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It has been SO long since I’ve done a top 10! Forgive me, I have a (very) bad habit of disappearing for months at a time. Let’s just say I’m still figuring out how to deal with this whole “life” thing. ANYWAYS, this week’s list theme is books about friendship. I swear to you when I first jotted this down I thought up at least five right away and then when I sat down to write out the list today I could think up a grand total of one. So I ended up standing in front of my bookcase for a long time looking through all my books trying to think of some, which was actually harder than it would seem. I don’t read many books about friendship it seems. Every time I thought I had found one I realized that it was really more of a romance than a friendship, which is weird since I avoid anything too romance heavy. SO, I came up with six in the end. Here they are:
1. Sula by Toni Morrison
I actually wrote on this book a lot over this past semester for Modern Fiction and I don’t think I will ever tire of it. I know that some argue the book to be a lesbian novel, but I disagree. The friendship between Sula and Nel is so tight that I can understand some reading it to be a lesbian relationship, but since I have a friend who is basically a sister to me I completely relate to the deep level of friendship between the two characters. Also, is it strange that I totally want a The Princess and the Frog-esque animated film of Sula?
2. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Do I really have to explain myself with this one? The entire series is about friendship and sticking together to overcome trials in life. Done.
3. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkein
Another easy one. I really love the hobbits’ loyalty to Frodo. Even in the face of danger.
4. Passing by Nella Larsen
I hesitated to put this book on the list because it’s not about a positive friendship. Irene and Clare’s friendship isn’t the tightest nor the healthiest, but it is a friendship none-the-less. In a strange way the two are more “frenimies” than anything else. It counts!
5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Though the main relationships of the story are familial, with the exception of Dill, I really feel that Boo Radley builds a sort of friendship with the children, or at least Scout. Even though they don’t really come into contact with each other until the end of the book, the two form a strange sort of bond from the beginning which builds into friendship. I like that idea; that two people can become friends over a shared experience. Also, the fact that Scout is so unafraid of Boo, not because she’s brave (even though she is) but because she doesn’t see anything to fear in him, she sees that he is human just like everyone else. I like that.
6. The Girl With No Shadow by Joanne Harris
I wish I could add this book to every list I create. This is another book where the friendship isn’t really a friendship, but the idea of friendship is still very important throughout. Even though Zozie’s intentions are not good, it is the “friendship” that she forms with Vianne and Anouk that forms much of the novel. It is also interesting to see how friendships can shape individuals, which is a strong theme within this novel.
Read my review of this book here.