International Women’s Day- Favourite Ladies in Literature 2018

Hello everyone and happy International Women’s day! All the way back in 2016 I wrote a post for International Women’s day on my Favourite Fictional Females, in 2017 I decided not to do the same list because I didn’t think it could have grown or changed that much from 2016.

This year I am giving the list another go, with fresh eyes and newly acquired reading habits and although I have gone over my list from 2016 and I still stand by all the ladies on that list I just want to add a few more. I always like to hear what you guys think and any ladies you think should have made my lists and haven’t.

Robin Ellecott – The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

 

From going over my 2016 list I realised how heavily my lists are influenced by what I’m reading at the time and Robin is a perfect example of that as I’m currently reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (not that that means she doesn’t deserve to make this years list!) cause she does, she’s awesome.

Robin is a strong and Independent woman  who has had some bumpy roads in life, her career has taken and nose dive and although she doesn’t know it she’s in a relationship with the wrong man. Robin is all about fighting for what she wants and she wants a career, she wants to be a PI and although she took some wrong turns and dark corners that have lead her the wrong way she is fighting for the life she wants and deserves. She’s brilliant, a power house and above all a great detective.

Lou Clarke- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

 

I am such a long time Me Before You fan and Lou fan, Lou is full of heart right down to her core. She loves her family wants to do the best she can for them, she’s a little lost though which makes her totally relatable. Lou’s self discovery and love and eventual  loss of Will makes her one of my favourite characters.

Me Before You- Book Review

Demelza Poldark- Poldark Series by Winston Graham

 

Ahh Demelza, anyone hate Ross as much as I do? I mean seriously what was that guy playing at? Demelza is brilliant she is strong and fiery, she was a poor girl who came from nothing, a father who beat her and left her half starved but this eventually lead her to Ross her future husband… I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone who hasn’t read it or watched it but the woman can handle herself and she needs to cause she’s going to go through some seriously tough times- all hail Demelza Poldark.

Catherine Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

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Oh how we all love to hate Kathy Earnshaw, one of the most self indulgent and selfish characters ever written. But Kathy was strong, wild passionate and a free thinking individual. What ever you think of her life choices and some of her questionable decisions and motives no one can question Kathy’s strength of heart.

Dolly – Cheerful Weather For the Wedding by Julia Strachey 

 

When we meet Dolly it’s her wedding day and she is decided whether or not to marry her fiance while her former lover waits to talk to her desperate to talk to her but he is trapped downstairs while she locks herself in her bedroom drinking in her wedding dress. Dolly is a great example of the tragedies that can befall us in adult hood especially if we don’t know which choice to make.  Dolly is also a woman who I think we have seen many times before if real life, the lines between reality and fantasy are just a little blurred and she doesn’t realise till it’s to late how damaging that can be.

My full review of Cheerful Weather for the Wedding 

So I hope you enjoyed my choices for International Women’s day, hope you’ve all had a good day and I’ll see you next time!

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The Disney Book Tag!

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I was tagged by Trisha Ann at The Bookgasm go check her out! I am definitely someone who was sucked in by the Disney magic as a child and it has stuck with me so I am really looking forward to this tag!


1. The Little Mermaid—A character who is out their element, a “fish out of water.”

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Lou Clarke from After You in the sequel to Me Before You Lou is adjusting to her new life a life after Will and making a new life for herself is harder than she thought it would be.

2. Cinderella—A character who goes through a major transformation.

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Wanda from The Host by Stephenie Meyer she is an part of an alien species called Souls who conker earth. Her character goes through a major transformation as she learns who she truly is in this new and strange world.

3. Snow White—A book with an eclectic cast of characters.

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I read the play The History Boys this year by Alan Bennett about a group of Oxbridge candidates it is such a great read and deals with some real issues as well as being hilarious – would highly recommend.

4. Sleeping Beauty—A book that put you to sleep.

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I know this is an un-popular opinion but Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake pretty much put me to sleep I just didn’t connect to the character or the story at all and it ended up being a DNF for me.

5. The Lion King—A character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood.

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Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower – I won’t tell you the trauma because it’s kind of a major spoiler but it’s a short read that is so beautifully written it’s captivating.

6. Beauty and The Beast—A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful.

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I was always really intimidated by the sheer size of Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy but I read it a few years ago and the book, story and writing are totally worth it. I feel it would take an essay to really get into Anna Karenina but I will say that reading that beast of a book really got me into Tolstoy’s writing. I have now also read his short story Family happiness and will be reading War and Peace soon as I hope to finish it before the BBC adaptation is on t.v at the end of the year.

7. Aladdin—A character who gets their wish granted, for better or for worse.

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My pick is Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby – Daisy is his wish, Daisy is everything to Gatsby and we all know how THAT turned out.

8. Mulan—A character who pretends to be something or someone they are not.

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I couldn’t complete a tag without mentioning him – Will Herondale in the Whole of the Infernal Devices. #Frustrating.

9. Toy Story—A book with characters you wish would come to life.

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Pride and Prejudice –  Darcy and Elizabeth   (because The Infernal Devices and Will Herondale was taken!)

10. Disney Descendants—Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character.

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From Game of Thrones (I suppose I could pick any character) but for me it’s Cersei Lannister she’s not just morally ambiguous but next level villainess and it’s brilliant.

Okay! So that was The Disney Book Tag, I hope you enjoyed it now for my tags.

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Happy Reading Everyone!