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TTT: Top 20 Heroes & Heroines From 2021



Kimber here. Nestled all snug in my bed,
While visions of bacon strips dance in my head;
And Mom in her …

Wait. What?

“Wake up, Kimster” chirps She Who Shall Remain Nameless.

Can’t she see I’ve just settled down for a long winter’s nap?

“C’mon! We need to come up with a snappy Top Ten Tuesday post. Today’s theme is Best Books I Read in 2021.”

That’s like asking me which puppy I like best. So Mom and I?  We’re doing Top 20 Literary Heroes and Heroines instead. (Well, it was mostly me. Mom helped. A little.)

To make the list, characters must be a cut above. As in, they’re memorable. Radiate personality like a neon sign. Have a splash of sass and spunk. They’re also fresh. As in, not recycled cardboard cut-outs. 

So here, in no particular order, are our Top 20 Literary Heroes & Heroines from 2021. (They may or may not be main characters. See above.) How many do you recognize?

Top 20 Heroes & Heroines From 2021:

1. Large Marge from The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah)

2. Gemma Alcott from Sanctuary (Raena Rood)

3. Aslan the Sheltie from Aslan: Running Joy (Kristin Kaldahl)

4. Hayden Falling Into Magic/ the Destiny Falls series (Elizabeth Pantley)

5. Hette from Heartless Hette (M.L. Farb)

6. “Co-hanna” from News of the World (Paulette Jiles)

7 & 8. Isabelle and Viane Rossignol from The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah)

9. Belle Endicott from The Red Button (Keith Elred)

10 & 11. Diane and Robin Marsh from The Captain’s Daughters (Doreen D. Berger)

12. Mari Sandoval from Spies Never Quit (M. Taylor Christensen)

13 & 14. Roxy Silva’s loveable golden retriever, Buddy, and Detective Kyle Ransom‘s black lab, Clyde from Hunt for a Hometown Killer (Mary Anne Dodge)

15. Quanah Parker from Empire of the Summer Moon (S.C. Gwynne)

16. Maud Baum from Finding Dorothy (Elizabeth Letts)

17. The dog from Muzzled: An Andy Carpenter Mystery (David Rosenblatt)

18. Mira from The Red Thread (Rebekah Pace)

19. Samuel Sooleyman from Sooley (John Grisham, review forthcoming)

20. Susan Pohlman from A Time to Seek (Memoir, Susan Pohlman)

Hey, Mom. Can I go back to bed now?

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
Now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl 

17 thoughts on “TTT: Top 20 Heroes & Heroines From 2021

  1. Love this twist on the post! I have read the Kristin Hannah books and loved them!!

    My Top Ten

  2. I haven’t read any of the books that you named characters from, but I love your adjustment to the prompt!

  3. Great list. I like the direction you took this week’s topic. It also reminds me that I still need to read Finding Dorothy.

    Wishing you a new year filled with good health, happiness, and wonderful books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Fun twist on the topic! I’ve read two of these books (News of the World and The Great Alone), and I agree that the characters you’ve chosen are fabulous!

  5. Large Marge is such a great character!

  6. I don’t think I’ve read any of these, but The Nightingale is on my TBR!

  7. I haven’t read anything from your list but Finding Dorothy looks like something I’d be interested in checking out.

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