Top 10 Tuesday: Characters With Genius IQs


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So for this freebie day, I’ve decided to go back to the topic I skipped earlier this month (April 28) – I was swamped with exams! Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who _____ (are musically inclined, have lost someone, have depression, who grow up poor, etc.) I’m glad I get to revisit it, as I think it’s a super awesome prompt and all my favorite geniuses came to mind…

*in no particular order


1.Reynie Muldoon, Sticky Washington, Constance Contraire (The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart) – The birthday party at the end of book 1? Knocked my socks off. (If you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about!) *Hint: It’s the reason grumpy Constance Contraire will forever have a place in my heart.

2. Lizzie, Gregor’s sister (Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins) – She loves solving puzzles, and she’s good at it, but she’s shy and incredibly humble. Gotta love that combination in a character.

3. Charles Wallace, Meg’s younger brother (A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle) – Maybe he and Constance Contraire should go out.

4. Turtle Wexler (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin) – She’s weird, but I wish we could be friends.

5. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer) – “Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind.” He’s only everything I’ve always wished I could be.


6. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) – Okay, so, we may not be explicitly told that Hermione is a genius, but we all know it’s true.

7. Liz Sutton (Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter) – She speaks a ton of languages and cracks CIA codes, but she’s klutzy and naive and super sweet.

8. Micah (Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas) – Has a genius IQ, and he’s adorable for it. 😉

9. Paul and Teddy (A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray) – There is nothing more attractive than two teenage guys studying parallel dimensions alongside your brilliant parents.

10. June and Day (Legend by Marie Lu) – Two prodigies – a soldier and a criminal – totally makes for a super cute romance.




6 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Characters With Genius IQs

    1. brooke Post author

      Thanks, JJ! I loved the Artemis Fowl books, too. I’d always wanted to read a book from the point of view of “the bad guy.” He was such a clever character.

    1. brooke Post author

      Hey Brenda! I think Artemis Fowl might be my favorite just because he’s the protagonist of his story – so many of the other geniuses are supporting characters. Also glad I could feature The Westing Game in my TTT today, because it’s such a unique story. 🙂 I really love the topic you chose – foreign covers are so cool! Thanks for commenting!

  1. Rebekah @ Wordsmithing and Worldbuilding

    This is such a great topic choice! I love super smart characters in both books and movies/tv shows. Artemis Fowl is my favorite 🙂 I always wanted to be him too (I have no idea what that says about us!)
    Being that clever would be worth it, though . . .

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    1. brooke Post author

      Hahaha, so true!! But Artemis changes, right?? There’s a lot of growth there. 😉 I love super smart characters, too – especially characters with really unique skills. But I think that could be a whole other blog post! Thanks for commenting, Rebekah!


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