Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello again my Tuesday pals!  It’s time again for my favorite weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday!  Click on the picture above to be transported to the land of the Broke and the Bookish, sponsors of TTT.  This week’s topic is kick-ass heroines.  I love kick-ass heroines!  My mom was the kind of mom who used to bring home books for me all the time, and she always made sure I had plenty of those types of books around to read.

Top Ten Favorite Kick-Ass Heroines

1.  Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins–okay, this one will probably make 90% of the lists..but she really does kick quite a bit of ass.  She can survive in a wilderness that is pitted against her with 25 other kids running around trying to kill her, TWICE, and then becomes the face of a revolution.

2.  Alexia Tarabotti from the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger–Alexia holds her own in a Victorian age London populated by werewolves and vampires.  She carries around a weighted parasol, eats like a normal human being, and her touch has the ability to turn the supernatural human while she maintains contact.
I just wish I liked Soulless better, but it’s writing style is similar to books that were written in that age…and I just can’t get into that.  But definitely a MUST READ for people who like that style, the paranormal, and steam punk.

3.  Dulcie O’Neil from To Kill a Warlock by H.P. Mallory–Dulcie is a fairy, but not your typical garden variety–she’s human sized and works to keep badies and nasties and creepies from the Netherworld from wreaking havoc in ours.  This was one of my Kindle freebies, but I’ll probably invest in more of the series, as this was a fun read.

4.  Arya from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin–she’s little, and she’s a girl during medieval style times in a world where most girls are married off to men three times their age by the time they turn 15.  She names the sword her older half-brother gives her Needle, and  manages to stay alive even though she’s separated from all of her family by most of a continent and they have no idea where she is.  I see great things coming for little Arya Stark in the rest of the series!

5.  Fiona Glenanne from the Burn Notice novelization–it counts, I’ve read one!  The book itself was….really bad, but Fiona’s sooo kickass that she transcends the bad writing (the one I read was written by the creator’s best friend…yeah, it really is that bad).

6.  Claire Randall Frasier from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon–Claire falls through a stone circle into a time 200 years before hers and is forced to marry a stranger, is branded a witch multiple times (and almost hanged and burned for it) for her “modern” ways of treating the sick and injured, and tries to chance the course of history…and even though she manages to escape back to her own time…she goes BACK THROUGH the stones again.  That is just…so kick ass.

7.  Eve Dallas from the In Death series by J.D. Robb–Eve was abused by her father and beaten left for dead when she was 8.  She’s named for the city and the time of day when she was found, bleeding with a broken arm.  Now, she’s a high-powered New York City police detective married to the universe’s richest and most handsome man.  Eve stomps muggers and murderers all day and night long, and then somehow comes home and has time to be seduced by her husband.  Eve will work battered and bruised on 2 hours of sleep so the dead get their justice.

8.  Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne–Hester is quietly kick ass.  She manages to keep the secret of Pearl’s parentage despite threats and shunning and all the hell a Puritan community can rain down on someone who doesn’t fit neatly into their views.

9.  Nancy Drew, any incarnation by Caroline Keene–I read both the older books (the yellow hardbacks that libraries tend to have) and the “newer” Case Files.  Nancy Drew, with her titian hair (hee), solves crimes that not even the older male police detectives can’t.

10.  Polgara from the Belgariad and Mallorean series by David Eddings–daughter of the great Belgarath the Sorcerer, she might even surpass his power.  She raises and guides young Belgarion through his early years (as his Aunt Pol), and later on she helps to guide him through his quests to save the world.

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  1. I love that Claire from Outlander and Nancy Drew also made your list! I’ve got them on mine, but yours is the first list I’ve seen to also feature these two favorites! And you’re right Katniss probably will make it onto the vast majority of bloggers’ lists…I know I put her on mine 🙂

    • I usually try not to put the more “popular” choices on my lists (notice there is no Hermoine Granger), but Katniss, well, she *deserves* that spot!

      • I couldn’t resist adding Hermione — I love that most of her “kick-ass” qualities come from her brains, her wits, and her hard work!

