That chick is a badass: Top Ten Heroines

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts this book meme, and this week's prompt is "Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books."


Alexia Maccon is a witty and smart character and I love her pragmatic views of the world around her. I am so tickled when she is “put out” by such things as giant mechanical devices or werewolves/vampires fighting that might mussy up her gowns or make her miss tea. These books are funny and witty and page turners. 


Diana Bishop is first introduced to us readers in a library, enjoying her life as she nerds out in academia. What bibliophile wouldn't fall in love with this character right then and there? The adventures Diana has throughout the series are deep, well written and swoon worthy, at times. I love this series and its the richness of history it gives to the fantasy fiction genre.


Angel Crawford is the heroine of one of the Books, Booze & Bajingo's past reads. The character growth and development of Angel in the book was phenomenal. We loved how real she is, flawed and relatable. We all found her self deprecation very relatable. Also, this is a unique, intriguing and very clever way to present the zombie monster genre.


Kit Tyler is a herione that I haven't thought about, in depth anyway, in years. I was obsessed with this book when I was younger. It inspired many an imaginary play time in my youth. I identified with how out of place Kit felt in her new home, filled with Puritan ideals. I loved her strength of character and individuality. Thinking about it now, I want to re-read this book.


Sookie Stackhouse is hands down a badass. I love this series and wish the TV series could have done it justice. She's strong, independent and not afraid to take care of business, even if that means someone or something has got to go.


Katniss Everdeen may be a cliché pick at this point, but who cares. She is a complex character and I loved the series. She is forced to become this symbol of rebellion when all she wants to do is survive. Everyone thinks they are using her but in the end, she shows them that no one can just treat people that way, not even the "good guys".


Elphaba, another outcast. I am noticing a trend. But is it a trend in what kind of heroines I like or how often this is a character trope? I really enjoyed the depth and new perspective Maguire gave to this character. 


Stephanie Plum is just a comical, relatable heroine to me. These books make laugh and the action keeps me reading. I really enjoy flawed heroines that struggle with everyday problems, and I find them more endearing.


I love fairy tales, and Cinder breathes fresh life into the character of Cinderella. In this version, she is less concerned about finding her prince as she is trying to save one of her step-sisters and escape from her life. She moves on, in the series, to trying to find her way in this world as both a Lunar (a race from the moon that everyone hates) and a cyborg (which is a lesser human to many). She uses her "weaknesses" as her strengths, and I love that about her.


Harper Blaine is another badass. She is a PI that develops strange powers after a brush with death. She is trying to figure out what this new world means for her and adjust to how much her life is changing beyond her control. She is strong but, at times, not as strong as she'd like to think. I want to read more of this series.

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