Top Ten Favorite Heroines (Top Ten Tuesday #73)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paper Bindings - Top Ten Favorite Heroines (Top Ten Tuesday #73)

A weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is the Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books:

01. Josephine "Jo" March - Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys by Louisa May Alcott - I have loved this character ever since I saw Winona Ryder's version of Jo March in 1994's Little Women and again in the 1999's television series Little Men. So much so, that my hypothetical first daughter will be named after her. Additionally, reading Louisa May Alcott's great novel made me love the character even more. From when she cuts off her hair to get money for her family or when she doesn't marry Laurie even though it would have been the easier choice, Jo is everything a flawed hero should be. Plus she's a writer, which always adds points in my book.

02. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter would be dead without her.

03. Katniss Everdeen - Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - If you ignore her irritating moments in Mockingjay (though after everything she's been through she had every right to be a little nutty) Katniss is a bad ass heroine. She's also loyal and willing to stick up for what she believes in.

04. Mathilda "Mattie" Gokey - A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly - "Right now I want a word that describes the feeling that you get--a cold sick feeling, deep down inside--when you know something is happening that will change you, and you don't want it to, but you can't stop it. And you know, for the first time, for the very first time, that there will now be a before and an after, a was and a will be. And that you will never again quite be the same person you were.”

05. Gemma Doyle - Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray - She is fiercely courageous while fighting a secret battle. More so, all this is done to help save her family.

06. Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Luna plays by her own rules and is incredibly sweet, for example, in Deathly Hallows, when Harry is in her house he sees a painting of all of them on the ceiling of her room. Also in Order of the Phoenix she's exactly the type of person Harry needs.

07. Allyson Healey - Just One Day, Just One Year, Just One Night by Gayle Forman - Allyson is willing to get out of her comfort zone and try something new. When she realizes that the path she chose for herself wasn't working for her, she has the guts to change it even when that means standing up for herself with her parents, school, friends, whomever.

08. Sara Crewe - A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnet - Whether you have read the great classic or have seen the (my personal favorites) 1986 and 1995 movie adaptations, it's hard not to admire the strong, brave girl who has her whole world taken from her. Sara's great because she still manages to be a mother figure for the other girls at her boarding school.

09. Mary Anne Spier - The Baby-Sitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin - Mary Anne Spier (though as a child I thought it was Spider) was definitely my favorite out of the BSC members. She is quiet and organized, but did not let others tell her what to do. Who doesn't remember hairgate?

10. Hazel Grace Lancaster - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - There's a lot of things that could make Hazel get down about life. However, instead she decides to live the best life she can.

 11. Cather "Cath" Avery - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I had to add an extra one because I cannot believe I almost forgot her! Cath is every shy, nerdy girl's hero.

What is your Top Ten this week?
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As an INFJ Tisha doesn’t like she obsesses. Luckily, she has television, film, and books to keep her busy. Although YA is her favorite, she loves all types of books especially historical fiction. This resident Gryffindor also enjoys traveling and seeing where her wanderlusting nature will take her. Twitter


  1. Cath is a wonderful protagonist, she may not save the world as Hermione or Katniss, but she overcomes her own limitations and grows so much during the book!

  2. Thanks for the comment! Yes, absolutely the heroine doesn't always have to be flashy!

  3. I totally agree with adding Cath to your list. She is so strong and brave by figuring out who she really is!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  4. Oh man! I can't believe I forgot both Jo and Gemma! Great list!

  5. AWWW A Little Princess!!! I love your list so much! I thought about putting Luna on my list too, she's so great! :)

  6. Thanks, YA Book Traveler. I loved your inclusion of Piper! She's my favorite Halliwell.


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