Top Ten Favourite Book Heroines

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This week's topic is our favourite book heroines! To liven up this post a bit I decided to include fanart of the characters where I could find any. Sadly this wasn't possible for all of them. ): I wish the heroines I love were a little more well-known and well-loved!

favourite heroine collage

(Click for the full size image or click through to the following links to find the full size fanart!)
Credit for the fanart: Hermione | Lirael & Disreputable Dog | Vin | Karou | Seraphina | Jessamin

1. Hermione
from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

(Yes, a racebent Hermione! I loooove racebent fanart.)

Who doesn't love Hermione? The Philosopher's Stone was the first proper book I ever read and so Hermione is really the first heroine I ever got to know and love. MY FIRST LOVE.  I love her so much and I can really relate to her! We're both bookworms and we both care about our academic success a lot. She was a real role model for me. "The brightest witch of her age"! I remember the first time I saw Emma Watson play her on screen I was just like... *happy sigh* I really felt like I knew her and that she could actually be my best friend.

2. Pen
from the Skyscraper Throne series by Tom Pollock

Okay so I absolutely HATE these US covers (that's the US cover right there, the UK one is so much prettier) but I've got to show you this one anyway because there's no fanart of Pen around that I can find and this cover HAS HER IN IT. There she is, on the left, with her beautiful scarred face. Pen is my favourite because omg, a Pakistani Muslim queer girl protagonist who goes through so much horrendous trauma (see that scarred face) but then takes that and fucking owns it. She's so unbelievably awesome and I want all of you to read this series already so I can flail about Pen with someone dammit!! I promise you will all love her as much as I do.

3 & 4. Lirael and the Disreputable Dog
from Lirael + Abhorsen by Garth Nix

The Disreputable Dog totally counts as a heroine, okay? I know she's a dog. But she talks. And she's also much more than a dog, as you'll know if you've read Abhorsen. She's sooo adorable as a dog and I love her loyalty to Lirael. I just love their friendship. And Lirael is proof that librarians are awesome. She is the most badass librarian ever. I would love to read more of her adventures in the library.

5. Vin
from the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

VIN IS THE GREATEST. After I finished this trilogy I just sat there feeling really sad that I had come to the end of Vin's story. I actually had a dream about her and Elend a few days after I finished the last book. I can't remember if I've ever dreamed about any book characters before or since. I just loved watching her grow in maturity and strength over the series. She's so powerful and amazing!

6. Karou
from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

Karouuuu. How I love you so. With your blue hair and your compassion and your bravery. Oh my god, the transformation Karou goes through in this series and the journey that she takes. KAROU IN THE SECOND BOOK JUST BREAKS ME. She's so miserable in that book, oh my god, I just wanted to wrap her up in a hug. She's just so incredibly strong and she suffers so much. She feels so real to me.

7. Seraphina
from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Oh my gosh I have so many feelings about Seraphina and her secrets, how she has to hide her true self from the world. She's so vulnerable and her moments of self-loathing are absolutely shattering. And yet she faces the world so bravely. I love her musical talent and her relationship with her uncle Orma, and watching her learn to open up to other people is amazing. I honestly can't wait to see more of her in Shadow Scale.

8. Cameron
from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

Oh come on, I couldn't believe there wasn't any fanart of Cam out there. I loved watching Cam grow up and realise her identity as she falls in and out of love and finds her place in the world. Some of her feelings really resonated with me. I just can't believe we got such a beautiful portrait of a queer girl growing up and figuring out herself, kissing and having sex and making friends and learning of all the possibilities that life holds. I will always wish there was a sequel to this book. ): ):

9. Jessamin
from Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Okay I love Jessamin to bits. If you read my review of Illusions of Fate, you'll know that I could really relate to her since we're both PoCs studying in a foreign country, and we both speak this foreign language better than our own native tongue. It's so rare that I get to see that experience reflected in a book, let alone a fantasy book! I would never have expected to bump into a character like Jessamin in a million years, but I did, and I'm so glad. She's super clever and curious and brave and funny and headstrong.

10. Del
from The Flywheel by Erin Gough

One last queer girl to end the list! Because what would a favourite heroine list from me be like without me fangirling over all the queer girl characters ever? :D I read The Flywheel only just last week and Del has wormed her way into my heart. She's a stubborn and irritable heroine who gets angry pretty easily, but really she's a big softie and I love her. She's just so sure of who she is and she really sticks to her principles, and I can't believe how she tries to run a café on her own in this book! I would never have even have dreamed of attempting to do something like that.

