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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: When Minor Characters Are Majorly Lovable

You may have seen my post on Saturday commemorating the 15th anniversary of Bloggin' 'bout Books' creation.  Celebrating that milestone has made me feel super old, let me tell you!  You know how they say the memory is the first thing to go as you age?  Apparently that's true because I just wrote a whole post on the first ten books I reviewed on this blog.  As I was adding pictures of the books I read 15 years ago, I was shocked to see that I already had photos of all of them saved in my computer.  Weird!  I was minutes away from clicking the "Publish" button on my post when the déjà vu really kicked in.  A quick search of BBB revealed that I had written a post on the exact same subject only two short years ago!  Oh, boy.  I think it's just that kind of day—the Mondayest Monday I've ever Mondayed, except that it's Tuesday!  How's your day going?

Since I did a Top Ten Tuesday list about secondary/minor characters not that long ago (well, 2013), I wasn't going to repeat the topic.  Now that I'm out of other ideas, though?  I'm going to go ahead and stick to today's prompt.  Hopefully, I can come up with ten.

Before we get to that, though, two things: (1)  Be sure you go to That Artsy Reader Girl and give our TTT host some love.  If you want to hop on the TTT party train (and you do!), you can get all the details there.  (2)  I mentioned my blogiversary above.  To thank all my readers for being so loyal and awesome, I'm hosting a giveaway for one book of your choice (up to a $20 value) from Book Depository.  The store delivers worldwide, so the contest is open to international readers as well as those in the U.S.  Yay!  The giveaway will close on August 21.  Right now, there are very low entries, which means a greater chance of winning.  Definitely take a few minutes to enter to win a book on me.  All the info is in this post.

Top Ten Secondary/Minor Characters Who Deserve More Love

1.  Molly Weasley (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—Since there are so many fun side characters in the HP series, I could do an entire list of favorites just from those books.  I featured several in my last list, so I'll just do Molly this time around.  She's such a warm, bubbly, caring character that it's impossible not to love her.  My sister adores her so much she named her Beagle puppy after Molly!

2.  Skinny Slidell (from the Tempe Brennan series by Kathy Reichs)—Good ole Skinny is no one's favorite detective, except maybe mine.  He's a grumpy slob, but he's also hilarious and loyal.  I missed him in The Bone Code, the newest installment of the series.

3.  Ruth Zardo (from the Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny)—A mad, foul-mouthed poet who talks to ducks, Ruth is impossible not to like.  At least in fiction.

4.  Atticus Finch (from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)—I love lots of characters from this novel—my favorite book of all time—but calm, wise, level-headed Atticus is my favorite, after his daughter Scout.

5.  James Laurence (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)—Although he may appear to be a crochety old man, Mr. Laurence has a heart of gold.  He's generous, protective, and kind, a true friend to the March Family. 

 6.  Mrs. Bennett (from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)—What's not to love?  She's hilarious!

7.  Juliet Brody (from the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower)—I guess I just find loud, demonstrative, busybody mothers funny because here's another one.  Juliet wears outrageous outfits that are perfectly matched with those of her pot-bellied pig while she bustles about bossing people around and matchmaking.  

8.  Josh Derwent (from the Maeve Kerrigan series by Jane Casey)—Detective Derwent is another gruff, no-nonsense cop who's really just a softie underneath.  

9.  Lavender Lewis (from Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery)—This imaginative, whimsical woman is a perfect kindred spirit for Anne.  Her antics make me laugh.

10.  Albus Dumbledore (from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)—I'm running out of ideas, so back to HP.  Professor Dumbledore is wise, patient, kind, and powerful (but in a humble way).       

There you go, ten secondary/minor characters who I love to read about.  Who are your favorites?  Which do you think deserve more love?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.  

Happy TTT!


  1. Molly Weasley was the quintessential mom! I’d love to know what she was like before she had kids (or when they were really little).

    My post:

    1. Oooh, same! I bet she has an interesting back story.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  2. Some great choices, Susan. There are so many great secondary characters in Harry Potter. Skinny Slidell made me laugh, he is one of those character you love to hate.

    1. True, true. I would probably really dislike Skinny in real life, but he makes me laugh in the books.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  3. I love Ruth Zardo! Her relationship with Jean-Guy is everything. 😍

    1. Oh my goodness, for real! They're hilarious together.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lori!

  4. I love Molly, Atticus (who almost made it into my list), Lavender, and Dumbledore! But I can't stand Mrs. Bennett! :-D I hate to be embarrassed and I just feel like I would constantly be mortified around her. Great list!

    1. Oh, I definitely wouldn't want her for my mother! She would be an embarrassment for sure. She's hilarious to read about, though.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jen!

    2. Ha! I'm glad someone else agrees with me. I have seen several people choosing Mrs. Bennett and while I understand her reasons for wanting her daughters married to a rich man, she is just too stupid to know how to behave.

  5. oops! If this is a duplicate comment please delete...
    Wonderful selection of characters! Loved your post title, too! I ran out of time and didn't get my TTT post published this week, but I'm enjoying reading others!

    1. I just about gave up on this week's TTT, but I got there in the end. Probably not my best effort - that's just how it goes sometimes!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

  6. I have had Assaulted Caramel on my list to read for a while...I need to get to it!

    1. You do! It's a fun, easy read. I hope you enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  7. Molly is a fantastic character. I would love to know what Hogwarts was like when her and Arthur were there, as they were ahead of Harry's parents.

