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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!