Top Ten Tuesday: Side Characters That Made Books Better

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic actually was “Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books”. But I’m going to change this topic a little bit to “side characters that made a book so much better”.


There are books in this list I loved and books I didn’t love so much. Main characters are obviously the most important thing in a book. Without them there wouldn’t be a story, but the side characters often are what the main character’s story so great.

There are many spoilers in this post, so don’t read the texts under books that you still want to read.

1. By a Charm and a Curse

An evil Boy in the Box to ruin all the fun.

The amazing side character: The Boy in the Box

This book was an awesome one! There were many great characters but one was so much better than the other ones. “The Boy in the Box” (I’m going to call him TBITB because I completely forgot his name and I can’t find the name anymore, or I’m just too lazy too look harder). TBITB had so much character development going on and I’m a sucker for that. He started as the perfect bad guy, but turned out to be so much more! He really made this story much more interesting and I don’t think I would have loved this book as much as I did if this character would have been less good.

2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) – Laini Taylor

A best friend to laugh away all your troubles.

The amazing side character: Zuzana

This series is quite (read: EXTREMELY) heavy for a YA book and Zuzana makes all that seriousness feel so much lighter. Every time in this book when I think it’s getting all a bit too much she is there to lighten up the mood. She always just says what she thinks and her mind just doesn’t work like that of other people.

Some amazing quotes from her:

Bluh. Nothing ruins Three Wishes like altruism. It has to be something for yourself, and if it doesn’t include food, it’s a lie.


Let me tell you something about me. I love vengeance like normal people love sunsets and long walks on the beach. I eat vengeance with a spoon like it’s honey. In fact, I may not even be a real person, but just a vow of vengeance made flesh.


Me, sweep him off his feet? I know. The laws of the jungle and romance novels would have it the other way around, but I’m not going to wait one more second for that.


Seriously, can a side character can possible get any better? Don’t think so!


3. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Mother always knows best.

The amazing side character: Starr’s mom

Starr’s mom was amazing, she loved her children so much, always said the right things and she basically was ?FIRE?. I loved her character so much and it made the entire book so much more better than it already was.

4. Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

A little brother can be a curse or a blessing

The amazing side character: The little brothers

I don’t remember the names of Eliza’s 2 brothers (again) but they were so perfect. They are just how little brothers should be. I don’t have little brothers (only a big one) but I can imagine how irritating they can be at times and obviously Eliza’s brother irritated her a lot. but, at the same time they are cute little angles and they understand you when your parents act all strange.

5. Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young

The amazing side character: Fiske

This book was very action driven and many of the characters were driven by their emotions. Fiske was a sort of buffer to tell everyone to just chill and act normal. Especially Eelyn, the main character really needed someone to tell her that it’s okay to be a bit more relaxed.

6. Olympian Challenger – Astrid Arditi

Best Friends on Mount Olympus

The amazing side characters: Amy & Gabriel

It was great to hear that this wasn’t a competition where the main character (Hope, in this cade) just wants to do everything alone and didn’t need a singles persons help. There were two people especially who really helped her in the competition, and that were Amy & Gabriel. They were funny and although they were quite stereotype I still liked them a lot in this book.

7. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) – Sarah J. Maas

Some much needed distraction from all the seriousness.

Amazing side characters: Elide & Lorcan

Overall the romance in this book was pretty heavy. It was all a bit too serious at times and Elide and Lorcan were the perfect distraction from it all. Really, Sarah J. Maas is a really good author, and I like her romances but they are massive. and the fun simple way she included the little Elide & Lorcan story line really won my heart. In the last book in this series I’m actually looking forward more to what will happen between them than with the rest of the story line. Although Manon has my attention too!


8. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

The b*tch to ruin it all

Amazing side character: Hatsumomo

I really liked this story and I loved every aspect about it. The overall view into the life of the old Geishas (I know it wasn’t very accurate, but it was amazing fiction). Especially Hatsumomo, who made Sayuri’s life a living hell at times, was an amazing addition to the story. Ruining her own dresses and blaming the innocent Sayuri who has to pay big sums of money to replace the dresses and many other dirty tricks to get her out of the way to fame.

9. Eragon – Christopher Paolini

A mentor to tell you when you are stupid or look ridiculous.

Amazing side character: Brom

This book has my heart. I mean, this book IS my heart. Brom, the mentor who is always brutally honest. Eragon and Brom have an intimate bond that is still funny at times. There long road trip

10. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Leave it to the witches to spice up the story

Amazing side character: Geillis Duncan

The books in the Outlander series can feel quite infinite. They are huge and the pacing isn’t the fastest. This series really needed that evil strange woman to spice it all up a bit. I love Geillis Duncan and the role she plays in this series.

That was it for this week’s TTT. I hope you enjoyed reading it, because I loved  writing it. Tell me which side characters you loved in the comments below. See you next week!


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