I used to do these Top 5 Wednesday posts a lot back in my blogging day so I thought I would do one to get back into the swing of regular book blogging!

This one is right up my street, it's called Independent Ladies! Which is about your top 5 leading ladies that didn't get distracted by their love interest, this isn't the absence of a love interest altogether, it just means that he wasn't their main story focus in the book.

1. My first pick is The Tough Princess by Martin Waddell, Princess Rosamund is my earliest feminist icon, she is told by the King and Queen to go and find herself a wealthy husband because they're poor and need the money, but Rosamund doesn't need a prince to rescue her so she goes out slaying dragons and rescuing Prince's but rejects them all because they're all too much of a ninny for her, she is definitely a woman who doesn't need a man, and that's why she's my number one pick!
2. My second pick has to be another icon of mine, Elizabeth Bennett (not all of my icons are fictional, I promise), obviously people know Pride and Prejudice best for the love story with Darcy, and that is a huge part of the book, but not the main part for me.
The main part for me was discovering who she is as a woman, and how forward-thinking she is for the time and clearly different to a lot of the other women around then who mostly just thought that marrying a rich man mattered more than anything else.
3. Christine from How To Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern is my next independent woman, she runs into Adam in very unusual circumstances, on a bridge when he's about to commit suicide, and to save his life she asks him to give her a couple of weeks (until his 35th birthday) for her to show him that life is worth living.
The story does technically revolve around her trying to help Adam realise this, but actually the story is stolen by Christine and her relentless pursuit to help this man she doesn't even know, whilst trying to keep her own life on track too.
4. It'd be hard to do this list without mentioning Karou from the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, she's straight out of a punk fairytale with her blue hair and strings of teeth, but aside from her appearance she has to tolerate a lot during the course of these books, romance aside, she puts herself through hell for the good of other people (and not-so-much people..) which makes her story with Akiva fade into the background compared to her struggles and triumphs.
5. Finally, Jess from Jojo Moyes' book The One Plus One is a woman who has to put up with a lot, but she does it with such incredible positivity that it makes you wonder how she does it! She does have a romantic interest, Ed, but he isn't really relevant to her story and he has his own things going on so as much as they do help each other out their stories don't overshadow each other, they compliment each other rather than one rescuing the other.
Jojo Moyes is such an amazing writer of characters, it's such a strength of hers and the reason she's my favourite author.

So that's that! This was fun! I'll be sure to check the topic for next weeks and if it's something I'm interested in and can think of 5 answers for then I'll do this again.
If you want to check out the categories or maybe join up for yourself then you can find the topic on Goodreads, link here.
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm ridiculously proud to be a woman.
I am constantly filling my brain with stories of strong, impressive women and I'm blown away constantly by our enduring strength, even in the face of adversity. 
I recently finished reading Wild Embers by Nikita Gill, which was amazing, and it really made me hungry for more female-led, empowering poetry, so after work (I work in a bookshop) I had a peruse of the poetry section to see what piqued my interest.

The first title that caught my eye was She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox. the front cover really jumped out at me and I love the sound of it from the blurb on the back, it says it covers subjects such as mental health, coming of age stories and more and it sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.

I'm ashamed to say I've never read any of Maya Angelou's literature, this was the only one I could see on the shelf and I believe it's named after her most famous poem.
It's currently Black History Month in America so I wanted to make a conscious effort to read more books written by people of colour, there are so many amazing black authors out there and they get unfairly overlooked, so if anyone has any recommendations then let me know.
And Still I Rise looks like such a compelling collection of poems and I can't wait to get into it.

Finally, this isn't a collection of poems, but the only novel written by one of my feminist heroes and someone I greatly miss, Nora Ephron.
She wrote the screeplays for two of my favourite films, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail and she writes female characters and relationships so well so I can't wait to see what her one and only novel is like.

I can't wait to sink my teeth into these books and look forward to reviews/wrap ups coming soon!
Well, it's been a while!
I sort of abandoned this blog, life got in the way, all those normal kinds of excuses and I fell off the reading bandwagon a little bit, but no more! I'm back with a vengeance, and I thought why not start up my blog again.
Blogging is one of my favourite hobbies (after reading, obv), I have had allsorts of different ones over the years, currently the only one I have active is my vegan food blog *shameless plug*link here*shameless plug* so I think there's room for another one in my life!

I also have much easier access to books now as I'm working in a bookshop (I know..dream right?!), I actually work in the cafe of said bookshop, but it's just amazing to work surrounded by so many books, 8 year old me wouldn't be able to believe it!

This post isn't going to be ''about'' anything in particular, it's just basically to get me back into the swing of typing things about books again.

I'll post my first post soon, but until then, keep reading!