Top 5 Tuesday is a meme by the fantastic Bionic Book Worm, and it explores a different bookish topic each week. If you’d like to join in on the fun, check out the Top 5 Tuesday July topics! And check out her top 5 female leads!
This post was really fun to write, I love talking about my favorite female characters. It wasn’t hard for me to choose them, though there are many others I could keep the list going on with! So let’s get to it-
Winter from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Winter is one of my favorites ever, and she’s the biggest reason that Winter is my favorite book of the series. I loved every second of her in that book, and it saddens me that we only got one book to spend with her! I love her kindness and her gentleness, and how she uses those things as her biggest strength in the face of the evil and oppressiveness she was raised in, and that she chooses those things even though it will literally cost her her sanity. I love her personality, and I loved her rather dry and whimsical sense humor. I just love Winter.
Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I freaking love Inej. I love her quiet fierceness, the way she sticks to her resolutions and her beliefs in the face of any kind of terror that comes her way in these books. I love her loyalty to herself and to her friends, and the love makes her so fierce. Not to mention her skills as the wraith. That part when she was climbing up the chimney with melting shoes?? Gosh dang.
Agnes Magnusdottir from Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
I would love to describe all the reasons I love Agnes’ character, but to go to deeply into it would spoil this entire book. Agnes is a fascinating character, a shrewd, clever woman who is charged for the murders of two men in 1800s Iceland. Agnes reveals so much about what it means to be an accused women in the face of men with power – just to touch the surface of her character in this book. I loved exploring her past, how she got to her present, and what she had in her heart in this book.
Lib from The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
When I started reading this book, I was not Lib’s biggest fan. When we first meet her in this novel she is an arrogant, rather presumptuous nurse trying to puzzle the mystery of a young girl who has not eaten for four months. Lib’s character development over the course of the book is one of my favorites ever. Lib is proven beyond what she expects and I love the effects it has on her heart and the way it inspires her to take action. I loved how wholly aggravating Lib was and how much I rooted for her, and I loved her character so much by the end of this book.
Cress from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Am I allowed to have two characters from the same series? Whatever, I’m doing it because I adore Cress and she is the leading lady of her own book. I think what I appreciate most about Cress is how she’s a girl who is extremely timid, and that she gains strength through her smarts and through her friends and her imagination and in herself. I always appreciate a leading lady who’s unsure of herself in social situations and in bravery, and I loved seeing her grow. And I love how absolutely adorable Cress is, how she’s such a dreamer, how enthusiastic and sweet she is. I loved her from literally page one of Cress. Probably sentence one.
There we have it, my fave ladies. Who are your favorite female leads?? I’d love to know!!