Character Development 101 | Top Ten Tuesday

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here

Today’s TTT is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

For mine I decided to choose Character Development 101 as the subject, because there are so many wonderful character growths in the books I read!

1. To Kill a Mockingbird

I read this novel nearly 4 years ago and I just remember being very mesmerized by Scout’s character development. Her thoughts and opinions changing over the course of the story and her growth from a innocent child to a mature young woman made a huge impact on me, especially when I was younger.

2. Shatter Me

All the major characters in this series go through such overwhelming character development. The characters grow and change so much with each book, that by the last installment they are so different from how they were at the beginning of the series.

3. Pride and Prejudice 

I recently re-read this novel and Elizabeth and Dracy’s character growth still hit me hard. They are both flawed characters, Darcy being a very prideful man and Elizabeth being quick to let her prejudices cloud her judgement. But as the book progresses they learn from each other how to become better people.

4. Since You’ve Been Gone

In this coming of age novel Emily, the main character, goes from a wallflower to a confident girl. I loved reading about Emily’s transformation and her willingness to get out of her shell. She grows tremendously by the end of the book.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

A major part of this entire book series is character development. Rick Riordan is a genius when it comes to writing complex and flawed characters that, by the last book, grow so much.

6. The Heroes of Olympus

I had to include this series as well. I think I might actually prefer this one to PJO. Even thought this series has many characters they all go through their individual character development. And like I said before Riordan is a genius when writing characters.

7. Finding Audrey

This book is extremely character driven and focuses a lot on character development. The main character, Audrey, has severe social anxiety and the book follows her journey as she tries to overcome her disorder.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

This is an amazing coming of age contemporary about accepting yourself and others. The main characters, Ari, goes from a moody and pessimistic character to a genuinely happy and appreciating person. I don’t want to give away too much, but you should read it.

9. Throne of Glass

Everyone knows Celaena to be this badass assassin, but I love how throughout the series Sarah J. Maas also shows Celaena’s downfalls, failures, various rampages and emotional breakdowns. It makes for such a great and complex character.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I think all the major characters have great character development in this novel, but especially Charlie. This book follows him trying to fit into high school and make friends while also dealing with issues that happened in the past.

So those are all the 10 books I’d choose if I taught Character Development 101. Let me know if you agree with any of my choices or just tell me a book you would choose for this subject!

I hope you all had a lovely day and I’ll see you in my next post,


18 thoughts on “Character Development 101 | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. aimalfarooq says:

    I definitely agree with Perks and the Heroes of Olympus series. Perks is such a short book, but I was amazed at how proud I was of Charlie for overcoming the obstacles that he did. As for the HoO books, I didn’t expect to root for Nico and Leo as much as I did; I think those too went through major character transformations. Major props to Riordan!

    Great choices! x

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    • Mara says:

      Perks was the first YA book I ever read and I remember being very proud of Charlie as well!
      Nico and Leo are probably by favorite characters in the HoO series. We just got to know them so well, and their growths as characters made the most impact on me.
      Thanks for reading ♥

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  2. Thuong Le says:

    Great list! Since You’ve Been Gone is one of my favourite books of the year, Emily was very dependent on Sloane but when she went missing, it gave Emily a opportunity to grow and become an independent person and I loved that! Perks of being a wallflower is another one of my all time favourites, there were so many wonderful quotes.

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    • Mara says:

      I feel the same way! Emily reminded me a lot of myself, so it was really great and motivating to read about her venturing into the world without Sloane.
      Perks was the first YA book I ever read so it’s really special to me. And the quotes are amazing too!
      Thanks for reading ♥


  3. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    Wonderful topics, character developments are my top fave in a book so I’ll have to check out all these recs- esp Ari & Dante as I have heard so many great things about it.

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  4. _forevermint says:

    Great post! Definitely agree with you! Though I still have to read a handful of these books xD This would make for such an awesome class haha ^^


  5. Zoe says:

    The characters in Percy Jackson / Heroes of Olympus and Shatter Me all have such great development throughout the course of the series. By the end of the series none of the characters are who they were when it started, and that’s great. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post & choices! ❤


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