10 Favorite Book Characters

I can’t resist a Top Ten Tuesday where I get to talk about my favorite characters! Link up with The Broke and the Bookish to read more wonderful Top Ten posts.

This week it’s all about our favorite book characters of all time. Here are my picks (in no particular order):

1. Gus McCrae – Lonesome Dove

I’ve loved Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry for a long, LONG time. Gus has always been my favorite character in the series for a few reasons. The first is that he’s got a heart of gold. He’s always willing to lend five dollars to a cowhand in need of a “poke,” always willing to romance a woman, and has an uncanny ability to quote Latin phrases that he may or may not actually know the meaning to. Most importantly, he’s loyal and not afraid to do the right thing when it comes to justice. Basically, he’s a man’s man cowboy with a soft heart. My weakness.


2. Danerys Targaryen – A Game of Thrones

I don’t think it comes as a shock that two of my favorite characters come from A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Danerys is such an amazing character that exhibits so much growth. I couldn’t handle her meekness at first, but she’s turned into such a badass that I’m cheering for her now. I love strong female characters.

3. Tyrion Lannister – A Game of Thrones

In my last Blogging Through post, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure whether I should love or hate Tyrion. I think I’m firmly on the side of love now. He’s such a unique character in that his physical deformity doesn’t cast him aside into some stereotype. He’s smart. He’s calculating. He’s fun.

4. Molly Weasley – Harry Potter Series

Molly is by far a frontrunner for my favorite character in the series. I love that she’s a surrogate mom for Harry, that she manages to keep all 7 of her children clothed, fed, and happy, and that she stays SO strong throughout the entire saga. So many of her family and friends are threatened and we very rarely see her break down. Plus, I love it when she kills Bellatrix.

5. Claire Fraser – Outlander Series

I don’t think this list could be complete without talking about the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Again with the strong women, but I can’t help but admire Claire’s fortitude when she’s transported back to the 18th-century. I don’t know if I could have handled it any better. Plus, she’s a healer. She’s branded as a witch. And she swears. 🙂

6. James Fraser – Outlander Series

I can’t possibly talk about Claire without talking about Jamie. I love their chemistry and his romantic hero characterization. He’s loyal, he’s true, and he’s a helluva man. If I had to go back in time and marry a Scot from the 1700’s, it’d definitely be him.

7. Magawisca – Hope Leslie

Hope Leslie  by Catharine Maria Sedgwick is one of my favorite all time early American novels. Magawisca, the Indian princess, is definitely one of my favorite characters of all time. Her loyalty is pulled between her father and the white family she works for. In the end, she sacrifices her arm for the man she loves. That’s dedication.



8. Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie Series

These were my very favorite books when I was little and I always said I wanted to grow up and be her. So, obviously she’d make it on this list at SOME point, right? I love that she’s spunky and speaks her mind. I love how loyal she is to her family. I absolutely LOVE when she kick’s everyone’s butt in the history recitation showcase in Little Town on the Prairie.



9. Elphaba – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

I adored this fairy tale retelling because Gregory Maguire made Wicked such a highly political novel. I love that Oz was discriminatory and about to have a revolution. I love the class disparity. I love, Elphaba, especially, though. She faces discrimination, love, and class disputes all on her own and actively protests the injustices of Oz. She’s so misunderstood and I love her.



10. Jim Qwilleran – The Cat Who Could Read Backwards

Jim Qwilleran, the former alcoholic, is a journalist with an uncanny cat who can solve crimes. I’ve loved this series since I started reading it when I was 10ish. Jim is smart, uses big words without apology, and is an eternal bachelor. He is the protagonist to love out of all the murder/mystery series out there.

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  • Melissa Haggerty

    I haven’t read many of these books. Laura is one of my Top Ten, too. I have always loved the Little House books. I also love your choice and reasons for Molly Weasley. She was a really great character.

    Here is my Top Ten. 

  • I also picked Laura Ingalls Wilder. 😀 And you make me want to take a second try at the Outlander series. I tried the first book last year and only made it 50 pages in…

    • Rbrtcrego

      The author of this blog is an amazing individual whos thoughts, ideas and social mannerisums make life worth living.

      • JessicaWorkman

        Thanks, dad!

    • JessicaWorkman

      I hope you do, Jill! I can’t remember if she’s gone back in time by 50 pages in. I seem to think she’s hasn’t gone back yet. Once you get passed the “setting up” of her relationship with Frank, it gets much better. 

  • Katie Barnett

    I love both Daenerys and Tyrion (although I ended up putting Arya on my list). But I was especially happy to see you picked Molly Weasley, such a wonderful and vivid character, and the one that made me laugh the most!

    • JessicaWorkman

      Oh man, I wanted to put Arya in there SO BADLY. She’s my third favorite behind Daenerys and Tyrion. 

  • Girlxoxo

    I loved the development of Danerystoo. I haven’t finished the series, but I loved seeing how her character evolved. Although Arya is still my homegirl though 🙂

    • JessicaWorkman

      I’m still on the first book and I already love her. I can’t wait to read more. As for Arya, she almost made it on my list. She’s my third favorite character in the series. 

  • Lonesome Dove and Game of Thrones are on my TBR list… Good to know there are some good characters in those!

    • JessicaWorkman

      Oh, Holley. I’m so excited for you! I hope you love them. I kind of wish I could go back and read Lonesome Dove for the first time again so I could experience the epicness all over. 

  • JessicaWorkman

    Thanks for stopping by! I think Molly is totally underrated in the series. I had to include her. I have so much love for Laura. When people used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would always say “Laura Ingalls.”

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