‘Cause You Gotta Have Friends: Top Ten Tuesday

May 20, 2014 Friendship, Top Ten Tuesday 40

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

It’s time for our weekly list fix with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish! This week the book blogosphere has been challenged to come up with our top ten books about friendship. D’awwwwww. Shall we?


1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Was there ever such a pair as Ruth and Idgy? One of the greatest friendships in all of literature, truly.

2. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. Because Anne and Diana and accidental drunkenness are the stuff best friends are made of.

3. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Friendship can be complicated, particularly when one of the besties is a spy during WWII. Sad. Poignant. Lovely. Read it. (review)


4. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Because sometimes burlesque dancing hookers and cross-dressing highwheel bicycle enthusiasts are meant to be together. (review)

5. Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall. Friendship sprouts up in unexpected places. Being nice to people you hire to help around your house isn’t just good karma. It might just introduce you to your new best friend. (review)

6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. When you go through foot binding together, there’s not much that can tear you apart. (review)

7. The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood. Nothing brings a group of friends together like a psychopath with her sights set on destroying everyone else’s happiness. Common enemies, FTW!


8. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I can’t think of a trio of pals more endearing than Harry, Ron, and Hermione. THEY are the three best friends that anybody could have.

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green. Pudge, the Colonel, Alaska, and their crew make for an odd bunch, but there’s a lot of love there. (review)

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This stone cold pack of weirdos reminds me of my high school pals. I can’t help it. It’s the quintessential book of my teenage years. (review)

friendship3What say you, bookworms? What are some of your favorite literary friendships?


40 Responses to “‘Cause You Gotta Have Friends: Top Ten Tuesday”

  1. Megan M.

    Good choices! Two groups sprang to mind for me: Nancy, Bess, and George from the Nancy Drew series. I’ve been reading them forever and they’ve been friends forever! The second group would be Inspector Gamache and the residents of Three Pines (Myrna, Clara, etc.) from Louise Penny’s mysteries. Friends should always solve mysteries together.

    • Words For Worms

      … I’ve never read any of those! I’m not big on mysteries. But if I were a mystery solver, I’d totally want a crew. Like in Scooby Doo, yo. (Pre Scrappy, obvi)

  2. Andi (@estellasrevenge)

    The Robber Bride is a BRILLIANT choice! I wanted to stab Xenia with a fork. A lot. And this cracked me up. If I wasn’t already sold on Frog Music, I would be after this, “Because sometimes burlesque dancing hookers and cross-dressing highwheel bicycle enthusiasts are meant to be together.”

  3. Alena Murguia

    I love the inclusion of Anne of Green Gables. I was just watching her and her “bosom friends” on PBS last weekend.
    I would add a non-fiction choice, Truth & Beauty by the brilliant Ann Patchett.

  4. Rhian

    Charlie and Jeffrey in Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. I love these characters both individually and together.

  5. Heather

    Song. On repeat. In my head. In Eddie Murphy’s annoying voice.
    Thanks for that.
    You put Fried Green Tomatoes too! It’s like we’re book doppelgangers.

  6. Lori

    I recently read Anne of Green Gables for the first time and I adored it and her friendship with Diane. So precious.
    The first book that comes to mind about friendship is A Prayer for Owen Meany.

  7. Reviews from a Bookworm

    Great choices. Harry Potter topped my list, I adore that series and it has so many wonderful friendships in it. Perks made my list too, I love Patrick, Charlie and Sam <3 Nice list 🙂 Here's my TTT.

  8. Jenny @ Reading the End

    Mary Renault’s depiction of Alexander and Hephaestion remains one of my favorite-ever depictions of friendship. Also, if I may venture out of the realm of human people, Bigwig and Hazel in Watership Down — I love the burgeoning trust and respect between them, and how both of them are so crucial to the warren.

  9. Liesel Hill

    Ooh Anne of Green Gables is a great one! I’ve had Code Name Verity on my Kindle forever, but haven’t gotten around to reading it. Hope to soon. Great list!
    My TTT

  10. Leah @ Books Speak Volumes

    Great list! Oh Anne and Diana with their ‘raspberry cordial.’ I think that’s what I remember the most from reading those books as a kid!

    Our lists have some overlap! Frog Music and Harry Potter! I don’t know how I missed Perks of Being a Wallflower, though. Kicking myself!

  11. Stacie Gorkow @SincerelyStacie

    What a great list! At the top of mine would be Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I still use the term “same same” when I talk about my closest friend, who is actually my cousin. I’m going to have to check out some of the others on your list!

  12. Alison's Wonderland Recipes

    I LOVE Anne of Green Gables! It’s one of those books that I started reading very slowly towards the end, to make it last longer. I plan to do a menu for it on my website soon!

    But I think my favorite literary friendship is Sherlock and Watson…or maybe Ron Weasley and Harry Potter. I love friendships where the two people are SO different, but complement each other perfectly!

  13. Annabel Smith

    I am a giant Atwood fan but I don’t think I’ve ever read The Robber Bride, what’s going on with that?! Anne of Green Gables – oh, yes! Such intensity in those friendships. Joanna Hershon’s A Dual Inheritance is a great story about friendship, as is Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings.

  14. Melinda

    I’m busy reading Frog Music! I also want to (need to) read Snow Flower. My best friend keeps referring to the main characters in the book saying it’s us and I had to admit to her I didn’t watch the movie when she told me too (or read the book!)

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