- The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) – There are so many quests in the Percy Jackson Series but my favourite will always be the search for the golden fleece! The story behind it is brilliant and I had such an enjoyable reading from how they moved from one step of the quest to the next.
- Elizabeth is Missing – Those of you who follow our blog will know how much I love this novel, so of course Maud’s quest to find her missing friend had to be on our list. It’s a heartbreaking story but worth the read.
- Passenger – After the initial introduction to the book, Passenger develops into one large quest, which progresses through the novel by the main characters following one clue to the next. Just reading about them attempting to solve the clues entertained me to no end! I love historical-themed mysteries where everything is linked to the past so reading this was a treat! It remjnded me a lot of a National Treasure-esque adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- Stardust – I know a lot of us have watched the film, and not many know it was actually a book first but either way whether you’ve watched the film or have read the book – you’ll know this quest is a good one. It involves magic, love and fights. What more could you ask for from a book?!
- The Wind in The Willows – Now it’s been ages since I’ve read this, but it was one of my favourite books growing up. I’m not sure if it would make it to anyone else’s top 5 but as quests go I thought, Toad escaping from jail and then Mole, Rat, and Badger going on the quest to get Toad’s home back, was quite intense.
- Maude Horsham from Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – I can’t quite put my finger on what made me like Maude so much. I think that it helped that she is an older character and it’s not that common in books for the protagonist to be an old lady. Then of course her illness made me feel so sorry for her which in turn made me feel somewhat protective over her. I didn’t like to read about people laughing at her, but it is something that does happen. Which leads to another thing that got Maude into our top 5 – she’s realistic and relatable! If you have ever had an older relative that you’re close to that suffers the same illness as Maude, you know the writing portrays the illness so well.
- Etta Spencer from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – Female characters are usually unappreciated. There are times when I feel like every single female protagonist is forced into a relationship with another character, because that’s just how things work at the minute. But then Passenger kicked all of the cliche’s to the curb. Etta isn’t just independent. Etta is so passionate about her violin and has worked tirelessly to improve her skills. She’s not just a useless teenager and she is so strong and smart on her own, without needing anyone else’s support. But, when she does need help, she admits it and accepts it and I think that’s the best thing.
- Alvermina Holmes and Evaline Stoker from Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason – What’s better than one kickass main character than two kickass main characters?! Alvermina and Evaline are beyond any other main character that I have read about so far. Katniss and Tris are sort of cool but Alvermina is so so smart! Her mind is literally incredible and she’s so logical like her uncle, which I find really amusing. Evavline is almost the exact opposite and that creates the perfect contrast between them both. They collide beautifully, both of them complimenting the other in a way that just makes everything that much better.
- Charlie Kelmeckis from Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – There is something so innocent and so pure about Charlie. He’s not normal; he’s smarter than most and a bit antisocial (a lot antisocial) and sometimes it’s hard to understand where he’s coming from. But there is one thing we can all relate to and that’s Charlie’s situation. So many of us have been stuck in Charlie’s position and we all have probably experienced some of the things he’s been through – love, heartbreak and confusion are just a few of the many emotions that knocked Charlie down. That’s how we, as readers, relate to Charlie and we realise that although we’re all different, we’re the same as well and that’s why this book was so important to me.
- Simon Spier From Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Anyone who has read my review for Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agends will know how much I adore this book. I can’t stop singing praises for it and that’s because I really do love everything about it, especially the Protagonist – Simon. Simon is such a loveable character with the best mixture of wit and sass, while also being able to remain loyal to his best friends and Blue.
There’s been many occasions where I’ve entertained the idea of finding a blank space in which to write down my thoughts and feelings. There’s been many occasions where I’ve thought about branching out and finding new friends, who are as obsessed about reading as I am, beyond the boundaries of my village’s borders.
These occasions have been hard to come by and few have actually come to any sort of a conclusion. Therefore I’m stumbling across another new venture and praying that this is more successful.