Characters that Remind Me of Myself
Top Ten Tuesdays were started by The Broke and the Bookish and are now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
I always try to find ways to relate to the main characters I read about in my books. I think it makes the reading experience a lot more fulfilling when there’s just one tiny thing that connects you with someone – either what they’re going through, their relationship with their families, their inside jokes with their friends, their fashion sense… I don’t have to fully relate to character experiences to relate to the characters themselves and that can make things even more interesting.
Molly // 99 Days and 9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
I could relate to Molly. I feel like life can be so messy at times and it’s nice when books can explore all of the messed up parts; it makes me feel something different for once… I truly could relate to all of the different emotions that Molly felt and her utter confusion about what was right for her… I’ve been in so many odd romantic entanglements in my life; it was nice to read a story of someone who doesn’t have perfect feelings about one person, but mixed feelings on a couple of people. I hate admitting that about myself, but I’ve been there before.
Josie // Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
I really related to Josie and her inability to make decisions that are best for HER instead of considering other people too much. I have a tendency of doing this – putting other people’s happiness before myself and getting caught up in what THEY want, instead of what I want. She constantly texted Delia to manage her emotions and make her feel better, but ignored what was in front of her at that time. I totally connected with this even though it was so frustrating to read (so yeah, I don’t love this about myself).
Chloe // Chloe Snow’s Diary (series) by Emma Chastain
There are a lot of things about Chloe Snow’s life that were not at all like my own at 15… but there were countless other things (feelings, experiences, reactions, emotions) that were JUST like mine. I felt like I was reading my own diary. I know that I’ve been reading less YA lately because it’s harder to relate to the characters as a twenty-something… I adore the books that bring me right back into my own shoes as a teenager. This book absolutely hit the nail on the head for me.
Daisy // Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins
I’ll be real – I don’t care about the Royals, especially not compared to most of my friends/Twitter feed! I have zero interest in following them or reading articles about them. I’ve put off reading a lot of books in this subgenre because I’m afraid they won’t resonate with me. (THE ROYAL WE has been on my TBR for ages and I’ve never felt compelled to start it.) However, the synopsis for this book really grabbed me. What would happen if you were the sister of a girl about to marry a prince? I had a feeling that the MC would be slightly bitter and annoyed about all of the royal hullabaloo like I am, so I figured this would either (a) give me matching feels to my own or (b) help me turn a corner on my dislike for anything royal. Either way, I was intrigued. (Add in the fact that I highly enjoyed other Rachel Hawkins books and I was even more sold.)