Who are your favourite heroines? Do you love any of my favourites too? (Has anyone seen fanart of Cameron Post? *desperate*) Feel free to link me to your TTTs!

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24 thoughts on “Top Ten Favourite Book Heroines

  1. 1. I suspect I will see Hermione on everyone's list today and that's completely understandable. I think we can all relate to her and she's an amazing character.
    2. I love strong characters, I should check out this book.
    3. I MUST MUST MUST read Garth Nix soon.
    4. Aaaand, the same with Mistborn.
    5. Karou is the best and I wish I could rock blue hair too :D
    6. I read Seraphina a long, long time ago and wasn't blown away by it, but I want to give it another try. I remember I really liked her though.
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      I wanna make everyone read the Skyscraper Throne series because it's seriously SOOOO painfully underrated, I can't bear it. I honestly think everyone would love it so much! But it's a UK series that isn't getting much attention elsewhere.

  2. Hermione will always be number one on everyone's list won't she? I wouldn't have said Clary from TMI series, but I'm not going to lie she does make some questionable decisions in the series haha :D but I love how badass she is in the City of Lost Souls - oh! Have you read that series by any chance?
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      I read the first four books of TMI so unfortunately I never got to City of Lost Souls but my interest in that series started to wane by the fourth book so I decided not to keep reading it anymore. I really loved that series when it first began though! I flailed so much over City of Bones when the book first came out and wouldn't stop telling people how good it was. I used to really love Clary and Jace, haha.

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      OMG VIN IS JUST SO GREAT. I really should do a Mistborn reread at some point, I read it a couple of years ago and I've already forgotten a lot of things about it. I must reread it and experience Vin's awesomeness all over again. :D

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      Yes, Katniss and Alina are both pretty great too! I still haven't read the Lunar Chronicles or Snow Like Ashes but I really want to read both of them. Oooh, yes, read Sabriel and Mistborn! :D :D THEY ARE SO GOOD. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Great list! Hermione is such an awesome choice. She made my choice as well. I almost chose Luna instead because she's my favorite Harry Potter character besides Bellatrix and Malfoy! I've been meaning to pick up the Mistborn series and since one of the characters made your list, I just may have to do that soon. I love your blog; I'm a new follower! Have a great week! (:
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      Luna is wonderful as well! :D :D And Draaaaaco. I love Draco so much, haha. My favourite HP characters apart from Hermione are probably Sirius and Remus, though. :D Yes, do pick up Mistborn! It's really really good. Thanks for following!

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      I'm a terrible person who hated Pride and Prejudice when I had to read it for school, haha. *hides* And I STILL haven't got round to reading any ASoIaF, though I really must! But yes, Hermione is the best. :D

  4. 1. SAME HERE -- Harry Potter was the first series and proper books I read... and read over and over again for years (like, I wouldn't even read anything else. All I needed was HP, haha). So I definitely have a soft spot for all the characters in it. My favorite heroine is a tie between Hermy and Luna, though; they're both so amazing!

    3. And I STILL haven't read Lirael yet... But I still remember your review of it and how you described Lirael and how much I love the sound of her, so I'll hopefully get to it soon.

    5. I think I must be the only person left who hasn't read Mistborn yet. To be honest, despite all the rave reviews, I'm not really looking forward to it? The size just scares me, and I might have told you before, but I haven't had great experiences with Sanderson's books. But wow, you had a dream about one of the characters in this book, huh? IMPRESSIVE. I rarely dream, so I know I'm missing out. xD

    6. Karou and her blue hair are such inspirations. It's thanks to her that I want to dye my hair blue now! And omg, I still haven't read Days of Blood and Starlight yet but now I'm super curious! Call me a sadist, but I love it when characters go through a lot of shit. (I just realized how crazy that makes me sound, but OH WELL.)

    Needless to say, I'm ashamed that I've only read two of the ten books you listed here. I really need to step up in my reading game! Great list, Cynthia! :D
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      Luna is great too! :D I do love her. But Hermione will always have first place in my heart.

      I haven't read any of Sanderson's books outside of Mistborn, haha. I'm terrible because I loved Mistborn so much but for some reason I'm daunted by his other books too. I read Mistborn before I became a book blogger so back then I didn't have so many considerations about time and TOO MANY BOOKS ON MY TBR etc. Which of Sanderson's books have you read? I dream a lot and I can usually remember my dreams, though they mostly tend to be unpleasant nightmares so I rather envy people who don't dream at all.


      It's okay, Meg! I have not read loads of books that most other people have read, haha.

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