Please recommend books about unique story lines with minimal romance featuring female protagonists.
I'm looking for books, where the main character does not have a definite love interest, and focuses more on the overall character's goals. I prefer a female protagonist, I think a example would be "Alanna" by Tamora Pierce in the earlier books where she mostly goes off and planned to have adventures.
I've read a ton of YA and I always felt that for female protagonists they tend to have a designated love interest and slowly it begins to overtake the plot. I think it would be interesting to have a different kind of female character. Related blog post that explains it better than I do.
Where there is option of the traditional idea of marriage/family, but instead she completely decides to go on her own path.
Some books I read and liked with similar themes:
Foundling Trilogy: D M Cornish (Europa of Naimes)
Mira, Mirror: Mette Harrison (merchant's daughter)
A Scandal in Bohemia: A.C. Doyle (Irene Adler)
Protector of the Small: Tamora Pierce (Keladry of Mindelan)
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold: C.S. Lewis (Orual)
Count of Monte Cristo: Alexandre Dumas (Eugenie Danglars)
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart: Deb Caletti
I have read the Hunger games trilogy, but I felt IMHO that it started to drag on between Katniss vs Gale/Peeta. I also read "Graceling" but I found that were some character issues that took away from the book.
It doesn't have to be fiction or young adult, I'm mainly searching for interesting stories.
Thank you in advance.