Top 5 Wednesday is GoodReads group where people discuss different bookish topic each week.

More and more in fiction, we are seeing a stronger emphasis on female characters who are no damsels-in-distress. They take charge of situations and step in to do what needs to be done, regardless if it’s their duty or the heroes. Who are some of your favorite strong female characters in fiction that you have read about?

I have quite a few of them so it was hard to choose just five but here goes:

1, Irene Winters by Genevieve Cogman

Irene is a spy and a librarian. She works for the Invisible Library stealing acquiring books and trying to keep the balance between the fae who represent chaos and the dragons who represent order. First book: “The Invisible Library”

2, Cordelia Naismith by Lois McMaster Bujold

Granted, she’s the main character in only three books. The rest of the Vorkosigan series stars her son, Miles. But Cordelia is a huge influence. She’s an explorer and a scientist. When she marries into a patriarchal society, she isn’t afraid to work inside to slowly change things. Books: “Shards of Honor” and “Barrayar” (gathered together in “Cordelia’s Honor”), and the final book in the series: “Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen”.

3, Mira by Jocelynn Drake

Mira is a 600-year-old vampire. She’s the master in her city and is responsible for keeping the secrets of the vampires and the other supernatural races from humans. The other supernatural people are the werewolves who are, naturally, hostile to the vampires. So, Mira is a diplomat and a warrior. First book: “Nightwalker”

4, Esmeralda “Granny” Weatherwax by Terry Pratchett

Granny Weatherwax is one of the three witches in the tiny kingdom of Lancre. She’s one of the most experienced witches alive and “most highly regarded of the leaders, of [whom the witches] don’t have”. She’s grouchy and doesn’t have any family. She’s also very powerful but prefers to use headology rather than magic. She doesn’t approve of much. Her best friend Nanny Ogg is the matriarch of a large family and almost the polar opposite of Granny.

She’s in quite a few Discworld books but I recommend “Wyrd Sisters” and “Witches Abroad”.

5, “The Boss” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

We don’t find out the Boss’ real name. She dives spaceships that are thousands of years old and that can be very dangerous. That’s why she prefers to work alone on her ship “Nobody’s Business”. But sometimes she needs help. First book: “Diving into the Wreck”