Why I’m A Sucker For The Samwises, Hermiones & Nikolais Out There — The 6 Character Traits I Will Always Love Reading About {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about bookish character traits we love reading about. And when thinking about it, I definitely notice a pattern in the character traits of some of my favorite characters. They almost always fall under one of six categories. So without further ado: here are the 6 character traits I will always love reading about!

The amicable, kind, loyal characters

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
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A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
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Kindness and loyalty and friendship are some of the highest values out there according to me. So naturally I gravitate towards the nice characters, the kind characters, those who will always be there for those they care about. I mean, Samwise Gamgee isn’t my favorite character ever for no reason. It’s my 60% Hufflepuff side.

Examples: Samwise, Jem and Grey

The determined, ambitious, confident characters

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
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I’m wouldn’t call myself confident at all, but I still really love reading about those characters who have swagger for days and can stroll into any situation with full confidence  that they’ll come out on top.

Examples: Lila, Manon and Mia

The quick-witted, funny, sarcastic characters

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
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Ah, I can’t help it. If you make me laugh, I’ll probably fall in love with you. Bonus points if a character’s humor is sarcastic. I LOOOVE me some good sarcastic characters.

Examples: Nikolai, Monty and Leo

The clever, intelligent characters

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The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abby Waxman
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Though I may be 60% Hufflepuff, I’m also 40% Ravenclaw and that means I automatically admire intelligent characters. Just reading about them makes me want to go back to school and learn about all the things. Bonus points if their smarts help save the day!

Examples: Hermione, Annabeth and Nina

The flawed, morally grey characters

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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A little darkness never killed nobody… or did it? Seriously, morally gray characters are the best and there’s nothing more I love than discovering a dark character’s soft spot.

Examples: Kaz, Victor and Lira

The shy, anxious, introverted characters

Taming Demons for Beginners by Annette Marie
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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Cress by Marissa Meyer
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Though it’s nice to read about characters who are not like me at all, it’s definitely also nice when you can relate to a character. That’s why I love reading about shy and introverted characters!

Examples: Robin, Cath, Cress

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14 thoughts on “Why I’m A Sucker For The Samwises, Hermiones & Nikolais Out There — The 6 Character Traits I Will Always Love Reading About {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Skavansieur says:

    I agree with you on a few of these traits! I recommend L.C. Perry’s Bronze Rebellion series since I think you might like the entire rebellion since they are all loyal to each other. Some of the characters you might like from Bronze Rebellion might be Dakota and Ryder since they are teasing each other and constantly being sarcastic, same goes to Ryder and Asher.

  2. Greg says:

    I like seeing really well done introverted characters too! And loyalty a la Samwise goes a long way, I agree. 🙂 I liked Cath from Fangirl a lot- she seemed very genuine- and her relationship with the more gregarious Reagan seemed realistic to me.;

    Morally gray or well flawed characters usually work for me as well.

  3. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Yes, give me ALL of the morally grey characters. I adore Kaz. Also putting Nikolai and Monty right next to each other like that has made me wonder how much trouble those two would get into if they somehow met…

    Samwise is the sweetest character ever. He’s the heart of Lord of the Rings to me, in much the same way that Patroclus is the heart of The Iliad, and I love him. Great list!

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