Top Ten Tuesday #356

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, mine has been fairly quiet, aside from dealing with trying to get to home from work during Storm Eunice on Friday, one of the downsides about working in a vaccination centre and not being able to do your job from home!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, and that means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl (and may I just compliment her on her gorgeous new blog design!). This week’s topic is Top Ten Dynamic Duos, and since we so often focus on romantic relationships, I thought I’d go with platonic duos for my list this week, so I’ve got a mixture of friends, rivals and sibling relationships in the following list (and okay, one friend relationship that ends up being a romance):

  1. Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain-Skulduggery Pleasant series-Derek Landy

Probably the most unusual of my sets of duos, given that one of them is a magical skeleton! I know there are some in the fandom that ship Valduggery but to be honest, I’ve never got that vibe from them (especially given that one of them is alive, and one of them is….well dead). I love the dynamic of their friendship, the back and forth banter is the kind that makes me heart sing!

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

How could I do a list of dynamic duos without Maddie and Queenie? They are one of my favourite fictional friendships of all time, the kind of friends who would do literally anything for each other and are so completely opposite but yet fit together so well? This is my kind of friendship. And before you ask, no I am not over what happened in this book. I never will be.

3. Victor and Eli-Villains duology-VE Schwab

Victor and Eli have such a complicated, interesting relationship that I couldn’t not include them here. The way their friendship turns into rivalry is so brilliantly executed and they probably have the most interesting dynamic of all the pairs on here as the two are so similar and yet so different in their approaches, that they are a fascinating pair to read about.

4. Eve and Charlie-The Alice Network-Kate Quinn

I wanted to include Eve and Charlie on here because it’s one of very few friendships between an older woman (Eve is in her fifties in the present timeline of the book) and younger woman (Charlie is 19, turns 20 during the story) that I’ve read about, and it’s a very different kind of friendship than one where both characters are the same age, as Eve acts as mentor to Charlie, but Charlie also helps Eve on her journey to overcoming her trauma, and they become basically family by the end of the book.

5. Cassidy and Jacob-Cassidy Blake series-VE Schwab

Another slightly unusual friendship where one part of the pairing is alive and one is dead (Jacob is a ghost). I love seeing platonic male/female friendships in books, and though granted the Cassidy Blake series is middle grade and those books tend to have less romances anyway (plus Jacob is dead), it’s still nice to see that kind of friendship being portrayed positively. I also just really love Cassidy and Jacob’s dynamic, there’s a great push and pull between them, with Cass being more eager to dive into adventures and Jacob acting as the voice of reason.

6. Jaxon and Paige-The Bone Season series-Samantha Shannon

Another relationship that’s kind of hard to define, but that’s what makes them so interesting! When we first meet Paige, her relationship to Jaxon seems like that of a mentor and his protégée, but as the series has gone on, it has become a more complicated rivalry. They seem to have a kind of cat and mouse sort of thing going on at the moment, so I’m interested to see how that continue as we head towards the climax of the series.

7. Charlotte and Wilbur-Charlotte’s Web-EB White

No one said our duos had to be human! The best part of Charlotte’s Web is naturally the unlikely friendship between a spider and a pig, and who knew that a friendship between two animals could be so touching (and heartbreaking!).

8. Kell and Rhy-Shades of Magic Trilogy-VE Schwab

I’m usually shouting out sister relationships on here, but today I have a couple of brother ones for you! I love Kell and Rhy’s relationship, their love for each other and willingness to do whatever it takes to protect the other warms my heart, and of course, I do love the good natured sibling ribbing as are you really a sibling if you don’t take the mick of your older/younger sibling at least a little? I don’t think so!

9. Fred and George-Harry Potter series-JK Rowling

I do try to keep my mentions of JKR at an absolute minimum, but Fred and George were just so perfect for this topic that I couldn’t not include them. If any siblings come under the category of dynamic duo, it’s these two!

10. Pip and Ravi-A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder-Holly Jackson

I still wish that this pair’s friendship hadn’t turned romantic, but aside from that, they still come under dynamic duo for me. Characters in murder mysteries do kind of have to be, since the relationship between the detective and their partner in crime is so central and Jackson definitely pulled that off well, Ravi and Pip compliment each other quite well as she is the more tightly strung, determined to get things done type of person, and he’s more relaxed and funny, so they balance each other out quite well. STILL WHY CAN WE NOT HAVE PLATONIC PARTNERS IN MURDER SOLVING? WHY?

So there we go, those are some of my favourite dynamic duos from books. Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Who are some of your favourite duos from fiction? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is meant to be Books I Enjoyed But Have Never Mentioned On The Blog, but I feel like that’s fairly similar to the topic I did last week of Books I Never Reviewed On The Blog, so I’m going to twist it slightly and talk about my First Ten 5 Star Reads On The Blog, since I first started blogging eight years ago, so it would be interesting to look back and see what I was enjoying back in 2014/2015!


54 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #356

  1. Seriesbooklover 22/02/2022 / 9:07 pm

    Some great pairs and I agree some couples should just stay friends!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:15 pm

      Thank you! Yes, sometimes adding the romance aspect ruins things.

  2. Leslie 22/02/2022 / 9:21 pm

    Kell & Rhy is a great one!! Also, I love how we have different topics but both had the Villains! I can’t wait to read The Bone Season! It’s on my cart for this year.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha yes, those books work for many different interpretations of the duo prompt. I hope you enjoy The Bone Season books, the first one is a little dense and hard to get through, but it gets better as you go through the series.

      • Leslie 25/02/2022 / 12:19 am

        I feel like that happens a lot with fantasy books. I always expect the first one to be super dense but thank you for the heads up!! I’ll make sure to keep pushing on. 🙂

      • iloveheartlandx 28/02/2022 / 7:05 pm

        No problem! Yeah it does, The Bone Season is probably a bit more so than most though, the magic system is quite complicated and the first 100 pages or so, there’s a lot of infodumping, so you just have to get past that and things settle down!

      • Leslie 02/03/2022 / 12:21 am

        I try to be a bit more lenient with the first book in a series for that reason. Thanks for that! I can push through. haha

  3. Carol 22/02/2022 / 9:22 pm

    Great minds think alike! Hurray for Charlotte and Wilbur! Truly memorable! I’m happy to see a couple of Kate Quinn characters on your list!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:12 pm

      Yes, definitely an unusual friendship! I love Kate Quinn’s characters, can’t wait for her next book 🙂

      • Carol 24/02/2022 / 6:17 pm

        Quinn is definitely an auto buy author!

  4. masterspj 22/02/2022 / 9:51 pm

    Code Name Verity destroyed me! But you’re right about their friendship; it was so strong and powerful.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:10 pm

      It’s definitely a tearjerker! Yes, it was the main reason I loved it so much 🙂

  5. agreatreviewer 22/02/2022 / 10:44 pm

    OOh nice ones! I almost chose Fred and George but I try to avoid HP picks just because they are so obvious to be in top 10s! Lol!

    Thanks for visiting my Top 10 post earlier!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:10 pm

      Thank you! I do tend to try and avoid HP picks too (mostly because I really want to avoid promoting JKR) but I just couldn’t imagine leaving them out.

  6. FangirlFlax 22/02/2022 / 10:49 pm

    Fred and George are a popular pick this week, and I 100% agree!

  7. jennielyse 22/02/2022 / 10:50 pm

    I love seeing Charlotte and Wilbur on so many lists. I also love that you put the twins on your list. I’ve seen Harry and Ron quite a bit, but not the twins very much.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you! I’d not actually seen any lists with Harry and Ron, but then I didn’t visit everyone, so they were probably on lists I didn’t see 🙂

  8. Gypsi 23/02/2022 / 4:10 am

    Charlotte and Wilbur are such a good choice!

  9. Rae | 23/02/2022 / 8:57 am

    I love your list of dynamic duos and I also hesitated to add a few of these duos to my list like Kell and Rhy. I love Pip and Ravi, it’s not a coincidence we have this duo in common.
    Here’s my list:

  10. Zbestbooks Blog 23/02/2022 / 9:15 am

    I did read Skullduggery Pleasant and liked it but didn’t love it…I did like Charlotte’s Web though, it’s just the sweetest! Great choices!

