Lit Loves: Embracing the Charms of Our Bookish Female Crushes

In a world of words, our bookish female crushes reign supreme, weaving tales of love, courage, and endless fascination.

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Enter a world where pages whisper secrets, characters ignite passions, and heroines steal the spotlight. For avid readers, the realm of literature is not merely ink on paper but a playground of emotions and connections. Join us as we delve into the enchanting universe of our bookish female crushes, celebrating the fierce intellects, captivating personalities, and unforgettable women who grace the pages of our favorite novels.

Nina Zenik from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

She’s a young, spunky girl with the attitude to match the fire of a thousand suns. She speaks with purpose and shows that she’s unapologetically herself. She may be young, but through her experiences and having to grow up fast, she’s gotten comfortable with who she is. She has powers and is proud to be Grisha. She’s also a person and recognizes the treatment of others. She doesn’t shy away from a fight or argument when someone needs a tongue-lashing. But she’s also witty, funny, incredibly intelligent, and certainly makes a statement whenever she walks into a room. I truly adore Nina because she’s amazing and certainly a female crush of mine.

Quiarah B/Vphan, Editorial

Johanna Mason from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Johanna Mason from The Hunger Games

I absolutely LOVE Johanna. She is such a baddie and has no shame in standing up for what she believes is right. She is well capable of taking care of herself, and her feistiness is quite refreshing for a book like The Hunger Games, where everyone is constantly fearful for their lives. Johanna does not seem to care for what her future holds, and I LIVE for her carelessness and witty smarts. 

Erin Ewald, Editorial 

Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Fan art of Inej Ghafa, Six of Crows 

Inej is a total badass, so I can’t help but crush on her! With her stealth and wit, there’s no doubt Inej could beat anyone in a fight. But her incredible combat skills aside, Inej is unwavering in her convictions — she knows what she wants and what her values are, and she’s uncompromising about what really matters to her. Her steadfast nature is what makes her such a great friend to those she’s deemed worthy, and it’s one of the qualities I admire most about her. 

Lauren Nee, Editorial 

Jude Duarte from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Jude is one of the most powerful female characters that I have ever read about. She starts the Folk of the Air series a little timid, but as it progresses, she becomes such a badass. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, especially Cardan. She makes sure that everyone knows how powerful she is, and she holds grudges. I love how unapologetically herself she is. She is my woman crush every day!

Corinne Vergari, Social

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennet is one of the most headstrong female characters I’ve ever read. She speaks her mind and is an incredibly brilliant woman. She doesn’t let anyone push her around and stands strong in the face of adversity. She has enough respect for herself to know what she wants out of life, which is admirable. She’s a driven woman, and she knows what she’s willing to do and what not to do to get there.

She stands up for herself, and I think that’s one of her most beautiful traits — especially in a time when women are essentially considered property and their economic assets are their husbands. Even when Darcy proposes to her the first time, she stands her ground and tells him no — which, I mean, if you’ve read it is completely understandable. She’s just an all-around great person, and I absolutely love her. 

Alexandra Mellott, Editorial

Tessa Young from After by Anna Todd

Honestly, Tessa Young annoyed me while I read the series. She cheats on her boyfriend with a bad boy for what? To be in an on-and-off toxic relationship with a British man with anger issues? But something about the live adaptations…

Josephine Langford gave agency, brought clarity, and made her human. It also doesn’t hurt she’s quite literally the most beautiful person to look at. Tessa loves Hardin with her whole entire chest, and Josephine shows that amazingly through her acting chops.

Sierra Jackson, Editorial

As a queer woman immersed in the world of literature, the idea of choosing just one female bookish crush feels like trying to pick a favorite book from a vast library of treasures. Each character, author, and literary figure holds a unique allure that captivates my heart and mind in different ways.

From the fierce intelligence of Lana Myers to the mysterious charm of Jude Duarter and the poetic soul of Sappho, my bookish crushes span a spectrum of personalities and identities that resonate with my own queer experience. Trying to narrow it down to just one would be like asking a bookworm to choose between reading and breathing — it’s simply impossible. Each of these female figures has left an indelible mark on my literary journey, shaping not only my understanding of the world but also my own identity as a queer woman who finds solace, inspiration, and love within the pages of a book.

As we close the chapters on our literary adventures, let us carry with us the essence of these female bookish crushes — symbols of strength, vulnerability, and everything in between. Whether they reside in classic novels or contemporary bestsellers, their presence lingers like a well-worn bookmark in the story of our lives, reminding us of the enduring power of literature to shape our hearts and minds.

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