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Top Ten Tuesday: Character Driven Novels

I'm going to confess something. I haven't a single clue what the "technical" version of a character driven book is. One would assume it's a novel in which the characters are primary versus any subject or topic that takes over the plot. That being said, although this topic was devised to recommend books to fellow book addicts, I'll be more likely to share the books that featured characters I enjoyed, and/or connected with the characters - and forgive the presence of repetitive-ness (I put this together on a whim, plus can I help it if these characters are THAT memorable?!). If they're character driven or not (in the technical sense), I don't know, but the people within the pages made an impact on me - or at the very least were entertaining.


Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

Joanne has an all new novella out this winter, and guys, it's gorgeous.
Review will arrive. Sometime in the future.

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Only recently read this, but... wow. Yeah, that's all I'm saying.
Because, you know, they'll be a review.
 
 
Just darling, that's all that can be said for Denise's December release.
 
Finally read and finished Jenny's oldie book, In Between. Aw...
(Psst... this lovely is free on Kindle just now.)

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It's been eons since I read this, but if memory serves, I remember loving the characters.
 

My most favorite couple in Julie's popular familial series. *happy sigh* They're awesome.
 
Yes, I am still going to gush about Cole and Bailey. Can I help it they're such neat people?!
 

Samantha Moore. Easily, one of the BEST characters ever - flaws and all.
 

Ty and Celia - and ADDIE. Love 'em.
 

Darling - and genuine. What more can be said?
 
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Now its YOUR turn. Quick, favorite character driven novels - share those below!
 
*smile*
 
Stay happy, Top Ten Tuesday friends!
 

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  1. I love your list! The format, everything. :) Some of my favorites are on there too!

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    1. Hi, Dawn; thanks! I put this one together on whim, so I hoped it'd turn out okay. Yay for favorites - those are the best kind of reads. :)

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  2. The Fault in Our Stars is definitely making it on a lot of people's lists this week; haven't read it myself, am hoping to at some point xD Great list, Rissi! :)

    My TTT

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    1. Just read The Fault in our Stars, Lianne. But... yeah, not sure I can put into words what I thought of it. Hoping to review it next week. :)

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  3. I love your formatting on this list! :) A book that stands out for me this year has been Tessa Afshar's Harvest of Rubies. Awesome biblical fiction with the leading character a strong woman who makes some dramatic changes.

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    1. Hi, Rachel; thanks! It does work maybe better this go round? Not as much to "clutter" the page. :)

      Glad you liked Tessa's book; I've heard awesome things about her writing. :)

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  4. Hey, Rissi -- GREAT LIST OF BOOKS, most of which would be on my list, too! And THANK YOU for including Brady and Lizzie as well -- MUCH appreciated!! I'm anxious to see what you think of Meg and Bram from my upcoming release, Surprised by Love, because they are somewhat similar.

    One of my all-time favorite couples are Rhett & Scarlett, of course, but in the CBA, I have to admit that Laura Frantz's Silas Ballantyne and Eden from Love's Reckoning are definitely one of my faves.

    And I agree with Dawn and Rachel -- LOVE the formatting -- SO fun!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Julie, Laura's Ballantyne Legacy made my top ten list of Character Driven novels on my blog (http://dawnsdreams.blogspot.com/2014/10/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-for.html)! And I have been anxiously awaiting the mailman to bring me my copy of Surprised By Love.

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    2. Hi, Julie! Thanks a ton for stopping by. I think I have different memories from each of your books - I have fond memories of reading that first book by you (Colin and Faith) and it has always stuck with me, then I know that (so far) Brady and Lizzie are my favorites. They're just so cute! :) As for Bram and Meg, I cannot wait until my preorder arrives; I've been looking forward to Meg's story since the beginning of your new series - and hmm... you've left me wondering what comes next from you! :)

      Aw, I remember Silas and Eden. What I loved best about them was how much Silas cared about Eden's spiritual wellbeing. It was beautiful.

      Thanks! Maybe we'll keep this one around a while.

      Hugs back!

      Dawn: will be looking forward to your thoughts on Surprised by Love. :)

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  5. So honored to be on your list, Rissi! I remember working on this novella and fearing there wasn't enough of that "sweeping-saga" to carry things, so I'm glad Tucker and Sarah's quiet story resonated with you. I second Julie's comment about Laura's Silas and Eden... two of my favorite people from one of my favorite books! I'm listening to To Kill a Mockingbird right now on audio and that one and those people are really sticking with me!

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    1. They most certainly did resonate with me, Joanne; so beautiful and I'm eager to see what else you have in store for us. :) Thank YOU for the chance to read the novella.

      Silas and Eden, yes! I remember they well and can recall being so impressed by the way Silas wanted Eden to have a strong faith - it was an unusual aspect in fiction, yet so beautiful.

      Hope you continue to enjoy your audiobook; those can of reads are always the best. :)

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  6. When I first saw the title of this pots I thought of ' Dear Mr .Knightley' and wondered if you would mention it.
    Glad you did:)

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    1. You know my reading habits too well, Ella! :) Yes indeed, DMK was a definite must no matter that it appeared on other TTT's as well.

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  7. The Fault in our Stars is an excellent Character book, in fact all of John Green's books are great character driven books. I haven't heard of most of these books though, I might have to add some to my list.

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    1. What is another favorite John Green book of yours, Alex? I'm still deciding if I'd want to read more of his or not.

      Hope you find some new books to try - and THANK YOU for visiting. Off to check out your TTT. :)

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  8. You have some seriously good reads up there, Rissi! And, YAY! You read TFIOS! I am beyond excited to read your review. So hurry!! Haha, just kidding. :) Ooo, I am also really looking forward to reading The Wishing Season...I'm a big Denise Hunter fan.

    I feel like I have a pretty similar taste in books since the ones you have up there are some of my faves. I can't WAIT to check out the ones I haven't, so thanks for great recommendations!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Bekah - I'm fond of all of these for their own merits. I DID read TFIOS. Fortunately, you won't have to wait long - it should be up next week. :) You'll enjoy The Wishing Season - so good.

      Me too - it's always fun when we find others who share similar tastes. Makes gushing fun. ;)

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  9. I totally agree about DMK and When I Fall In Love!!! And if my memory serves correctly, One Tuesday Morning definitely had strong characters.

    Another recent one that comes to mind is A Table By The Window by Hillary Manton Lodge. I think the characters were very relatable.

    Now my TBR is growing.... I'll have to check out Joanne Bischof's newest! Julie's is on my read-it-sometime list and Denise's is for this winter.

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    1. Yay for shared favorites - glad you enjoyed those three titles also, Courtney.

      ...yes! Hilary's is most definitely one of the books I *should* have included without question. That book was excellent and I'm twiddling my thumbs for book 2. :)

      Enjoy Joanne's (SO good), Julie's (she has some fun ones) and Denise (LOVED). You have some fab reading ahead.

      Super glad you stopped by, Courtney.

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  10. Great picks, Rissi! Several favorites here. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tressa; glad you stopped by. :)

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  11. Sam from DMK is most definitely memorable! Although I gotta admit that Lizzy is fast taking over her spot in my head. But I do love Sam dearly. :)

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    1. Sam is still my favorite. I think. I don't know - why do I have to chose favorite Reay heroines!? ;)

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