Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Heroines


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Top Ten Favorite Book Heroines 


I decided to stick with fantasies because in my initial list, it felt odd to mix fantasies with nonfiction. Perhaps I will do non-fantasy heroines in a future post. You rock, ladies!

1. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I could easily choose any Kristin Cashore female lead. She writes heroines like no other author. But Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight. That is pretty darn tough.

2. Lyra from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra is young, but she is fierce. She tries to save the world. No big deal.

3. Ismae from Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I discovered this book on audiobook, and I think it is the best audiobook that I have ever listened too. Ismae is an assassin. If you haven’t read this book and want to read about a female who kicks butt, look no further.

4. Cassia from Matched by Allie Condie

I love Cassia because she stands up for herself and follows what she believes to be good and right and true.

5. Princess Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

I read this picture book many moons ago, but the heroine still sticks with me. This is a great picture book to empower young girls.


1. Katsa from Graceling by Kristin Cashore

I almost picked Fire because Ricki picked Katsa, but I couldn’t. Katsa is probably my favorite heroine of all time. She is so troubled, contemplative, strong, and hard-core, but also ends up being caring and smart. She is phenomenal.

2. Hermoine from Harry Potter by JK Rowling

I know this is cliche, but I love Hermoine. I love that a nerdy, smart girl can help save the world.

3. Zita from Zita (series) by Ben Hatke

I love Zita. She is a good friend. She is brave. She isn’t judgmental. She is smart. She is a girl that all boys will root for and all girls will long to be. And Zita doesn’t let anyone down- she is a true hero.

4. Lunch Lady from Lunch Lady (series) by Jarrett Krosoczka

Talk about the unexpected heroine! And she just keeps saving the day.

5. Kate from Matt Cruse (series) by Kenneth Oppel

Kate, like Hermoine, is brilliant beyond her years, but unlike Hermoine, she is expected to be prim and proper. Psh. Kate is not going to sit there and look pretty; she is going to jump right in, go on adventures, and get educated.

Which heroines are your favorite?

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Heroines”

  1. I have always adored Sarah Pennypacker’s CLEMENTINE. Love how her out-of-the-box brain works, and how she stands up for justice! The last book in the series pubs this year, and I will be very sorry to say goodbye.

    • This one had been off my radar for a while–I will definitely need to get my hands on it! Thank you for sharing! I love myself a creative young female protagonist.

  2. I love your list (though I haven’t read all of the books) – and it is a great fantasy list – but I’d add Katniss (hunger games ) and Tris (divergent). It’s a shame it isn’t so easy to come up with a list from fiction! I love a strong woman.


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