Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: A Few of My Favorite Friend & Sibling Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Platonic Relationships in Books
I've actually been planning  a sibling/friendship type of post for the future,  so I figured I'd just share a few of each for this topic! There are a lot of platonic relationships that I like in different books, so it was tricky to try to narrow some down. I do often wish that there were more books focused on platonic relationships rather than romantic ones, but I'm still happy with the ones that we do have so far. What are some of your favorite platonic relationships in books?

Sibling Relationships:
I love a good sibling relationship, whether it's one where both sibling love each other and get along really well or whether it's a difficult one where the two often struggle with one another. Here are a few sibling relationships that have really stood out to me. 

Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1) The Toymakers A Path Begins (The Thickety #1)
Shadowsong (Wintersong, #2) Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman
from Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick: This brotherly relationship is contentious at best, but I love how these two always seem to stick together and help each other in the end, even when one of them can't seem to stand the other. - Review
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Kaspar and Emil
from The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale: This is another somewhat contentious relationship. It has its good moments, but it devolves into something a bit hot and cold, and it was a really interesting brother-brother relationship to follow. - Review
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Kara and Taff
from The Thickety: A Path Begins by J.A. White: Kara and -- are an awesome brother-sister team. I love Kara's protectiveness over her younger brother, and I love that her brother always seems to be there to help her and calm her down when things get tense. I also particularly like that Kara is always willing to note how intelligent her brother is and how helpful he can be--it's a really positive thing that I like to see in books.
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Liesl and Josef
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones: This is a tough relationship between --- and her brother --. It's a very delicate one that goes through some extreme emotions, but it's one that I think has a lot of really interesting facets to explore. - Review
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Sophie and Kristos
Torn by Rowenna Miller: This felt like the more classic brother-sister relationship where the brother is always getting into trouble and the sister wishes he would just be a bit more tame. I like that in the end they are each able to teach one another something, and that each cares about the other so much. - Review
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There is nothing that I love more in books than a good friend group. Honestly, any strong friendship is welcome in my books because it's such a fulfilling type of relationship to see, and I particularly enjoy seeing the different types of people that are brought together and what keeps them friends through the struggles of life (or, you know, pulling off major heists or attempting to save the world.) Also, Harry Potter friendships will always be my top, but I'm not including them because it feels a bit obvious for me to do so. Here are some friendships I love!

The Mysterious Benedict Society Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, #1)
Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1) The Secret History

Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: These kids are the best. They are all so different, yet somehow all provide the perfect piece to their friendship puzzle. I love having the opportunity to go along with them on their quests and solve their puzzles with them. This is a middle grade series, but it's perfect for any age.

Phedre and Hyacinthe 
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey: Although their friendship doesn't get an excessive amount of time, I think everything about their relationship is so unique and special. They meet in such an unexpected way and are so very different from one another, yet also so alike. They have a truly deep friendship that I admire. - Review

Davian, Wirr, and Asha
The Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington: These three are incredible. Although they are often separated at various times throughout the book, they are always thinking about how the others are doing and will stop at nothing to be there for one another. - Review

Kaz, Jesper, Inej, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: This is probably a pretty popular friendship group in the book world, but it's not without good reason. This group has some of the best better, the best adventures, and the best love (although some find it hard to show it) for each other.

Jackal, Oats, and Fetch
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French: This is a pretty 'tough love' group of friends that have no problem ragging on one other about anything, but at the end of the day they all love each other and have each other's backs. I love these types of friendships. - Review

Richard, Henry, Bunny, Francis, Charles, and Camilla
The Secret History by Donna Tartt: I think it's safe to say that this is a...dysfunctional  group of friends, tp say the least, but it's also one of my all-time favorites. 

Have you read any of these books? What are some of your favorite friend/sibling relationships in books?

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  1. I still need to read Six of Crows and The Secret History!

  2. I wish more books focused on friendship, too, instead of shoe-horning a romance into every book!

  3. I love that Six of Crows made your list. Kaz's crew is one of my favorite groups of friends.

  4. I remember seeing Thickety and wanting to read it! And I'm really curious about the secret History!

    1. I love those so much, I hope you do too if you get a chance to read them!

  5. Oooh I have seen The Secret History on several lists this week! I will have to check that out. I definitely agree with Liesl and Josef, their relationship was fabulous. And the Six of Crows gang was absolutely the best part of the book- I loved their interactions! Great choices!

    1. I definitely recommend The Secret History! And I'm so glad you also like Liesl and Josef's, I feel like I don't see them or those books mentioned much these days.

  6. I haven’t read any of the sibling books, but I love books about siblings. That probably means I should look these ones up. The Secret History made my list, too. I need to reread that book eventually.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Same here. I meant to do a re-read right after I graduated college, but that was last June of 2017, and I still haven't, so.. whoops. Siblings are great to read about!