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.
- The Mercy Thompson series! Really well written urban fantasy with a kick ass female mechanic who takes no shit from anyone!
- The Anita Blake series (first 8 or 10) were fantastic! Then, she went all sex crazy and things just got weird.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- The Palace Job. Loch is a fantastic mastermind in this paranormal heist type book that strongly reminds me of Oceans 11.
- 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.
- 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?