Top Ten Tuesday – Fabulous Females

Good morning! Unlike last week I’m actually posting today’s Top Ten Tuesday on time! Although feel free to check out my Modern Childhood Favourites post! Today is a character freebie so I’ve decided to share 10 fabulous female characters that I love.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


Fabulous Female Characters

For today’s prompt I’m featuring ten female characters that I’ve come to love over the years. Some of these have stayed with me from my youth and some are much more recent additions. However I have no doubt if you asked me again in six months there will probably be some changes to the line up!

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

I’m sure if you asked most people around my age to name a female character a lot of them would come back and say Hermione Granger, even the ones who aren’t big readers. Back in 1998 when I first discovered Harry Potter in my final year of primary school I was Hermione Granger, I loved school, I loved reading and studying, I even had the frizzy hair! It was like seeing myself on a page. After seeing the first movie my dad even turned around to me and asked when J. K. Rowling had met me.

Smudge from Everdark by Abi Elphinstone

Smudge is a very recent addition to this list, I only read Everdark last month but I absolutely fell in love with Smudge. She wasn’t flying high at the top of her class but when the Unmapped Kingdoms needed her she faced her fears and ventured into the unknown to save them.

Lily Hartman from The Cogheart Adventures by Peter Bunzl

Lily is another addition from the recent influx of middle grade fiction to my TBR. Lily is one of the central characters in The Cogheart Adventures series and I just fell in love with her when I read Cogheart. She’s not the quiet, refined female that her boarding school teachers would like her to be, but the moment she stood up for the mech maid in her dormitory I was sold on her. The bravery and determination she showed throughout the rest of the story only made me love her more.

Sally Lockhart from The Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman

As I read Cogheart I wasn’t surprised that I fell in love with Lily as I was getting major Sally Lockhart vibes at points. As such Sally had to appear on my list, I read these books as a young teenager and I loved the way Sally didn’t fit the mould of a ‘proper’ Victorian lady. She had some great adventures too I think it may be time for a reread

DI Kelly Porter from the Kelly Porter series by Rachel Lynch

DI Kelly Porter is the lead character in a crime series set in the Lake District by Rachel Lynch. In the first story Kelly returns to the Lakes after an incident in London. I love the fact that despite being forced out of the Met Police and moving back to the Lakes she excels when she takes on her own team. She’s been from some tough stuff over the course of the books but she keeps on battling through and solving crimes.

Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Lyra is such a fantastic central character for this series by Philip Pullman, safe to say she goes through some challenges along the way, and the way His Dark Materials ends with her and Will was just heartbreaking! I adored her relationship with Pan, her dæmon, and I’m looking forward to catching up with grown up Lyra in The Secret Commonwealth!

George Kirrin from The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

I’ve not reread these books since my childhood and I’m sure if I did there are some areas I’d probably pick up as being slightly problematic but I loved reading about the adventures this tomboy went on with her cousins and her dog Timmy.

Jules Ember from the Everless Duology by Sara Holland

Jules is another character that I adored. She has an awful lot thrown at her over the course of the two books and while the easy option would be to run away to a different country she refuses to take that route and instead faces everything head on.

Izzy O’Neill from The Exact Opposite Of Okay by Laura Steven

I challenge anyone to read The Exact Opposite Of Okay and not fall in love with Izzy O’Neill. She’s hilarious, and although she makes some mistakes along the way she manages to navigate a really difficult situation by the end of the book. I really need to pick up A Girl Called Shameless and catch up with Izzy again soon.

Constance Fairchild from the DC Constance Fairchild series by James Oswald

Things start out pretty badly for Constance in No Time To Cry when her friend and mentor is murdered. Things don’t get much better when it becomes clear that senior officers are looking to use her as a scapegoat but she refuses to lay down and accept it, and works to prove her innocence. We’re only one book in but it’s clear there’s some interesting family dynamics that I hope we’ll discover a little more about and I’m looking forward to the next story!

That’s my character freebie – ten fabulous female characters! Who would you include in a list of your favourite female characters? Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Fabulous Females

  1. Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books

    Books with strong, epic, lovely female characters are the best. For some of my recent reads, I love Stevie from Truly Devious and The Vanashing Stair. She’s just so determined to figure out the mystery of her school and will let nothing stop her. I also loved Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. She was very ordinary, but therefore also very real. She was grumpy and stand offish, but mostly just because she was lonely. It was just lovely to see her develop as a character. I made my ttt list about some of the worst characters I’ve read about, basically the complete opposite of your list haha.


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