This week I seem to have been in a reading frenzy. I finished Silent Scream on Monday and then turned to Ellen Faith’s debut ‘Learn to Love again’, a brilliant read which I'll be reviewing on April 23rd for my stop on the blog tour. I’m now engrossed in Kate Winter’s debut The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP), which I’m tremendously enjoying so far.So that means it’s a bit quiet on the review front, but I felt the need to ‘get my blog on’! (Do you think that phrase can catch on?!) so I thought in the spirit of Friday, I’d post some Friday Favourites.
My top 10 fictional characters
1. Tracey Beaker – Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
As soon as I got this book when I was younger, I was entranced by the feisty, strong-willed character of Tracey Beaker. I liked how she never let her situation get her down, and she embraced change and hard times. I never liked the TV series as much as the book, which I read from cover to cover on numerous occasions.
2. Matilda - Matilda by Roald Dahl
Any girl who reads endlessly and is mischievous yet sweet is a favourite for me. Need I say more?
3. Eeyore – Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
I know this is a random one, but I've always loved Eeyore. His gloomy, sad nature has always made me want to give him a hug. I think it strengthens the friendship story-line in all the Winnie the Pooh books - the rest of the characters support and love him, and do all they can to make him happy.
4. Ron Weasley – Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
I love Ron and his goofy, funny personality. He always stood out to me in the books for his one-liners, and ability to make even the most serious of situations funny. A firm highlight for me is his constant muttering of "bloody hell!" all throughout the series.
5. Hermione Granger – Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Another Harry Potter favourite had to make it onto this list. Although I liked Ron for his humorous nature, I also liked Hermione for her studious, geeky personality. She championed her love for learning and reading and subsequently, made it okay for girls around the world to be geeky too. Not only that, but I admired her for her involvement throughout the series in fighting against Voldemort, using her knowledge and intelligence to her advantage to solve problems.
6. Helen Walsh – The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
I absolutely loved this book and subsequently loved the character of Helen Walsh, a ditzy, slightly goofy private investigator. She made me howl with laughter one minute and wince at her misfortunes the next. She was an engaging, funny character that I came to miss after I'd finished the book.
7. Caroline Harris – Turnham Malpas series by Rebecca Shaw
I loved the first few books in the Turnham Malpas series. Now standing at a 16 book series, I do feel it went on for longer than it should have, but the first few books were lovely. Caroline is the rectors wife in an small, idyllic village, but when a shocking secret is revealed it almost tears her marriage, and life, apart. I don't want to spoil it as if you haven't read the first few books in the series I would recommend you do, but she handles it with grace and dignity (more so than I could have) and her strength alone is why she is in my top 10.
8. Katnis Everdeen – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
What a great character - a strong, powerful woman doing all she can to fight for herself, her family and her community. I loved this series and that the main character was a woman.
9. Sophie Wells – The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell
One of my favourite books by Jill Mansell and one of my favourite characters, Sophie is a stubborn yet sensitive character and is really lovable. It made me laugh how adamant she is throughout the story that she doesn't want to be with Josh (the handsome newcomer to the village) because of her past, even though it's obvious they are meant to be together. I liked her as she was a genuine character and the kind of person you'd want to be friends with.
10. Neil (the puffin) – Beach Street Bakery series by Jenny Colgan
For those that haven't read the Beach Street Bakery Series, Neil makes his grand entrance in the first book and ever since has followed main character Polly wherever she goes. He made me desperately want a pet puffin!
When I looked back on my favourites, it surprised me slightly. I didn't want this list to be the typical list of standard fictional favourites; I wanted it to be honest of my personal preferences, but I was still surprised when I realised that a lot of the characters are from books I read as a child or a teenager. I think that reflects how long I've been a bookworm and how some of the characters that I read when I was younger have stayed with me as I grow up, and remain part of my life.
I’d love to know who are some of your favourite characters – let me know in the comments below.