Top Ten Tuesday #187


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since my last one of these, I am finally in the home stretch with my assignments! Just one more assignment to go, I have my last class tomorrow and then my exam next week and then I will finally be free, at least from this semester!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m taking a quick break from my final essay and bringing you another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking about non-romantic relationships in books and if you have been following my blog for any extended period of time, you’ll know that much as I love my ships, I get more than a little irritated about the inclusion of romance in pretty much every book I read. So this week, I’m going to celebrate my favourite friendships from books as I feel like friendships deserve just as much love as romantic relationships get. So here we go, my Favourite Friendships From Books:

  1. The Golden Trio-Harry, Hermione & Ron-Harry Potter-JK Rowling

I kind of had to start with the most obvious one, didn’t I? Weirdly I have always ended up in friendship groups of three as well, although I don’t think that has anything to do with Harry Potter! Anyway, Harry, Ron and Hermione were my friendship goals when I was younger, I love the idea of a found family and I think Harry, Ron and Hermione are a great example of that. I also love how each one of the trio has their own role to play in the group, it’s what makes them such a great team.

2. The Gangsey-Blue, Ronan, Adam, Gansey and Noah-The Raven Cycle-Maggie Stiefvater

Yes, there are romantic relationships within the Gangsey, but first and foremost, they are really great friends and I loved that throughout these books, the importance of friendship was emphasised so much. These five are all so different and yet somehow they work really well together and become amazing friends, and I dare you not to enjoy being dragged into searching for dead Welsh Kings with them.

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

I loved this book because it was one of the first really supportive, wonderful female friendships that I saw in books. Tibby, Lena, Bridget and Carmen don’t always see eye to eye but they’re always there for each other when they’re needed and their difference are part of what makes them such great friends, they each bring out the best in each other.

4. Izzy and Ajita-The Exact Opposite of Okay-Laura Steven

These two have a particular place in my heart, simply because of how much they remind me of me and my friends. They’re totally supportive of each other and their friendship is founded on a shared love of mockery of each other and food. If that isn’t me and my friends, then I don’t know what is.

5. The Dregs-Six of Crows duology-Leigh Bardugo

Yes, they are all paired up within the group, but as a whole, they are basically a little family. I love the Dregs, they’re so dysfunctional and yet they love each other so much and would basically kill anyone who threatened their little group. They’re the kind of group that really shouldn’t work and yet they do, so well. They have the greatest group banter of all time as well.

6. Honey, Dylan, Lani and Mallory-Chestnut Hill Series-Lauren Brooke

So this series is kind of an old one, one I read when I was a teenager, but it was one that I really loved and the friendship between the four girls was a major part of that. Honey, Dylan, Lani and Mallory would basically do anything for each other, they’re always there for each other and they bond over their shared love of horses.

7. Maddie and Julie-Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

These two may possibly be my favourite book friendship ever, Code Name Verity really is a testament to the power of female friendship. Maddie and Julie’s friendship is just so beautiful, they’re total opposites and only come together because of the war, but they really bring out the best in each other and come to consider each other like sisters.

8. Valkyrie and Skulduggery-Skulduggery Pleasant Series-Derek Landy

A friendship between a human girl and a skeleton detective is a bit of a weird one, I’ll admit, but it really does work! Skulduggery would do anything for Valkyrie and vice versa and they both have the same witty sense of humour which makes their conversations a joy to read because it’s just wall to wall banter! They make such a great team as well, watching them take down bad guys together is such a joy.

9. Percy, Annabeth and Grover-Percy Jackson Series-Rick Riordan

Okay so yes, Percy and Annabeth go on to be a couple and Grover is kind of a third wheel, but for pretty much the entire first series in the Percy Jackson universe, Percy, Grover and Annabeth are the unstoppable trio. Much like Harry, Hermione and Ron what makes them so brilliant is that each one brings something different to the table and they gel so well as a team-it kind of makes me sad that we haven’t really got to see the three of them together in a while, because their friendship was such a cornerstone of the first book.

10. Magnus and Samirah-Magnus Chase Series-Rick Riordan

Male/female platonic relationships are sadly so rare in books, maybe it’s just that I read mostly YA and the romance plotline still seems to be a prerequisite, but I can think of very few strong platonic male/female relationships. Magnus and Sam’s friendship is so lovely, they’re always there for each other, supporting each other, and there’s not a hint of romance between them!

So there we go, my favourite friendships in books! Have you read any of these? What are your favourite friendships in books? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Cozy/Wintry Reads, and I actually did something very similar in an article for The National Student last year, so hopefully this should be a relatively straightforward one for me.

I should be getting up a Jo Talks post on Friday, sorry I’ve basically made you wait till the end of the month for it, but I’ve had an incredibly busy November. I will also probably have a few reviews coming up for you in the next week or so, as I’ve got a bit of a backlog, so stay tuned for those as well.


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #187

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 27/11/2018 / 2:14 pm

    Great list! I do love Valkyrie and Skulduggery, and The Dregs are essentially murderous friendship goals.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/11/2018 / 11:26 am

      Thanks! Ha ha love it, who doesn’t want murderous friendship goals?

  2. So many great friendships! I forgot about Maddie and Julie but they were so sweet and definitely one of my favourite fictional friendships 😍 I considered adding the Raven Boys but the fact they all hated each other on at least one level put me off 😂 great list!

  3. kozbisa 27/11/2018 / 11:52 pm

    So many great friend groups up there. Lots of variety too. I adore the Gangsey and the Dregs a lot. Both groups had a really special dynamic.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/11/2018 / 11:15 am

      Thanks! Yes, I wanted to try and get a mix of friendship groups in there, since friendship can take many different forms. Yes they did, they’re definitely two of my favourite examples of bigger group dynamics.

  4. Aj @ Read All The Things! 29/11/2018 / 2:09 am

    The Harry Potter kids are my favorite fictional friends. They’re unstoppable when they put their minds to something.

  5. Niamh (@niamhkate) 30/11/2018 / 2:52 am

    So many great friendships! I didn’t include any of his, but Rick Riordan writes such great character relationships!

    Here’s my TTT if you want to check it out!

  6. fitkittymama 06/12/2018 / 5:02 am

    Such great choices here, especially Code Name Verity and the Percy Jackson series!

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