Top 5 Wednesdays: Nostalgic Book Crushes

I made a post on a similar topic for my Top 10 Tuesdays recently, about my top 10 book boyfriends (post here, for anyone interested). Just like I mentioned for that post, this topic is a real struggle for me because I don’t really get crushes on fictional characters. I remember in seventh grade, a close friend of mine (at the time) going on and on about the two main characters from Death Note and how “hot” they were, and I found it really strange since not only were they not real, but they were animated characters so how would she know what they actually look like?

It’s still very difficult for me to come up with characters who might have been crushes, or whatever the closest equivalent to that might be. I’m also not feeling so well, so my usual patience for searching for good options is pretty limited this time. I’ve also challenged myself to limit it to just books, since including TV or movie characters would be a little too easy.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Peter from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)

As I mentioned in my Book Boyfriends post, Peter was one of the first characters that I might be able to legitimately consider a crush. I read the book when I was about 8 the first time, and Peter seemed so mature, even though he was probably no more than 13. I loved his maturity and how protective he was of his siblings, and a great leader. For some reason, one of the most memorable parts of the book to me is when Peter learns to use his sword for the first time because at the time, I thought it made him seem so brave and grown-up.

2) Laurie from Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

This is another repeat from my previous post, but it’s another of the only characters that I would truly consider a potential crush. I read versions of Little Women from the time I was in third or fourth grade, until eventually reading the full version closer to high school. I loved Laurie’s interactions with Jo, but also the way he was so kind and friendly toward the whole family. I loved his passion, although his impulsivity could be frustrating at times. He was a very charming character and I loved his devotion to the people he cared about.

3) Dickon Sowerby from The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

I was actually familiar with this character from a cartoon version of the movie long before I read the book, so it was again around the time I was 8 or 9 years old. I read the full version of the book toward the end of elementary school/early high school, but the story was the same. I liked Dickon because of his kindness to animals, since I was first exposed to the character around the same time that I was interested in becoming a vet. I loved his patience and the way animals just naturally flocked to him. I also loved the way he just seemed like such a genuinely nice and sweet person.

4) Mike Harris from The Guardian (Nicholas Sparks)

I used to be so obsessed with this book! Actually, with many of Nicholas Sparks books, and while I still enjoy them, he is not really my favourite author anymore. This book is about a woman named Julie who has begun dating again after her husband passed away. She ends up dating the sophisticated Richard, but also develops feelings for her husband’s best friend Mike. I loved Mike because he seemed like such a normal, down-to-earth kind of guy, and the type I think a lot of people could imagine settling down with. I loved how the book contrasted him to Richard, who went out of his way to impress Julie, but her relationship with Mike just flowed so naturally. He was another very sweet and realistic character, and a big part of why I liked the book so much.

5) Logan Bruno from The Babysitter’s Club (Ann M. Martin)

This is probably the most embarrassing one on this list, and one that was very short-lived. I was absolutely obsessed with this series all through elementary school, and when I first read the books when I was about 7 or 8, I thought the girls were so mature! I initially loved the storyline about shy Mary Anne, who I strongly related to, getting her first boyfriend and I thought their relationship was really cute in the beginning. My interest in Logan died out pretty quickly when his character ended up being pretty controlling, but he is another one I remember having some interest in at the time.

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