I love lists - Confessions of a Bookaholic, A Life Bound by Books, Fiktshun & Two Chicks on Books have put together a year end Top 10 of 2011 event. Today is the Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2011.
Arghhhhhhhhh this one is SO difficult for me. I don't read a lot of books with 'boyfriend' type characters (they keep getting eaten!), so I'm going to turn it around into My Favourite Male Characters 2011. This will also slightly change tomorrow's Top Ten (favourite characters). But I was always a bit of a rule breaker ;)
Here we have my Top Ten Male Characters of 2011 - from 10 to 1
Outwardly tough but inwardly grieving for the family and life he lost to the virus, Chris' journey to make it back to his family and friends, and the emotion of the book makes Chris a character that everyone can feel for.
And when he falls in love unexpectedly and has to make a difficult decision, he (eventually!) makes the right choice.
When John is suddenly left alone with his baby son, Jake, during the zombapocalypse, he does the only thing he can do - takes his son, puts his grief behind him, and sets off to find a safe place for them both, picking up other survivors and battling zombies along the way.
Michael is the head of the Talbot family - at least in name. His wife is really the one in charge, and he knows it. Funny, crazy and taking every step and then some to protect his family, Michael is one of the most memorable male characters I met in 2011.
Poor Janusz - all he wanted was to get back the life he had before the war with his wife and son, but so many years of being apart took their toll.
Freddie Watson of The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
It would be hard not to like Freddie - haunted by his brothers death and wandering around France in search of some kind of relief, or answers, or just escape from the world he falls in love with a girl who, in her own unique way, helps him to see the dead are not really lost.
It's tough being a zombie - especially a walking, talking, emotionally-driven zombie. As Peter struggles with the idea of being one of the walking dead, he also finds out many things about his 'before-death' life and sets out to find out just who has it in for him, all whilst leading his own personal zombie gang.
Waking up as the devil, complete with horns, is going to put a downer on anyone's day. Haunted by the death of his girlfriend, Ig sets out to find the truth about how she died, and has quite a bit of devilish fun along the way.
Bradwell of Pure by Julianna Baggott
Bradwell is not one of the two 'main' characters in Pure, but he was my favourite. Living in a destroyed world, haunted by the memories of what happened to him during The Detonations and determined to live outside the rules, he's tough, smart and guides Pressia and Partridge through challenge after challenge.
John Simpson of High Moor by Graeme Reynolds
Despite seeing his childhood best-friend killed, despite the tragedy of his parents death, and despite the fact that he is, oh, a werewolf, John is still determined to stop the beast stalking High Moor.
oh...who'd have guessed - yep, it's Sam of Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson.
I challenge anyone not to like Sam - forced to live life on the edges, isolated from everyone except his adopted family, he takes on any challenge thrown at him with style, grace and dedication. Driven by his love for Aimi, with his incredible Japanese fighting skills, this is the guy you'll want on your team if the Rapture comes.
Tell me who you fell a little bit in love with in 2011!
Up tomorrow - Favourite Characters of 2011.