Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – March 1, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was choose ten books to read if you are in the mood for… women who kick ass! 

I never realised it before making this list that I actually read a lot of women protagonists that kick butt and are awesome. I’m really kind of proud of myself for that.

  1. The Mercy Thompson series! Really well written urban fantasy with a kick ass female mechanic who takes no shit from anyone!
  2. The Anita Blake series (first 8 or 10) were fantastic! Then, she went all sex crazy and things just got weird.
  3. Little Women, obviously. Here, kick ass is a little less literal but man, Jo is the best and possible the literary figure I most closely related to growing up.
  4. The Uglies series. I really loved these books when they came out. Tally was an amazing heroine, even when she didn’t know that’s what she was.
  5. A Love Story series. Jody is a great female protagonist and I absolutely love that she revels in being a vampire for the simplest of things that men take for advantage, such as being able to walk outside late at night without fear.
  6. Vampire Academy series. Both Rose and Lissa show the different ways women can kick butt. Either through physical violence or mental warfare. It’s fantastic!
  7. Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices. Both are really awesome with Clary and Tessa showing that you can be frail and feminine, while still a ruff and tumble fighter with the guys.
  8. The Palace Job. Loch is a fantastic mastermind in this paranormal heist type book that strongly reminds me of Oceans 11.
  9. A Feast of Fates. This book is full of strong women. Morigan, the Fates, the Queens, Mouse, Rowena. Each of them kick ass in a different way. Either through physical violence, through intrigue and gossip, magic, or charm.
  10. Five: A Novel. This one is great because it’s so down to earth real. It shows how a woman can be a kick ass police officer and still have a family, still be a caring mom.


These were literally just the books I could think of off of the top of my head, and only the books with female leads. Other books with strong women, we’d be here all day!

What about you? What genre did you choose and which ten books should I try?

About Lulu

Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and her pom son Frodo Barkins with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.

12 replies to “Top Ten Tuesday – March 1, 2016

  1. Barb(boxermommyreads)

    I totally agree with the Anita Blake books. I think I only finished through book 8 and while I enjoyed them, there started to be way too many men to keep track of. I wished the series would end but it just keeps going on and on. I doubt I will ever finish. Mercy Thompson pretty much filled my Anita void anyway. Women of the Otherworld by Kelly Armstrong also has some awesome female characters.

    1. Lulu Post author

      I have had Women of the Otherworld series on my tbr list for the longest time, I think I actually have a physical copy of Bitten, but haven’t gotten around to it. Might move it up a bit to check it out!

    1. Lulu Post author

      Thank you! I hope you like them! And if you haven’t read the Infernal Devices, and like the Mortal Instruments series, definitely give it a read. I actually think I like the Infernal Devices better than Mortal Instruments series 😮

  2. Brigid Gorry-Hines

    I love Uglies! I’ve been meaning to read those again, it’s been years. 🙂 I haven’t heard of some of these, but I will definitely look them up! I love some kickass female characters. 😀

  3. Jen @ BookLoversAlliance

    Great list! I love Clary and Tessa!!! Such great characters. I can’t wait for Lady Midnight. I’m hoping it will live up to TMI and TID. We shall see! I completely forgot about the Uglies series! I read it so long ago but I never finished..maybe it’s time for a reread 🙂

    1. Lulu Post author

      I am so excited for Lady Midnight! Have been dying to see/know more about the fae world since the final TMI book!

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