It’s told in two time frames, one before the suicide and one after. I think they both worked well, but I was never quite sure whether to trust her or not. She didn’t mean for Emma to die, but at the same time she is not ashamed of her behaviour at all and believes that she should have attacked and humiliated Emma, because Emma ‘stole’ her boyfriend and was a slut.

I think a lot of people are going to love or hate this book because it does have such a strong subject matter. Also, the main character Sara, doesn’t seem to show any remorse whatsoever about Emma’s suicide. There’s also slut-shaming involved too. Sara and her best friend Brielle, seem to call Emma a slut quite frequently, and because of the unreliable narrator, the reader never really gets to know if Emma has done what it’s rumoured she has. And even if she had… it doesn’t mean that Emma deserved to die. I think a lot more people would warm to this book, if Sara and Brielle showed some real remorse for what they had done. I didn’t particularly like the message that Sara was portraying… that bullies are not to blame for the bullying. I imagine this is how many bullies try to justify their bullying ways, but for me I couldn’t accept it.

Whilst I didn’t love this book, I thought it was an interesting read, if only to read what effect bullying has on everyone. It’s not just the bully and the victim, it affects families and friends too. I think bullying can be so much worse in modern times due to Twitter and Facebook. Amanda Maciel does touch on Emma being bullied on social media, which is important to highlight. I just wish in this story (and in life!) that a death wasn’t the result of such horrible behaviour.

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Stacking The Shelves #57

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page!


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Hereafter by Terri Bruce has been on my radar for a while now. I’m hoping to read this book soon! I’m attempting to get up to date with the majority of my series, so I pre-ordered Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, it arrived this week and I’m very much looking forward to finishing the series.


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If you’ve visited this blog before, or regularly come back, you may have noticed that I can never stay away from NetGalley. It’s an addiction I tell you! Luckily, I’ve got my NetGalley ratio above the 80% ratio that they recommend, so I feel less guilty about requesting new pretties! 😉 Out of this selection I’m particularly looking forward to Tease by Amanda Maciel.

ARCS received/donated

Random House

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I was supposed to be attending the Random House event, but I was unwell so couldn’t go. My lovely friend picked me up a goodie bag though, with these four books. My copy of Echo Boy by Matt Haig is signed. I can’t wait to read it. Bird by Crystal Chan seems to be really popular too. I’m reading Running Girl by Simon Mason with Luna for our ‘Comparing’ feature next month. I’ve read The Name On Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns as an e-book, but it’s lovely to have a ‘real’ copy. If you click on the book image for that particular book, it’ll go to my review!

Oxford University Press

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I received final copies of Who Framed Klaris Cliff? and Storm and Stone. I have read and reviewed these already, book images go to my reviews! I’ve heard good things about The Private Blog of Joe Cowley by Ben Davis, so I’m looking forward to reading it! Disregarding the freaky cover of Replica by Jack Heath, it actually sounds very good!

Hatchette Children’s Books

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I’m so excited to read Riot by Sarah Mussi. I’ve heard some brilliant things about it! It might have to be bumped up the TBR list! I also like the look of Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington. I also received a copy of The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

What have you received this week? Have you read any of the books in my haul yet? Feel free to leave your link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll come by and visit!