Top Ten Tuesday : Characters That Remind Me of Myself

May 7, 2019 TTT 36

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.


This weeks theme is Characters That Remind Me of Myself

This one took a lot of thinking about!

Jo in Little Women: I don’t think I’m exactly like Jo, but I always wanted to be her.  Scribbling in attics, full of courage, and very headstrong.

Anne in Anne of Green Gables: I adore the outdoors, and nature.  And I can empathise with her vivid imagination getting her in to scrapes too.

Benny in Circle of Friends: I know what it’s like to be awkward and overweight.  So I felt stabs of pain as I read how people knocked Benny and dented her confidence.  Especially those that loved her that did it unknowingly.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Too Good to be True: A minor character in this book goes through an early menopause, and it could have been my story.  Right down to thinking she was pregnant, and being stunned to be diagnosed with early menopause instead.

OMG What a Complete Aisling: I think every Irish rural woman can identify with being a bit of an Aisling. I’m polite to bus drivers, loyal to friends while also rolling my eyes at their less than loveable qualities, have been known to write passive aggressive notes, know that a garlic cheese chips is the only way to mend a heart, but also knows the calories of everything.  Who am I kidding I’m not a bit of an Aisling, I’m a complete Aisling.

Herminone in Harry Potter: Ok let’s be real, the only thing I have in common with Hermione is a love of books, and a passion for learning new things.  And a total conviction that the answer to everything can be found in books.  But in my next life I’ll have her feisty ways too!

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyThe Snow Child

Breathe, Annie, Breathe: Annie is a character that I really saw myself in.  Not just because I run but because of her inner battles, sheer determination(aka stubborness) and her lone wolf streak. 

Mabel in The Snow Child: I identified with her pain over being childless and read it with a pain in my heart.  

Mei in The Daydreamer Detective is a massive daydreamer. In her head, she carves out whole new worlds and directions for her life. It is so funny, all the more so as I do it myself all the time. Iโ€™m well used to that annoyed look that I get whenever I space out from a conversation, so I loved seeing it play out in a book.

Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo! I wish ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€  I love how kick ass she is. Literally kick ass, she is fierce and will get revenge if you wrong her.  And she wonโ€™t feel an ounce of remorse for gaining her pound of flesh.  And she doesn’t care a jot what anyone thinks of her.  #goals

Talk to Trish:

What book characters do you relate to?  If you have also done this TTT, please leave a link so I can come visit ๐Ÿ™‚


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36 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : Characters That Remind Me of Myself”

  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I skipped this week’s topic and did my April wrap-up instead because I felt like I could only come up with one pick. Molly from The Upside of Unrequited was like reading about teenage me. But seeing your picks is like, YES! Why didn’t I think of that one!

    Benny from Circle of Friends… oh my goodness, yes. Although I don’t think I have Benny’s ability to speak her mind so well. And Annie (why does no one ever talk about that wonderful book??) is such a great pick. Her tendency to keep to herself and internalize everything was definitely a “me” trait.

    Great post, Trish!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…April Wrap-Up

    • trish

      I haven’t read Molly from The Upside of Unrequited but I just love when you can really relate to a character. It’s makes the book that bit more special. Delighted you know and love Benny and Annie!

  2. Cynthia

    I loved Lisbeth in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and have read every book in the series. Such a fun topic!

  3. Susan

    I really love this top ten Tuesday idea but no way was I doing it! It would frighten people lol!

    • trish

      I’m very character driven as I read, so I love when I spot a character that reminds me of me!

    • trish

      Well if you like Anne of Green Gables, then I think you’ll love Little Women. These are two of my all time favourite books.

  4. Sam@wlabb

    Round of applause for the creation of Hermione. She has made the most appearances today, and I think it’s great that so many people see themself in her. I love Anne! She was passionate and colorful and just so full of life.

    • trish

      Exactly, it can make you relive experiences all over again. Which can be therapeutic too, especially when you see how characters cope and move on.

    • trish

      I’m visiting others today, and it’s brilliant seeing who identifies with what character. You should definitely jump in!

  5. Kathryn Trask

    This takes a definite amount of self knowledge to be able to pull out the characters like this and relate to how you share similar if not the same traits or loves. Awesome post.

    • trish

      Thanks Kathryn, I’m such a character driven reader, that it felt like an easy enough topic for me.

  6. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    I don’t think I could have done this week’s topic if I’d tried! I don’t really think about what I’m like much, I don’t think I’d be happy with the characters that would match! lol

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