Top Ten Tuesday #52


Hey everyone! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for you all this week, courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is kind of a freebie, as the prompt was, Top Ten Books Every…..(fill in the gap) should read. I have to admit, I was a little stumped as to what to do for this one, as I feel like I always do fantasy/dystopia books that people should read, so I wanted to see if there was something different and less predictable that I could do instead. I’m not going to lie, most of the books will probably end up being fantasy/dystopia books anyway, but I thought I could at least chose something different for the title of the topic. I’m a big fan of positive female friendships in books, I love it when books show girls supporting each other rather than being at each others throats, so I thought for my topic today, I would do Top Ten Books Everyone Who Loves Positive Female Friendships should read. So here we go, my favourite books which feature strong female friendships:

  1. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants Series-Lena, Bridget, Tibby and Carmen-Ann Brashares

I’ll admit this series isn’t my absolute favourite, they’re enjoyable enough light summer reads, but I’m not sure I’d like them as much if I read them now as I did when I was a younger teenager. Still, one thing these books do have going for them, is that the central theme is the friendship between the four girls and even though they all have different romantic interests through the series, their friendship remains a constant and I loved seeing the four of them support each other.

2. Code Name Verity-Queenie and Maddie-Elizabeth Wein

I’m not even finished with this book yet (only halfway through) and already I love the unlikely friendship between these two girls. They come from completely different worlds and yet they are brought together by the war and they become fast friends and it’s a really lovely thing to see these two young women supporting each other through difficult times. I can already tell that this book is going to become a favourite!

3. Rebel of The Sands-Shazad and Amani-Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of The Sands is such a great girl power book and I loved the friendship between these two girls, they are both strong and powerful women and I love it when books show that strong women can both be friends, they can support and look out for each other, they don’t have to be jealous of each other’s strength, they can support each other and help each other grow and that’s exactly what Shazad and Amani do. I can’t wait to see more of their friendship in the next book in the series!

4. Throne of Glass Series-Celaena/Ansel, Celaena/Nehemia & Aelin/Lysandra-Sarah J Maas-Okay I’m slightly cheating here by featuring three friendships in one, but they all have one character (Celaena/Aelin), in common, so I thought I could get away with it! Celaena/Ansel might be a bit of a controversial one given what happens at the end of the novella which features the two of them, but whilst it lasted, their friendship was pretty awesome. Celaena/Nehemia is also perhaps a little controversial, given how much Nehemia keeps from Celaena, but I did love their friendship whilst it lasted, because it showed that two strong females from different royal families could be friends. Aelin/Lysandra is a newer friendship, only introduced in the most recent instalment in the series, but it was so nice to see the two of them get along after their past history (shown in The Assassin’s Blade) and I loved seeing Aelin have a close female friend again!

5. Cinder-Cinder and Iko-Marissa Meyer-I may not have loved Cinder, but I loved Iko and I thought their friendship was great. Iko was adorable and cheeky and hilarious, and I felt that with her, Cinder kind of loosened up a little around her. There was no bitchiness between these two, just fun and laughs and support, it was great!

6. Chestnut Hill Series-Malory, Dylan, Honey & Lani-Lauren Brooke-I read this series when I was a pre-teen and one of the things I loved most about it, aside from the fact that it’s all about horses, is the friendship between the four girls, they are there for each other through thick and thin, they always support each other and I don’t remember there being lots of in-fighting between the four of them.

7. The Saddle Club series-Stevie, Carole and Lisa-I’ll admit, there are so many books in this series that I never read all of them and it was a series I read when I was little kid/pre-teen and it’s been a while since I read them, but what I do remember, is that the friendship between these three girls was front and centre in this series and I loved it!

8. Skulduggery Pleasant series-Valkyrie and Tanith-The star friendship in this series is obviously the friendship between Skulduggery and Valkyrie, but I love the friendship between Valkyrie and Tanith as well, even if Tanith is several decades older than Valkyrie, you know that both of them will always have each other’s back in a fight.

9. The Raven Cycle-The Women of 300 Fox Way-Almost all the women of Fox Way are related in some way, I think anyway, but I love the friendship between all of these women, they all have very different personalities, but they’re all very supportive of each other and of Blue and they’ve kind of created their own mini-family, which I love.

10. The Hunger Games-Katniss and Johanna-Whilst The Hunger Games does many things well, female friendships isn’t exactly one of them, Katniss isn’t the kind of girl that has a lot of female friends, which makes sense given her personality, but I did love in the last book when they finally became friends and helped each other through their personal fears, it was great!

