Top Ten Books about Friendship

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

 
This week's Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish asks for Ten Books about Friendship.
 
1) Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett – The well-known author’s nonfiction memoir about her friendship with Lucy Grealy will break your heart.
 
2) The Likeness by Tana French – A trippy look at a strange group of friends, their connection and what they’re willing to do to protect it.
 
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky by – A shy high school freshman finds hope and strength in the unexpected friendships he forms.
 
4) Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – Two cowboys, Call and Gus, have a formed a friendship that survives decades of working together in the west.
 
5) The Little Prince by Antonie De Saint-Exupery – A children’s tale with an adult message. The Little Prince teaches readers about the value of friendship and how it changes us.
 
6) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – Johnny and Owen’s unlikely friendship changes the course of both of their lives forever.
 
7) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – Migrant workers, George and Lennie, have been traveling together for years. The books’ tragic story asks readers what lengths they would take to protect their best friend.
 
8) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – It’s the story of four sisters, but it’s also about the touching friendship between Jo and Laurie and the difficult line between romantic love and devotion to your best friend.
 
9) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – Four friends face the struggles of first love, grief, parents remarrying, and more in this coming-of-age story. It’s their friendship that holds them together through it all.
 
10) Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy – Through the eyes of Benny we see both the benefits of true friends, like Eve, and the harm of false ones.

9 comments:

JoAnn said...

Great list. I've read 1, 6,7,8, and 10 - loved them all!

Heather said...

So glad to see Lonesome Dove on here. It was one of the first ones I thought of. Gus and Call had an epic friendship.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

JoAnn - So many wonderful books about friendship!

Heather - It is absolutely epic! I read that during a road trip through the South Dakota Badlands and it made the book come alive even more.

Reviews from a Bookworm said...

Great choices. The Perks of Being a Wallflower made my list too, I love the friendships in that book. Charlie, Sam and Patrick are amazing <3 Nice list :) Here's my TTT.

spiritofchildrensliterature.com said...

This is a great list! I know the Patchett book you mentioned and I think that is a perfect choice for this theme.

I have read a Tana French book, but not the one you mentioned, so I'm intrigued!
-Katie

-http://spiritofchildrensliterature.com/2014/05/20/i-promise-to-always-turn-back-toward-you-top-ten-tuesday-books-about-friendship/

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Circle of Friends! Didn't even occur to me I read it so long ago but it's a great one for this list. Interestingly, I also included a Tana French book but Into the Woods because I thought it was a good story about the construction and deconstruction of a friendship.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Reviews from a Bookworm - Oh Charlies, I just want to give him a hug.

spiritofchildrensliterature - I still have one French book I haven't read yet and I can't wait!

Stephanie - Into the Woods is a really excellent choice too!

Lu @ Regular Rumination said...

I'm so interested in books about friendships, so I'm incredibly happy to see this Top Ten Tuesday. Definitely adding tons of books to my TBR!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Lu – Oh good! Perfect timing.