This Saturday is another 12 hour readathon hosted by Kira (@kcbookself) on Instagram. This weekend’s prompt is books with a strong female protagonist. There are probably a thousand books that someone could choose from for this prompt, but I wanted to share 5 recommendations with you today. If you are interested in participating in this Saturday’s (or any Saturday) readathon head on over to Kira’s Instagram for more information!
#5- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
“Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.”-Goodreads summary
I will admit I have not yet read this book, which has been out for for 11 years now, but it has always been on my lists of books to read. If I can find it I just mind be reading it this weekend.
#4- Jane Eyre
“Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?”-Goodreads Summary
A classic novel that I am embarrassed to say I have not yet read. I had to put it on the list though because it is a classic, and you can’t have a list of female protagonists without having Jane Eyre on it.
#3- The Hunger Games
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.“-Goodreads summary
The Hunger Games is one of my favorite dystopian book series of all time. When I think about strong female characters Katniss is one of the first to come to mind. This is a YA novel, but the entire trilogy just pulls you in. If you have only seen the movies make this trilogy a must read. You will enjoy it.
“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.“-Goodreads summary
If you have been reading this blog for any period of time you would know that I am in love with the Divergent Trilogy. Once again, I couldn’t make a list without including these books. Tris is a strong willed character who will do pretty much anything to prove not to underestimate her.
#1- Cinder/The Lunar Chronicles
“Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.”– Goodreads summary
This series is my current obsession and is likely at least one of the books that I will end up reading for this weekend’s miniathon. The books are loose retellings of popular fairytales, but character’s from the book before seem to cross over into the next book. I truly have enjoyed reading this series and if you have not yet read it you need to.
It was hard for me to pick just 5 books to recommend because so many of the books that I have read in my life feature strong female protagonists, so here is a list of 5 honorable mentions. Some of these books don’t have the stereotypical “strong female” but I think strong is open to interpretation to be honest. Wake, Fade, and Gone are three books that fall in the not typical category but the girls can see people’s dreams. And some of them are horrible. I call that being strong.
1. I’d Tell You I love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You- Ally Carter
2. If I Stay &Where She Went- Gayle Foreman
3. A Wrinkle in Time– Madeleine L’engle
4. The Diary of a Young Girl- Anne Frank
5. Wake,Fade, and Gone- Lisa McMann
There you have it, 10 books that I think would be perfect for this weekend’s readathon, or for any time of the year when you want to read a book with a strong woman in it.
What books with strong female protagonists would you recommend? Let me know in a commend below!