Blwyddyn newydd dda! Happy new year!
So I got tagged for the how to fight like a YA girl book tag back in August by icebreaker694 and absolutely loved the tag but unfortunately didn’t get around to doing it. The other week I was lucky enough to be tagged again by the wonderful Rhea over at Bookchanted and I thought what better way to start the new year than with a bit of girl power? So with that in mind, here is my Fight Like a YA Girl Book Tag!
- Thank the person who tagged you
- Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
- Match at least on YA girl with each of the themes below
- Tag as many people as you like
Perhaps fittingly, I’m going to start the new year referencing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak because Liesel Meminger is my pick for this category. Liesel goes through so much when she is so young but she just becomes kinder because of it and the ending of The Book Thief gives her the stunning ending she deserves.
GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR MINDS
I’m not sure it counts as a YA but I’m going to go for Hermione from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. Hermione was one of the first literary ladies I ever looked up to and though she could fill a few of the categories in this tag, she has to go here because she always inspired me to fight with my mind too!
GIRLS WHO FIGHT WITH THEIR HEART
Isabel from The Wolves of Mercy Series by Maggie Stiefvater. Isabel spends a lot of time pretending not to have a heart even though she is largely led by it and she would do anything for her friends, even if it means going against her father. Another beautiful lady.
GIRLS WHO ARE TRAINED FIGHTERS
Another Isabelle, this time Isabelle Lightwood from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I have a bit of a hit and miss relationship with this book series but Izzy was definitely a hit. She’s strong and beautiful and can hold her own against any demon, or man!
STRONG GIRLS OF COLOUR
Inej from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. Inej is amazing and brave and never lets anything stop her from getting what she wants or deserves, even her own desires! (I will have you without armour Kaz Brekker, or I will not have you at all…man, it gets me every time!).
GIRLS WHO FIGHT TO SURVIVE
A bit different here because I’m going to go for Aza from Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Aza isn’t fighting against anyone else, rather she is fighting against herself and I think this book and Aza taught me that sometimes, the victory isn’t winning, it’s just keeping on fighting.
GIRLS WHO ARE WEAPONS MASTERS
Katniss from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins who fights with a bow and even though I’ve mentioned her before, I have to include Inej from Six of Crows who’s knife skills sound amazing!
GIRLS WHO DON’T CONFORM TO GENDER ROLES
One of my favourite YA’s of the year that features several kick-ass girls, I’m going to go with Addy from One of us is Lying. I’m not sure if you can exactly say that she doesn’t conform to gender roles but she does decide that she doesn’t want to be the stereotypical homecoming queen anymore and does something about it!
GIRLS WITH KICK BUTT MAGICAL POWERS
I’ve already mentioned the Six of Crows duology on this list but how could I do this tag without mentioning my absolutely hero and inspiration, Nina Zenik? Nina is just amazing, uses her powers to help her friends even when it puts her in danger and is just one of my favourite literary ladies ever. If I make one new years resolution for 2018, it is ‘be more Nina’.
STRONG GIRLS IN CONTEMPORARY NOVELS
Oh man, there are so many I could pick for this one and as this post is about celebrating the best and fiercest girls in YA and I was encouraged to mention more than one, I’m not going to pick between them! Deep breath, here goes:
- Madeline from Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
- Libby from Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
- Mauve and Bronwyn from One of Us is Lying is Karen M. McManus
- Tarin from Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
- Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
SERIOUSLY FIERCE GIRLS
Another one where I’m not sure it technically counts as a YA but I’m going to choose Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien. Eowyn goes into battle in disguise when she is told she can’t because she is a woman and faces down the second biggest villain in the novel. No living man could defeat the Lord of the Nazgul, but Eowyn can.
MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK WITH A STRONG LEADING LADY
I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty rubbish with keeping up with upcoming releases so I’ll just wait and see and hopefully I can do a lot of gushing about fantastic, new literary women in 2018!
So there we have it, some amazing YA women to kick off the new year! Do you agree with any of my answers? Who are your favourite literary ladies?
Ash and Lo @Windowsill Books
Rebecca @My Life as a Sports Fangirl
Rachel @pace, amore, libri
I didn’t manage to check if you guys have done this tag, no worries if you have or don’t fancy it but if you haven’t, I hope you have fun and I look forward to seeing your answers!
Happy reading and once again, a very happy new year!