Best Female Lead Characters
This list features books from all genres with the most interesting female lead characters.
1128 Killing Ana Molotov
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 Vengeance of Shadows
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 Infernal Choices: Part One ...
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 Under Lock and Key: The Exp...
by
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 I Only Have Eyes For You (T...
by
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 8,568 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 Eve's Garden
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 A Love Beyond Time (Power o...
by
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 16 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 The Training of Kate (Journ...
by
4.9 of 5 stars 4.90 avg rating — 20 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 Saving Luke
by
4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 25 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1128 My Name Is Thank-You
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Boy Next Door
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 407 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Synners
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 862 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Trouble With Change
by
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 12 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Magic Under Glass (Magic Un...
by
3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 3,021 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Evil Under the Sun (Hercule...
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 20,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Tainted (Isles of Glory...
by
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 212 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 An Unfettered Mind
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Bone People
by
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 11,592 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Embrace (The Violet Eden Ch...
by
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 14,316 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Nokosee: Rise of the New Se...
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Loved (The Vampire Journals...
by
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 3,119 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Touch of Fate
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 37 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Nightwolves on the Prowl
by
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Indelible (The Yara Silva T...
by
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 433 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Splendor (Luxe, #4)
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 13,578 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Forbidden Embrace (Embrace #2)
by
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 159 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Hickey of the Beast
by
3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 32 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Zion Chronicles Complet...
by
4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 595 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Jassy
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 130 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 A Judgement in Stone
by
3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,388 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Living Dead (Dungeons &...
by
3.04 of 5 stars 3.04 avg rating — 69 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Dreamsnake
by
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 4,303 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Road to Megara (Knife of Tr...
by
3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 17 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Lux 1.1: Seeds (Lux, #1)
by
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 94 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Woman Warrior
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 13,019 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 From the Herald's Wearied Eye
by
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
by
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 40,437 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 God's Eye
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 124 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 30,360 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Mediator, Vol. 1: Shado...
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 2,419 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Eight of Jacks
by
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 9 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Rosemary for Remembrance (T...
by
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 216 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Monsters of Men (Chaos Walk...
by
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 25,654 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Unknown Book 13150239 *
by
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Duke of Shadows
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 2,952 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Psyche's Search (Transforma...
by
4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 13 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Playing with Fire (Tales of...
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 6,826 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Avenue of Death
by
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 46 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The 13th Prophecy (Demon Ki...
by
4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 708 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Dancing on the Edge
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 975 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Way of Kings (The Storm...
by
4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 68,231 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Ōoku: The Inner Chambers, V...
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 578 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Before I Say Goodbye
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 6,630 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Working Stiff (Mattie Winst...
by
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 584 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Last Song
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 289,014 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Raphael (Vampires in Americ...
by
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,127 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 A Lady At Last
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,128 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Submarine Warriors: The Ene...
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Set in Stone
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 118 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Dhampiri
by
4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 18 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Raised by Wolves (Raised by...
by
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 19,101 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Summer My Life Began
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 811 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Angel Of Mercy  (The Fallen...
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 257 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Poison
by
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,808 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Telesa: The Covenant Keeper...
by
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 772 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Twin-Bred (Twin-Bred #1)
by
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 84 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Livian
by
4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 25 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Succubus Unleashed (The Tel...
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Recovery
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 45 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Camerons
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 175 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of...
by
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,487 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Six Weeks
by
3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 142 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Reflected in You (Crossfire...
by
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 169,898 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Falling to Ash (Moth, #1)
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 354 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Saving Juliet
by
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 3,738 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Faithless (Grant County, #5)
by
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 10,928 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Steel Queen (The Silk &...
by
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 98 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Ill Wind (Valkyrie, #1)
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 46 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Boudica: Dreaming the Bull ...
by
4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 994 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Thirteenth Princess
by
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,566 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 On Demon Wings (Experiment ...
by
4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 3,742 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Maven's Fractured Fairy Tales
by
4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Bachelor Farmers
by
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 41 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Devil's Tide (Devil's F...
by
4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 118 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Edge of Never (The Edge...
by
4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 83,396 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Redemption Part 1 - The Cal...
by
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Dying Bites (The Bloodhound...
by
3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 4,052 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Table 21
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 344 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 The Last Dragonslayer (The ...
by
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 8,578 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 I Own the Dawn (The Night S...
by
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 485 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Heat Wave: Aloha Escapade (...
by
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Slammed (Slammed, #1)
by
4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 101,636 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Lucky Bastard (Lucky O'Tool...
by
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 190 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Frost Arch (The Fire Mage T...
by
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 737 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)
by
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 12,321 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Les Misérables
by
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 405,703 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 A Stolen Crown (The Book of...
by
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 164 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Desire's Edge (Razor, #1)
by
4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 37 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Jared (The Protectors, #2)
by
4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 1,029 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
1511 Immune (Rylee Adamson, #2)
by
4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,423 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
flag this list (?)
2,985 books · 3,988 voters · list created July 23rd, 2009 by Kevis Hendrickson (votes) .
111 likes · like
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Kevis
Kevis
1519 books
833 friends
Heather
Heather
711 books
12 friends
Greyweather
Greyweather
1926 books
51 friends
Katherine
Katherine
121 books
2 friends
K.
K.
80 books
16 friends
Killthepopular
Killthepopular
635 books
30 friends
Holly
Holly
2125 books
10 friends
Shayla
Shayla
1125 books
8 friends

