Good morning bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘bad ass females’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up!
Oh man!! This week is going to be FAR less controversial than last week!! However, shout out to every single one of you who commented and agreed that BBC versions of things are amaze. (Because it’s true and you’re right!)
On to this week’s topic: badass females. (Also, I’m not convinced badass is one word, but microsoft keeps correcting me, so I’m going with it…) Honestly, I think I’m going to have trouble keeping this list to FIVE (as per usual), but I’m going to try REALLY HARD this week! Promise! 😉
To kick things off, I’m starting with Harper from A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer. I know that I only just reviewed it (and happy release day to this book in the US!) but Harper is freaking awesome. How many girls do you know who instead of screaming for help would pull a knife on someone? EXACTLY.
Next up I’ve got some witches. Literal witches, that’s not me being smart. If you’ve read Discworld books by Terry Pratchett (or any of my posts where I bang on about them), then you’ll know that Granny Weatherwax is the unofficial head of the witches on the Discworld, although she’d never admit it because they don’t believe in hierarchy. They believe in respect. And Granny’s got that in spades. No one messes with Esmerelda Weatherwax and that’s a fact (she also LIVES in the village of Bad Ass in Lancre, and it’s hard to get more badass than that). You’ve also got Nanny Ogg (or Gytha, if you’re one of her MANY former husbands or Granny) who would wipe the floor with you after drinking you under the table, and finish it off with a rousing rendition of The Hedgehog Song while dancing on the table. And finally, you have Miss Tiffany Aching, who at the ripe old age of 11, beat the fairy queen. These witches are the definition of badass. (Official art by Paul Kidby)
Next up on my list is Manon Blackbeak from Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series. Manon and her Thirteen make their own rules, defy the ‘norm’, question everything, and are the actual heroes of the series in my opinion. The sh*t that goes down in Kingdom of Ash is unbelievably amazing (and just as equally heartbreaking) and Manon, Asterin, Sorrel and the others are TRUE badasses. (Also, can we get covers with other characters? Do they all have to be Aelin?)
Asha from Kristen Ciccarelli’s The Last Namsara earns her place on this list for so many reasons. 1) She is the best dragon slayer in the land. 2) She defies her father, the king of Firgaard and tells the old stories even though they are banished. 3) She follows her heart no matter the consequences. Asha is brilliant, amazing, and I can not rave about her enough.
Last, but by no means least, is everyone’s favourite murder queen, Mia Corvere, of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. The princess of stabbing and slashing, cheating and magic, murder and mayhem, and all time sarcasm overlord, is basically the MOST BADASS CHARACTER OF ALL TIME. No, I am not taking it back, and I will fight you. Or, I’ll let Mia fight you for me, and then we’ll bury your remains in the desert and all that will be left to mark your grave will be a spatter of blood and a crushed clove cigarillo. This girl is a brutal, nicotine-addicted, shadow animal adopter, and righteous avenger of her family. I CAN NOT WAIT FOR DARKDAWN IN SEPTEMBER. (Just in case you couldn’t figure that part out yet.)
Sorry, that came across as more violent than I was anticipating… You can disagree with me if you want!! It’s not a real threat! x
I am (unfortunately) back at work today – yes, my epic holidays have finally come to an end, so if I don’t get back to you until tonight or tomorrow, I’m really sorry!! Hopefully I will find a happy work/life/blog balance this year!!
Until next time, happy reading 😊📚