Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Friends!

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

November 27: Platonic Relationships In Books

So often we focus on romantic interests in books but sometimes it is fun to read about great friendships. Especially when you struggle to make friendships in real life.  I often end up a tad jealous but need to keep in mind often like book romances, book friendships are better than reality.   Here are some of my favorites over the years.

Ten Friendships that I Envied.

  1. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Jane and her gang: One of the things I love most about Molly Harper’s books is that she writes great friendships.  Out of all the friendships on this list, this is the one I’m most envious over.  I so wanted to have a group of girlfriends like Jane did in this series.
  2. Lock In (Lock In, #1) Chris Shane and Agent Vann: Chris and Vann have such great chemistry that their friendship is what saved book two for me.  Hope there is a book three!
  3. Star Trek: Boldly Go #1 Kirk and Spock: “I have been, and always shall be your friend” is the iconic quote of Spock that even non-Trekkies have heard before.  The friendship between these two characters was so great that it even manifested in the actors who played the roles.  Spock and Kirk have a friendship that anyone would envy.
  4. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1) Mercy and Zee/Mercy and Stefan: It was a toss-up between Mercy and Zee or Mercy and Stefan’s friendship.  In my opinion, both are equally important in Mercy’s life.  Both almost border on father figures in her life so I almost didn’t include them but regardless both men have Mercy’s back.
  5. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Cookie: I love Charley and Cookie together so freaken much.  Maybe it is because the series is over (for me) but I feel like I’ve lost my best friend now that the series is finished.
  6. Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland, #1) Elisa and Lulu: These two have an interesting relationship in this book.  You can see that they used to be really close but time and distance have affected their friendship.  I look forward to seeing these two figure out how to move forward together in book two.
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit and Mallory: Part of the reason Elisa and Lulu have such a great friendship it might have to do with the fact that their mothers were close friends and they probably spent a lot of time together as children.  Of course, Mallory and Merit had some rough patches over the course of the series but managed to reconnect and Mallory is right there fighting alongside Merit in the end.
  8. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks: This friendship is the heart of the entire series and without it, this would have been a very different story.  These three always had each other’s backs and that is something I have always wanted in my life.
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry and Hermione: For much of the story it feels like a trio of friends building a family while at school together but by the last book I thought Harry and Hermione’s friendship really comes out.  It felt that Hermione truly and Harry were truly a team that Ron couldn’t quite live up to.  Perhaps it was because Harry and Hermione both came from Muggle homes and Ron had a longer history in the wizarding world.  Whatever the reason I felt that the bond, the friendship, between Harry and Hermione was strongest in this book.
  10. Acheron (Dark-Hunter #14) Acheron and Simi: I almost didn’t put this friendship on the list but in the end couldn’t find a better one to take its place.  My hesitation came from this feels more like a parent/child relationship than a friendship not that parents can’t be friends with their children but it does give a different feel to the relationship than a platonic non-relative one.  But like I said I couldn’t find one I liked more and decided to include Acheron and Simi.

This week’s list was more challenging than I expected.  Being that I read a lot of romance the friendship bonds tend to have that romantic element that disqualified them from this week’s list.  What great book friendships made it on to your list?  Share in the comments!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

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Welcome to another contribution to the weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke and The bookish.  This week they ask us to share 10 books about friendship.   I’m going to try, but I don’t think I will be able to come up with 10 books.  I tend to read romances, be them paranormal, urban, contemporary and then there are the dystopian which sometimes have strong friendships, but the ones I tend to pick are one character out to change society.  Perhaps this explains my lack of real life friendships, I’m not reading about good examples.  So here we go I am going to scour my Goodread read list and fingers crossed I can come up with 10…

Top Ten Books I’ve read about or have strong friendships.

  1. The Drawing of the Three (The Dark Tower, #2)Book one in The Dark Tower series is mainly about The Gunslinger character, but in book two Roland is joined by three companions that will join him on much of his journey to find the dark tower.
  2. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) Sure this is a romance, but the lead character has a great group of girlfriends that have her back throughout this four book series.
  3. Guardian's Grace (Guardians of the Race, #1) Each book in this series features another character from this close-knit group of heroes. It is a great example of people coming together and forming a family.
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) I see that this book/series has made several lists today, so why not mine too.  Three friends a fight of good over evil to stop he-who-must-not-be-named.
  5. Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1) This is a fun YA series that features Nick and his awkward group of misfits that are constantly finding themselves in the center of trouble.
  6. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)  Great series that is ending soon.  At the heart of each book is Rachel, Ivy and Jenks as they often come together to get Rachel’s butt out of what ever trouble it is currently in.
  7. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)  Saw this on several lists too.  Good JF series, read it a while ago, but has a similar feel to Harry Potter but not quite as good.
  8. Born of Night (The League, #1)  This series has at its heart a group of rebels that are there for each other and fight for the greater good.  Think Star Wars crossed with Robin Hood with a dash of Star Trek thrown in.
  9. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) Each book in the series features a different Brother in this group of strong alpha males who are out to protect the human and vampire communities from lessors.
  10. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best Friend And to end it one NF book about a woman’s search to find friendship.

 

Can’t believe I made it to ten!  Sorry I didn’t comment more on the selections but I am running up against the clock which is telling me I need to get ready for work pretty darn soon.  I look forward to seeing the titles you all select, maybe I can expand my horizons a little and find some good examples of friendship to learn from.

Throwback Thursday Review: MWF Seeking BFF

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Oy!  Is it Thursday again?!  The month is just flying by, yet our getaway weekend in Chicago still feels like it is never going to get here…  So this week I thought I would pick another one of my dabbles into NF and share my review of MWF Seeking BFF byRachel Bertsche.  Thought this would be an interesting read as I have few female companions and could possible relate to the author and her journey.


MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best FriendClick on cover to visit book’s Goodreads page.

I borrowed this book from my library.

Read from February 09 to 19, 2013

Book Synopsis from Goodreads along with cover art:

When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, she realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: Meeting people everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites, she’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

My venture into NF reading for the month. Not bad, but not great the author annoyed me some. She made some great observations and it was nice to see she had done some research and hadn’t just relied on her experiences for the book. I was also happy to see that she grew as a person over the year and I think the experiment was definitely good for her and the readers as well. It helps us see that we are not alone in our feelings of isolation and that there are others out there wanting connections, but we are all afraid to put ourselves out there. We all feel like we are the only ones and from time to time we need to hear that we are not. I wanted to read this book because I find myself in a stage of life where I have no close friends. I should put myself out there and try, but unlike the author I think I might be alright with being alone for awhile. I too have grown and while I want a close female friendship I know that I am no longer going to compromise who I am or let myself get caught up in a friendship where I am not respected. If that means I go to the movies by myself, shopping by myself and over share on Facebook to vent or make observations on life then so be it. I did learn some things from this book thou, I do need to be more approachable and willing to not be caught up in my own little world so much. I need to be willing to say yes more and maybe look into social groups or classes where I get to meet people. I live in a rural community and it takes a bit more effort and driving to get out there than a big city. On the other hand thou, people in the small town tend to know each other better and maybe I need to just join in the community more. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for ideas and tips on how to make friends.

 

Have you read the book?  What did you think?  Do you think it is easier or harder to make new friends as an adult?  As an adult with or without kids?