I couldn’t decide on one category of characters for this post, so I kind of cheated and picked a few. On the plus side, you get a bit more variety!
…Renewed my faith in humanity
There are (thankfully) many more books that could go in this category, but these were recent reads so they are standing out more in my mind.
…Made me want to give them a hug
I don’t think any of the characters I wanted to hug from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake were really huggers, but the desire to comfort them was there all the same. And Anne Shirley… well, I don’t think that needs any explanation at all.
…Made me laugh
I enjoy humour that is dry, understated and often inappropriate. So I guess it’s not really surprising that all three of these are British.
…Made me feel less alone
I know all these are memoirs, so it’s kind of cheating since the “characters” are real people. But I’ve never met them in person, just as I’ve never met any of the ficitonal characters in my books, so they’re kind of the same amount real to me, if that makes sense.
I’ve had a rough couple of years, and I read Jenny Lawson’s books during that time. It helped me immeasurably. It made me feel less broken – or at least, that being broken didn’t mean I didn’t have value or that I wasn’t worth loving. And she also did make me laugh, but more the helping thing, so that’s why it’s in this section.
I hope somewhere in this post there was a book you recognized and enjoyed or are now interested in reading! I’d love to hear your favourite books/characters that fall into any of these categories in the comments.
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