Top Ten Tuesdays #2

imageOkay so today’s post is kind of a freebie, the prompt is Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who……(fill in the blank), so even though I know this is going to be a popular one, I’ve chosen to do Books That Feature Strong Female characters because there is nothing I love more than a strong female character, and I thought that would be the easiest thing for me to do! So here we go, my top ten strong female characters (as usual in no particular order).

1. Annabeth Chase from PJO and HOO by Rick Riordan-Annabeth is awesome, she is smart but strong too (I love girls that prove this is a possible combination, you don’t have to be one or the other) and she knows how to fight and take care of herself. I mean the girl ran away from home when she was seven! You always forget that she has dyslexia because of how much she loves to read. She has real flaws, she can be selfish, and has great pride but she acknowledges her flaws and she’s very relatable as a teenage girl, even though she’s a demigod.

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling-I love Hermione, for many of the same reasons that I love Annabeth, but make no mistake, these two girls are not the same. I love how smart Hermione is, but also how brave she is and how loyal she is to her friends. I also love that she’s not the prettiest girl, because that’s very relatable to teenage girls. I love how kind she is, and how much empathy she show toward people, and that she never apologises for who she is. Plus let’s face it, Harry would never have made it to the fight with Voldemort without her!

3. Tessa Blackthorn from Blind Beauty by KM Peyton-Tessa is a young girl with an attitude problem, and a pretty messed up family, but she fights for what she wants, and what she wants is to ride her childhood horse Buffoon in the Grand National. It’s an impossible dream, but Tessa has great determination, and she overcomes all of her personal difficulties, never giving up on her horse even when others might.

4. Meggie McGregor from Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman-I mean this woman goes through so much, she loses her entire family. There are different kinds of strength, and the emotional strength that Meggie McGregor has, just to carry on after she suffers loss after loss in her life, is incredible.

5. Sephy Hadley from Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman-Sephy never accepts what her society tells her is right, she knows that she doesn’t hate the noughts and she doesn’t know why all the other Crosses do, and she’s always questioning why things are the way they are, and why people don’t try to change them, she desires change in their society. She stands up for what she believes in, and she really grows over the course of the story, enough to make a horrible choice at the end, doing what she knows is right even though it breaks her heart.

6. Minka Singer from The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult-Minka loses her whole family in The Holocaust, and yet she shows a remarkable amount of strength and perseverance, given that she suffers horrendously during her time in Auschwitz. The fact that she makes it through Auchwitz alive is testament to the strength of her character, and that she is still a kind compassionate person, after all she went through, is incredible. Minka is a beautiful character and her story is heart wrenching.

7. Risa Ward from Unwind by Neal Shusterman-Risa is smart, always thinks before she acts and she is very resourceful, able to take care of herself. She is tough and very distrustful initially given her upbringing in a State Home, so it is wonderful to see her opening herself up to Connor. She is caring, and becomes a medic at the graveyard. Without her smarts on how to get food and clothes, she and Connor would probably have never made it to the graveyard, and her resourceful nature comes in useful when she runs away from Roberta at the end of book 2. She stands up for what she believes in and refuses to accept a spine from an Unwind even though it means she is paralysed (although eventually she is forced to accept one). Her strength mainly lies in her smarts and her resourcefulness.

8. Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano from HOO by Rick Riordan-Reyna is a strong fighter that’s for sure, but her power is lending her strength to others, and that is even better I think, that her ability is that she can pass her own strength into other people when they need it. I love the fact that she realises she doesn’t need a guy, she’s strong enough on her own. She can hold her own against anything she comes up against and she’s a seriously good friend.

9. Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter series by JK Rowling-I mean this woman is awesome! She does not tolerate stupidity from anyone, is very strict but yet has this dry sense of humour, which I love. She always says what she thinks and although she might come off as cold, she truly cares about her students. Plus, the woman can hold her own in a fight! She is without a doubt one of my favourite Hogwarts teachers.

10. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Celeana Sardiothien) from Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas-The woman is a trained assassin! She’s had a horrific past, and gone through terrible things and yet she’s always managed to come out the other side stronger than ever. She’s smart, she’s a great fighter, not to mention extremely powerful, Aelin Galathynius embodies the strong female character, whilst still maintaining an interest in pretty dresses and cute guys like a normal nineteen year old girl.

Okay, I know there are many more strong female characters than these, but I couldn’t say every strong female character I’ve ever read about, otherwise the list would be way too long! So do you agree with my picks? Are there others you would have chosen? For fellow bloggers what did you choose for this week’s post? Next week, I will be doing Top Ten Books I Will Never Read, but tomorrow is another Wishlist Wednesday, so look out for that!


71 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays #2

  1. El @ So Bookalicious 28/04/2015 / 6:12 pm

    I only now a couple of them Celaena, Annabeth and the HP characters. But they are indeed all strong characters 🙂 Great list!
    Thanks for stopping by my post!

  2. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 28/04/2015 / 8:04 pm

    Celaena would definitely make my list if I’d have done this topic. I love that you included Professor McGonagall too 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 8:11 pm

      I didn’t feel like I should just have teenagers on my list because there are plenty of strong adult women in books as well, and I just love McGonagall so much, she was always one of my favourite Hogwarts teachers, and when I think of strong female characters, she immediately comes to mind. Yeah Celeana is just awesome!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 8:37 pm

      JK Rowling sure knows how to do great female characters, there were many HP women I could have chosen from!

  3. beckmank 28/04/2015 / 9:21 pm

    Hermione for sure, I hadn’t thought of Prof McGonagall. Excellent choice. I also love Ginny and Molly Weasley. Ginny especially grows through the books and comes into her own, and Molly will do anything to protect her family. Annabeth Chase is another fabulous female, as is Reyna. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 9:28 pm

      Thanks! If I had more space, Ginny and Molly would have been on my list as well, but honestly I could do a whole list just of strong female characters from the Harry Potter series, there are so many of them! Molly Weasley is my favourite fictional mother ever!

  4. Rebekah 28/04/2015 / 11:18 pm

    I love McGonagall, and I totally agree 🙂 She is one of the less noted strong characters in HP. These are all great choices though.
    Your list is fun and different from a lot I’ve seen today, nice job!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I was worried that it wouldn’t be because a lot of people have done strong female characters, but I’m glad the characters I chose seem to be different.

  5. Anjeline @ Love thy Shelf 28/04/2015 / 11:21 pm

    Great list! I loved that some of our choices crossed over. I loved Reyna, as well! I really enjoyed her POV in HOO. I love Aelin and I can’t wait to see more of her! Someone commented in my TTT and said that she would put Ginny on my list! She was a strong character as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 11:27 pm

      Yeah, Reyna’s POV was one of my favourite parts of HOO. I love Aelin too, seriously the wait for Queen of Shadows is killing me! I just want to know what happens already. Yeah I’ve had that too, I would have put Ginny on my list, if I’d had the space, but I could fill up a whole list just with strong female characters from Harry Potter!

      • Anjeline @ Love thy Shelf 28/04/2015 / 11:46 pm

        It’s killing me, too! Especially with how HoF ended *prayer circle for Dorian haha* and I’m just worried about what Maas will do to our characters lol. Yes! Harry Potter has so many amazing female characters .

      • iloveheartlandx 28/04/2015 / 11:51 pm

        I still can’t believe she did that to him! I’m very worried he’s going to be evil and they will not find a way to get him back, because Sarah J Maas seems to have no problem torturing us! Yes it does, one of the many reasons I love Harry Potter so much.

  6. Theresa 28/04/2015 / 11:38 pm

    Great list! I almost picked the exact same topic! I love Hermione Granger! She is such a great character. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Sydney @ Miss Movie of Canada 28/04/2015 / 11:51 pm

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I love you list! Hermione is awesome! Smart and strong!
    Great list!

