Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Buddy Stories 101

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s topic is Top Ten books you would put on your syllabus if you thought a literature class and I chose the friendship theme, so thanks for enrolling to Buddy Stories 101. Class is about to start!

(Whenever I do these lists, I am never sure if the ranking is actually from 1 to 10 or just numbered to give an overview. I have a hard time picking favourites, so see it as more of way to count rather than rate. The books I picked all have great friendships and some of them even evolve or are sprinkled with a bit of romance. I tried to avoid the romantic parts mostly, but then I thought that being best friends with your partner is pretty amazing, so who cares?)

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)NOTHING and I mean absolutely NOTHING is more powerful than a parabatai bond. It’s so much more than just friendship, it is even more than family or romantic love. It’s everything really. While I did enjoy Alec’s and Jace’s bond from TMI, I was even more fascinated with Will and Jem. Bring Tessa Gray into the mix and you’ve got ultimate friendship goals for me! So, the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare it is!

2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

This is one of my favourite books portraying female friendship. Emily and Sloane are just complete opposites of each other and that makes them work so well together. I’m so happy this book wasn’t just about romance! Also, it wasn’t just a fun read, but really funny as well!

3. How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle & Mlynowski

23629114Three girls on a road trip? There is no way it’s not going to be great. They all have their own problems, but they can only get through it with each other. Sometimes they may explode and fight, but in the end, they are happy to have each other and I am happy to have read about their friendship.

4. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

23230I’ve talked about Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List a lot and while I do find the characters a bit annoying sometimes, they also have something special with each other. Their friendship changes a lot over the course of the book and is quite different in the end to what it was when you started reading. When one person develops romantic feelings, I think it is necessary to address this and deal with it instead of throwing the friendship away altogether.

5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

893136This is a sad book. There is no way around that, but it’s a book that’s really dear to my heart. Liesel and Rudi already have a really special relationship, but I am even more a fan of Liesel and Max. Some wanted them to end up together, but that’s not the point at all. Their bond over books is amazing and I am so glad that they had each other.

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

12700353Greg can call Earl his co-worker a gazillion more times, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are best friends and awesome together. ‘Nough said!

7. Love, Rosie/Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

20706297Over how many years does this book span? A lifetime pretty much and while Rosie’s and Alex’ relationship certainly has it’s ups and downs their friendship survived somehow. This may be more on the romantic side than I’d like to admit, but they were friends first and that ever since they were really little. It has to count for something!

8. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

23153016Bianca has her best friends Casey and Jessica and they are a good group of friends, but not the one I want to focus on. Only with Wesley Bianca can be herself and they have a sort of friends with benefits thing going on, even though Bianca would probably never admit to being friends with Wes. Still, I think they never were as open and trusting with anyone than they were with each other. Being able to be yourself, that’s what I think is important in a friendship.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

18741152I like all the friendships in this book (and the sequels as well). Anna and Etienne are great, Etienne and Josh, the whole gang pretty much is just amazeballs. I would have loved to go to school with this group!!!

10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

2836Jess and Leslie are pretty much inseparable. They create their own fantasy world and really just have the best of times. But I think that Jess’ friendship with Leslie opened his world to so much more than just that. This book is really tragic in so many ways, but I don’t think Jess ever regretted befriending Leslie.

 

 

I hope you’ve learned something and take away some good stories from this class 😉 As always, click on the covers if you want to know more about the books! What are some of you favourite literary friendships?

July 2015 Wrap-Up

I know I’ve never done this before, but I’ve seen it on other blogs and since I’ve been trying to write more about books, I thought “Why not?”. So here we go with my July Wrap-Up!

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The books I’ve read this month (in chronological order) are:

  • Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
    As soon as I heard that Tim Burton was directing the movie adaptation of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series, I had to read them. I read the first part the month before, but I have to admit that the series isn’t really my thing. It’s not written badly or anything like that, I just think that the children are a bit too young for me to really connect with them and that the creepy vibe just really isn’t my area in which I feel comfortable.
  • How to be a Time Lord – Official Guide
    You know I love Doctor Who and this was just sweet and short and fun.
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
    I fell in love with We Were Liars, so I was eager to read other novels by E. Lockhart. I definitely wasn’t disappointed, but I did not expect this to be about feminism that much (which I could’ve easily found out by reading any review ever written about the book though). I liked the book, but it kind of made me sad. Everyone says that the ending is empowering, but if I were Frankie, I wouldn’t have been happy at all.
  • How to Be Bad by Lockhart, Myracle, Mlynowski
    Another Lockhart book! I was really on a spree this month. This is like the perfect book for a girly road trip during the summer time. I thought the characters were very relatable (I saw myself as a mix of Mel and Jesse), but it lacked a bit of depth for me sometimes. I liked seeing all the different POVs and such, but in the end I felt like some topics could’ve deserved more time. Nonetheless, it’s a fun read that deals with a lot of different issues while staying perfectly light-hearted.
  • Geek Girl by Holly Smale
    Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this one. It was a tad too fairy-tale-come-true in the end and I didn’t really connect with any of the characters that much. In fact, most of them annoyed me quite a bit. Also, I get that bullying is terrible and I do not condone it in any way, but “Geek” is not an offensive word to me. Seriously, in this day and age, it’s like hip to be a geek.

hollow city       timelord       direputable
how to be bad       geek girl

(Click on the covers in order to be redirected to Goodreads)

So that was it for this month. I will be posting an August TBR, but probably not until I get back home (which will be August 6). If you want to read about my adventures in Wales, you should check out my other blog I Am Here! What Now? and subscribe if you like it! (I’m a little behind, but I’ll be writing more soon!)

Until next time guys and gals! Read you soon!