Here at Wine, Women & Words, we looooooove a good, strong lead female character in literature. Sometimes they’re villains, sometimes they’re supernatural, but they’re kickass regardless of where they fall on the hero-to-villain spectrum.

Diana’s Picks:

1. Circling the Sun by Paula McClain
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
5. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
6. Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
7. Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carrier
8. Antony & Cleopatra by Shakespeare

Michele’s Picks:

1. Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
4. Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
5. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty