February 24, 2015

Top Ten Books - Feb. 24

This week's http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html topic is My Top Ten Favorite Heroines.

Here we go!

  1. Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Of Course. Favorite Book. Favorite Heroine. She's so witty and smart and loveable.

  2. Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - She refuses to marry her love until they are equals. Yes.

  3. Stephanie Plum - The Numbers Series - Janet Evanovich - She's snarky and independent and fun to read about.

  4. Charlie Davidson - The Charlie Davidson Series - Darynda Jones - She's Stephanie Plum but with the extra added bonus of being a grim reaper. The paranormal aspect gives these books a whole different feel.

  5. Abby Normal - A Love Story Series - Christopher Moore - She may not be the actual heroine of these books, but she is definitely the main character in my eyes. She is a goth girl with a secret cheerleader side. She is precocious and sarcastic and is smarter than the vampires she has signed up to be a minion for. And way smarter than the cops who keep harrassing her and the vampires.

  6. Isabel Spellman - The Spellman Series - Lisa Lutz - Isabel makes appalling life decisions on a regular basis, but she can hardly help it, she is the product of her highly irregular and dysfunctional family. They are all always spying on each other in an attempt to "help" each other. She is an excellent private investigator, but her moral compass doesn't really point true north.

  7. Jane Austen - The Jane Austen Mysteries - Stephanie Barron - Lots of authors make Jane Austen a character in their books, but few do it as well as Stephanie Barron. Her amateur detective Jane Austen rarely behaves in a way you wouldn't imagine Jane Austen to behave. She is open minded, but she follows the rules of decorum for her time.

  8. Mrs. Murphy - The Mrs. Murphy Series - Rita Mae Brown - Here's another independent female detective. Plus she's a cat. What else needs to be said?

  9. Kinsey Millhone - The Kinsey Millhone Series - Sue Grafton - Whaddaya know!? Another female detective. Is it just me, or are the best heroines detectives of some sort?

  10. Cassie Maddox - The Likeness - Tana French - Cassie is a badass cop in Ireland. When a body turns up with her face on it, she goes undercover as the murdered girl to catch her killer or killers. This one had me on the edge of my seat.

Do you see a pattern? I guess I like snarky ladies who use their brains and solve crimes, mostly.

Who are your favorite heroines?