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 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This one is kinda hard I feel. I guess I usually focus on all the character traits that annoy me rather than the positive ones! Here goes in no particular order.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Don’t forget to link your own TTT as well so I can check it out!

1. Gruffness

I love a gruff male lead. I’ve probably said this before but it’s a trait that almost always instantly drags me into caring about a character and wanting to know what going on behind all the quiet looks.

Some of my favourite books with gruff characters:

2. Drive

Characters that work hard always have my vote. This is even the case with characters that aren’t disadvantaged, any that have drive professionally and personally are usually winners.

Some of my favourite books with driven characters:

3. Charm

Good old fashioned charm always sucks me in. This can be cute, cheeky or downright cocky but it pretty much always makes for fun!

Some of my favourite books with charming characters:

4. Selflessness

This is a trait I’d love to see more in myself and always endears characters to me. It can come in big life changes or small day to day actions, i’ll take it.

Some of my favourite books with selfless characters:

5. Wacky weirdness

There are some characters that are just all over the place. They’re weird and wonderful and I live for it. I especially love the internal monologues and rambling tangents kind of weird.

Some of my favourite books with wacky characters:

6. Nerdy/Geeky/Intelligent

Characters that are too smart or too nerdy for their own good are the best. I really relate to the nerdiness and I usually learn something new from these characters.

Some of my favourite books with nerdy characters:

7. Bitchy

Bitchy characters can be heaps of fun. Sometimes it’s hiding something underneath or just characters on the side, but good side characters can make a story.

Some of my favourite books with bitchy characters:

8. Brave

Sometimes it’s just amazing reading about characters that do things you’re not sure you ever could. It’s fun to feel brave for a while by association!

Some of my favourite books with brave characters:

9. Shy/Unsure

The quiet ones can usually do big things. I really enjoy reading quieter or unsure characters come out of their shell.

Some of my favourite books with shy characters:

10. Ambitious

A good ambitious character, hero or villain with some grey morals in there is a great mix. Finding yourself aligned with otherwise unlikeable people is one of my favourite things.

Some of my favourite books with ambitious characters:

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