Ten Bookish Characters

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For Top Ten Tuesday, some of my favorite characters who are fellow “book nerds” — writers, readers, and storytellers. Who’s on your list?

Tanaqui in The Spellcoats by Diana Wynne Jones
Tanaqui doesn’t just tell her story, she weaves it — and changes her fate and that of her world in the process.

Miss Buncle in Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
When Miss Buncle writes a novel about her neighbors, it becomes a bestseller but gets her into a bit of trouble.

Jeeves in the Jeeves and Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse
Surely the world’s most well-read butler, he has a quotation for every occasion.

Jo in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
“Genius burns!”

Jocelyn in A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge
Every city needs a good bookshop, and when the charming cathedral city of Torminster decides Jocelyn is to run one, he has no chance of escape.

Lori in Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton
Lori has the surprise of her life when she learns that the Aunt Dimity of her mother’s bedtime stories is real — but that’s just the beginning.

Lord Peter and Harriet Vane in the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers
This highly-educated crime-solving couple gets engaged in Latin — you can’t get much more bookish than that.

Dunstan Ramsay in Fifth Business by Robertson Davies
In an extended letter to his Headmaster, schoolteacher and author reflects on the childhood events that shaped his life into a mythic journey.

Corinna in The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
The writer of the Folk Record finds that her own story may be the most magical of all.

16 thoughts on “Ten Bookish Characters

    1. I think I could create about 10 lists on this topic. I love books about bookish characters! Nice to see Greenglass House on your list, that was a recent read that I overlooked.


    1. There are many Davies characters I could have listed, but I had to settle on one. One of my very favorite and most bookish authors!


    1. I recently reread Little Women, so Jo was quite present in my mind. But there are so many other characters to choose from!


  1. *facepalm* Jocelyn, of course!!! And I thought about Lori, but after the first book (where it talks about her past as an archivist of rare books) the only book that makes an appearance is Dimity’s journal. Lori doesn’t seem to spend much time reading, which is one of the criteria I used for my list… so I left her off. But I do love the special relationship she has with that one particular book! I need to read the Jeeves books, and that DWJ book too. 🙂 Great list!


    1. My parents gave me the first Aunt Dimity book specifically because it was about a “Lori who loves books” so I guess that’s still how I think about her!


  2. Another interesting and bookish list.

    I would have to give my own a bit of thought.

    I do love it when books, and characters in books are themselves bookish and talk about books.


    1. I’ve seen Jo on most lists so far. Otherwise, it’s fun to see the variety of characters everyone is coming up with.


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