Top Ten Tuesday: (Books About Friendship) May 20, 2014

Top Ten Books About Friendship

  1. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
    Where could you start with a list about friends, except where it began?  Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, and Christopher Robin reminding us that the important things are the people (or stuffies) around us.
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
    A story about two outcasts and the love of reading is enough to make a book girl think twice about killing that spider in the shower.  Maybe.
  3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series) by Ann Brasheres
    A story whole based on the idea of friendship, and making it work as childhoods conclude- these characters grow together and apart in real ways, showing the dirty truth of young women in friendship.
  4. Paper Towns by John Green
    Road trips are a keynote of young adult friendship- the first glimpse of freedom, with the safety of someone you’ve known forever.  Paper Towns is especially poignant because it’s about friends coming together to help someone from their group who is a little lost.
  5. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
    WARNING: This is not the Judy Blume of your childhood.  Okay it is, but its not appropriate for small children.  This is the intensely truthful examination of childhood friends who never fully fit together and their transition into adults who still don’t fit.  Its devastating in some places, heart warming in others, and keeps a place on my reread a million times shelf.
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
    While most think of this novel as solely a romance, it is just as much a novel about friendship.  Friendship between the Bennett sisters, their friendship with the Bingly family, and ultimately Elizabeth’s ability to make friends with William Darcy.  Ultimately, without friendships the novel would simply be silly girls.
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Born out of the childhood adventures of life long friends Truman Capote and Harper Lee, Mockingbird is at it’s core about friendship and the desire to have them.  The relationship between Scout, Jeb, and Dill is central to Scout’s understanding of the world, and provides her the stability to engage with Boo.
  8. Frog and Toad (series) by Arnold Lobel
    Two similar but oh so different characters, grating on one another’s nerves, but still being friends?  These books should be required reading for every 22 year old!  These are lessons we were meant to learn in kindergarten but need reminded of daily.
  9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
    While friendship and love are the central unifying theme of the whole Harry Potter series, it is in this last book that we learn how very important it is. Harry, Hermione and Ron, are incomplete as wizards and characters without one another, and the Battle of Hogwarts would not have been the final battle, had the three of them not come together.
  10. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    One of the saddest books you will ever read about love, loyalty, and friendship- and it’s deemed a children’s book!  This book makes me tear up a little every time, only because the truth is there: friendship can take all shapes, and we must honor them all.

This regular feature here at A MaeDay Life is a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s.  This week’s theme was “Ten Books About Friendship

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