Top Ten Tuesday: Books To Read If You’re In the Mood For…

Hey peeps and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people of The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is ten books to read if you’re in the mood for X. For this one I think that I’m going to pick if you’re in the mood for a strong female protagonist. I love reading books with strong female protagonist for a few reasons:

  • I am a female therefore reading about awesome female characters fills me with joy.
  • Girls aren’t always the damsels in distress.
  • I just love it.

So, with that, here are the books I think you should read if you’re in the mood for a strong female protagonist:

  1. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This trilogy is one of my favorite of all time, and part of that reason is because of Lia, the main protagonist. She is all kinds of kick butt from her strong personality to her intellect to her beauty. I really love her and think she’s a great female character.
  2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Now I know this comes as no surprise to some of you because, honestly, I love Celaena/Aelin. I think that she’s a kickass character who, yes, is flawed, but she’s also strong in many ways: physically, personality, magically. I love her to pieces.
  3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I love, love, LOVE the female relationship in this book, and the fact that this book has TWO strong female protagonists makes it so much better. Safiya and Iseult bounce off of each other and compliment in each other in many ways, and neither is really weak (I mean, they are only human and do have emotions and whatnot), but they bring out the strength in the other beautifully. Love them.
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Okay, hear me out. I know Juliette is really a very weak character in the beginning, but her character arc is one of the best ones I’ve seen and it’s always refreshing to read about such a strong character by the end of it all. She becomes strong not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well, and you get to see that progression as time goes on.
  5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Vin is an unconventionally strong young woman because at the beginning she was very skittish, even if she did have a hot temper. As time progressed, though, she may have still had a hot temper, but she showed her intelligence, agility, and skills as an Allomancer. She’s a great female protagonist, in my opinion.
  6. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. Karou is one of my favorite characters of all time because not only does she go through a LOT of crap, she does so with as much pride and strength as she can muster. She’s creative, cunning, smart, skilled, and brave. I just think that she’s one that you should really get into.
  7. The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I love Kate because she doesn’t put up with any shit at any given time. She doesn’t need anyone to take care of her – and she doesn’t want to – because that’s when problems really start to arise. But she does have a heart and doesn’t always act before thinking. I find that she’s one of the strongest (physically and mentally) female characters that I’ve read about.
  8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. Laia is one of those characters who appears weak on the outside, but on the inside she’s made of fire. She’s willing to sacrifice and do so much to save her brother and be treated like dirt along the way. She does take a lot of risks, and I think because of that she’s strong.
  9. The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. This whole trilogy consists of strong female protagonists: Lilac not only has her beauty, but she’s also highly intelligent and handy in certain situations. Jubilee is physically strong as she’s a captain of the army on Avon, plus she’s quick on her feet. And Sofia is intelligent and uses her cunning to get through a lot of situations. Each of these young women stand out in my book.
  10. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples. This comic book series is intense, and the main female protagonist, Alana, is definitely a strong one. Not only does she have a foul mouth (strong language, haha), but she’s also willing to sacrifice herself for her loved ones, and I think that’s kind of major. She does have her ups and downs, and she makes plenty of mistakes, but she does her best with what she has and knows, and I think that’s important.

So there you have it, my recommendations for those who are looking to read something with a strong female protagonist.

What would you recommend for a book that has a strong female protagonist and why? Let me know!

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Buzzwords

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday as hosted by Lainey of gingerreadslainey over on YouTube. Today’s topic is about the top five buzzwords that turn us on to books. These are the words that will draw us to a book no matter what the book is actually about.

I had to seriously think long and hard about my buzzwords because I’ve never really thought about it before, but here are my top five words that get me buzzing:

5. Magic/Super Powers

Who doesn’t love a little bit of magic in their lives? I love magical elements in books, whether they be elemental, mind powers, super strength, Allomancy, or whatever the case may be: I love magic. I think it’s mainly because magic doesn’t really exist in the real world, at least not the way it does in books, and I wish it did. If I could choose any magical ability it would be two things: the ability to fly and the ability to control the elements, kind of like the Avatar. Some of my favorite books with magical elements are: the Mistborn trilogy, Stardust by Neil Gaiman, the Shatter Me trilogy, and the Kate Daniels series.

4. Female Protagonist

I love females in the spotlight! Seriously, almost every book I read now features a leading lady at the forefront and I love it. Women are very strong, capable beings (and don’t get me wrong; male protagonists are cool, too!) and I highly enjoy seeing them in a position of power, so to speak. Some of my favorite heroines include: Celaena/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series, Lia from The Remnant Chronicles, Karou from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Cath from Fangirl, and Vin from the Mistborn trilogy. All of these leading ladies have a huge role in the stories that they’re in, but they’re also flawed which I think makes them even more amazing.

3. Faeries

Okay, here’s a weird one, I guess? I love faeries. I love reading about them, seeing how they act in different worlds and stories, and though many of them are the same: cold, inhumanly beautiful, cunning – they are all just incredible. Each has their own personality and each has their own way of life. I love the diversity of the species and types and that not all of them are beautiful, but some are actually grotesque or cute or huge or tiny. There’s so much variety in them. Plus, I love the lore behind them and I find myself drawn to them in ways that’s hard to explain. Some of my favorites include: the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, Trolls by Brian and Wendy Froud, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

2. Fantasy

This is a fairly broad and huge category, don’t you think? But if you honestly didn’t see this coming then where have you been since I started blogging? I love fantasy, whether it be high fantasy, urban fantasy, a touch of fantasy, whatever; if it’s fantasy, I’m all over it. Now that’s not to say that I love every fantasy book that I read, but I do enjoy a great deal of them and how authors are able to come up with such beautiful, vivid, detailed worlds. Some of my favorites are: the Throne of Glass series, the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the Remnant Chronicles, the Song of Ice and Fire series, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, the Harry Potter series, and the Mistborn trilogy.

1 . Romance

Again, another broad topic, but this is my number one buzzword for books because, well, I love love. Love, and particularly romantic love, is one of the best things, in my opinion, in the world. Not just books, but the world. And to read about different types of romance is an extreme pleasure of mine. Honestly, if a book doesn’t have romance in it at some point then there better be a damn good reason as to why I’m reading it. I just love being able to see two characters come together and realize their feelings and how I see it happening from an early part of the story and it just makes it that much sweeter. Some of my favorite romances are: the Starbound trilogy (all of the romances are amazing), Jace and Clary from the Mortal Instruments series, Kate and Curran from the Kate Daniels series, Cath and Levi from Fangirl, Tamahome and Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi, Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone, and so, so many more that I don’t want to list them all for fear of dragging this post out for too long.

So yes! Those are my top five buzzwords when it comes to books. Each one is very precious to me in its own way and I am pretty happy with that.

What are your top five buzzwords when it comes to books and why? Let me know!

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