Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Our Favorite Heroines

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(I'm planning on updating the list this week...sorry, haven't had time!)


Lori says:

1.  Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice  I love how real she is.  Aside from her interest in reading, I can totally relate to her foibles as well...and I think most people can too.

2.  Mame Dennis from Auntie Mame  The name of my personal blog was inspired by her.  She is so fun and exotic and well-meaning, though everything always messes up for her, then comes out all right in the end.

3.  Nora Ephron  OK, fine.  She was a real person.  But I think she was the heroine of her own essays, which are totally amazing.  She's funny and smart and totally relatable.  A true pleasure to read and read about.

Jamie says:

4. Celaena from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: SHE IS MY FAVORITE EVER. I feel like I've watched her grow so much in these first 3 books of the series and I cannot wait to see how her arc continues to develop. SHE IS BADASS.

5. Adelina from The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Adelina is such an interesting pick for me but she really sticks out. She isn't always your typical heroine because she is sort of a villain too! But she's so complicated and I just really FEEEEL her despite how difficult it could be to get past some of her choices.

6. Sam from Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley: So my first two picks are fantasy but LET ME JUST TELL YOU...there is nothing like real life badassness. She has physical and mental strength that I can't even fathom and what she endures in this book is NUTS. Seriously, YOU NEED TO MEET HER.

7. Skylar from I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: This is another contemporary YA but the kind of quiet strength Skylar has to rise from her circumstances and have her eye on what she wants...I couldn't help but root for her so hard! She is an amazing heroine that I won't soon forget. PLUS the other main character, Josh, is just as amazing!

Bridget says:

8. Alice Quinn from The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Alice is your typical painfully shy, super-smart girl…until you get to know her. Quentin may be the main character, but Alice is truly the hero of The Magicians. You have to read it to find out why, though—I’m not going to spoil it for you.

9. Daenerys Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. If there’s such a thing as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl in the fantasy world, Dany would be it. Young, beautiful, incredibly strong but also witty and intelligent, all the men in her world pretty much want her—but her only interest is in reclaiming her lost throne (and in her dragons, of course). Getting through A Song of Ice and Fire can be a slog, but reading about all of Dany’s badassery is what gets me through.

Julia says:

10. Lyra from the His Dark Materials Series - Lyra is awesome. Reading this book as a 17 year old, she was a bit young to fully relate to, but I understood her. She learned through trial and error and experience. She didn't wake up being the hero but had to grow into it. I love that series and I love her as the heroine. 

Kimberly says:

11. Elisa from the Fire and Thorns Series- Elisa is such an amazing character. I liked her even when we first meet her in the first chapter of Girl of Fire and Thorns, and she grows SO MUCH. She goes from being likable, to being incredible. Her determination, her loyalty, her faith. I adore her. 

Tell us your favorite heroines!!


  1. Great picks this week! Celaena was one of my favorite heroines as well :) I just love how she's grown.

    Courtney @ Storybook Slayers
    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. Totally didn't think of Alice from The Magicians, but I just read that book and definitely thought she was the best part of it.

  3. These are great picks! :) I totally agree about Elizabeth Bennet - she's the real deal. I like that she's good, but flawed as well, and can admit she's wrong!
    Thanks you for hosting this meme, it's great :)
    My list for this week: http://ofdragonsandhearts.com/?p=1430

  4. I'm loving the fact that Nora Ephron made the list. She was quite an interesting person and her essays are funny and wonderful. Nice list!

  5. Great list! I have a feeling Celaena's going to be on a few lists today :)

  6. Oh man how could I have forgotten to put Elisa on my list! There were just too many heroines to choose from!

  7. I had a lot of fun with this one this week! It gave me something to really think about and I struggled a bit to remember all the characters, I know I had to have missed some as well!!

    My TTT

    Amber @ Paradise of Pages

  8. Lizzie Bennet, Celaena, and Lyra are pretty much guaranteed on any of my favourite heroines lists haha! (Well, except this week because I did TV heroines, but you know, whatever). There's a whole bunch of books here I'm planning to get to soon though, so I'm excited it looks like the heroines are all awesome!

  9. YES! To so many of these. Jamie I also included Celaena and Adelina! And Alice in The Magicians is such an amazing choice! I almost included her on my list and now I wish I had. Have you finished that series? I would also say that Julia is a pretty fantastic heroine. Lyra is also an amazing choice! All the yes!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

  10. Yes! I totally thought about Alice from the Magicians as well. I really need to finish that series.

  11. Yay I'm so glad to see you Inclueee Lyra & Elisa as well, they are g
    Freakin awesome. Certain girls are automatic picks like Celeana ( of course since she is a badas) but I love seeing the ones that are lesser know . Great choices!
    ❤️Britt @ Please Feed The Bookworm

  12. Interesting picks. I’m glad to see that Elizabeth Bennet and Lyra made your list, too. They’re two of my favorites.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  13. Celaena fucking Sardothien! Yes, a million times YES ♥ She's my all-time favorite heroine, hands down! Lyra is a really interesting choice too though, I wish I'd remembered to add her to my list >.< I still need to read Fire and Thorns, Young Elites and ASoIaF though^^ Awesome picks ladies!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

  14. Fantastic list :D
    Celaena is kick ass, but I'd be terrified to meet her!
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  15. Great picks! Celaena all the way! I remember Lyra from when I read His Dark Materials back in middle school.

  16. So I kinda did TTT, but I also... kinda didn't. http://shainareads.blogspot.com/2015/02/a-few-tuesday-memes-8.html

  17. Thanks as always for the prompts and for coming up with such great blog post ideas week after week! :) You guys rock.

  18. This list is great!

    BalloonsCutie X3 http://therealtwins.weebly.com/book-reviews/top-ten-tuesdays-top-ten-favorite-heroines

  19. Oh, I forgot about Mame! She's quite a character, isn't she?

  20. I can't believe I forgot Lyra! Glad you mentioned her.

  21. Hooray for Lizzy and Alice!! I would only add Sansa Stark of ASOIAF. She has that "quiet strength" Jamie talks of Skylar.

  22. I haven't read all these, but I love, love, LOVE #1 & #9!

  23. Haha, I just knew that Caelena had to be in there. Everyone loves her.

    Jen | The Bookavid

  24. I am reading Pride and Prejudice right now actually! I like Elizabeth but my favourite will always be Fanny from Mansfield Park, I think <3 Oh, and Danerys is definitely a great heroine. I have only read the first book in the series but already she has developed and grown up so much at such a young age!


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