One of the best things about reading books is being inspired and awed by the characters in them. On this Women’s day I list my top 10 favorite books which portray strong female personalities.
They are strong in different ways, their strength is seen in the way they have grown out of misery & sadness, shown courage in the most trying times and how they have broken social barriers or have just lived life as it has come, without complains.
I have admired them, and enjoyed reading about them.
(P.S. this is from my collection of books, hence would be a limited list. I may have missed out some great books, which you’ll can share with me in the comments section!)
1.Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
Scarlet O’Hara is strong, wily, adamant, in one word she is a survivor. Though not very kind at heart, she is responsible and takes care of her entire family in desperate times. Also worth mentioning is Melanie who is trusting, loyal and an admirable woman.
2. A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Emma Harte pregnant and shunned by her love moves from being a maid to being the founder and owner of the multi- million dollar Harte empire. Her journey from one end to the other is not an easy one and is filled with both personal and professional hardships. However with an iron will and silent determination she keeps moving forward.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
She survived a difficult childhood & fought for a better life. Moving from her aunt’s place to an equally terrifying school, with persistence she educates herself and becomes a governess. Even at her new employers place she shows courage in loving a man with a dark past.
4. Emma by Jane Austen
She is an elegant, intelligent and a lively girl of 20 with a strong conviction in her talents, mainly her ‘match making abilities’. At a young age her confidence, her compassion, her belief that she is helping people which may be delusional at times (but heart being always in the right place) is a refreshing and fun read!
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Though ambitious and driven Jo is the central character, I think all the March sisters have strong personalities; Meg who helps her mother run the household, Beth who is sweet and gentle and Amy who yearns a more elegant lifestyle.
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Though I do not agree with the ending of this book, the courage that Anna shows by following her heart in a society that can be ruthless, is notable. Anna Karenina chooses love over a mundane life for herself, forsaking everything and everyone including her own son.
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hester Prynne endures the public humiliation with a quiet dignity which is notable. The hostile stares and unkind words doesn’t deter her loyalty to the person who has brought her to this situation. Enduring with silence is not a very wise or appreciated notion in today’s times, but it is still an exceptionally strong quality.
8. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The character that I admire the most is Elinor Dashwood. She is calm and composed in happiness as well as sadness. She is kind, affectionate and always places the welfare of her family and friends above her. She is one of the most emotionally strong characters I have read about so far.
9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Holly Golightly is a fascinating personality. Friendly, carefree and fun loving, she spends her time partying and mingling with rich men. In spite of these supercilious traits, she has a depth within her which is hidden from the world which mainly shows when she talks about her brother Fred.
10. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Eliza Doolittle is funny, clever and daring. She grabs on an opportunity with all her strength and doesn’t let go. She is street smart and very much capable of having a good life through hard work and determination