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The Smashing and Dashing Character Awards

It’s now mid January but it’s never too late for a 2018 roundup post, amirite? So here’s a tag made by Paper Fury. I haven’t done a tag for ages (rip me) but this looks fun and a good way to round up my reading year 🙂

Most relatable Character

Ahhh this is very very hard. Maybe Ruby Oliver from the Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockheart? Except I don’t have any boys throwing themselves at me. I liked aspects of the belongs-yet-not-belonging motif from You Bring The Distant near, a story of several generations of immigrants by Mitali Perkins. And aspects of the university experinece of Mei in American Panda (but NZ universities work very differently to MIT). Also Cath from Fangirl.img_20181226_145448

Most Pure Animal Companion

This would definitely be the Disreputable Dog from the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. After years of pestering from Shanti, I finally bit the bullet and read it and the Dog is just very very lovely and hilarious. (Nellie from Heartstopper is a runner up)

Fiercest Fighter

Tina from City of Saints and Thieves was very fierce and brave, although she didn’t really fight, and also I read this in February so I can’t remember many details rip.

Surprisingly Lovable

Mr. Hancock from The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock was very kind and nice and well meaning, while I found Mrs. Hancock extremely annoying (especially before she got married). He was sweet and kind and well meaning. 🙂


Sassiest Character

Rick Deckard from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep–he has quips for every situation even as he’s put through all sorts of psychological trauma and double-crossing.

Best Anti-Hero

Many of the characters in The Night Circus were morally grey but very bold and lovable.

Best Friendship

Ahhh there’s quite a few good ones. I’ll go with the squad from Invictus. They work together on a magnificent time travelling ship to save the world, so there’s a lot to like.

Most Nasty Villian

Antoinette’s husband in Wide Sargasso Sea, or maybe the entire culture she lives in because she has no options for freedom or choice and her fate is essentially determined by other people. This book made such an important point!

img_20181226_145913Worst and Best parents

Celia’s dad from the Night Circus was totally useless, as was the Maestro from A Thousand Perfect Notes.

There were LOTS of good parents –Simon’s from Simon Vs., and also Leilani’s dad from The Islands at the End of the World.

Cutest Ship

The characters in Lucy Parker’s romance novels (I read Act Like It and Pretty Face) were very cute and shippable, although very distant from my current reality.

Most Precious Character

Jimmy from I Was Born For This… he had so so many issues and totally put me off being an international pop star but basically just needed friends and more people looking after him.

Surprisingly Alive Character

Basically everyone in Obsidio to be honest… apart from the characters who died. Literally that book was stunning in the fact that all the main character managed not to die even though most background characters did.

Worst Decisions

Most of the IDIOT and horny 15-year-olds in Remix to be honest. They keep ending up in fights and keeping unnecessary secrets.


Needs a Nap

Carver from Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. The book is about how he deals with the death of his three best friends, which may or may not have been his fault (it wasn’t really his fault but definitely was enough for him to feel guilty). He also has a lot of insomnia so a nap would be a good idea for so many reasons.

Want to read more about them

So many! The microbes from nonfiction I Contain Multitudes, the characters from Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor (and also Zuzana and Mik from Night of Cake and Puppets), and everyone from Station 11.  

What were your favourite characters last year? Which characters make the worst decisions? 

7 thoughts on “The Smashing and Dashing Character Awards

  1. I should honestly feel proud that my legacy will be The Maestro making everyone’s “MOST HATED PARENT” lists lmaoooo. I won there? I think? 😂But anyway I loved reading yours!! And I realised I have really got a lot of books to catch up on this year haha. I so agree about Jimmy though afjdkslad he was adorable and needed warm pretzels and a nap. AND CARVER. Poor kid.


  2. This is hilarious! It’s such a good way to talk about your 2018 reads and it entertained me a TON! I want to read The Night Circus, but I sadly haven’t gotten around to it. 😦 Great post!


  3. Ahh I loved your answers here, Shar! I agree about Celia’s dad in The Night Circus, he was just… not good haha and the Maestro was terrible. AND JIMMY! I loved him so, so much and I also want to protect him with everything I have, he is just too precious ❤


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