Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels. This might be a little tricky, since I read mainly YA and strong characterization is not always on the menu:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - Though this book has some paranormal elements to the plot, it's really about the characters and their relationships.
Eli the Good by Silas House - This is historical fiction with a definite sense of time and place. The setting is almost a character in its own right, and provides the backdrop for a story about family.
Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass - I don't know if you could find a more character-driven novel than this one. It's all about the main character and her life before getting hit with a dodge ball in gym class.
Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey - The characters are what set this book apart from all the other YA vampire tales. They're developed well (even the secondary characters) and their words and actions lend a light touch of humour to this fun story.
The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller - Since the plot of this story is basically historical facts, it falls to the characters to make this novel interesting. The author did a great job differentiating the voices and personalities of the four Russian princesses.
My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares - Though there are multiple points of view, Daniel's narration is really what drives the story. He's such a cool character, with such an interesting life... well, lives, actually. A guy who can remember all of his past lives would be a blast to have at dinner parties!
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff - The voice of a vulnerable foster kid is really what makes this book work. Though it's a middle-grade title, it's written so well that adults will probably like reading Hollis's story, too.
Room by Emma Donoghue - Jack. Need I say more?
Stolen by Lucy Christopher - While I'm still not sure exactly what type of person the narrator is, it's obvious that Ty is really the character who drives the plot in this story. He's complex and so interesting... which is great for a villain!
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - R is probably one of my favourite characters, and it's not because of what he is. It's because he's insightful and complicated and probably pretty much the opposite of what you'd expect from a zombie. The book just wouldn't have been the same (or as good) if we hadn't been in R's head the whole time!
What other character-driven novels would you recommend?