That’s all I have for this week! Doing this list has really made me realise that we need more positive female friendships in our books as it was actually much harder to find ten examples of it than I thought it would be. I really wish YA authors would focus less on romance and more on friendships (especially female ones) as I enjoy them so much more. What are your favourite female friendships? What did you choose for your topic this week? Let me know! Next week’s topic is meant to be Top Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh, but I can’t think of all that many books for that topic, so instead I’m going to do Top Ten Childhood Favourites, because I reckon that would be a really fun topic to do. That’s next week, but in the meantime, I will hopefully have my first discussion post of April up this weekend.


55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #52

  1. CJ Dawn 12/04/2016 / 3:36 pm

    I love this topic because I feel like there aren’t enough books that really promote good, healthy female friendships! I was one of the few people didn’t love Truthwitch (I liked it, but didn’t love it) but my favorite thing about the novel was the positive relationships and friendships within it.
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks! I feel the exact same way (hence why I decided to do the topic). Oh really? Sad to hear that you didn’t love it, but I’m glad that it has positive female friendships.

  2. AngelErin 12/04/2016 / 3:55 pm

    Fantastic list! I still need to read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I have seen the movie. Perfect for the #1 pick. πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you! You should read the book, it’s good for a light summer read. I thought so too πŸ™‚

  3. anovelglimpse 12/04/2016 / 3:59 pm

    What a great topic. Love The Sisterhood inclusion!

  4. Tori @ InToriLex 12/04/2016 / 4:01 pm

    I also love dystopian books so find them on most of my list. It’s important to have positive female relationships as good examples for others. I loved Cinder and plan to read the Raven Cycle Books soon, so glad they made your list. Check out my Top Ten Tuesday

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 4:23 pm

      Yeah me too! I totally agree, I wish there were more of them out there. Hope you enjoy The Raven Cycle books, they’re great!

  5. Brown Books and Green Tea 12/04/2016 / 4:30 pm

    Love this topic! Perhaps I’m a Traveling Pants fan because I’m from the city it takes place in. We don’t get many books based in Bethesda, really. But that said, I loved how this book celebrated friendship in a real way. They weren’t always on good terms with one another, but that’s how friendship is!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 4:32 pm

      Thanks! Oh really? That’s really cool! Yeah me too, it didn’t sugarcoat friendship, the girls didn’t always get along, but they were there for each other when it counted and I loved that!

      • Brown Books and Green Tea 12/04/2016 / 4:57 pm

        It was also one of the first books i’d read that had a latina character playing a big role in it. Back when I read it, that was a big deal!

      • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 5:07 pm

        I think it’s still a big deal, there aren’t enough Latina characters in books!

  6. ChrissiReads 12/04/2016 / 5:55 pm

    Great list! πŸ™‚ I want to read quite a few of these books on yout list! I’m all about positive female friendships!

  7. lindseyhabets 12/04/2016 / 6:10 pm

    Great list! I love female friendships in books and I wish there were more of them! I loved every Throne of Glass friendship and Cinder/Iko and Katniss/Johanna. It’s been a while since I read the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, but I really enjoyed the friendship between the characters!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thanks! I totally agree! Yeah, me too, they were all great. I read those books when I was around 13/14, so it’s been a while for me too, but I remember really enjoying the girls’ friendship.

  8. Kate @ Mom's Radius 12/04/2016 / 6:31 pm

    Great topic! Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – definitely. I love those girls, and they’re so good for and to each other. I agree about Cinder and Iko. They’re such a great team. Iko is so wonderful!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 6:39 pm

      Thanks! I totally agree! Yes they are, I love Iko, Iko was my favourite character from Cinder.

  9. bookmuffin 12/04/2016 / 7:00 pm

    Great post, there are a few on here that I’ve heard a lot about, but never considered reading them, so I might look into them!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks! Glad I’ve helped you find some new books to read.

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 8:31 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t read that yet, but I’m hoping to get around to it soon.

  10. Jessica @ a GREAT read 12/04/2016 / 8:41 pm

    OOoh nice topic and picks! Lots of new to me ones here but I loved Rebel of the Sands! Thanks for visiting my post!

  11. Jacque 12/04/2016 / 9:13 pm

    Great list!! I love the Lunar Chronicles, Hunger Games, and Raven Cycle series. All excellent choices for this topic. I really need to read Throne of Glass. I’ve been wanting to start that series for a while.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks! I’ve only actually read the first Lunar Chronicles book and I wasn’t that keen on it, but everyone says that Scarlet is better, so I’m going to try it and see what I think. I love The Hunger Games and The Raven Cycle though. Oh you should, it’s great. A warning, the first book is a little slow, but the series gets better, so stick with it. No problem!

  12. Kirstie Ellen 12/04/2016 / 9:47 pm

    My goodness, I’ve been meaning to read Code Name Verity for far too long now! And I really want time to sit down and pick up Rebel of the Sands too. I’m glad to hear that they have strong female characters! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 12/04/2016 / 9:50 pm

      You definitely should, I’m only halfway through and I’m already loving it! And you must read Rebel of The Sands, it’s amazing! Thank you.

