This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character-Driven Novels. This is a timely topic for me, because I feel like I've read several books that fit this criterion recently. Some of these may seem surprising!
Hearts and Minds - Amanda Craig
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
This Is Where I Leave You - Jonathan Tropper
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (or any of his other books, pretty much)
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
The Catcher In the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver
BONUS: 1. All Families Are Psychotic - Douglas Coupland (because it's character-driven, but it's also really, really weird and definitely not everyone's cup of tea.) 2. The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (because I haven't read the whole thing so I don't feel like I can really include it as one of the ten, but based on the first half it definitely fits in this list!)
I feel like there are so many great character-driven books out there. I tend to find them more fulfilling than action-packed thrillers (though I do need plot with my characters). I enjoy connecting to the person on the page and feeling like I'm learning what it's like to be inside someone else's head.
What about you guys? Which books had vivid main characters that you just couldn't forget?