  11. Louise 23/02/2022 / 12:36 pm

    Great list! I like that you focus on friendships, they often get overlooked for the romantic relationships.

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you! That was my intention, so I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  12. Lexlingua 23/02/2022 / 3:00 pm

    Fred and George, those pranksters! Definitely a dynamic duo when you need one. Great picks, and great descriptions too.

  13. Jen at Introverted Reader 23/02/2022 / 5:49 pm

    Someone else included Fred and George on their list and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of them. They’re such a perfect choice!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:06 pm

      They were the first ones I thought of when I saw the topic.

  14. Mareli Thalwitzer 23/02/2022 / 5:55 pm

    I still haven’t read Code Name Verity but really, really want to. Eve and Charlie from The Alice Network is a good choice. Have you read The Rose Code? Loved that one and looking forward to the new one.

    Thanks for visiting us earlier!

    • iloveheartlandx 24/02/2022 / 1:06 pm

      It’s such a good book, I highly recommend! I have, I actually read The Rose Code before The Alice Network, I’d seen ads for The Rose Code on Instagram, tried it, loved it and then sought out her backlist. I’m really looking forward to the new one, it sounds great.

  15. RAIN CITY READS 25/02/2022 / 6:56 pm

    FRED AND GEORGE!!!!!! Another duo I totally forgot, but duh, so excellent! They were one of the best parts of those books, for sure. I haven’t read most of the others, but some triggered ideas for me. Like I haven’t read Code Name Verity, but I have read Black Dove White Raven, and there are some good duos in that one that I forgot! Excellent post.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/02/2022 / 7:02 pm

      Yes, they were the first pairing that came to mind when I saw the topic, definitely an iconic duo. I still need to read Black Dove White Raven, it’s one of the few Elizabeth Wein books I’ve not read. Thank you!

  16. Rhosymedre (@Rhosymedre) 28/02/2022 / 7:49 am

    I ended up doing a different topic, but funnily enough, I just read a book with the most dynamic duos/best friend pairs I’ve seen in a book in ages — The River by Peter Heller. It’s got a lot of sad themes, but it’s one of those books where I’m still doing kicky feet, their friendship is so GOOD.

    I haven’t read any of these (except the obvious one), but I just put myself on the Good Girl’s Guide request list at the library, so this lil’ blurb makes me even more excited to get it. But The Alice Network actually sounds like an awesome dynamic and I’ve never heard of this one; will have to look into it for sure.

    Also really looking forward to your next TTT post — that sounds fun.


    • iloveheartlandx 28/02/2022 / 6:59 pm

      Ooh I’ll have to check that one out, I love books with strong friendships at their heart. Ooh I hope you enjoy Good Girl’s Guide, it’s really good. And I highly recommend The Alice Network, Charlie and Eve do have a really awesome dynamic and it’s just a great book. Ooh thanks, I’m glad you think so!

  17. thebookishlibra 28/02/2022 / 12:34 pm

    I love your choice from The Alice Network. I had forgotten about them but that was such a wonderful friendship.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/02/2022 / 6:55 pm

      Yeah, Kate Quinn writes really amazing friendships, I loved the girls from The Rose Code as well.

  18. Catherine Neal 03/03/2022 / 12:06 am

    Charlotte and Wilbur are a great one, they’ve got such a sweet relationship!

  19. Destiny @ Howling Libraries 08/03/2022 / 6:49 am

    Kell and Rhy are such a great duo, you’re right! I get so emotional thinking about those two and how much they love each other. Honestly one of my favorite bookish sibling portrayals of all time ♥

    • iloveheartlandx 08/03/2022 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks! Yes, they are one of my favourite pairs of bookish siblings too 🙂

  20. Rissi 14/03/2022 / 6:08 pm

    Aww, Charlotte and Wilbur! We love those two – I used to watch that movie ALL THE TIME as a kid. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week, Jo! Apologies for the delay in visiting here.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/03/2022 / 10:31 am

      They are so cute! Ah yes, the film was cute, I’ve only seen the more recent live-action one though, I never saw the original one.

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