Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who ____. I think I'm going to fill in that blank with... "Are (or Have Been) Dead". Post-mortem characterization has the potential to be really interesting, if it's done right. For the sake of this post, I'm going to include ghosts, reincarnated characters, and those caught between life and death.
Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who Are (or Have Been) Dead:
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare
by M. G. Buehrlen
So... since this is basically a story about reincarnation, our heroine has been dead before. Fifty-six times, actually. I thought this book's take on reincarnation, where Alex can "descend" into her past lives to relive parts of them, was really interesting and unique.
by Katie Williams
This short little book was one of my pleasant-surprise finds at the library. It's basically a ghost story... but told from the point of view of the ghost. Paige can't stand the fact that people are saying she killed herself... so she finds a way to do something about those rumours!
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
by Mary E. Pearson
While the bulk of this story is told by Jenna while she's alive and breathing, there are other parts where she's... well, not. This book introduces some poignant questions about consciousness and what makes us human.
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
This book is sort of like Groundhog Day for young adults... but it's written so well that I am willing to forgive the fact that the plot isn't 100% original. Sam is such an interesting character to watch as she navigates one very weird week of life and death, and changes herself in the process.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone
by Laini Taylor
If you've got a list that includes books involving reincarnation, you really have to include this one. This whole series delves into life, death, and the concept of surviving consciousness... all set in a fantastically crafted world of fantasy.
The Dust of 100 Dogs
by A. S. King
The main character in this book is reincarnated many times... and not just as a human! The historical fiction aspects of this tale make it kind of unique.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
by Lisa Schroeder
This is one of those "love can survive death" books, featuring a living heroine and a ghostly boyfriend. It's one of the best verse novels I've read (though I can usually count on enjoying myself if I'm reading Lisa Schroeder's books).
The Lake and the Library
by S. M. Beiko
The flashbacks in this book tell a parallel story of the past with characters who are, obviously, long dead. But the way that the author incorporates both stories into one amazing whole is a treat; I thought about the characters in this one long after I'd finished it.
Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver
Po and Bundle (Po's pet) are my favourite characters in this charming middle-grade fantasy. I actually wouldn't mind reading their story. If Oliver ever decides to write it, I'll read it!
My Name Is Memory
by Ann Brashares
This adult novel about reincarnation is one of the best that I've read with that theme. Daniel is unique, though, in that he can remember all of his past lives. This gives him an interesting perspective on life and death that we don't often see.
What are some of your favourite books with characters who may have experienced death?