Top Ten Tuesday: Books about Friendship

 

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So this week, I’m going to do something new. I’m going to start participating in Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature started by and hosted on The Broke and Bookish. Now I don’t know if I’ll get to this every week, but I intend to try, and I’m starting this week with my Top 10 Books about Friendship. I had a hard time choosing these, and I’m still not entirely satisfied with this list, but here it is:

  1. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (1997-2007). I have a hard time choosing one of these, as the entire series is anchored in the deep friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (1987). There are so many layers of friendship in this novel, and it’s delightfully female-centric.
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868). The sisters have their friendships with one another, yes. But the friendship between Jo and Laurie is one of the most well-rendered friendships between a boy and a girl that I’ve read.
  4. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (1940). Weird, Gothic, and beautiful, the relationships in this book are gripping.
  5. A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959). The complexities of being friends with someone of whom you’re insanely jealous is explored and fully rendered in what is actually quite a short little novel. Breathtaking.
  6. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore (2002). I laughed, and I cried. The book is irreverent, but I love irreverence. And the relationship between Biff and Jesus is pretty stellar.
  7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (1995). The re-imagining of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the telling of her childhood and rise to infamy is also a tale of friendship between Elphaba and Glinda.
  8. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgul (2011). A graphic novel that tells the chilling story of a Russian-American girl and a ghost she befriends. It’s a cautionary tale about friendship, and it’s a good one.
  9. A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1886). Literature is introduced to one of the most iconic male friendships, that of Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. Groovy.
  10. Bridge to Teribithia by Katherine Paterson (1977). A sad, sweet book about the kind of hole that is left when we lose a friend.
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    1. I’ve only read the first 2 of the Sisterhood books, but I’d agree with that…And I haven’t read the Pierce series, but I’ll check them out!

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  1. An excellent list and I haven’t read a couple so I will now. I’d add the American modern classics, ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘Of Mice and Men’ which both deal extremely well with the theme of friendship (among other things!)

    (Please excuse the English Teacher comment) 🙂

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    1. 😉 Oh no worries. I’m a literature student. I thought about those two but ultimately decided against both, though I couldn’t necessarily give you the reason now that I made that decision. lol

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  2. Awesome selection, Diana! Sherlock and Watson’s has to be one of my favourite bromances of all time, both in literature and film/TV. But I definitely agree that Harry, Ron and Hermione should be No.1! Even though Ron used to annoy me to death, and then Harry with all his angst, I think they made a fantastic team 🙂

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    1. Thanks!

      I didn’t really think of these as ranked when I wrote the list, but I suppose that in a way they are. And honestly, all of the HP kids bothered me at some point or another, but I think that’s because I was an adult watching kids grow up on the page. Of course I found them annoying at times. 🙂

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  3. Great selection. I consider myself reasonably well-read but I wouldn’t know where to start with this project. To Kill a Mockingbird …. er … um … The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is one of my favourites. Enjoyed the post – consider yourself followed!!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks too for stopping by!

      I considered To Kill a Mockingbird, but I tried to stick with books in which the friendship takes front and center, and the familial relationships take such center stage in that I didn’t include it.

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  4. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter has been on my book shelf and towards the top of my “to read” list for years! Little Women is hands down my favorite all time book and easily the most read! Great taste, great minds! 😉

    I also LOVE your new profile picture/gravatar! Stunning!!

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  5. Great choices. Harry Potter topped my list, I adore that series and it has so many wonderful friendships in it. I love all the friendships in that book – Ron, Harry & Hermione, Hagrid’s friendship with them, Remus and Sirius, Dobby and Harry and so many others. Nice list 🙂 Here’s my TTT.

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    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by! I’ve seen Top Ten Tuesday on a few blogs I follow, and I really like the idea. It’s a fun community–and it gives me another chance to talk about books, which is always a win.

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  6. What a great list. Definitely had no idea that some of these were about friendship. One of my favorite ones about friendship is Sister of My Heart by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

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    1. Thanks! I had a hard time picking books, as many feature friendships but don’t really seem to be about the friendship in a real way.

      And thanks for recommending a new book. I haven’t heard of that one before. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

      And I agree re: Little Women. I’ve read that book probably more often than any other book I own.

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