    I twisted the topic some, as I have trouble remembering secondary characters.

    When you get the chance, I hope you stop by my post:

    1. Agreed! I would love a prequel series set at Hogwarts. Are you listening, J.K.??

      Thanks for coming by, Pam!

  8. First of all, your site is ADORABLE! I love your list, and the fact that you have Deja Dead on your list makes me even more excited to read it - it's on my shelf of books I took out of the library!

    1. Thanks! I'm really enjoying the new look.

      I hope you enjoy DEJA DEAD. The Tempe Brennan series is one of my very favorites and it's still going strong.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  9. Oh my gosh I forget EVERYTHING these days lol! And Mrs. Bennett- such an excellent choice! :)

    1. I'm especially bad with books. I read so many of them it's impossible to remember who's who and what's what and it's getting worse as I age, of course!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg!

  10. I didn’t think about Atticus Finch, such a great character!

    1. He really is. I love him!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  11. OMG! I whole heartedly agree with you on not only Molly, but Skinny AND Ruth! And, of course, any of the other characters in HP are up there as well. :D

    1. There are SO many great side characters in HP. I could have made several lists of just those from HP. I do love Skinny and Ruth, though, so I thought they deserved a place on my list :)

      Thanks for popping in, Alex!

  12. Molly Weasley is such a great character. Loving and kind but a total force to be reckoned with if anyone messes with her family!

    1. Definitely! She can be a fierce mama bear when she needs to be.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tanya!

  13. Great list! I haven't read Assaulted Caramel yet, but I really want to. I look forward to meeting Juliet and her pot-bellied pig! :)

    1. For sure! They're both fun characters. A little over-the-top, but that's to be expected in a cozy.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  14. Atticus is one of my all time favorite characters. Great list!

    Check out my TTT

    1. Agreed. He's amazing and I love how Gregory Peck plays him in the movie. Spot on.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!

  15. Yesss I love Molly! Also I adore that you included Mrs Bennet and Mr Laurence here! They are definitely two wonderful characters who deserve more love

    1. Agreed! They're all great characters for different reasons.

      Thanks for popping in, Anna!

  16. Interesting twist, Susan. I totally agree with Mr. Laurence, I have always loved him. The way he takes care of Beth because he lost his own little daughter, so sweet. And Atticus Finch, for me he is the main character. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    1. Mr. Laurence is definitely underrated. His kindness, especially to Beth, is so heartwarming.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

  17. #1 - I like Molly Weasley but I think I like her more in the movies than in the books.

    #4 - Atticus Finch is a great and wise character but I think I would like more about Boo Radley (I think that's the wrong spelling), he doesn't show up until the end of the book but I like his character even if he never speaks.

    #6 - Not a fan of Mrs. Bennett but she sure provides some fun.

    #10 - Albus Dumbledore - I would like to know how he became a wizard.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. You know, it's been so long since I've read all the HP books that I'm probably basing my love of Molly mostly off of the movies as well. Regardless, I love a mother who's both fiercely loving and fiercely protective of her children.

      I would totally be down for a book all about Boo Radley. He's the most mysterious and interesting character in TKAM for sure.

      I like Mrs. Bennett specifically because she's over-the-top entertaining. In real life, I would want to throttle her.

      Yes! I would love more back story on Dumbledore as well.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lissa!

  18. This is a great list. Lavender Lewis and Mrs. Bennet are both excellent choices!

    1. I agree. They're memorable for different reasons, but they're both the kind of characters that stick with you.

      Thanks for popping in!

  19. Oh I love all of these but Lavender Lewis and Molly Weasley especially got me! Especially Lavender. She's not a character who comes to my mind immediately but you're right she's perfect for Anne!

    1. I have to admit that Lavender didn't immediately come to my mind. I Googled "Great Minor Characters" or something like that and saw her name on a list. Eureka! She is a great side character, but I had totally forgotten about her, sadly.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

  20. I totally support Albus Dumbledore, but Molly Weasley for the win! She has one of my favorite lines in all the books right near the end just before she kills Bellatrix

    1. Now, I'm wracking my brain trying to remember what she says...I do love a great mama bear character!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  21. Mrs. Bennett is a character I love to hate. Lol. Also love Atticus Finch!

    1. Agreed! She's silly and over-the-top, but she makes me laugh. And Atticus...he's the best.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Joy!

  22. Very interesting list of secondary (lovable) characters.

    My personal favorite would be Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe's assistant in the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout. But not many people are going to be that series nowadays, so...

    I have not read any of the Tempe Brennan series by Kathy Reichs, but Skinny Slidell sounds interesting, so I should give it a try. And I do especially like Ruth Zardo in Louise Penny's series.

    1. I've heard of the Nero Wolfe series, but I haven't read it. Now I'm curious...

      Skinny's a character who makes me laugh. He's grown on me over the series and I missed him in the latest installment. I think that means he's a great secondary character!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Tracy!

  23. Molly Weasley is one of my favorite characters from the series so I'm excited to see she made your list.

  24. I always seem to forget about the secondary characters from books even though at the time I love them while reading. I tend to remember them more from TV shows more. Apologies for taking so long to visit here. Appreciate you visiting Finding Wonderland on this TTT week. :)


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