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12 Book Characters Who Love Books

The pleasures of reading are multifaceted and numerous.  We read to experience new worlds, to see life through another’s eyes, to gain a sort of wisdom unique to the deeply personal conversations that reading offers, and to see ourselves in the characters we love.  Naturally, part of seeing oneself in a book character relies on whether or not that character is also a reader.  There are countless bookworms gracing the pages of literature’s vast history.  Though impossible to name them all, we thought we’d compile a list of some of our favorites.

 

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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Hermione Granger is testament to the immense power of the written word.  Without her and her razer-sharp book smarts, Harry Potter’s story would have been much different.  Perhaps much shorter.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Though Jane Austen presents us with many options for inclusion in this list, such as Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey, we’re going with Elizabeth Bennett. This character stands apart from her social circle and environment, and her uniqueness is bound, in part, to her love for literature.

 

 

 

Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Scout’s love for reading in instilled by her father, Atticus, a learned man who knows the lessons in empathy that a great book inspires.  Harper Lee’s masterpiece is an example of just that kind of book.

 

 

 

Matilda Wormwood from Matilda by Roald Dahl

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Matilda is an intellectual child and “A Reader of Books,” as Dahl describes her.  Because of this, she finds herself on the outskirts with her parents and others who don’t quite understand her.  Though Matilda contains flights of fancy, such as the protagonist’s perhaps allegorical telekinesis, the trials of a booklover are at the heart of this story and resonate strongly.

 

 

 

Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Salinger’s protagonist struggles to fit in, to understand and accept the world as he sees it and to make meaningful connections with others, which is as fitting a description of a book lover as there ever was.  One of his famous lines is “I’m quite illiterate, but I read a lot,” which characterizes his confused adolescence, his humility, and his capacity for attempting to better understand the world by looking to literature.

 

 

 

Tyrion Lannister from the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin

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In a world filled with fighting, careless bravado, and sharp swords, Tyrion Lannister sets himself apart by being as, if not more, dedicated to keeping his mind sharp.  He does this by the one tried and true method: sitting in a library and reading.

 

 

 

Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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Another fan favorite, Jo March seems to be most at peace and at home when she is in her attic reading.  Her avid love of literature inspires her to write her own stories.

 

 

 

Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Through all the hardship the Nolan family faces, Francie is able to gain a temporary reprieve by immersing herself in her reading.  She is a great example of the rich, alternate worlds one can inhabit by simply picking up a great book.

 

 

 

Liesel Merminger from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Zusak’s title points directly to his protagonist’s love for reading.  During WWII, books were not easy to get.  So Liesel Merminger begins stealing them from a wealthy acquaintance.  This serves as yet another reminder of the beauty one can find in books, particularly during dire circumstances, as well as the lengths we will go to experience that beauty.

 

 

 

Cather “Cath” Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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As the title suggests, Cath is as devoted a fan as possible when it comes to the fictional Simon Snow book series.  She becomes so inspired by reading and rereading these books that she attempts to write her own homage to the Simon Snow series.  The term for this, as we’re sure you already know, is fanfiction.

 

 

 

Hazel and Gus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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In part, it’s their love of reading that brings John Green’s characters together.  Hazel’s favorite book, and its complicated author, figure heavily in the novel’s plot.

 

 

 

Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Bradbury’s dystopian masterpiece takes place in a world where books are outlawed and “fireman” are assigned the task of burning them.  One such fireman, Guy Montag, becomes ambivalent about his job and begins hoarding confiscated book that he decides to read to see if they have any value.  Of course, as we all know, they most certainly do.

 

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