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Top 10 Books About Friendship

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A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

I think the best books about friendship are those that depict real relationships- friendships full of the trust and loyalty and understanding that we associate with the idea, but also full of struggles, arguments, jealousy and envy. The best books about friendship depict flawed characters who, despite their differences and disagreements, are there for one another.

Top 10 Books About Friendship
  1. The Bible - Okay, so there are tons of different friendships in here (and rivalries and arch-nemeses and everything in between), but I can't not include the book with the famous line: "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
  2. All Our Yesterdays - Never mind that some of these friends are trying to kill each other. This story involves friends at their best and worse.
  3. Written in Red - This story is all about the formation of friendships and how they change you. Okay, it's also about shapeshifting carnivores in an alternate, magical North America. But mostly friendships. ;)
  4. Sherlock Holmes - Someone putting up with one of the most unlikable individuals in literature. True friendship.
  5. Spindle's End - A princess in hiding needs all the friends she can get. Animals, people, faeries...they're all here.
  6. The Lord of the Rings trilogy - Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf...the list goes on.
  7. Winnie-the-Pooh - Pooh Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh Bear!
  8. Gus Was a Friendly Ghost - Gus learns that friendship isn't always about being friendly.
  9. The Velveteen Rabbit - "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

    "Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

    "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." 
  10. Beauty Pop - A crazy group of kids with completely different personalities learning to work together and take care of one another.

That's it for this round. Check back tomorrow for this week's updates, including news on the upcoming Six-Month Blogoversary!

6 comments :

  1. Every friendship goes through its rough spots (in reference to ALL OUR YESTERDAYS). ;) Watson is, most of the time, too good of a friend, but I suppose that's the only sort of person who would put up with Sherlock for so long. :)

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    1. That sounds pretty accurate. I'm not sure anyone else could put up with Holmes. And maybe the TV show had something when they said Watson was addicted to danger. Living/working with Holmes can be hazardous to one's wellbeing. :)

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  2. All Our Yesterdays, interesting choice. And definitely The Bible! Great list, lady :D

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I loved that the friendships in All Our Yesterdays were so strong, and yet so tested; and we got to see some different stages of friendship, too, including the manipulative ones. ;)

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  3. These are great books! I would add Little Prince to this list

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    1. You mean the super famous children's book I've never read, despite hearing it's title everywhere? Sigh. Yes, I fail. ^^; Shouldn't take too long to remedy though. I figure every library must have at least one copy, right?

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