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You Are Now the Main Character in the Last Book that You Read

They say you are what you eat. We say you are who you read. Answer our question in the comments!

Recently, on a whim, we posted this question to Read It Forward Facebook: “You Are Now the Main Character in the Last Book You Read. Who Are You?”

582 comments later, we now have one of the coolest recommended reading lists from your fellow RIFers. Check it out!

Lots of Theos from The Goldfinch. Lots of Lannisters and others from Game of Thrones. Surprisingly, lots of Holden Caufields from Catcher in the Rye! And then hundreds of characters we can’t wait to meet. Our TBR pile just grew by the dozens.

Let’s continue the fun. So, who are YOU? Tell us in a comment!

About the Author

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life. College English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, book marketer, and now editor at Read It Forward. When not reading, she’s doing yoga, meditating, or hiking with her husband, her stepdaughter, and her dog. She loves living in the Colorado mountains, but she misses her favorite place to read: the NYC subway.

  • Mich

    Vin from The Hero of Ages
    (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson

  • DebBB

    Annabelle Gurwitch – I”m reading her essays in “I See You Made an Effort” Great fun, I think that the West Coast is a different planet.

  • http://cecilesune.com/ Cecile Sune

    Blanche Beunon from Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  • veritas2011

    Zelda Fitzgerald from the book “Z.” by Theresa Fowler

  • Victoria

    Blue van Meer from Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • Jcompany

    Florence of Arabia from book of same name by Christopher Buckley

  • http://amarisafloria.com/ Amaris (amarisafloria.com)

    HARRY POTTER! (Although I’d much rather be Hermione :p)

  • Dawn Cronk

    Alex Cross from Cross My Heart by James Patterson!

  • Sheila

    Lillian Bowman in It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

  • KCH

    Nicola Marter from The Fiebird by Susanna Kearsley

  • http://thecraftyangel.blogspot.com/ The Crafty Angel

    Forever 16, Esther Grace Earl–This Star Won’t Go Out. Never have I cried so hard or so much in the 40-ish years I’ve been reading.

  • Linda B.

    Nell Sweeney from Still Life with Murder

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheBletchleyCircleWatchers Lara

    Francie Nolan in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – a classic book, a lovely child growing into a young woman character.

  • Lori M. Pilla

    Niamh/Dorothy/Vivian from “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Klein

  • techeditor

    Dr. Marc Schlosser from SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch.

  • Alexis

    Philip Marlowe from Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

  • Nank

    Penelope Lumley, stout-hearted, plucky governess of the Incorrigible Children.

  • LJ

    Miss Jane Marple from 4:50 from Paddington

  • Jenn

    Caroline from Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. Wahoo!!! I get Simon!!!

  • ceilidhgirl

    Nikki van Schyndel of “Becoming Wild”. A memoir. Nikki spent 19 months in the wilderness of Broughton Archipelago in BC. Her only companions were her cat and Micah (a virtual stranger but someone with whom Nikki shared the same values and life ethos). Nikki, Micah and “Scout” survive on their knowledge of plants and animals that inhabit the area they live in, and their ever growing skills in harvesting what only nature has to offer. Nikki is a remarkable woman who came to be the person she was always intended to be by shedding her urban life and values, and by immersing herself in the primitive ways of hunting and gathering in order to survive. Nikki’s voice is special. Had the story been told in any other voice and without the sensitivity and reverence for life that seeps from every page, the book would have been a dry naturalists guide to foraging. It is far from it!

  • Joe

    The man from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

  • Debbie

    Hazel Grace from TFIOS.

  • Merely

    Bishop from Panic by Lauren Oliver.

  • Laughing Raccoon

    Harry (Mary Minor) Hairsteen of the Mrs. Murphy mysteries.

  • Vickie Ehlers Cyr

    Heaven help me I am Theo Decker! Where’s the blow? I am sorry to say I hated the little s#!t!!

    Wish I’d been rereading (for the 6th time)one of the later Harry Potter series so I could be Luna Lovegood or His Dark Materials so I could be Lyra…

  • Suzette

    Ajax Penumbra from Ajax Penumbra 1969 by Robin Sloan

  • nicole

    Alma from The Book of Unknown Americans

  • tennisislife

    Allie Brosh in Hyperbole and a Half. Somehow, we are genetically related.

  • Laura DeLucia

    Mae Holland from The Circle by Dave Eggers.

  • Michelle

    Flora 717 from “The Bees” by Laline Paull. SO.GOOD!

  • Pam

    I wouldn’t want to be him, but it’s Barney from Like This, For Every by Sharon Bolton.

  • DeeBee

    Amy Elliot from Gone Girl — omg, I sincerely hope not! :O

  • Book Cat

    DIana Bishop from The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness.

  • The Book Maven

    Devil Wix from The Illusionists by Rosie Thomas

  • Sheila

    Jo Marie Rose– The Rose Harbor Inn

  • Ann

    Annie from Porch Lights.

  • Appleuser23

    Nellie Peck from “light from a distant star”.

  • Marjorie

    The Golem from The Golem and the Jinni (or maybe I’m the Jinni?)

  • Trey

    Bethany Church from the HALO trilogy by Alexandra Adornetto

  • Amy M

    Adele, I guess, from Joyce Maynard’s “Labor Day.”