Kiarra's Top 10 Books with Characters in the Literary World

I will admit that some of the titles on here are testing the boundaries of this list’s description. Here is what I can say on behalf of this theme. For each of these protagonists’ lives, books are at the forefront, whether that be writing books, editing books, or simply reading books.

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Educated: A Memoir By Tara Westover Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399590528
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

Educated represents everything books have always given me, which is a new perspective and empathy through which I can see the world. Tara Westover tells her story of never being allowed to step foot in a classroom and the growth she experienced on her journey to gain an education. This is a sad, powerful, and beautiful memoir about self-transformation.

Love and Other Words By Christina Lauren Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501128011
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Published: Gallery Books - April 10th, 2018

A love story told in alternating timelines between a growing friendship as teenagers and a chance reunion as adults a decade later. This is a childhood best friends to lovers to second chance romance and it is so good!

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Seven Days in June By Tia Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538719091
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2022

These two Black authors fell in love during high school, each dealing with their own traumas. Having only written books that are inspired by the other, they meet again years later to find that they still have love for each other.

Conversations with Friends: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

Sally Rooney has a way of having her characters embody the characteristics and intrusive thoughts that many of us have but never say, making them equally infuriating and relatable. 

Frances, an aspiring writer, and her friend Bobbi are two flawed characters who become recklessly drawn into the world of a sophisticated married couple who have problems of their own. Frances is forced into a deep sort of self-examination as she dives head first into the messiness of intimacy in both her friendships and romantic relationships.

The Roughest Draft By Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593201930
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Published: Berkley - January 25th, 2022

Katrina and Nathan are contracted to complete their third co-written book. Sadly, after a falling out three years ago, they are less than thrilled to be working together again. When they return to the beach house where their previous bestsellers were written, they can’t help that their hostile emotions are bleeding into their writing. But, as their romance novel continues to unfold, they start to remember why they cared for each other in the first place. All the while, there is something in the way that the protagonists talk about writing that reminds you what is so special about books.

Verity By Colleen Hoover Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538724736
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 26th, 2021

Verity left me reeling while waffling between what I believed to be true. I imagine it will take at least two more reads of this book to come to a conclusion about whose side to take in this story. Part love story and part mystery, we follow Lowen who is tasked with completing the book series of famed author, Verity Crawford after a paralyzing injury. But, when she gets to the Crawford home, Lowen finds that not everything is as it seems.

Swear on This Life: A Novel By Renée Carlino Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501105791
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Published: Atria Books - August 9th, 2016

Emiline is struggling with her own stalled writing career when she reads a new bestseller that is not only entrancing, but eerily similar to her own life. The story chronicles the love story that she shared with her childhood best friend before a tragic separation over a decade prior. Swear on This Life is a second-chance romance that reads like a beautiful book within a book.

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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

This book made me reconsider whether I should move to New York City and become a book editor. Nora and Charlie are rivals in the publishing world but find that they actually might make a good team. This is a love story from the perspective of the girl who is usually left behind, while also being a love letter to older sisters.

One True Loves: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476776903
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 7th, 2016

Years after losing her husband when his flight was lost over the Pacific, Emma has finally started a new life. She quit her job, moved back home to work in her parents’ bookstore, and falls in love with someone new. However, she is soon confronted with the question of who her “one true love” is when her husband is found to be alive. A weekend away with her husband, who she no longer recognizes, makes her question everything she thinks she knows about herself and who she loves.

The Dead Romantics By Ashley Poston Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593336489
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Published: Berkley - June 28th, 2022

Think the 2005 Rom-Com Just Like Heaven! Florence Day believes that romance is dead which is quite the predicament for her given that she is the ghostwriter for one of the most famous romance novelists. Through the help of her family and a ghostly source, Florence finds that love may be more alive than she thought. One really interesting aspect to the story is that the Days’ family owns a funeral home. Because of that, death and grief is explored in a completely new way even when it hits close to home.

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