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Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum: A Top Ten List

There might be no better way to start a Tuesday than by bastardizing some Latin. This week’s topic (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is whatever I feel like writing about and that means fictional women who do not let the bastards grind them down.

Hells Angels

(I don’t know these women, but I doubt meek was tolerated.)

In no particular order, expect number one is number one (would you expect anything less?):

10. Janie Ryan / Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma. Janie is being raised by a poor, unstable mother, but she’s never known anything else. A fascinating read.

09. Astrid Magnusson / White Oleander. Sometimes just surviving can be tough.

08. Lisey Landon / Lisey’s Story. “She was frightened because she was realizing – too late, too late – that what’s done can’t be undone, and what’s remembered must somehow be lived with ever after. Even of the memories are insane.”

07. Elizabeth Bennet / Pride & Prejudice. If you can ignore the fact that she still marries the rich guy in the end (though on her terms), Elizabeth Bennet is pretty kickass.

06. Lisbeth Salander / The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Love or hate the series, Lisbeth gets it done without relying on physical charm or social graces.

05. Beatrice / Much Ado About Nothing. Feisty, witty women cannot be kept down.

04. Daenerys Targaryen / A Song of Fire and Ice. Where to begin?

03. Nancy Drew / Various. I’m pretty sure there’s not a damn thing Nancy can’t do. I haven’t read any of these in years, but I refuse to remember them as anything but awesome.

02. Sylvia Plath. She’s on this list because of her willingness to be “to be true to my own weirdnesses”.

01. Jane Eyre /Jane Eyre. Uncompromising, resourceful, and brilliant.


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  • Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    Glad Janie Ryan made the list – I loved that book.

  • tanya (52 books or bust)

    I love me some bastardized Latin! Great list. Those are some gals I wouldn’t want to mess with.

  • Heather

    Three cheers for bastardized Latin from one of my favorite books!

  • Katie @ Words For Worms

    I adore the bastardized Latin! I also adore Jane, but you knew that. Elizabeth Bennet, Lizbeth Salander, and the mother-frigging Khaleesi? Heck yes!

  • Lianne @

    Great list! Agreed re: Astrid, she survived through plenty of crazy stuff x|

    My TTT

  • Bookseller Cate

    Great topic and list. Glad to see Beatrice, Jane and Lizzie on the list. Especially Jane.

  • maria helena

    Great list! Also, bastardizing some Latin is probably the best way to start any day of the week.

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    YES NANCY DREW!! Totally agree! 🙂

  • Melinda @ The Book Musings

    Great that Lisbeth Salander made the list and love how you described her “behaviour” 🙂

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    I’m pretty sure I have romanticized Nancy Drew over the years, but I seriously don’t care. I will love her forever.

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