Top Ten Bookish Characters in Novels


After enjoying reading these lists for years, I’ve decided to join the Top Ten Tuesday fun hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic list topic is “Top Ten Characters Who X”.

I’m often drawn to bookish characters – what book lover isn’t it?

So here’s my list of

Top Ten Characters Who Are Bookish

1. The enigmatic Mr Penumbra from Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

2. Daniel from the modern classic The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

3. Thursday Next, the feisty literary detective (what a fantastic job) from The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

4. Sybylla Melvyn, the spirited young girl that dreams of becoming a writer in My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin 

A Far Cry From Kensingtion by Muriel Spark

5. Mrs Hawkins, adored the ascerbic wit of this Dorothy Dix editor in A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark

6. Joseph, the young bookshop assistant with a penchant for mystery novels in Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner

7. Flavia de Luce, the precocious little booklover come sleuth in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino

8. Benjamin Constable (the character, with the same name as the author of the novel), a writer living in Paris in The Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable

9. Almost all of the characters in If on a winter’s night a traveller by Italo Calvino, the story is an ode to books and the people that love them.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

And for last I saved my all time favourite – Leisel Meminger of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Who are your favourite bookish characters?