Kate Ward
February 10, 2010 AT 05:46 PM EST

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, Shelf Lifers! So in the spirit of the holiday, I thought, why not dedicate a post to those we share a special bond with: The characters in literature that we love?

And I mean love, folks. Not just respect, or admire, but love. Because, really, what avid reader hasn’t fallen for a fictional character at one point in time?

Here’s my confession: While reading East of Eden as a teen, I had a major crush on Caleb Trask, the jealous twin brother of perfect son Aron. (The fact that I went for the one who represents Cain versus the one who’s a stand-in for Abel probably says a lot about me…) And I even came dangerously close to falling for the unlucky-in-love-and-life protagonist of Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You after reading it last year.

So now it’s your turn: Which literary characters have you fallen in love with? And let’s try to stretch our minds beyond Twilight‘s Edward Cullen, shall we?

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