Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Traits I love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other blogger’s lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

Hello lovely readers, I don’t normally participate in top ten Tuesdays. They tend to stress me out more than its worth, but I really enjoyed the idea for this one so I wanted to share my thoughts with you.

#1 – Intelligence

If you know me at all you will know one of the qualities I value most in people I know and characters I enjoy is their intelligence. Nothing is more annoying then reading about a character continuously getting into trouble because they’re doing something dumb.

Character: Theo or most characters honestly from The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

#2 – Strength

This can be anytime of strength really. Physical, mental, or emotional. Any type of strength is something that I really admire; especially, in female characters.

Character: Ox from Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

#3- Cunning

What can I say, it’s the slytherin in me. I want a character that can plot and make moves without it being super obvious.

Character: Jude from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

#4- Perseverance

I appreciate a character that just doesn’t give up. I like characters that struggle. I want to cheer them on and watch them succeed against the odds.

Character: Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

#5- Kindness

While I like characters that are strong and cunning it really irritates me when there isn’t any kindness or goodness to the character. They don’t have to be kind to everyone or even most people, but they need to be kind to at least someone.

Character: Meg from Written in Red by Anne Bishop

#6- Relatable

What person doesn’t like to read about characters that they can see themselves in and/or relate to?

Character: Alex from Red, White, Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

#7- Growth

I appreciate a character that grows throughout the story. We all learn and grow every day and I enjoy reading it in a character

Character: Nahri from The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

#8- Maturity

As I age reading about teenagers can get a bit frustrating. Everything is so new and they’re learning and everything seems like such a big deal. I remember that time in my life, but now I can look back a realize I really had no idea what I was doing. So, I like to read about characters with more mature voices that seem to have a bit more of a handle on life.

Character: Fatima from The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

#9- Unique

As much as I like relatable characters I don’t want to read about the same character over and over again. I want to read from unique and new viewpoints that share new thoughts, ideas, or ways of being with me.

Character: Hun-KamÉ from Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

#10- Believable

I love fiction and my favorite genre is fantasy, but I get really frustrated when the writing and characters aren’t believable.

Character: Clare from The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


What character traits do you look for in your favorite book characters? Do we have any traits in common?

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Couples

Hello everyone! Today I’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl! I don’t usually participate because I have trouble following prompts, but I found this week’s prompt enjoyable. So, let’s talk about my favorite book couples! Note: This is a fantasy blog and most of these characters will be from fantasy series, but there is at least one couple that I just couldn’t help but add to my list. Also, my main draw to fiction has never been romance so be prepared for light romances with lots of other main plot.

1 Selene and Theo from the Olympus Bound series. In my opinion one of the best couples I’ve ever read. They’re definitely not perfect, but they also recognize that and work on it. There’s a maturity there that I appreciate.


2. Lei and Wren from Girls of Paper and Fire. There’s a sizzle there that just makes me makes me dreamily sigh.


3. Clare and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s been awhile since I’ve read this book, but I still remember it very fondly. Clare and Henry have known each other most of their lives though not in the way you would traditionally assume. Time travel and romance. mmm.


4. Gordo and Mark from Ravensong. They make my heart hurt. They have such a complex history. They’ve really hurt one another, but then they have each other’s backs. So many feels!


5. Jude and Carden from The Wicked King. These two are definitely a guilty pleasure. They’re a complete disaster, but there’s also something there that if they would just give it time I think could grow into something better.


6. Xio Voe and Kudorin from In This Land series. Holy crap, what a power couple! I love all the relationships in this series, but these two are on another level.


7. Lucas and Noah from Strength of the Pack. They’re a solid couple that can literally rely on each other in matter of life and death. military couple.


8. Magnus and Alex from Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard. You want love and acceptance? You’ve found it. It’s a light romance. Not the focus, but still definitely worth it.


9. Meg and Simon from The Others series. This isn’t heavy romance and it doesn’t really hit a good romantic point til the very end, but the growth is slow and sweet!


10. Chise and Elias from Ancient Magus’ Bride (Manga now anime). This story hurts my heart, but also warms it that they care for each other like they do.


Have any of our choices matched? Are there choices here you like that didn’t make your top ten? Do you hate some of these couples? Let me know what you think!