Re: Good FL stories to read. Not the cliche one with some dude to help her.

#4
Starting with a shameless self promotion: all of my stories have female leads. I like to think they are fairly strong willed. I also like to make them believable though, so they do have weaknesses. I do have male side characters, but the women are strong on their own. Links are in my signature if you are interested. 

A few recommendations for strong female lead stories that I've enjoyed reading here:
https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/50820/path-of-the-stonebreaker (Does have some perspectives that aren't the main female lead, but mostly the main female lead and she is awesome.)
https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/39266/the-future-that-never-was-a-cyberpunkspace-western
https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/26675/a-journey-of-black-and-red (This is a royal road staple you need to read or at least try if you like a strong female lead)
https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/53040/new-paris-a-modern-day-litrpg (very fun urban fantasy litrpg)

Re: Good FL stories to read. Not the cliche one with some dude to help her.

#5
Hm, does "not a cliche one with some dude to help her" refer to no male side casts? Because that will be pretty hard to find, I think. 

If you don't mind tragic romance, I have The Stormcrow Cycle. Ba'an salu-Ba'an is designed to be counter to most female leads you find in romance novels, and she's definitely the key mover of the plot once we hit Book 2/3. She's not a Grrrrrl Power!-type lead either, though, so avoid if that's what you're looking for!

Re: Good FL stories to read. Not the cliche one with some dude to help her.

#7
These are just the ones being actively updated that I'm following. Checkout my favorites for ones that are on hiatus or completed.

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/34353/onward-to-providence

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/39751/fates-parallel-a-xianxiawuxia-inspired-cultivation

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/36804/the-devils-foundry

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/32576/villager-three

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/52964/the-shadows-become-her

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/47923/fated-to-fall-a-transmigrator-litrpg-tale

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/40641/displacement

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/26494/path-of-the-whisper-woman

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/41362/my-quiet-life

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/38860/abyssal-road-trip

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/53956/noctoseismology

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/32882/vanquishing-evil-for-love

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/36597/when-immortal-ascension-fails-time-travel-to-try

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/45725/her-golemancer-girlfriend

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/28970/hands-held-in-the-snow

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/47030/tori-transmigrated

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/28023/katalepsis

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/51842/accidentally-a-shrine-priestess

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/46113/kitty-cat-kill-sat

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/47979/warrior-wizard-demon-queen

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/46868/reincarnated-into-a-time-loop-dungeon-as-a-lvl100

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/50287/heretical-oaths

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/47826/millennial-mage-a-slice-of-life-progression-fantasy

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/36706/the-saintess-and-the-villainess-gl

https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/54324/a-travelling-mages-almanac