01/03/2013 10:41 am ET

The Greatest Literary Heroines Of 2012: An Alternate List

Last week, NPR released a list of five of their favorite heroines from the year in literature, women who "want to know things, who want to devour the world," who "aren't primarily defined by their desire to love or be loved—or even to be especially lovable—these are sublimely stubborn women, frequently at odds with themselves and always at odds with their times," who are on quests. We love their list (Sontag, yes) but since they missed quite a few of our favorite literary heroines of 2012, we couldn't help taking the opportunity to add to it. Here are our picks—feel free to add yours in the comments.

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