    Sydney @ Miss Movie of Canada

  8. pennma05 28/04/2015 / 11:52 pm

    I love that you included McGonagall on this list! She is one of my favorite HP characters! 🙂

  9. Ardelia 29/04/2015 / 12:23 am

    McGonagall was my favorite professor. She was just awesome. I think strong female characters make for good reads.

  10. bookishandawesome 29/04/2015 / 12:48 am

    Annabeth Chase for sure! She’s easily one of literature’s badassest females. I mean, not to spoil anything (although if you live in the Internet I don’t know how could you have possibly avoided this for so long), but The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades right? RIGHT? Thumbs up to Hermoine, Reyna and Professor McGonagall as well!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:04 am

      Right! Annabeth is awesome in The Mark of Athena and The House of Hades.

  11. Ally R. 29/04/2015 / 1:24 am

    I love that you included Hermione and McGonagall, as well as Celaena(Aelin? I guess I’ll have to keep reading the series to find out about that). All strong female characters!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:06 am

      Thanks! Yeah you do have to keep reading to find out about that, I refer to her as Aelin now because Sarah J Maas does, but they can be used interchangeably.

  12. Mallory @ The Local Muse 29/04/2015 / 1:36 am

    I need to read Noughts and Crosses soon- so glad to see a couple of strong female characters from there on your list. I do love some girl power! McGonagall is a great choice too!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:08 am

      Definitely a great read, althought not going to lie, it’s kind of a tearjerker!

  13. Andrea @ Mountain Rhinestones 29/04/2015 / 2:03 am

    Nice TTT list. I’m ashamed to admit that the only names that I recognize are the ones from Harry Potter and even more ashamed to admit that the only reason I do is because of the movies where I didn’t read any of the books. But on a happier note, I found new books to check out. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:15 am

      I’m sure you are not the only one who has only seen the movies of Harry Potter and not the books, so don’t worry! I’m glad that you found some new books to check out, after all that’s why I do this blog, to help people find new books to read!

  14. Katy Messier 29/04/2015 / 2:19 am

    Great list – I love strong female characters in books too. Going to have to look some of these books up, they sound great.

  15. Cynthia 29/04/2015 / 8:31 am

    Great list! So many of these are on my TBR. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 9:23 am

      Great, I hope you enjoy them when you get around to reading them.

  16. Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde 29/04/2015 / 12:10 pm

    Without Hermione, Harry would have gotten NOWHERE! However, I personally like Luna better. I love how you have Aelin on this list! I can’t wait for Queen of Shadows! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 12:30 pm

      Very true! I love Luna as well, I’ve just always been able to relate to Hermione more. I could do a whole list of strong female characters (and when we have another freebie, maybe I will!) from Harry Potter. I cannot wait for Queen of Shadows either! September is too far away!

  17. Veronika 29/04/2015 / 12:16 pm

    McGonagall has always been one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter. She’s such an amazing person and teacher. Can we get a few books about her young years already? Haha. Annabeth is one of my all time favorite characters, even though I’ve only read the original series, not the Heroes of Olympus series.
    Lovely list. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 12:33 pm

      I would so read that! Yeah I love Annabeth, and the original series is better than The Heroes of Olympus anyway.

  18. Rose @ Ramblin' Rose 29/04/2015 / 12:56 pm

    I almost did this same topic but it was too hard to narrow down! Hermoine would be on my list too!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 1:04 pm

      I understand-the ten on my list are just ten of many I could have picked! It’s great though, shows how much girl power there is in books!

