Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2020


Next up for my end of the year posts is characters! The lifeblood of books!

I just thought it was interesting to note that four of these are main characters, one is a love interest, three are side characters, and two are kind of cheating since I chose all the main characters.

I could ramble some for the intro, but eh, no point in wasting time, let’s just get to all of the characters I loved this year!

Kenji – Shatter Me Series

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Kenji was the glue that held the entire Shatter Me series together. Without him, I don’t think I would have made it through those last three books. He was both the comedic relief and the character with the most sense, and he also had a heart of gold.


Geralt – The Witcher Series

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Geralt had a surprising dry humor and wit, and he was also a good, compassionate person, even if he wouldn’t admit that. I’m disappointed that I just couldn’t get into the main series after the prequels because I really wanted to get to know him more and spend more time with him.


Squib – Highfire

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

Squib was just a real sweet kid. (Yes, I am at an age where I now refer to teenagers as kids lol.) He didn’t always make the best decisions, but he was kind and loyal and had a good heart.


Val – Valkyrie’s Spear

Valkyrie's Spear by Cynthia Diamond

Val was my kinda gal. I loved how confident, determined, and playful she was. She wasn’t afraid to flirt or go after what, or who, she wanted. But she also had other more complex sides to her. She worried about her sisters and felt guilty that she was letting them down, felt like she always had to be strong for them. Plus she was a kickass valkyrie!


Matheus, Quin, & Alistair – Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle Series

Real Vampires Don't Sparkle by Amy Fecteau

I love all three main characters in The real vampires series, for different reasons. Matheus was kind of a disaster, but also relatable in some ways, and ultimately a good person. Quin was scary and maybe a bit sociopathic, but he treated Matheus right and was interesting and entertaining. Alistair seemed like he was going to be insufferable but then turned out to be so likeable and charismatic and friendly. I want good things for all of them.


Emery – The Paper Magician Series

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Emery was one of my first bookish crushes, and I was reminded of why while rereading this series. He was quirky and eccentric, thoughtful and quiet, playful and creative, and also fierce and passionate when the situation called for it.


Lucien – Soulbound Series

A Ferry of Bones and Gold by Hailey Turner

Ahh, Lucien. Such a terrible person, yet such a great character. A drug dealing, arms dealing criminal and all-around asshole who oozes sex and violence. I legitimately look forward to whatever little moments we’ll get with this vampire every time I pick up one of these books, even though he’s only a side character.


Matt – The Usual Apocalypse

The Usual Apocalypse by Christine Price

Matt was my favorite character in the first book of this series even though he was only a small side character, so I loved it that he got to be the main character in the second book. He was witty and cracked me up, and he was a good person who actually cared about trying to save people. His supernatural power to make people tell the truth was also interesting. I really felt for him and cared about him.


Everyone – The Incubus Saga

Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen

I love every single one of the main characters in this series. This is such an incredibly lovable group. But I especially love Nathan because he starts out as someone who is loyal and decent but imperfect and closed-minded in some ways, and he grows so much over the series into someone who is so good and empathetic, despite his lack of confidence in himself and the struggles he goes through.


Palamedes – The Locked Tomb Series

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Ahhhhh, PALAMEDES. He has such a small part in this series, and yet he’s legitimately been my favorite thing about this series so far, and he’s the character who stands out most to me this year. GIVE ME MORE PALAMEDES! *bangs on table* Seriously though, I freaking love this man. I think I might be in love with this man? He was quiet and unassuming when we met him, but behind that was a well of strength and conviction. He would absolutely stand up and fight for what he believed in, and when he would bust out with those angry, impassioned speeches, I swear it was one of the sexiest things I’ve ever read. He was incredibly smart, incredibly loyal, incredibly passionate about what mattered to him, and incredibly kind toward people who deserved it.


In Case You Missed It:

Check out my other end of the year posts!
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2020
Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2020 + Some Non-Bookish Things


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  1. Amanda Meuwissen

    I can’t thank you enough for including, well, ALL my characters in this list. They are all so very dear to me, and as I embark upon becoming a full-time author in 2021, maybe I’ll finally be able to return to this series, as I’ve had planned for some time. You’ve given me a lot of ideas. ^_^ Happy reading ahead for 2021!