  13. booksophisticate 12/04/2016 / 11:16 pm

    Nice Topic! Wasn’t a fan of Cinder as well, but agree with the friendship between Cinder and Iko! The second book shows even more of that!

  14. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 13/04/2016 / 12:31 am

    Love your topic this week! So many great books here as well. I’ve read almost all of these and will have to check out the ones I haven’t. Nice list this week!

  15. Amy S. 13/04/2016 / 12:57 am

    Have you read any more of The Lunar Chronicles since Cinder? I just love all the friendships/relationships throughout the series! Code Name Verity and The Hunger Games are also great picks!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 7:35 am

      No I haven’t, I only finished Cinder a few weeks ago and I haven’t got a copy of Scarlet yet but good to hear that the strong friendships continue! Thank you, I think so too!

  16. Chai 13/04/2016 / 1:02 am

    Love your topic! We need more female friendships in books. I’ve been wanting to read Rebel of the Sands for quite some time now. Thank you for these books, now I have more to add in my TBR.

    Thank you also for stopping by!

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 7:34 am

      Thanks! Yes we do! Oh it’s really great, hope you get around to it soon. No problem, I love helping people find more books to read!

  17. meganm922 13/04/2016 / 4:12 am

    I loved your topic and the books you chose. Great list. I love the throne of glass books so much. And the Raven Cycle books. Ah ❀️❀️

  18. Eve Langell 13/04/2016 / 5:00 am

    Oh I love your take on the topic! Yes so many great female friendships! One my my favs listed is Cinder and Iko!

  19. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks 13/04/2016 / 5:38 am

    Ohh this is such a great list! I really liked the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, what a wonderful friendship between those girls ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 7:29 am

      Thanks! Me too, they definitely had a great friendship!

  20. Helia @ Astronomical Books 13/04/2016 / 11:22 am

    I agree 110% on Throne of Glass and The Raven Cycle. They are two of my favourite series, and so I love that they include such positive female friendships! Also I never read The Saddle Club books, but the TV show was my childhood ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 12:26 pm

      They’re two of my favourite series as well! I watched the TV show too (though I was slightly older when I watched it, I found out about it and I had to watch it because I loved the books so much as a kid!).

  21. Liz Brooks 13/04/2016 / 12:28 pm

    Have you read Truthwitch? I think, based on the friendships above, you would enjoy the friendship between Safi and Iseult. There in genuine care and love between them, so much so they would do anything for each other.

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 1:32 pm

      I haven’t yet, but I’ve heard great things about the friendship between the two main females from everyone who has, so I’m really excited to read it.

  22. Emily Alfano 13/04/2016 / 4:27 pm

    I LOVE your topic for this week! this has got to be the most creative one yet! The friendships in TOG, The Raven Cycle, and The Lunar Chronicles are all fantastic and my favorites! Iko and Cinder are hilarious together!
    Great job on your TTT this week, it was a pleasure to read it! and i’m the same way with freebies sometimes. I often pick fantasy because that’s what I read the most of!
    Emily @

    • iloveheartlandx 13/04/2016 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, I love all of them too! Same here, I read fantasy mostly, but I always end up recommending the same books, so I wanted to do something a little different this week!

  23. Jen 14/04/2016 / 12:18 am

    This is such a fabulous topic and list! I love that Katniss and Johanna had that connection towards the end. And I’m so excited that the Raven Cycle has those types of relationships, since I will be reading that series this year. Hmm…some books that have strong female friendships would definitely be The Rebel Wing Series by Tracy Banghart. And it is also in the Sex, Love & Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne, but it’s more of an undercurrent in that series.

  24. alicerosesimmons 14/04/2016 / 11:09 am

    Great list and topic choice – I always love a good female friendship! I love the friendship between all the women in The Raven Cycle and am so glad for the friendship between Johanna and Katniss in the last book. I still have yet to read Code Name Verity and The Rebel of the Sands, but now I’m even more excited to get to them!
    Heres my TTT

    • iloveheartlandx 16/04/2016 / 9:09 pm

      Thanks! Me to. I agree on both your points. I hope you enjoy them when you do get to them.

  25. Rain @ Ivyclad Ideas 16/04/2016 / 10:12 am

    Totally agree with the Raven Cycle – I love the relationship between Maura, Calla and Persephone. Also, Orla and Blue, in it’s own way. I haven’t read Mockingjay, but Katniss and Johanna’s relationship did amuse me in Catching Fire. πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 16/04/2016 / 8:53 pm

      Yeah they are great! Their relationship is definitely amusing in Catching Fire, but they actually become close friends in Mockingjay which I really liked.

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