  19. Olivia @ Fluttering Pages 29/04/2015 / 1:15 pm

    Such a great prompt! There are so many strong female heroines in YA today. Annabeth is the best. I love that she is not only physically strong, but mentally strong. She goes through so much, but she never gives up and always keeps fighting. And Celeana is another one of my faves. She’s just the most kick butt protagonist, but at the same time she can be very nice to the people she really cares about. Also, I love that Celeana is never afraid to like what she likes. She may be an assassin, but she loves pretty dresses and reading.
    Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 3:11 pm

      I know, it was really hard to narrow it down to just ten! I love that too, it’s great to see female characters who are both smart and physically strong. I love Celeana too, for pretty much the exact reasons you said, she’s an awesome assassin but she’s so caring towards her friends and she likes the same sorts of things as a regular nineteen year old. Thank you.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 3:12 pm

      Obviously I do too. I’m glad you’ve heard of Sephy, not many people who’ve read this seem to have.

  20. Tori @InToriLex 29/04/2015 / 3:59 pm

    I see you also put Unwind on your list for this Top Ten Tuesday!! Awesome topic, always great to see string female characters!!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 4:02 pm

      Yes I did-love that book and that series so much! I got them all last year and basically blitzed through them! It is, strong female characters are the best!

  21. Caught Read Handed 29/04/2015 / 4:04 pm

    I haven’t read the Noughts and Crosses series but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it! I will have to check them out. 🙂

  22. I’m only familiar with a few of these. Nice choice of topic! I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to come up with 10 for this one, though; I guess I need to read books with stronger heroines!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks! It was really hard for me to narrow it down to ten, I read a lot of books with strong female characters, so if you want any recommendations, then I have many!

  23. Bethany Corrine 29/04/2015 / 6:24 pm

    Oh Percy Jackson characters. I love them so much. Reyna is seriously my hero. She picked herself back up so well after needing to get over Jason. I’m dying of feels right now, I love Reyna.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 6:35 pm

      Me too, Percy Jackson characters are awesome. I know right! She was heartbroken over Jason, but girl gets stuff done & I was so happy when she realised that she didn’t need a guy to make her happy because she’s awesome enough on her own. I love her too, she was the best part of the last book for me.

  24. Samantha @ The Writeables 29/04/2015 / 7:06 pm

    I absolutely love strong, independent female characters, so I might have to check a few of these out now. Great post!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks. Who doesn’t love a good, strong female character?

  25. Kathy 29/04/2015 / 9:02 pm

    You have some great books listed here, and I love strong female characters, too. I can’t stand it when the heroine is weak and pitiful, playing the damsel in distress. Good choice for filling in the blank. 🙂

  26. iloveheartlandx 29/04/2015 / 9:04 pm

    Thanks. Yeah me neither, it detracts from my enjoyment of the book if the main female character is pitiful all the time, I mean I get that we all have those moments, but if a female heroine is all weak and can’t do anything for herself then I don’t think she’s a very good heroine.

  27. guiltlessreader (@guiltlessreader) 30/04/2015 / 12:04 am

    Definitely a great theme. Who doesn’t want strong female characters? I don’t know a lot of these books but amen to HP’s women!!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/04/2015 / 6:03 am

      Yeah strong female characters are the best! I highly recommend all of them-they’re all great books/series of books.

  28. Angelized1st 30/04/2015 / 1:41 am

    Wow, you picked some great books! The characters you picked in some cases, I never would have thought of, but you’re spot on. Minerva McGonagall and Reyna from HOO? Definitely strong females.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/04/2015 / 6:04 am

      Thanks! There are probably many that I’ve forgotten but I’m happy with the list I ended up with. Yeah they are both awesome!

  29. ebookclassics 01/05/2015 / 12:23 am

    I love this theme! I haven’t read some of these books, but the others sound really good. You can never have enough strong female characters.

  30. digitaltempest 01/05/2015 / 12:35 am

    This was an awesome them and list. I was familiar with most of them, but some I’m unfamiliar with. But now that I know about them I’m going to check these books out.

  31. rudejasper 02/05/2015 / 1:36 am

    I love your description of Hermione! I especially like that even though she’s kind of perfect she’s still a real person.

  32. Lauren 02/05/2015 / 1:31 pm

    Great topic choice! I’ve only read Harry Potter so far, but I hope to read Percy Jackson at some point.
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    Lauren @

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