Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Kirstin Cashore

03 Jul

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is the Top Ten Books For People Who Like Kristin Cashore,

Kristin Cashore is the author of three novels: Graceling, Fire and Bitterblue. All of  Cashore’s novels are set in an interweaving fantasy world and all three feature an incredibly strong female protagonist. If you know me at all, or you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that’s one of my main criteria for selecting a book. I know that there are plenty of people out there who love the Bella’s of the literary world, but that’s just not me.

So, here are ten books for people who love Kristin Cashore’s strong, sassy females!

1. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKInley. I talk about this book ALL THE TIME and that’s because, really, it’s amazing. Aerin is one of my all time favorite fantasy characters and she is one hell of a girl, but at the same time she is human and has her flaws. She fights for her crown, she fights against the expectation placed on her and she fights for love. Oh and did I mention that there are dragons? Cause there totally are.

2. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. The this expertly executed retelling of Little Red Riding Hood  gives you two completely different, yet equally strong women. In alternating chapters you’re given a look at sisters Scarlett and Rosie March. Scarlett’s strength lays in the gift she’s been given while Rosie’s strengthallows her to forge a different path for herself.

3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. A work of epic fantasy Pullman’s Lyra is stubborn, headstrong, independent, often reckless, spoiled, bratty and yet still completely lovable. If you loved Graceling and Katsa, the often difficult to love heroine, then Lyra is sure to charm your heart.

4. Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. Another one of McKinley’s fairy tale retellings, this one gives a unique look at the Sleeping Beauty story. This story gives us two strong women who fall on each end of the social conventions spectrum, Rosie is more likely to wear pants and work on whittling spindle ends while Peony is shown wearing dresses and practicing embroidery. There’s no right or wrong way to be an independent female in YA and McKinley shows that here.

5. Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Another series of books where you see two equally strong and independent woman, who are very different personality wise. Rose is the punch first, ask questions never type of female protagonist, while Sydney is more analytical, methodical and has to always have a plan for everything. I love both of these characters and I think it’s important to how teens that there is no right or wrong way to be a strong woman.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. A bit of a departure from Kristin Cashore’s world of fantasy, Anna is set solidly in the “real” world but she is every bit as fierce and determines as the heroines you encounter in the fantasy worlds. The spunky protagonist of this story will easily steal your heart and leave you with an Anna shaped hole when the book ends.

7. Goose Girl  by Shannon Hale. At first glance Ani does not fit the mold of strong and sassy female, she’s a princess who is soft-spoken and socially awkward, not exactly traits that help someone run a kingdom. But when things spiral out of control and ANi is forced to take a different path than the one that was laid out for her she shows jsuthow strong she truly is.

8. Belles by Jen Calonita. Another contemporary book, but one that I feel absolutely needs to be mentioned. Isabelle lives with her grandmother and has been her main caretaker ever since she started rapidly decking health wise. While doing this she manages to hold a job and swim for the local swim team. It takes a strong person to be able to patiently care for someone in her grandmother’s state and it’s easy to see that Izzie is made of seriously strong stuff.

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Not your typical strong heroine, Liesel is a foster child living with a family near Munich in the middle of World War 2. She’s strong willed and that helps keep her alive through the war and she has a thirst for knowledge that drives her to read everything she can find or steal. There are a lot of things thrown at Liesel over the course of the novel and it is only her inner strength that gets her through.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know, I know, everyone has read this already. But on the tiniest of off-chances that you’re one of the select few that hasn’t, I suggest you take some time and get acquainted with Katniss. She’s feisty, loyal, strong willed and determined. She’s willing to sacrifice everything just to save her family.  Katniss is a prime example of kick butt women in YA fiction.

What other books would you add to this list? I’m sure there are some strong females that I left off, so let me know in the comments!


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15 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books For People Who Like Kirstin Cashore

  1. Vikk @ Down the Writer's Path

    4 July, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Great titles suggested, especially The Book Thief.

  2. barefoot_med_student

    3 July, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I’m burning to read Gracelings! I just haven’t been able to find the books anywhere. I love that you included Anna in your list, even though it’s a slightly different genre…

  3. akamaireader

    3 July, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Some of these titles are new to me, like Sisters Red. That title looks really good! Great list!

  4. Cass

    3 July, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Some great ones on here! Including Anna by Stephanie Perkins who I did my post on this week!

    Check it out 🙂 Top Ten Tuesday

  5. Lauren@The Housework Can Wait

    3 July, 2012 at 9:48 am

    So many books on here that I still need to read! Although I’ve got Belles sitting on my shelf, so maybe I need to bump that one up 🙂

    You took a totally different approach to this than I was thinking, taking just one aspect of an author’s writing and finding others who do the same thing. That…would have been a lot easier than what I tried (and failed) to do with it. And I agree – while Katsa actually wasn’t one of my favorite female protagonists (she was actually a little too stubbornly strong-willed for me), I’ll take her over the Bella Swans of the world any day.

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      4 July, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      I enjoyed Belles more than I thought that I would. I’m now anxiously waiting for the sequel, “Winter White”!

  6. Keertana @Ivy Book Bindings

    3 July, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I love Kristen Cashore and was contemplating doing her for my list as well! 😉 Great picks this week Sarah! 😀

    Ivy Book Bindings

  7. Tanya Patrice

    3 July, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Awesome list! I love Kristen Cashore – and agree Vampire Academy and The Hunger Games are great. I;ll have to check out a few more books from your list.

    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      4 July, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      If you appreciate strong females (and it seems that you do) all of these are good reads! Let me know what you pick and if you liked it!

  8. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    3 July, 2012 at 5:08 am

    The Hero and the Crown is an old (almost forgotten?) Newbery winner that I always rave about to others, too.

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    • Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

      4 July, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      The Hero and the Crown is one of my all time favorite books. I will read ANYTHING Robin McKinley writes, love her so very, very much.


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