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Best Male Character
Today I’m rounding up three of my favorites: Ged from the Earthsea Cycle, Commander Vimes from the Discworld series, and Dr. Pellinore Warthrop from The Monstrumlogist. Ged is kind and wise, Commander Vimes is funny and wise, and Dr. Warthrop is also kind and wise (in his own eccentric, Sherlock-esque way).
Best Female Character
This is even harder. I love Sissy from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Rachel Watts from Every Breath, Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest, Wendy from Peter Pan…At the moment, though, I guess my favorite might be Harley Quinn from the Batman comics. She somehow manages to be (almost) completely unhinged, yet still a joy to be around (assuming she’s not trying to kill you).
Best Protagonist (good guy/main character)
Gen from The Queen’s Thief series. One of the things I find really interesting is that he’s always the main character, but not necessarily the viewpoint character, of every book he’s in. The guy doesn’t even have to be telling the story for it to end up revolving around him. If that’s not charisma, I don’t know what is.
Best Antagonist (bad guy/opposing party to main character)
Long Lankin from Long Lankin. I can’t remember him without shivering.
Best Plot Development or Twist
A Pack of Lies has a pretty fantastic twist at the end.
Book You Threw Across the Room the Hardest (in either a bad or good way)
That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton. It’s a good book, but majorly depressing.
I actually prefer friendship- and family-centered books to romance, but the three romantic subplots in Entwined are all wonderful. (And funny. I don’t think they’re nearly enough funny romances.)
The Sisters Grimm books are packed with the wackiest action imaginable.
Best Other Book
In the Heart of the Sea in a genre I don’t usually read (nonfiction), but I loved it.
Best Book That Made You Change the Way You Think
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I hadn’t thought much about poverty and class issues before reading it.
Best Inspiring Book
Big Magic inspires me to create more.
Best Book That Made You Learn Something New
Wallace: The Biography. Braveheart is a wonderful movie, but it'll never win four stars in the historical accuracy department.
Best Sad Book
I cried every day while I was reading Betwixt and Between.
Best Funny Book
I’ve been reading a lot of Batman comics recently, and Li’l Gotham is both adorable and funny.
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