Top Ten Tuesday [6]: Books About Friendship

photo-7This week’s Top Ten list are books featuring strong friendships. Certainly, there were a whole slew to choose from. I had to select those that have been what I would consider as unforgettable. I admit that a couple of these books are somewhat unconventional, but friends come in different forms.

It is not difficult to define what friendship means, but much like love, it’s hard to explain exactly what draws a person to another.

In no particular order, here are my choices:

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1.  Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Emily and Sloane couldn’t be more different than night and day; where Sloane is the bright sun that lights Emily’s world, she’s the cloudless starry sky of the darkest night. She shines in her own way, but not bright enough for everyone to notice. What’s great about their friendship is how much of Sloane’s courage she imparted on Emily when she left. Emily found herself when she lost Sloane.

2. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan  The friendship between Josie and Stu is one that’s probably the most conventional. They’re neighbours; they grew up together, and they have one thing in common: brainiacs. They are the only ones who understood each other on a level that even their families do not. I picked this book because it was a classic example of a relationship that transcended friendship.

3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein This is unselfish friendship exemplified. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read this to my boy, but every time I read it, it makes me stop and think.

4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen   Yes, I realized that Lizzie and Jane are sisters first before BFFs, but I still envy their friendship. From a meddling mother to a disapproving Darcy, Lizzie and Jane had each other’s backs through a lot of things.

5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord  Reagan and Dee, much like Emily and Sloane are worlds different. Through Reagan’s rebellious stint, Dee never once judged her or left her side. Reagan, on the same account, has been Dee’s fierce defender. They are like siblings, in a way that they are fiercely loyal.

6. Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.  What could be more telling of a true friendship than someone who would break his own heart for the sake of his friend? Given the choice, I think both boys would’ve done what the other had the guts to do.

7. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt This book has a couple of equally heart-breaking friendships: June and Finn; June and Toby. Of course they had one common thread, and that is Finn. It’s hard to describe the friendship between all three; it’s one of those, it just IS.

8. The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa Their relationship went beyond domestic service she got paid for. She was patient, understanding, and she truly cared for an old-man who’d lost most of his mental capacity in an accident. Touching story.

9. Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland A group of friends who stood by each other through the years; it’s like The Big Chill except that the one person they have in common was in a coma for years. This was an odd book, but even through the tumultuous changes every one has gone through, their friendship remained staunch.

10. Aristole and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. One can argue that the heroic things Aristotle did for Dante is rooted to the fact that he was in love with him. But, I digress. Much like Emily in Since You’ve Been Gone, Aristotle was an introvert who found comfort in being alone. Dante broke him out of his shell, and had showed him a brand new perspective of the world he lived in.

Which books made your list today?

  • The friendship in Love and Other Foreign Words sounds great. I’ve been hearing so much about that book lately, and I’m hoping to pick it up sometime soon. The Giving Tree was one of my favorite childhood books, so it’s so cool that you included that one, too. Great picks 🙂

  • I loved Tell the Wolves I’m Home. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that one while I was creating my list, but both of those friendships were so moving.

    • Yes, moving, touching, heartbreaking…<3

  • Great pick! I want to read Aristotles and Dante and Tell the Wolves.

    • They’re great books, Adriana. I really hope you’ll have a chance to read them!

  • I wanted to pick Infernal Devices too but was limited to 5. I love all of the relationships in that series, but especially Will and Jem’s. Great list!

    • I never did take a shining to Infernal Devices but I can’t deny how great their bro-ship was!

  • Christy

    I love a good friendship so much. I bought Open Road Summer, so hopefully I can get to it soon.

  • I KNEW Ari and Dante would be on your list! <3 And I (being an only child) envied Lizzie and Jane's friendships in P&P, too!

    • How could I leave them out of this list? 🙂

  • I’ve only read one book from your list *hides behind a rock* but I’m all about wonderful friendships in books so can’t wait to give a lot of these books a go, especially Since You’ve Been Gone and Open Road Summer 🙂

    • Oh my, Jas. You are so going to love Since and Open! 🙂

  • I would have never thought of The Giving Tree–truly an excellent choice! I haven’t read Ari and Dante yet but I’ve heard only wonderful things from it.

    Cheers,
    joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts

    • I’ll be looking out for your review on Aristotle and Dante, Joey. 🙂

      • Don’t get your hopes up–things on my TBR stay there for eons. I guess it also doesn’t help that I glossed over a post the other day with some potential spoilers–mang people need to put spoiler alerts. But I digress.

  • I definitely agree with The Infernal Devices. I like that series better than TMI. I really like friendships in books! <3

  • Pride and Prejudice has some of the best friendships I know.
    Open Road Summer is one of my favorite friendship stories. I love the bond between the two girls and I think I enjoyed it much more than the romance.
    I need to buy a copy of Since You’ve Been Gone! I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.
    There are so many books in your list I haven’t read yet! I fail!

    • You’ll enjoy Since You’ve Been Gone, Nick. It’s just your kind of book. 🙂

  • I had The Giving Tree on my TTT, too! It’s such an amazing book, love it so! And I cannot believe I forgot about Will and Jem! Ugh, they seriously had one of the best friendships I’ve ever read about. And that epilogue from Clockwork Princess? I can’t even.

    • There were just too many to choose from! I just recently realized I forgot On the Jellicoe Road. How remiss of me!

  • Great list of books! I still need to read some of them but I love a good solid friendship in any genre I read. Good main and secondary characters are such a must for me.

  • The friendship in Aristole & Dante just breaks my heart. It’s such a pure, yet complex, relationship and so beautifully articulated too. P&P also has such intricate friendships in it, whether it be between Darcy and Bingley or Elizabeth and Charlotte — lovely list!

    • Of course! How could I’ve forgotten the friendships between those you mentioned? I suck.

  • I’ve read a couple of Yoko Ogawa and loves them. Looking forward to The Housekeeper and The Professor now. Great list!

    • Great! I’ll be on the lookout for your review. Love your blog, and the books you read are simply to die for. 🙂

  • You’ve listed heaps of books that I want to read Joy, especially Aristotle and Dante and Since You’ve Been Gone. I’ve only read P&P out of these books, but I’m glad you listed a classic!

    • Aristotle and Dante is a joy! You need to read that, stat!

  • Amazing list Joy. <3 Sounds like such beautiful book. But ohhh. I have only read one of ten! The Infernal Devices. <3 I will forever wish there wasn't a love triangle in those books.. but it was also so beautiful. It didn't make me angry, which was good, lol. And yess. The friendship between Will and Jem. So honest. So real. So much love. Sniffs. It was beautiful to read about. <3 Thank you so much for sharing sweetie 🙂

    • It was, but at the same time, it’s the reason why I didn’t continue on with the series.