Top Ten Tuesday: My Literary Soul Mates

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.Β and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Characters That Remind Me of Myself.Sometimes characters in novels feel like extensions of ourselves, these are the ones that you can’t shake, who feel so like yourself that you wish they were real. I don’t come across a ton of these, but there a few characters that I like to call my literary soul mates. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Lara Jean is in my opinion one of the most relatable contemporary protagonists I’ve read. I see myself in her naivety, her being a bit of a homebody, and that whole “I know what I like and I like what I know” attitude.

2. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I too sometimes laugh at the silliness of other people. I’m also low-key judgy.

3. Janna from Saints & Misfits by S.K. Ali – The amount of times Janna made me snort can’t be counted. Forget laughing out loud, if you can make me snort while I read, we are simply meant to be.

4. Roja from Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – I know this might shock some of you, but no one irl would ever describe me as soft. My kindness is mostly expressed through actions, so whenever I say something nice, it just comes across as insincere and sarcastic. Like Roja, I will never be the kindest person in the room, but you know, I’m okay with that.

5. Xiomara from The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Growing up, there was no greater outlet for me than writing. I don’t do a lot of personal writing now, but these kinds of stories always make me remember the teen I used to be, rather fondly and protectively.

6. Nora from Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – I relate so much to Nora constantly trying to handle relatives in a way that doesn’t make it feel like she’s going to drown. Sometimes circumstances that we find ourselves in are not our fault and we have to learn to unburden ourselves from them.

Do we share any characters this week? Who do you consider your literary soul mate? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Literary Soul Mates

  1. Lara Jean is always a favorite; she’s just so ordinary (in the BEST kind of way) which is why I relate to her. In my book, she’s an unforgettable character. Also three cheers for Elizabeth Bennet. πŸ™‚

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  2. I haven’t read most of these books, but the characters you listed sound like fun. I kind of know Lara Jean from the movie and don’t know how accurate the portrayal of her is, but I still agree that it is a relatable character. I rarely hear people relating with Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice but I agree with you! I think we all do that sometimes. Great list!

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  3. I’ve only seen the Netflix version of To All The Boys but Lara did seem pretty relatable. Good show and the books sound great too. also Elizabeth Bennet I think a lot of people can relate to as well. πŸ™‚

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  4. You know we share Lara Jean. ❀ I don't actually say that many kind things either I think (it is so awkward sometimes) but I think people still see me as soft because I am this tiny, soft spoken thing haha.

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  5. Great list! Anna-Marie McLemore is an author I’d really like to try this year, and I’ve heard amazing things about The Poet X, too, so I need to check it out. πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ve always meant to read Burn Baby Burn and even had it out from the library before. Looks like you found some good characters here. I did watch To All The Boys I Loved Before on Netflix. Even though I never read the book, the movie was super cute and a great way to spend a sick day on the couch.

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  7. Lara Jean is such a relatable character! I love Elizabeth, because she is flawed but tries to better herself. Also, Roja IS soft, it’s just that other people can’t understand what soft looks like on others

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  8. I loved Janna from Saints & Misfits! That was honestly one of the best books I read in that year (I think 2017??) and I remember just being struck by how profound it was but also just how funny at the same time. I love books that walk that line between funny and serious – because that’s life, honestly.

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  9. Lara Jean reads so young, but that’s not a bad thing at all! I would have loved to have her as a sister (though I love my own sister very much). I also love how much her voice matures, but still stays the same through all three of the books. Her naivety also reminds me a bit of me, haha

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