Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Friends and Family

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about platonic relationships in books.  While I do love a good romance books with strong friendships and family bonds call to me just as much.  Here are some of my favorites.

1.  Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James - This was an entertaining cozy mystery but what really made it special was the relationship between Charlie and his children as well and Charlie and his friends.

2.  Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy - I loved seeing more of the relationship between Marilla and Matthew in this prequel to one of my favorite series of all time.

3.  Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright - The Melendy family series is one of my absolute favorite series and this book really focuses on the relationship between Randy and Oliver - the two youngest siblings which I really enjoyed.

4.  The Next Always by Nora Roberts -  I'm in the middle of rereading this trilogy and am really enjoying both the friendships and the strong family bonds that are really central to all three stories.

5.  Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart - I love this series and my favorite thing is the bonds that are developing between the three sisters.

6.   Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis - I love the friendships that Shalvis writes but I really enjoyed the relationship between the two sisters especially considering one wasn't really there!

7.  Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery - Apparently I'm a sucker for sister relationships because this is another sister book.  I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop from completely estranged to close as the book progressed.

8.  The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith - I love love love the friendship and partnership that develops between Robin and Striker.  It's a bit gruff but it's so genuine.  One of the reasons I haven't continued with the series is because I'm afraid romance is going to be added to the mix and mess everything up!

9.  A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas - I love the relationship between Charlotte Holmes and Mrs. Watson.  Not only is their partnership entertaining but they seem to really enjoy each other's company and are true friends.

10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Is there any relationship sweeter than the one between Anne and Matthew?  And while the bond between Anne and Marilla isn't quite as smooth or instant it's no less deep and heartwarming.

What are some of your favorite friend and family relationships?


  1. I always love the stories that Mallery and Shalvis write about. Hugs and Happy Tuesday! RO

  2. I haven't read any of these I'm afraid though I did try the JKR one-I did laugh at how Robin meets her boss! That was funny.

  3. Big yes to Lost and Found Sisters!! Loved that one so much and the bond between the sisters.

  4. I'm loving the Anne of GG love.
    I've only read a couple Top Ten lists today, but 2 of them included A Study in Scarlet women. I will take that as a sign!
    I remember when I read Duma Key by Stephen King that I noted the great friendship between the characters. King often does good friendships. (and he doesn't add in romance to wreck the friendships)

  5. I always love a good close family relationship , especially in a mystery or thriller types. And I think cozies are even MORE cozy haha if there are great relationships to root for, and especially the ones where we ge to know more about a group of friends as the books roll on.

  6. I have one brother and six sisters so it's no surprise I enjoy novels about sisters. Shalvis and Stewart have done a great job developing sisters and their relationships. I also like the Sherry Thomas series - really good historical mysteries.

  7. I have only read one of these but I do agree that the relationship between the sisters in Lost and Found Sisters was very well done.

  8. Love all the thoughts and relationships you have chosen, and sometimes these are so rich. I've just recently read a book where there is such a bond between man and dog and then between man and child and man and woman (not romantic) and it was the best book I've read for ages.

  9. Shalvis really does fantastic friendships/sibling sets.