Female Leads – Top 5 Tuesday

This is the third Top 5 Tuesday that I am taking part in – but I hope to try to participate in most categories each month. Shanah comes up with some really interesting prompts, so it’s really fun to participate. For me this week was tough because I kept wanting to choose females who were main characters, but they’re not the lead character (like Hermione Granger or Annabeth Chase). It makes you realize that there aren’t enough female leads in books.

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that the lovely Bionic Bookworm does. If you are interested in doing any of her topics on your blog she welcomes it! Here is a list of her upcoming topics if you’re interested in participating in future Top 5’s! Be sure to check out her Female Leads post here!

Top 5 Female Leads:

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Clary Fray from City of Heavenly Fire – or – Tessa Gray from Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

I had such a tough time narrowing down my list, and it originally had the three Shadowhunter leads on it. I couldn’t decide between Clary and Tessa though as my favourite female lead from the Shadowhunter world. Each girl is strong, smart, and relatable in her own way.


Feyre from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

I don’t want to spoil any of the books, so there’s not much I can say about Feyre’s strength and what she went through – but it’s impressive.


Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia didn’t believe herself to be strong or capable, and yet we see how brave she can be in this book.


Hanna from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Hanna is the less frequently seen, physically capable female lead in a book. She uses her skills in martial arts, hand to hand combat and weapons knowledge to fight to survive in this book.


Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Shazi is the opposite of Hanna, as she uses her intelligence and story telling ability to survive.

 Honourable Mentions:

Alice from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Emma Carstairs from Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


What did you guys think of my list? Who would you put on your list of favourite female leads? Let me know in the comments below!


13 responses to “Female Leads – Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. My favorite female leads are probably Annabeth from Percy Jackson, Hermione from Harry Potter, and Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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    • Thanks so much! I loved Annabeth and Hermione, but I didn’t pick them because I wasn’t sure if they would count since Percy and Harry are the lead characters. I’ve never read Winner’s Curse though, should I add it to my TBR?


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