The Broke and the Bookish is my Top Ten Favorite Heroines.
2. Rue from The Hunger Games - So Rue isn't technically the heroine of The Hunger Games but I loved her. She had the most against her coming in - she was the smallest, the youngest and the most vulnerable - but she managed to keep a good attitude. She was nice to Katniss when she sensed she needed a friend and tried to help her even knowing all the odds against them both.
3. Gemma James from Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mysteries - We meet Gemma when she's just starting out as a Sergeant and through the next 15 books (and hopefully many more) we watch her career and her relationship with Duncan grow. But even from the beginning, Gemma is smart, logical, not afraid to speak up and with just the right amount of kindness and compassion.
4. Kate from The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn - This is one of my very favorite Bridgerton books and Kate is one of my favorite Quinn heroines. She's smart and sarcastic and incredibly loyal both to her family and to her friends.
5. Anne Shirley from the Anne of Green Gables Books by L.M. Montgomery - We meet Anne as a little girl who makes the best of some pretty horrible circumstances, and we are by her side as she grows into the young woman who is pursuing her BA and then to the mother who sends her sons off to war. She's tough enough to go through all that and still see the beauty in life.
7. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Scout is one of the few children in a book - particularly one considered a classic - that really comes off as a child. She's nice and funny and brave but through it all she's a child seeing it all through a child's eyes.
8. Mary from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I adore watching Mary grow up a bit in this book. She goes from whiny little brat to interested and interesting.
9. Vera from And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - Vera's past doesn't really make her a typical heroine but the fact that she doesn't have a complete and total breakdown by the 3rd murder while stuck on the island is truly impressive!
10. Evie from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleyaps - I can't leave off Evie! The shyest of the Wallflowers in the Kleypas series, Evie is smart enough to realize the situation that Sebastian is in and how they can help each other. Not only that but she actually faces him and ignores his pretty obnoxious behavior to get what she wants.
So those are my top ten! Who am I missing? Who should I go check out ASAP?