Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

all time favorite characters in books

I’m joining in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday this week. It was just a such a fun theme I couldn’t resist. I must say that this question is a tad unfair because one of the things that really makes a book for me is whether I like the characters or not. So while I only picked one character per book I found myself thinking ooh but I really love him/her also the whole time. See what everyone else picked here.

In no particular order:

  1. Fire from Kristin Cashore’s Fire – I love her so much, seriously everything about her.
  2. Neville from The Harry Potter Books – What a wonderful friend. He’s brave in a real world way and always tries to do what is right.
  3. Ender from Orson Scott Card’s Ender and Shadow books – There’s a quote where one of the character says “So Ender, he tries to wake up the good part of you.” that’s quite an ability.
  4. Elisa from Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns – She’s strong and real and awesome. And I love how she grapples with her faith and her identity.
  5. Zuzanna from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I just thought she was a super fun character even though she was a side character and the book wasn’t my fav.
  6. Noah Shaw from Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – So yeah, besides being totally attractive, I love his sass and how he takes care of Mara.
  7. Cinna from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy – He was my favorite character. What a kind, lovely person. And he designed amazing clothing, how could I not love that?
  8. Frederick Theissen from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus – He is the ultimate fan. I was kind of jealous of how he got to live his fandom in such a complete way.
  9. Rosa Huberman from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief – She’s rough but she sure knows how to love.
  10. Jem Carstairs from Cassandra Clare’s Inferno Devices Series – He’s such a wonderful friend. Everyone needs a friend like him. He makes me want to be a better friend.

You can find links to each of these in my “read” list in case you want to read the blurbs or see my reviews. And if you want to be book friends on Goodread’s I would love that.


  1. Cinna is definitely a note worthy character. He is so calm and chill, and doesn’t work about anything. I would totally need someone as reassuring as him as like an assistant or something, lol! Anyhoo,
    Great post, and you have a new follower as well! Would love it if you could check mine out: My TTT.

  2. This is a great list! I would say that at first, I didn’t like Zuzana, but she grew on me, after all. And, Cinna is quiet, but bold. And, that scene where Katniss last sees him in Catching Fire…. Oh, man. Tears.

    And, of course, my Jem! He is mine, so that tells you I approve of your list very much. He makes me want to be a better human being. Anyone in real life like him would make me feel that way. (I don’t think there are any real folks like him.)

  3. I’m in love with your entire list! Noah! Fire! Neville! Fire! Really the whole thing is made of awesomeness. Great choices. :)

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  4. Aww Neville and Cinna…such loyal characters! Love them both!

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  5. Cinna is on my list, too. I liked him because of the awesomeness of the dress he made for Katniss. His works are simply, amazing! Great list! :)

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  6. Great list Marissa! I had the same problem there were so many awesome characters to choose from! I’ve heard so many great things about Noah from the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer I can’t wait to meet him! :)

  7. Oh, NEVILLE! I love him!

    Really, so many of these could go on my list as well. Cinna, Frederick, Jem…

    And the others, I still need to read those books!

  8. I love Cinna too (though he didn’t make it on my list). On second thoughts, maybe he should have…
    Great list!
    Feel free to visit my list :)

  9. Jem! I totally agree! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  10. AHHH Neville!! I love him too. And Noah!! There are so many awesome book characters, it was a tough top ten week.

  11. This is such a great list! I loved Neville’s character so much too. And I completely agree with what you said about Jem, he makes me want to be a better friend too!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Awww…Neville! How I adore you! Cinna is a great choice as well! Thanks for visiting!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  13. I love your list!! they are all such good characters. :) Zuzanna, Rosa, Ender… you have some great ones that I didnt even think of right off hand!

  14. *looks through list*
    mmhm, Cinna, Noah, yup, Neville.. Interesting, not many people have mentioned him. Great reason for choosing him though. Love your list!
    Thanks for stopping by the blog. ^-^

  15. Awesome list! I totally should have included Cinna on my list too… I forgot about his awesomeness! You have some on your list from books that are on my TBR list, making me even more excited to get reading!

  16. Such a great list! I had Fire on my list too, and I put Liesel, but you are totally right, Rosa Hubermann was an amazing character. She’s so strong in the face of everything.

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  17. How exciting to see Rosa Huberman on your list! I passed out copies of The Book Thief for World Book Night.

  18. I’ve only read Hunger Games and Harry Potter from your list. Haha. :)

    I’ve always wanted to read the Infernal Devices. :)

  19. Great Choices. I have to say that any of the Harry Potter characters are a win for me. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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