One thing I've realized while compiling this list: I don't read enough books about people who love books. (Note to self: It's about time you read The Book Thief, yes?) Because of that fact, thinking of bookish characters beyond the first 3 was difficult, hence why there's only 8 characters on this "top ten" list.
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
It could have to do with my recent binge-reading of Harry Potter, but honestly, what is a list about book nerds without Hermione Granger? Hermione is pretty much synonymous with books and reading. She's not "the brightest witch of her age" for nothing. Her first stop in any conundrum is the library and she always has a book with her. I mean, homegirl brought books to the battlefield, literally. She made being reading and being the smart girl cool and I owe more than just my love of reading to her character.
Cath Avery (Fangirl)
Maybe this book is just on my mind because I'm reviewing it on Thursday, but Cath is the definition of a bookworm. She basically lives between the pages of her Simon Snow (her world's Harry Potter) books, having burrowed into the books so hardcore that she spends every moment writing Simon Snow fanfiction. In fact, Fangirl is very much a story about Cath learning how to live outside of books.
Elizabeth Bennett (Pride & Prejudice)
I feel like I don't have to say much about Lizzie Bennett. Aside from the fact that it's in the sitting room surrounding by books where she begins to fall for Mr. Darcy despite herself, she's also attributed one of the best bookish quotes ever: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!... When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." Word, Lizzie. I feel ya.
Tessa Gray (The Infernal Devices)
At the first, we know that Tessa loves books. This love of books is what makes her one of my favorite characters. It's the only thing that gets her through her days of imprisonment early in the series. She reads books multiple times and has a full-on fangirl moment when she sees the Institute's library for the first time. Her love of books is what bonds her to the next character on this list.
Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)
Will Herondale is every YA booklover's fictional crush because he too appreciates the gift of a good book. He and Tessa flirt via witty banter about books (and it's the cutest thing ever!) and then he goes and says one of my favorite quotes of the series: "It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them". As if we weren't swooning already!
Chubs (The Darkest Minds)
I'm not sure if Chubs really counts for this one - he happens to live in a dystopian world where only one book is really available to him. But in my head, Chubs would be a book nerd if he could be. Throughout the entire novel (if I remember correctly), he's the one who reads the map because as someone who has superior knowledge he is seen as the smart one of the group. Also, I distinctly remember him being described as a reader, carrying around a tattered copy of ___ and reread it all the time.
Charlie (Perks of Being Wallflower)
Charlie is a bit of loner, which is pretty much the first ingredient in any book loving character. Because Charlie has a pretty difficult time connecting with people and making friends, he finds solace in books and characters. Through Perks, Charlie devours novel after novel his teacher gives him. I'm not sure Charlie would describe himself as a book nerd, but he definitely qualifies.
Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)
Confession: I didn't actually read the book Matilda, but I watched the movie multiple times as a child. And I'll never forget the library montage when Matilda gets her little red wagon and pulls it to and from the library full of books, growing older with each trip. It was like Matilda was growing up with every book she read and I wanted a wagon full of books just like her. Along with Hermoine, Matilda is at least partly responsible for my love of reading.