April 22, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Inspire Me

This week's topic was pretty loose.  It was just characters that X, and we could choose whatever we wanted.  Well I've chosen characters who inspire me.  I wish I were more like most of these shining heroines

I adore Miri.  She grows in so many ways, especially mentally and emotionally.  Her journey is amazing, and the choices she makes are great examples.

2. Tris from the Divergent trilogy
She taught me what it's like to find a balance between fearless, smart, and selfless.  And if you've read Allegiant, you'll understand what I mean when I say she made an inspiring sacrifice.  Everything she does throughout the books, although she makes some not-so-smart choices, proves that Divergent isn't a "stupid teen girl book." (Yes, I'm throwing shade there.)

3. Kestrel from The Winner's Curse
Kestrel is clever.  She strategizes and makes the decisions she feels best for the Valorians.  She also deeply cares about Jess, her best friend.

4. Cammie from the Gallagher Girls series
Cammie is just...amazing.  I love her journey throughout the series.  She's strong, smart, and flawed.

5. Scarlet from Scarlet and Lady Thief
Scarlet fights for what she wants, and she is wickedly awesome with a knife.  If she didn't have so many troubles, I'd want to be her.  But how she cares for others and her strength are definitely inspirational.

6. Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice
What don't I love about Elizabeth Bennet?  She's tenacious, she's witty, she's not a push-over, and she wants love.

7. Cath from Fangirl
Cath is a lot like me: introverted, antisocial, and a writer.  She stays like that throughout the book, but she also grows and matures as a writer and as a person.  She showed me that it's okay to be introverted and not outgoing.

8. Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles
All of Marissa's heroines are inspiring, but I find Cinder to be especially so.  She steps up as a leader and fiercely protects her friends.

9. Elisa from the Fire and Thorns trilogy
Elisa is an awkward, inexperienced heroine when we meet her in book 1.  As the trilogy progresses, she grows into a graceful, strong, powerful young woman.  She comes to love who she is, and I think that's a strong message.

10. Mallory from Going Vintage
I love that Mallory stands up for herself and doesn't waver or give into her ex-boyfriend.  She loves her family, and when she falls for a new guy, it's largely based on his personality and the fact that he cares for her.


  1. I love these picks, Elizabeth Bennet made it to my list too! I ned to read Divergent and Cinder, but I've been told by my sister that Tris is an awesome character!

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    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

  2. Oh my gosh, I love so many of these. Especially Elisa. She is so amazing. She grew so much throughout the series and I loved watching her go from unsure girl to strong confident queen. Great choice for your topic!

  3. Great list! I know that these are definitely very inspiring characters (at least, the ones I'm familiar with are and I'll trust you on the others), and I like the theme you chose!

  4. This is a great list! I am constantly inspired by characters in books and your list made me so happy! I need to read The Winner's Curse

  5. I agree with Cammie, Cinder, and Mallory a lot! I need to read more of the books on your list! :)

  6. What age(s) would you recommend Pride and Prejudice for? Great list by the way, Emma!

    1. Maybe like 13 and up? They should have a high reading comprehension level, though. Otherwise, they'll be lost and bored.

  7. I know I've said this before, but I love seeing these books and characters through your eyes. Very good analysis. Your teacher should give you an A in English class for this.


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