Top 10 Characters I’d Be Friends With From the Last Books I’ve Read

It’s been a while since I wrote about the ‘Top 5 Characters I Want as My Best Friend’, three years to be exact. As you can imagine, I have now found plenty more characters who I would love to have as friends. More specifically, they resemble my current inner circle and a few who I’m attempting to manifest into my circle!

Aunty Nandy from Love From A to Z

Do you know how much I love aunties? I know desi aunties in particular receive a lot of flak, but, for some peculiar reason, I have a bizarre and effortless sway with them. But sometimes there’s just that little something wanting… and that is activism! This is where Aunty Nandy enters the picture. See, not only is Aunty Nandy the ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ aunty I aspire to be one day with her visible joy and bubbly persona, she also backs Zayneb when it comes to advocating for social justice, and, most importantly, in the smartest way possible. Because I relate to Zayneb so much, an Aunty Nandy is exactly the kind of support and cheerleader I would have relished in my early to late teens (especially!) and still would appreciate now. She’s the kind of aunt we all need in our life, to be honest.

Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali Book Cover

Ayoola from My Sister, the Serial Killer

I mean, obviously I will be locking up all the knives in the house or whichever house we visit. Serial killing aside, Ayoola really does love her sister, Korede, and would do the absolute most for her, I mean quite literally. For a serial killer, Ayoola is surprisingly fun, spontaneous and easygoing, and she can read people like a book. Plus, she clearly has a killer style and she’s a fashion designer to boot, so we would definitely have a shared interest in shopping.   

my sister the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Book Cover

Camila Dunne from Daisy Jones & The Six

A woman who not only knows what she wants, but also knows how exactly to get it. Self-assured, confident, optimistic, go-getter. Just a few of the many positive traits I associate with Camila. Why do I want to be friends with her? I honestly don’t know, I just think she’s freaking amazing, and I’d like to know her ways. In a way, she reminds me of Ginny Weasley. Just… a seriously cool person. We’ll get to her and Billy eventually in my upcoming review of Daisy Jones & The Six.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Cover

Aryan from The Name of Red

Friend or a brother? Aryan would make the perfect brother. He’s so down-to-earth, practical, and exactly the kind of straight-shooting brother you need in your life! He doesn’t sugarcoat, he tells it how it is, and he has enough life experience to see right through you if you ever for a single second try to lie to him.

The Name of Red by Beena Khan Book Cover

Read my review of The Name of Red here.

Connell from Normal People

You’d think Connell would make a great partner, but, honestly, he’s so caring, warm, intelligent and thoughtful that he’d make an amazing friend for life. I’m sure his stories are exactly as wonderful as he is and showcase the depth of his emotions and perception. Connell feels like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day.

Connell quote from Normal People TV Series

Lara Jean Covey from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I say friend, but essentially I’m recruiting Lara Jean Covey as a younger sister to receive baking treats because, let’s be real, she has superior taste in dessert. Bakes and cakes every day? That sounds like a win to me.

Lara Jean Covey Baking in To All the Boys I've Loved Before Film

Alyosha Karamazov from The Brothers Karamazov

An absolute sweetheart. The warmth of a baker (and everything Michael Scott described Holly as). Now, I debated putting Alyosha on my list because, at times, in real life, I can sort of lose my patience with starry-eyed uselessness, however, in Alyosha’s case, he’s so compassionate and understanding that he can really truly make people, well, better people. His compassion creates results without ever stifling the true progress we all need.

Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky Book Cover

Darcy from Queenie

As I previously described Darcy in my review of Queenie, she is the ultimate solutions-focused friend whilst maintaining a judgement-free environment for her friends (well, the one friend that we know of that is Queenie herself). She’s a great friend to Queenie, always logical with a solution for pretty much everything cushioned with an extra bit of emotional support. Darcy reminds me of a former work colleague as well, so there’s that.

Queenie Candice Carty-Williams Book Cover Pink Edition

Khalid Mirza from Ayesha at Last

Khalid Mirza is almost a carbon copy of my cousin who I’m close with. Both religiously conservative, but, by the end, they become slightly more open and understanding of how others choose to practice Islam. What you’ll find in Khalid is a loyal friend who truly will be there for you in both bad times and good times.

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin Purple and Yellow Book Cover

Read my review of Ayesha at Last here.

Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

I love my unassuming and positive girly girls (I think it all began with Sanjana from Mohabbatein). Jane Bennet is so sweet and genuinely sees the good in everyone, she filters out the negative and focuses on the positive sides to people and somehow manages to achieve the perfect balance between general goodwill and seeing things clearly and rationally. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be friends with Jane Bennet? I’d like to add that though I probably wouldn’t exactly be good friends with Mr Darcy, I can’t escape the fact that, when it comes down to it, he would do the right thing for the people he loves and stand up against injustice vocally in a way that a Darcy from Queenie might not be able to. I am quite literally speaking from experience, read between the lines!

Jane Bennet Elizabeth Bennet Keira Knightley quotes from Pride and Prejudice Film

Related: 3 Reasons Why Pride and Prejudice is Overrated

Would any of these characters make it onto your friends list? Or would other characters from the same books make it onto your list? Which characters would you like to be friends with from the last books you’ve read? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I will be comming back for the titles once i have time bcs this list of books sounds like my favourite and also the characters you mentioned ~ 🙈 Great work dear~💕

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  2. I missed these posts! I love them!

    Lara Jean would be the friend I would definitely have because I’d need her baking skills to help guide me so I don’t burn the house down trying to do something nice for my family 😂

    Jane Bennett- I will admit, although she was a nice character, I didn’t really develop an opinion about her- so if I were to sit down and talk to her- she’d become an acquaintance of mine- I could see her as the college I go to when we want to complain about work or something 😂 but not someone I’d go out with and get hot chocolate together etc 😂

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    1. I feel like returning to more lighter posts. All I can think of is I need to review so many books!!!! But it’s draining to think about because I wanna do them justice, but I don’t want to write whole essays! 😦 but definitely, Insha’Allah, write lighter posts in between because I know I’ll be avoiding blogging otherwise which sounds terrible, but writing a lot of serious posts can require a lot!

      LOOOOL. Sit down, relax, and let Lara Jean do the baking for you. Maybe you can do something nice instead… like wash the plates and clean up after you’re done, so we’re not being totally useless lol. 🥺

      LISTEN. LET ME TELL YOU. Jane would be so much more fun than Elizabeth because Jane is… a little more positive and sees the best in people and doesn’t hold grudges… so much less complaining. Not that Elizabeth would complain, but sometimes you just want a friend who’s calm, sweet and caring! Do you know who’s actually also pretty cool? Charles Bingley, in the Keira Knightley film anyway… so bubbly, smiley and energetic. ADORABLE!

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      1. You know what you have me convince on that point about Jane 😂

        I’ll definitely get Lara Jean bake- And of course in true Arab style I’ll do the dishes because that’s what we have to do 😂

        I know what you mean about the lighter posts- I’ve been guilty of writing some pretty sad things- I haven’t posted a whole bunch because I’m like… this is morbid- DELETE DELETE! 😂
        I’m kind of praying for something to write about but I’ve just been so… uninspired I haven’t even posted anything in ages it’s disappointing! Even my stories I haven’t written anything or I’ll write a couple of paragraphs and abandon the idea (my notes section is currently about 50% of my phone storage 😂)


        1. Please, please, please, Jane is a sweetie! Okay, fine, she might not be for you, but in my head, she’s already my best friend.

          Oh gosh. Dishes are supposed to be washed by hand, not by a dishwasher!

          LOOL! Sometimes the deep stuff has to be written to raise awareness, but you gotta mix it up with some fun posts or you’ll go berserk!

          Oh, no. Sorry to hear that, I hope you find the inspiration and motivation in the near future, but your mental health first, but it could be that’s exactly what your mental health needs… writing a funny and light-hearted story to show how much joy and beauty there still is in the world (like Anne Frank)!

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  3. It’s very unfortunate I don’t read, but if I had to answer I could only say is Harvey from “Help I’m a Classroom Gambler.” Since it’s the only “book” I’ve finished in my life.


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