With Valentine's Day (a.k.a. Singles Appreciation Day) coming up, love is in the air. And I know I'm supposed to be all down about how there are paper hearts and cutesy couples everywhere. But I'm not, because the truth is that I love being single and having the space to carve out the life I want for myself on my terms. But you don't have to take my word for it. Just look at these amazing, kickass single ladies from literature.
If you take a second to look around, you'll realize that there aren't nearly enough single women in the literary canon. While you can find plenty of books about men in which love is not a factor, it's much harder to find a book about a woman that doesn't have a romantic element. I — as a woman whose romantic life certainly does not come first — am eager to see this trend get smashed (along with the patriarchy that produced it). After all, my life has so much more to it than love and romance. I want a life filled with adventure—if a Significant Other happens to be a part of that, then that's great. But it's not all there is for a woman. I want more reading that reflects that.
And let's face it, single ladies get stuff done. The women on this list are champions, go-getters, forces to be reckoned with. Nobody can hold them back. So let's celebrate these rad heroines as they show us how amazing being single can be.