Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we're talking about heroines - specifically kick-ass heroines. My favorites include:


Elizabeth Bennet 
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen


Margaret Hale 
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


Alexandra Bergson
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather


Isabel Archer
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James


Undine Spragg
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton


Jo March
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Olive Kitteridge
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


Swan Lake
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield


Emily Maxwell
Wish You Were Here and Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan


Harriet M. Welsh
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Are any of these among your favorite heroines? Find more lists here.

24 comments:

  1. Harriet the Spy! I haven't thought of her in ages, but I read that book over & over in school. I even had a notebook myself for a while. A great list - with several books I still need to read.

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    1. Lisa - There was a time when I was in 4th or 5th grade that I used to read Harriet the Spy once a month. I loved that book!

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  2. Such an interesting list! Thanks for making me smile remembering Jo March and Harriet the Spy!

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    1. Joanne - Thank you. Harriet the Spy and Jo March added many happy hours to my childhood!

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  3. I'm sure with you on Emily! I'll think about more favorites.

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    1. Nan - I first learned about Emily from you, but am not sure that I ever properly thanked you for introducing us!

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  4. Great post that just added some books to my tbr :)

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    1. Jenny Girl - Hope you get to enjoy some of these soon :-)

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  5. That is a great list! A little smarter list than I probably would have come up with, but I totally agree with you on Elizabeth Bennet. She is impossible not to love.

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    1. Sandy - Isn't Elizabeth Bennet the best? It's definitely time for me to reread Pride & Prejudice.

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  6. I loved that you did classics. Jo March is lovely, she was strong dealing with all those life lessons! She just keeps living and learning, and always being her own person. I like that pick ;)

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    1. SaraO - I love to read classics and find that many of those characters really stick with me. It's been decades since I last read Little Women... need to change that soon.

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    2. I'll admit I first fell in love with Winona Ryder as Jo...I didn't do the actual book till a few years ago. Still hit me hard as an adult!

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    3. SaraO - And I've never seen Winona Ryder as Jo - can you believe it! Clicking over to Netflix right now...

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  7. I can't believe I haven't read any of these! Great list.

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    1. Linda - You made it through childhood without Harriet the Spy? ;-)

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  8. What an eclectic list! I love that you have some classics on there.

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    1. Whitney - I guess my reading habits are pretty eclectic, too!

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  9. That is a great list. I'm not sure I agree with you on Isabel Archer, but Undine Spragg is an inspired choice.

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    1. FleurFisher - Undine Spragg is truly an unforgettable character... don't think I've ever come across another quite like her! Isabel Archer is a little fuzzier in my mind, but I really loved The Portrait of a Lady.

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  10. Excellent list! Some heroines I have met and loved while others are just waiting to make their acquaintance!!!

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    1. Staci - Hope you get to meet them soon ;-)

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  11. Isabel Archer - interesting choice. So easy to forget her strength and the way she managed Newland.

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    1. Lisa - I loved The Portrait of a Lady, but the details are growing fuzzy now... would like to reread it eventually.

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