I decided to participate in the Top 10 of 2017 Event, which is being hosted over at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Each day has a different top ten list associated with it (you can see the list in the image above). You can choose to complete some or all of the lists (I’m not sure yet if I’ll be doing them all). Feel free to join in at any time!
TOP TEN FEMALE CHARACTERS I READ IN 2017
I’m using books that I read in 2017 for this list, not necessarily books that were published in 2017.
1. Iku Kasahara from Library Wars
I mean, she’s fighting for life, liberty and the pursuit of reading. What else could you possibly want?
2. Meg from Etched in Bone
Meg is one of my all-time favorite characters, and the latest book is no exception. She’s got a great balance of strength and vulnerability. And I love how she doesn’t let the Others push her around!
3. Lee Westfall from Walk on Earth a Stranger
I adored Lee’s strength and versatility. Basically anyone who survived through the Pioneer days would have to be amazing, and Lee was no exception!
4. Tilla from Royal Bastards
In my review, I described Tilla as “tough, smart, fierce and loyal, but she’s not completely fearless and she’s not some sort of superhero.” Sounds pretty perfect, right? I adored this book, and Tilla was a big part of the reason why.
5. Scarlett from Caraval
I was a huge fan of Scarlett in Caraval. Her dedication to her sister and her refusal to give up were incredibly impressive. My love of Scarlett was probably helped by Rebecca Soler’s stupendous performance in the audiobook.
6. Eliza from Eliza and Her Monsters
Eliza is a webcomic artist, so right there, she’s easy to love. Of course, her online persona and Eliza IRL don’t always match up—but I loved discovering her true self.
7. Esther from A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Esther is quirky and fun, even if she does have a few fears holding her back. Her journey to rid herself of them is fabulous to watch.
8. Starr Carter from The Hate U Give
It would be practically impossible not to feel for Starr. She spends her life suspended between two worlds, and she doesn’t feel like she truly fits into either. When her friend is killed in front of her, the choices she makes have huge implications, and it’s hard to imagine being in her position.
9. Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle
I know I’m behind the rest of the world with this series, but I couldn’t leave Blue off this list. Every character in this series is pretty much amazing.
10. Zivah from Rosemarked
Zivah is put in a nearly impossible situation and she handles it with as much strength and dignity as she can muster. She’s the type of character who I find myself thinking about long after I’ve put the book down.
Who were your favorite females of 2017? I want to know!
Starr was great!! Caraval, Eliza and A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares are one I would love to get to – at some point!
I know—these end of year posts just make me realize all the books I STILL want to read!!
I’ve only read The Hate U Give from your list – but totally agree about Starr – she was an unforgettable character.
Exactly—hard to imagine being in her shoes. An amazing book all-around.
So agree with Meg from Etched in Bone. I just adore her and the changes in her character over the course of the series have felt so slow and realistic.
Yes, I completely agree!
I am really happy to see Lee Westfall on your list. I think Carson writes fantastic females in general. Scarlett, Eliza, and Blue were great, and I totally adored Esther. Great list.
I absolutely loved Lee—she had gumption! 🙂
These are such awesome choices! No shock that I found myself nodding along to them, too! Lee for sure, Starr my goodness yes, Zivah is a VERY strong female character. I probably would have forgotten Tilla, Esther, and Eliza, but you are SO right, they really are great picks!!
I keep searching my Goodreads Year in Books while I’m writing these to remind myself… otherwise I’d forget everything!
I love Blue! And I really need to read The Hate U Give. I kind of like this Top 10 of 2017 better than the one I’m participating in. I kinda want to go back and join into this one as well as the one I’m doing. You can check out my Top 10 covers post from today in the link below if you want!
Do them both! Why not?
I really need to read some of these – like Library Wars! I’m with you on Blue, and don’t worry, I just read them all in the past year. 🙂
You should definitely read Library Wars—it’s probably my favorite manga that I’ve read so far.
Fighting for life, liberty, and the pursuit of reading, I love her already, haha. And I like characters like you described Tilla, the ones who are tough but not too fearless or amazing at everything. These all sound like great characters!
Those are always my favorite types of characters because if they’re TOO tough I just can’t relate!
Meg and Blue are amazing but I think I love Meg just a little more. 😀
Yeah, I think I do too.
I still need to read Eliza and Her Monsters. It’s been on so many ‘best books’ lists this month.
I really loved it!
I totally agree with Starr being an all time favorite female character!!! The Hate U Give wowed me in soooo many ways….this was just one of them!
Couldn’t agree with you more!
I LOVED Caraval and I’ve been hearing such great things about Eliza and Her Monsters I think I need to get my hands on it 🙂
You definitely should!
I was thinking of doing a similar post, the heroines I want to be like in 2018 🙂 maybe I will do it in January. Too bad I haven’t read any of these books yet! 🙂
That sounds like a really fun idea. You should definitely do it!