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Top Ten Tuesday #3 – Characters I Liked in Non-Favourite Books!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed the long Easter weekend if you celebrated! And if you didn’t, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and Monday!

Since I’m a teacher I got to enjoy a lovely four day weekend and it was super relaxing. I enjoyed spending time with family and reading! But today, it’s back to teaching!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl where she assigns a new topic each week and posts a top ten list to follow that theme.  We’re free to put our own spin on it, but that’s the general idea.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was a difficult one for me! But it’s nice to have a bit of a challenge. Today’s theme is “Characters I Liked in Non-Favourite/Disliked Books.” I found this one to be a challenge because I don’t really have many “disliked” books – and those that I really don’t like, I usually don’t finish.

For my list, I looked at my ratings of books that were 3 stars and under. When I rate a book 3 stars it’s usually because it was an okay read, and I did enjoy it, but I needed more – which is why I think it falls into the category of “non-favourite.”

Either way, I did my best, so here is my compiled list!


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 321

This book just wasn’t for me. That being said, I did enjoy Watson. He was intriguing to me as a character and to be quite honest, is what kept me from putting this book down. In the end though, he wasn’t enough to keep me going with the series.


Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books | Pages: 320

While this book wasn’t a favourite of mine, I really did enjoy Elle as a main character. She was an easy main character to become invested in. Although the plot wasn’t my favourite, I was rooting for her the whole way though.


The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Publisher: Delacorte Press | Pages: 352

This book was another eager anticipation of mine that fell flat. But once again, a character saved me from putting it down. Autumn was someone I was curious about and I wanted to see how her story unfolded, which is what persuaded me to keep reading.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers | Pages: 384

If you’ve read my review of this book, you’ll know that it was a conflicting read for me.  But one thing is for certain – I really enjoyed Vivi as a character. I wanted more of her and I hope we get to see more of her in the sequel, The Wicked King, when it is released next year!


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers | Pages: 384

Just like Vivi, Oak was another character I wanted more from. I really hope we see more of him in the next book and some great development!


The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Publisher: HarperCollins | Pages: 448

The Thousandth Floor was a book I enjoyed but it wasn’t my favourite. Of all the different characters and perspectives we got in this book, Rylin was by far my favourite. I just really enjoyed how different she was from everyone else in the novel – it was incredibly refreshing.


S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett

Publisher: Delacorte | Pages: 296

I was lucky enough to participate in the blog tour for this book and was kindly sent an advanced copy. It was enjoyable and suspenseful, but again, not a favourite of mine. That being said, the main character Greer was a flawed main character that was able to hook its reader from the very beginning. She was both brave and naive, which you wouldn’t think would go together, but it really worked well.


The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Publisher: Delacorte Press | Pages: 384

Thomas from the Maze Runner is by far my favourite character in this book series. I’m not really sure I can pinpoint why I enjoy him so much but I do. I also really like Dylan O’Brien’s portrayal of him, so maybe that plays a part. I never continued with this series after the first one, which shows that it wasn’t a favourite. But Thomas was great for his heroism, bravery and loyalty.


Hunger by Michael Grant

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 590

I really enjoyed the first book in this series. My dad bought it on a whim one year when I was reading books so quickly that he was sick of taking me to the book store. He ended up picking it up because he thought it was big and would take me a long time to read it. Spoiler alert: he was wrong. Sam was a great main character in this series. I really hated Hunger – I honestly tried to read it 3 times and was never able to finish it. Needless to say, I abandoned the series. But Sam was always enjoyable. He was fiercely loyal while also conflicted with the prospect of being a leader.


Hunger by Michael Grant

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | Pages: 590

Astrid was a great character in this series as well. I really liked how diverse her character was and how unique and special her relationship with her brother was. I also really enjoyed how she always was able to bring Sam down to earth. It was a great balance in their relationship.

That’s my top ten list for this week! And let me tell you, it was a challenge (hence some books being repeated)! What characters did you like in non-favourite/disliked books? What do you think of any of the characters I mentioned above?


Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

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