Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Characters

Today is Tuesday, and I realized that I haven't participated in a couple of weeks in top ten.  In fact, I've been pretty MIA on the blog, what with an extremely busy end of the semester.  But today's question is totally doable, so I'm doing it.  This week the Broke and the Bookish ask us for our Top Ten Favorite Characters.

Here are mine along with one word that describes them:
10. Benjy Composon, from William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury : Unreadable
9. Lisbeth Salandar from Steig Larsson' sThe Girl With a Dragon Tattoo : Scarred
8.  Lady Brett Ashley from Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises: Bourgeois
7. Nick Carraway from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: Hopeful
6. Carrie Meeber from Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie: Relentless
5. Tiny Cooper from John Green's Will Grayson Will Grayson: Hilarious
4. The Narrator from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: Eloquent
3. Hester Prynne from Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter: Rebellious
2. Babette Gladney from Don DeLillo's White Noise: Feminine
1. Ishmael from Herman Melville's Moby Dick: Curious


  1. Argh! I could kick myself for not picking Lisbeth as a favorite. But I'll settle for beating my head on this brick wall...

    Great list, Nick Carroway is a great character, and I'll be listening to the audio of Will Grayson, Will Grayson soon.

  2. I'm going to have to disagree about the narrator of "Invisible Man." That was the first book I ever read with a sentence that lasted longer than a page. I'm barely willing to let Dickens get away with wordiness, and even then, that's only because I would have done the same thing if I got paid by the wod.

  3. I agree with Nick Carraway and Lady Brett Ashley (not to mention, the words you used to describe them are very apt) but I never did seem to like Lisbeth. Great list, gave me quite a lot of books to add to my TBR list!

  4. I think this must be the best list ever. All these could be on my list too. :D
    Great blog, btw. I am a new follower.

    Check out my top 10 here

  5. Oooh, I do love Hester Prynne! And the narrator from Invisible Man is a good character too, although I kind of can't get fully on board with him because I don't know his name... that's normal, I'm sure!

  6. Relentless is such a good word for Carrie! Great list!

  7. This might qualify as the most interesting list I saw this week! I agree with you: Benjy is a terrific character and The Sound & the Fury is my favorite Faulkner novel, not least because you really have to work at it to read it.

  8. Love the one word description of each! Great characters here


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