Feb 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (120)

is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

I came up with ten heroines no problem and then realized that all the characters were pretty mainstream (and hence why Tris Prior and Katniss Everdeen aren't on here). I focused on heroines who did things that seemed heroic--taking down the Capitol or a world full of factions, wielding swords, kicking ghost ass, and doing just about everything except wear a cape. (Actually, a few of them may actual wear one, or at least a cloak.) In other words, things you might see in a superhero movie. I could think of likable and strong female protagonists, but they didn't seem heroic. So I Googled the definition of heroine and got this: "A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities." With that definition in mind, I went through my read section on Goodreads and pulled up several titles that I thought may have good heroines, and then narrowed it down from around twenty or so to ten. I won't tell you what makes these characters heroines so you can read the books yourself, but just know that they are, for the most part, some badass bitches. (Also, I've only read the first book for some of these series, so please don't spoil anything!)

Celaena Sardothien

Penryn Young

Claire Danvers


Cinder, Scarlet, & Cress

Wanda & Melanie Stryder


Verity & Maddie

Ismae Rienne

Elisa de Riqueza

What heroines are your favorites?


  1. Ismae made my list too! (It's going up in the morning)
    I've wanted to start Code Name Verity so I'm glad to see that the characters are list worthy.

  2. Oh, Claire should have been on my list! I don't know how I could have overlooked her! I think Celaena is at the top of most lists today. She's a total badass, one of the best heroines in existence. I still need to read a few of these. Great list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

  3. Celaena also made my list! I have most of these on my TBR, so hopefully I will love the characters as much as you did!

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  5. I have Cinder and Wanda/Melanie on my list too. You are the first person I have seen to also have them on here which surprises me a bit. Great list thanks for sharing :)
    My TTT https://jazminjade.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/top-ten-tuesday-favourite-heroines/

  6. Great ones! I absolutely love Celaena and Claire. :)

  7. Oh I love your list! I totally forgot about Maddie/Verity, and I think I might have to go back and edit mine now. That book.
    Cora @ Tea Party Princess

  8. Cinder and Scarlet made my list as well. I have to read Cress yet, the book is sitting on my bookshelf. I also need to read most of these others.
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Verity is on my list but Maddie deserves so much praise too <3 Love this pair! And your list for that matter - so many of my favorites!!

    Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

  10. loving your list! but never read any of these books.:D

  11. Love your list! And I really love your reasoning behind them too :) I've never heard of Endangered though and i'm super curious now because of that cover.

    I have a feeling i'll agree more with you on Celaena with the next few books and Ic an't wait for you to see how badass Elisa becomes :)

    My Top Ten

  12. YAY! I'm so happy you included Scarlet...she is ridiculously amazing! I'm obsessed with that whole series. So sad it's over though!

  13. I did put Tris on my list because I admire her morals and everything she does to protect her loved ones. :) I was super close to choosing Celaena and Cinder! Ismae and Celaena were on my Assassin list yesterday :) Elisa is on my list...twice, actually! Kat and I wrote our Top 5 individually and both chose her. I almost removed my doubles to add extra deserving heroines, but our doubles were so deserving of being a Top 5, lol!!

  14. I actually haven't read any of those books, but Code Name Verity has always seemed really interesting to me from the reviews I've read about it...


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