I read so many great books this year! In 2015 I only read 50, but this year I’ve nearly doubled that and I plan on hitting 100 before the year is up. With all these great books, comes great book characters as well. So, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite characters from series/books I’ve read this past year.
Inej is my favorite! I love all the Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom characters, but I’ve limited myself to only one per book/series I read this year. Inej is so fierce and strong and independent and I love her so much. She’s been through a lot of really horrible things in the past which she still deals with, but it’s made her that much stronger nonetheless.
We didn’t really get to know Lysandra until Queen of Shadows, but I’ve fallen even more in love with her since Empire of Storms. Like Inej, Lys is super fierce and independent. In Assassin’s blade she comes across as super snobby, but she’s the total opposite. Her and Manon have to be two of my favorite female characters ever.
Shahrzad al Khayzuran
I wanted to include Shazi and Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn, but I decided to just go with Shazi. She’s, again, one of my favorite female characters. So sassy but also very independent, selfless, and fierce. I love how she’s always willing to defend those she loves no matter what.
Book Ginny for life! I love (book) Ginny so much! She’s so strong and fierce (are you noticing a pattern here?). I mean she’s grown up with six older brothers who are always there to defend her, but then she just comes right back and shows them that she can protect herself. They ruined her whole character in the movies though.
Audrey Rose Wadsworth
Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of my favorite books this year. Audrey Rose was such a great character! She’s super feministic for a woman in her times and isn’t afraid to break the rules, but at the same time she’s also very feminine and loves to go shopping and wear dresses. Seriously, why aren’t there more characters like her?
I really enjoyed the friendship-turned-relationship between Emma and Julian in Lady Midnight. But Emma has to be one of my favorites. She’s very fierce and loyal and will stop at nothing to avenge her parents after all these years. I’m really excited to get to read more from her POV.
I love the Darkling! He’s one of my favorite characters and villains ever. Leigh Bardugo has created some of my favorite, and least favorite characters, but the Darkling has to be one of my favorites. I mean yeah, he’s a villain, but that can’t stop me from loving him, right?
Like SoC, I would feature all the characters from The Raven Boys on my favorites, but I’m limiting myself to one. Of all the amazing characters in this series, I think Ronan is my favorite. He appears to be so cold and guarded, but once you get to know him, he starts to let down those walls and really shows who he is. I love his personality and sass so much.
If you didn’t think I would include Rhys on this list, you’re crazy. Rhys is amazing. Just everything about him I love. You expect him to turn out to be the villain with how he acts in the first book, but then in the second book you realize he’s only trying to help Feyre. Rhys is so selfless and sassy and fierce I just love him to death.
Okay, I know I said I wouldn’t include multiple characters from the same books, but I could not not feature Lupin. I loved both him and Sirius, but Lupin has to be my favorite. He’s just so sweet and kind and lovable. I don’t want to spoil anything, but just his whole background makes me so sad. Lupin is one of those book characters I would give a long hug to then some chocolate.
Honorable mentions go to…
Like I said, Khalid from The Wrath and the Dawn nearly made this list as well. I love him so much! All the characters from My Lady Jane. Everyone from The Raven Boys, The Grisha Trilogy, Six of Crows, and Harry Potter are amazing as well. Seriously, it’s impossible to name only a few!
Who are some of your favorite book characters from this past year? Do we have any of the same? Do you agree that movie Ginny just doesn’t do her character justice? Let me know below!