  2. Great list! Arya is my absolute FAVE! And Hester Pryne is a great one! Totally didn’t think of her! 😀 My TTTs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Tuesday! 😀

    • Ooh, you were my 200th comment! 😀 (I had to approve your comment for some reason and noticed I was at 199). Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I agree with your comments about the Souless series. I feel like I read one book, then need to let it sit for a bit. Difficult to read too many of the books in a row. I love the language, but it can be hard to read on with it.

    P.S. I totally thought of Claire too! Not just surviving falling back in time. But fordging ahead in modern times, becoming a doctor when she did, as a new mother (missing the love of her life) that’s a strong woman.

    • I don’t know that I’ll continue with the series–I really did like all of the characters, but the writing style…it just bores me to tears. Sigh.

  4. I agree about Soulless – I’ve only read the first one, thought it was all right, but haven’t felt an urge to read further even though a friend keeps offering to lend me #2 & #3. Alexia is pretty badass though. And Arya! I admit, I’ve only read about 1/3 of the first book and 3 episodes of the first series, but that is enough to tell me that Arya = total awesome.

    • I had at least five different friends recommend the series to me, so I’m *really* disappointed that I didn’t like Soulless better. The characters are well fleshed out, and the storyline is intriguing…but the writing style! Do not like!

  5. Oh, I didn’t think of Claire, but she’s awesome! I really need to borrow Echo in the Bone from my mum…
    I really want to read the Parasol Protectorate. It’s probably going to work for me for the exact reason it didn’t for you – I love Victorian novels ^^” And I can’t believe I forgot about Arya… I haven’t read the books but I adored her in the series! I’ve never heard of Dulcie O’Neil but she sounds awesome! Thanks for pointing that book out to me, and for stopping by my post 🙂

    • Claire is up there, for me, with Scarlett O’Hara and Meggie from the Thorn Birds. She’s *such* a great character!

  6. I didn’t even think about Nancy Drew. She’s great. I read all those books as a kid.

    • I loved reading all the Nancy Drew books and seeing if I could figure out whodunit before she did…I think Nancy “won” 90% of the time. 🙂

  7. hi!
    Dulcie O’Neil! Love that series!
    I’ve been wanting to read the Parasol Protectorate series for a while.
    Thanks for visiting my TTT 🙂

    • I’ve only read the first book so far (it was a Kindle top 100 freebie), but once I’ve gotten my Kindle down to a manageable level, I’ll be looking into more of the series!

  8. Fabulous list, and I’m not just saying that because we have a couple of heroines in common 🙂 I really like that you’ve included Nancy Drew.

    I should have included at least one of the heroines from A Song of Ice and Fire, since I love that series. I’m going to have to make a point of reading The Belegriad books since they feature a great heroine.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post.

    • Considering the time frame of when the yellow Nancy Drews were written, that just makes her doubly kick ass. 😀

  9. Love those yellow Nancy Drew books!! Cool list… thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • You’re welcome! Glad you stopped by!

  10. I was tempted by Katniss but probably only for The Hunger Games. Mockingjay and Catching Fire were a bit of a disappointment.

    I so need to read the Scarlet Letter. It sounds really interesting. 🙂

    • I wasn’t super impressed with Mockingjay (I had to read it twice to actually understand a few things because they just weren’t presented very well), but Katniss in the first two books was just…kick ass.

      The thing about the Scarlet Letter is it’s…really boring up until about Chapter 12, but after that it’s *really* good! It’s also not a very long book, so getting to chapter 12 doesn’t take super long.

  11. I LOVE this list. First of all, Yay for including Nancy Drew. The only reason I didn’t put her on mine was because she was on last week’s list!!

    Of course you have to include Katniss.

    I bought book one of the Parasol Protectorate back when it was on sale but I haven’t read it yet. I guess I better do that soon, huh?

    • I’ve always been a fan of Nancy Drew. My mom got me started by getting me some of the Case Files, and I liked them so much I started reading the older ones. I even tried to segway into the Hardy Boys…but they were boys and therefor icky. 😀


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