Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. ): ):
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.
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.