Joining the Broke & the Bookish today for another Top Ten Tuesday post. Today’s topic? My Top Ten Favorite Heroines. Only ten? Yikes! Okay, I’ll try. In no particular order…
1. Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. I love the scene where spoiled Mary goes in and gives Colin what for during one of his tantrums. Mary’s character grows by leaps and bounds during this novel. She learns who she is by spending time in the garden. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
2. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. How can the spunky Anne-with-an-E not be at the top of any favorite heroine list? This redhead stole the hearts of millions — mine right along with them. I could read this book 100 times and her story would never grow old.
3. Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, because duh! Let’s face it, if she had been the ‘chosen one’ it wouldn’t have taken them 7 novels to beat Voldemort.
4. Liesel Meminger from The Book Thief. Books mean so much to her that she’s willing to steal them right under the noses of the Nazis. That takes courage!
5. Jacky Faber from the Bloody Jack series. This ridiculously long series has its heroine in all sorts of humorous scrapes. In the first book, young Jacky disguises herself as a boy and joins a ship crew, in later books she’s a notorious pirate. She’s fun and spunky, and it’s a lighthearted series you won’t want to end.
6. Eleanor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility. Eleanor is such a noble character. Her loyalty to her family and friends is unwavering. She puts them before herself even, and that makes it even more sweet in the end when she is given her own happy ending. She is everything that is true, noble, right and good.
7. Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter. Hester does not shrink from society when she is branded as an adulterous. She refuses to give up her “co-sinner” and continues to be a woman of character despite her being rejected. She is the model of repentance and dignity, proving to the legalistic community around her that one wrong act cannot define a person.
8. Jo March from Little Women. Jo is saucy, independently-minded and has aspirations to be an author in a time when most girls were content to do nothing but secure a good husband.
9. Claudia Kincaid from From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. While I can’t condone running away, Claudia does it in style by hiding out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her quest to learn the secret of the angel is admirable and full of adventure.
10. Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series. What girl didn’t want to be this super-sleuth when they grew up? She’s fabulous!