Nasty Women – Recommendations

Some of my favourite stories are ones centred around strong female protagonists. These women are not necessarily your traditional “strong female characters”. Some are, but some are strong in an unconventional sense. If you’re looking for a book that will inspire you to be a better, stronger person, look no further:

Emma by Jane Austen

Emma’s iron will is one that few know how to contend with…in fact, Mr. Knightley seems to be the only one who can hold his own against Emma. And even then, it still takes a lot for her to heed his advice. Emma is not a likable character – she is spoiled, arrogant, and classist. But she undergoes quite a character arc in this story, and the payoff is so worth it.

The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

In this memoir, Ariel Levy presents herself as a woman who lived her life unapologetically, even though most of it doesn’t line up with what our culture sees as a successful life. She lived a life of a woman who was free to make her own choices, and she shares how that life fulfilled her, and how it failed her.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Amy Gunn finds herself in Oz, and learns that to be Wicked does not necessarily mean that one is evil. She’s got to take the future of Oz into her own hands, and take Dorothy out.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It takes some extreme character to sacrifice yourself, no matter who you’re doing it for. But that’s exactly what Shahrzad does when she volunteers to marry Khalid, the Caliph who has murdered every one of his brides on their wedding night. Shahrzad’s best friend fell victim to this fate, and she has vowed vengeance on the Caliph, if it’s the last thing she does.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Kelsea has been living in hiding, but now it is finally time for her to claim her throne. She knows that she is not anything to look at, and her time in hiding hasn’t exactly prepared her for a life of political power, but she’s ready to take control of her kingdom. The question remains, is her kingdom ready for her?

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

It takes a lot of courage to stay an optimistic dreamer when life keeps on throwing curveballs your way. But Anne-with-an-E manages to do just that.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

In this story, we get a whole family of women who show what it is to be strong in all sorts of different ways. Meg is firmly a lady, and shows her sisters how to be strong while remaining feminine. Jo pushes boundaries, and will do whatever it takes to get where she needs to go. Beth quietly keeps the peace, and Amy is feisty and unashamed.


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