More voters…


Comments (showing 1-29 of 29) (29 new)

dateDown_arrow    newest »

message 2: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Heh, now the wasp factory is in this list, does this make the whole list a spoiler?


message 3: by Rae (new)

Rae love Jane Eyre- my fav book of all time.


message 4: by Michele (new)

Michele Milliner Scout is one of the best female characters of all time!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The form to add books to the list is at the right-hand side of the page.


message 6: by Marion (new)

Marion Jane Eyre is the best, hands down.


message 7: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany I agree, Jane Eyre!!!


message 8: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I like most of the female leads on here, but I've got to disagree with Katsa from Graceling. She was just a little too rough and i guess... savage (not sure that's the right word) for me?


message 9: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Brady I am sure that I haven't gotten to it yet, but what about Dagny Taggart from "Atlas Shrugged"? Or Dominique Francon from "The Fountainhead"?


message 10: by Alex (new)

Alex Perry Medea? Really? Well I suppose that's definitely an... interesting female character. Maybe a little psychotic but certainly strong!


message 11: by Lila (new)

Lila I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I've never read Jane Eyre but I should. The gemma doyle series was the best series ever I'm really mad about the way It ended. The stephanie plum books are awesome. I also love anne of green gables.

my top picks were:

1: Pride and prejudice
2: A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle Trilogy)
3: Anne of Green Gables
4: One For The Money (Stephanie Plum Series)


message 12: by Koosh (new)

Koosh Mine were:

Unraveled
Duke of Shadows

Loved the female leads!


message 13: by Kimikimi (new)

Kimikimi Lila wrote: "I LOVE Pride and Prejudice. I've never read Jane Eyre but I should. The gemma doyle series was the best series ever I'm really mad about the way It ended. The stephanie plum books are awesome. I a..."

Yeah, it makes them hard to re-read :(


message 14: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Who's been smoking what to conclude that Harry Potter has a female lead? Main supporting character yes, but lead...not unless Harry has a secret!

Much Ado and Inkheart are debatable as well, I would say that they both have male leads with female main supporting characters.


message 15: by Kevis (last edited Sep 02, 2012 04:56PM) (new)

Kevis Hendrickson Amelia wrote: "Who's been smoking what to conclude that Harry Potter has a female lead? Main supporting character yes, but lead...not unless Harry has a secret!"

I agree, Harry Potter does not belong on this list. Now Harriette Potter would be a different story altogether. ;)


message 16: by Marie (new)

Marie Why is Twilight here? Do people actually think Bella is a good female lead?


message 17: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Ha! Well, in the last book, maybe, Marie.


message 18: by Marie (new)

Marie Amelia wrote: "Ha! Well, in the last book, maybe, Marie."

Having your vampire husband chew your baby out of your womb makes for good leading woman material? Bella should be left out of this list for coming up with the name Renesmee.


message 19: by Amelia (new)

Amelia That is the WORST baby name EVERRRRRRRRRRR!

Also, I think my idea of her as a good female lead in the last book only popped into my head in comparison to New Moon, during which I was hoping she would just die already and stop with the whining...


message 20: by Jack (new)

Jack Hi everyone,

I have created a new group called Goodreads All Sorts and I'd love for people to join it or just even just give it a look. It's a group that discusses anything and everything. There will be monthly group reads, movies, and music. There is a folder for everything you could think of. I'd really like if people could spread the word because I'd love for the group to be a success. Here is the link to the group:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/9...

Thanks very much,
Jack :-)


message 21: by Kelley (last edited Apr 01, 2013 03:29PM) (new)

Kelley Ceccato I have looked at a number of Goodreads lists that are meant to feature strong female characters... and somehow "Twilight" ends up on every darn one of them. I have talked to some fans of the series, and even THEY acknowledge that Bella is a horrible excuse for a heroine. They have other reasons for liking it (not very good ones, but hey...). I find it hard to believe anyone would be deluded enough to call her a "Best Female Lead Character." I look at these lists because I want to read books that feature strong heroines, and when I keep seeing that book/series when I know well that Bella is as far removed as any character could be from the type of heroine I'd like to read about, well, it gets on the nerves a wee bit.

Maybe more specific criteria should be laid down -- or else some mechanism be put in place which would give voters the chance to explain their choices.


message 22: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Z. Jane Eyre below Katniss? -.-"
This needs to be fixed, I think.


message 23: by Sheryl (new)

Sheryl Twists and turns, and finally, hope,


message 24: by SummerBlue (new)

SummerBlue How the hell does Clary Fray come before Rose Hathaway (the amazing)????


message 25: by Sara (new)

Sara Shaw vampire academy!! Roza must be here!


message 26: by Muiezz (new)

Muiezz Lambarey Vin from Mistborn?


message 27: by Ari (new)

Ari Aria I always thought Jane Eyre was stupid as a Mexican telenovela...


message 28: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Muiezz wrote: "Vin from Mistborn?"
I totally agree


message 29: by Jason (new)

Jason I've experienced the top 50 'best females' now.

Fantastic: Matilda, Jane
Great: Gone with the Wind, Color Purple, Mockingbird, Handmaid, Alanna & Compass (though their sequels were less good)
Good: Rebecca, Coraline, Hunger, Howl, Narnia, Avalon, Book Thief, Alice, Pippi, Diary


back to top



Anyone can add books to this list.