Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 10 Characters of 2011

This is a really hard one today.  Only 10 characters?  Really?  Thankfully, yesterday's post covered the "boyfriends."  So I can concentrate on heroines, villains, supporting characters, and more.  It still is a very hard choice.

Well, here goes.

Honorable mention:

I felt I had to mention this character.  This is a recent read of mine, and I was not smitten with most of the characters, but I really liked her.  Here she was, a time traveler, and she was full of confidence and natural intelligence in spite of the circumstances.  Noah liked her, and she liked him.  I have to admit I saw more of a brother/sister relationship between them rather than romantic, but then again, Noah is only 12.  I know a sequel is coming out, and if the author is smart, he will certainly feature her prominently in the book!


Hetty Sorrel from Adam Bede by George Eliot

As you can read in my review of this book, it was not a truly favorite book of mine, but it was well worth the read.  And it got better. Hetty Sorrel was the tragic character.  She was poor but pretty.  She cared more about the way she looked than her duties.  I felt so sorry for her when all her trouble began.  And the tragedy does not improve.  I knew there was no escaping her destiny, but I still felt for her.  I was not enamored by any of the other characters the way I was with her.

Trina, Mark, and Lucas from Steps to Courage by Sandra Stiles

I realize it might seem like I am cheating, but there is no way to separate these three characters.  They are the three survivors in the book of the 911 disaster.  This was quite a compelling book, and these teenagers really kept my attention.  I couldn't imagine having survived this disaster--especially as teenagers.  They learn to rely on Christ through it all, and by the end, they are doing much better.  I certainly hope this is not the last from this author.  These three characters' stories will grip your heart and stick with you long after you have finished reading.


Tea of Blaze of Glory by M. Garzon

I struggled to know which character to choose.  Yes, I loved my boyfriend, but Tea is quite a strong character.  I wasn't sure I liked her in the beginning, but as I saw her growth throughout the story, I began to love her.  And the romance was as sweet on her end as it was on Jaden's.  It was neat to see her come out of an abusive situation and truly have her dreams come true.


J.S. Bach from Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall

I bet this one throws you, doesn't it?  Wasn't he a real person?  Yes, but he definitely makes the top 10! I have always enjoyed the story of his life, but this book truly delved into his life from a spiritual perspective.  I still find myself thinking of his views on church music during the worship time of our church services.  This book brought this historical figure to life for me.

Kelly Grace Pickens from Countdown to Love by Julie Ford

I know I featured my "boyfriend" from this box last night, but I just have to feature Kelly tonight.  I fell in love with her from the start.  I instantly thought of Kellie Pickler (in the book, her name is often confused with that singer), and I really thought she was a well-developed character.  I loved the romance between her and Dillon--it was so much fun.  And yet she was a driven woman as well.  She knew what she wanted, and she didn't rest until she got it!  Wow!


Tess from Tess of the D'Urvervilles by Thomas Hardy

I absolutely loved Tess.  So much that the ending was so harsh, but I was not surprised.  It had to happen.  I loved the way the author made her come alive, and I never tired of her.  She was a strong woman placed in an incredibly difficult situation.  I would have loved to have given her some advice to avert the harshness of her life, but it was not to be.  Indeed a woman with strength and depth.


This one was a surprise to me, but I will never forget the character Jamil.  He is the character in the story who converted from Islam to Christianity.  And he spread the gospel until he was arrested.  You can imagine the rest of the story with him.  He never wavered, and God gave him all the strength he needed to endure everything.  As I read the tragedy of his story, I realized how true the words of the the Apostle Paul are--To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  


Talk about a strong woman!  I know I featured this as one of my top reads, but I could not pass up featuring it again.  Nell is the narrator of the story, and I was enchanted by her.  It is easy to see why so many men enjoyed her and ultimately, the King himself bedded her.  She is vivacious and strong.  I love strong women.  She never gave up, and she got herself and her family out of poverty and a life of harshness by doing whatever she had to do.  Except that she had standards her sister did not.  She was never a common a prostitute.  I was so glad about that.  Not that I condone her actions, but she did have high standards under the circumstances.


I know--another real life person!  In fact, she is still alive.  But I was enchanted with her.  I found myself saying over and over again that I could never have done what she did.  She never "dissed" her husband, and she very clearly detailed her spiritual journey in easy-to-understand words.  I felt for her over and over during the story, and it was so neat to see God working in her life.  I would love to tell her in person what her story meant to me.  If I could be half the woman she is, I would pretty happy!


Count Fosco from The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Another surprise, I know.  Who would expect me to select a villain as my top character of 2011?  I went into this story knowing a lot about Count Fosco.  I did not realize just how charming he was.  He seems to be the nicest guy one could ever meet.  Under most circumstances, he would not be the one who would be a villain.  Villains are supposed to be ugly and mean.  Well, Count Fosco always seems to have himself together (even though he is severely overweight).  Even when one realizes what he really is.  It is worth the read just to read about him!  And I think many people would say that Count Fosco is one of the most likable villains in literary fiction.

Well, there you go.  I cannot believe how long it took for me to write this post.  Enjoy!


  1. And here I am again, not knowing the books you've picked. Damn. I really should make this list with books you've read and check them out one day/some day soon! : D

    (And which giveaway are you talking about? Could you leave me a link, pls?)


  2. Nice to see a classic character on a list. Thomas Hardy is a favorite author of mine.

  3. Ohh you picked some of the most fierce and awesome characters! Great list you have here!

    Here' s my Top 10 Characters of 2011

    Jay @ We Fancy Books


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