Top Ten Tuesday – My Top 10 Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!). I decided to focus on some of my favorite characters in literature, my socially awkward little cinnamon rolls. Every time I come across a character who is super awkward around others, I feel a sense of kinship with them. I love these characters because they reinforce to me that I’m not alone in my awkwardness.
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My Top Ten Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters
1, NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Nina is my new favorite socially awkward character. She’s an introvert who prefers the company of books and her cat Phil over people and I fell in love with her when I read this book recently.
I actually have a giveaway running for this book if you’re interested in meeting Nina. Check it out HERE.
2, NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM from the Harry Potter series
Neville, especially in the early books in the series, is just the sweetest, most awkward little bean.
I always wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap to protect him from bullies like Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.
Ove has no idea whatsoever how to relate to people. He’s just so grumpy and awkward that it’s actually endearing.
4, KHAI DIEP from The Bride Test
Khai Diep is adorable but his autism makes it so hard for him to process emotions
and to relate to other people, especially women. Thank goodness he has Esme to show him the way.
5, CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen
Charlotte is another bookish girl after my own heart. She may be the accidental beauty queen,
but she is also the queen of awkward encounters, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex.
Fanfiction and online life is so much easier than dealing with real people,
or that’s what Cath Avery thinks anyway and I kind of have to agree with her.
7. LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Lara Jean’s anxious, especially around boys she likes
and most especially when embarrassing things happen to her. So very relatable.
8. BIRDIE LINDBERG from Serious Moonlight
Raised somewhat isolated and homeschooled, Birdie has not been well educated in the fine arts of how to interact with people.
She gets bonus points for being the one who wants to expand her own horizons and learn how to better relate to people by getting her first job.
9. RISHI PATEL from When Dimple Met Rishi
Rishi is a hopeless romantic and just so ridiculously adorable in his awkwardness. He’s another sweet boy that I just wanted to wrap
in bubble wrap to protect him from the wrath of Dimple. He was just so clueless about her that I seriously thought she was going to hurt him, lol.
10. SIMON SPIERS from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Okay, so maybe Simon isn’t as awkward as some of the other picks on my list,
but he definitely has some awkward moments as he and Blue are getting to know each other.
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Who are some of your favorite socially awkward characters?
What a wonderful list this is, Suzanne — and yes 100% they are the characters that tell me I’m not alone with my social foot-in-mouth issues. Srsly read this from beginning to end with a smile on my face/1
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Right? I find characters like these so comforting for that reason. It’s like ‘Yay, someone gets me!’
I love Khai and Neville!!
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They’re so adorable!
I love socially awkward characters! They’re just adorable to read about. Neville was wonderful to read! The Bookish Life of Nina Hill sounds interesting 🙂
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I loved Neville so much!
NEVILLE. I love Neville so much. Great list!
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He’s the best. 🙂
Charlotte is pretty much my spirit animal, I identified with her so much!
She really is the best, isn’t she?
Great idea for a post! Socially awkward characters are the best, and I can totally relate to them as well😊
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds them so relatable. 🙂
How about Eleanor Oliphant? She’d fit right in on this list!
That’s one I still need to read, but from what I’ve heard, she does sound like a great fit. 🙂
Fangirl was the first book that came to mind when I saw your topic. 🙂
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Cath was the first character I wrote down when I decided to do this topic. 🙂
I love Neville and Cath <3 Great Choices 😀
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I love this topic! I have such a soft spot for characters like this and I love Simon, Cath, and from what I’ve heard about her Nina Hill.
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These are my favorite kinds of characters too, just because they’re so immensely relatable.
I like it when characters are relatable, especially when it comes to social awkwardness or things like that. Cath is a great character, and I liked how she interacted with Reagan, who was definitely NOT an introvert haha! They played off each other well, I thought, and it reminded me of college where you meet people from all different walks.
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Yes! That Cath and Reagan dynamic was perfect.
Aww, I love me a socially awkward character! We can all relate to them since even the most social among us has at one time or another felt awkward. Social awkwardness definitely helps me identify with a character and root for their success.
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Right? Same here.
Love your choice of topic and your characters, Suzanne! They are all so relatable and endearing!
I loved Rishi Patel and Cath!
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They’re both so great!
It’s the socially awkward ones that always worm their way into my heart. Nina, Khai, Charlotte, Cath, Lara Jean, Birdie, Rishi, and Simon are all faves. It’s their flaws that make them real, and make me love them.
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Right? Same here!
Aaaw Lara Jean and Neville are great picks. <3 The older i get the more I feel for Neville to be honest.
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I feel exactly the same way about Neville.
I really need to grab a copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, I absolutely love when pets are given people names, like Phil the cat. Adorable! I love books with awkward characters, I always find them totally relatable and a kindred spirit of sorts. I can’t wait to check these all out, such a brilliant list Suzanne, thank you for the recommendations!
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees kindred spirits in characters like me. They just really speak to me.
Ahh I do love them socially awkward characters, they make me feel understood haha 🙂 Love Lara Jean, Cath, Neville, Simon and Khai <3
Love your take on this topic! Socially awkward characters have my heart. 🙂
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I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂
Aww gotta love a socially awkward characters who reminds us we’re not alone in our own awkwardness lol.
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Aaah, I love this list. Simon and Lara Jean are some of my faves too. I’m currently reading When Dimple Met Rishi, and I too fear for Rishi sometimes! And now I’m adding The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Serious Moonlight to my TBR! I’m eager to see how Dimple plays out, as I’m still fairly early on in the book.
I hope you end up enjoying When Dimple Met Rishi. I’ve enjoyed all of Menon’s books so far.
Fun take on the character freebie! I so agree with Khai. Loved him in all his awkwardness and inability to pick up on social/personal cues. Rishi was precious and impossible not to pull for. And Simon… well, he’s just one of my favorite characters ever. 🙂
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Right? I adore everything about Simon. 🙂