I read all the time. I owned more books than all my friends put together.
Two of my favorite characters were Anne from "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery, and Ayla from the "Earth's Children" series by Jean M. Auel. I also loved the Shannara series from Terry Brooks...but not one specific character.
One of the saddest things to me about not having a daughter is that I won't be able to share the Anne of Green Gables books with her. I'm hoping one of my boys might be interested, but I doubt they will.