1. Hermione in “Harry Potter”: Could there be any other choice but my favorite swotty book nerd in the wizarding world? Hermione’s favorite place (other than Ron’s arms) is definitely the library.
2. Cath in “Fangirl”: And Cath is a close second, because she loves a book series so much like “Harry Potter” so much that she writes Simon Snow fanfiction any spare moment she gets. She also reads aloud beautifully.
3. Sam in the “Shiver” trilogy: He works in a bookstore. And he writes poetry and songs and genuinely loves reading and writing. It’s one of the things Grace loves most about him.
4. Charlie in “Perks of Being a Wallflower”: Charlie is a precocious reader and even gets extra credit from his beloved English teacher for reading books not on the class syllabus.
5. Alaska in “Looking for Alaska”: A girl after my own heart, because she’s a huge Gabriel Garcia Marquez fan, and so am I.
6. Emily in “And We Stay”: She feels a true kinship to Emily Dickinson and writes heart-wrenching poetry about her past.
7. Laurel in “Love Letters to the Dead”: Laurel is a brilliant writer who thinks about artists, their lives, their losses, and how their words have affected her.
8. Lily in “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares”: Lily leaves challenges on bookshelves in the Strand. I love that she and Dash connect over their shared love of books and bookstores.
9. Josie in “Out of the Easy”: The daughter of a New Orleans prostitute works in a bookstore and dreams of going to college, far away from anyone who knows about her sordid history.
10. Tessa and Will in “Infernal Devices” trilogy: They quote poetry to one another and discuss books in a way that’s part intellectual banter, part romantic flirtation.