Top Ten Platonic Relationships In Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about platonic relationships. We could pick friendships, parent/child, siblings etc.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

Megan and Eric- The Hidden Memory Of Objects- Danielle Mages Amato

The Hidden Memory of Objects

Such a wonderful friendship!

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Typical sisters! They love each other but hate each other at moments.

Female characters in A Sky Painted Gold- Laura Wood

A Sky Painted Gold

Such strong female friendships. Always lovely to read.

Lucy and her parents- The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

A heart-warming, close relationship between Lucy and her parents!

Female friendships-Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

They didn’t tear each other down, despite having different views- I appreciated that.

Soloman and his parents- Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

Soloman’s parents are so supportive of his mental health. This book is simply wonderful.

Paige and her friends- The Start Of Me And You- Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You (The Start of Me and You, #1)

Paige’s friends rally around her when she needs them!

Cate and her sister Tess- The Cahill Chronicles- Jessica Spotswood

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

Cate has interesting relationships with her sisters, but I loved her connection with her sister, Tess.

Taylor and her father- Second Chance Summer- Morgan Matson

Second Chance Summer

A close father/daughter relationship. Heart-breaking!

Harry and Ron- Harry Potter- J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I couldn’t really mention these two! Loved their friendship. It was very realistic with ups and downs along the way.

Feel free to link me to your post this week so I can come and check out the platonic relationships that you’ve discussed!

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Moxie

Moxie

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Truth About Alice
Devoted

Synopsis:

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her high school teachers who think the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mum was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond and spread the Moxie message. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Thoughts:

I have really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s writing in the past, so I was intrigued to pick up Moxie. Jennifer writes about some quite contentious subjects. This time, it looked like she was tackling feminism and I absolutely loved that. It was more than that though. It was about a girl growing as a person and fighting severe injustice. I love it when people fight against injustice, be it male or female.

Moxie centres around a girl called Vivian who very much just got by at school. She was good, compliant and had a nice group of friends. Vivian was annoyed by the blatant sexism going on at her school. She decided to create a feminist zine to respond to the sexism. She distributed it anonymously to her classmates. Something she’d never have done before. However, Vivian takes a risk and finds it really pays off. She becomes closer to her new friend Lucy and gets to know the new guy at school. The zine has consequences though and Vivian finds herself in a sticky situation that she would have never had previously been in!

I loved that so many people were inspired by Vivian’s actions even though they didn’t know it was her. I think Vivian grew so much in the space of the story and I bloomin’ love character growth. I have to admit to being a little dubious about the prospect of romance in this story. I didn’t want a romance to take away from main story of empowerment. I needn’t have worried though, the romance is sweet and he’s a good guy who doesn’t agree with the sexism.

The strong female relationships in this book just make it such a wonderful read for me. I loved that the girls didn’t delight in tearing each other down. I loved that they found common ground even if they didn’t always necessarily agree with one another.

I highly recommend this book if you’re into strong female characters and a sweet, supportive romance!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This Week In Books #82

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Moxie The Roanoke Girls Chart Throb

NOWMoxieJennifer Mathieu– I’m about 70 pages into this book which I think is going to be super easy to read. It’s the first explicitly feminist book I’ve read! I love Jennifer Mathieu’s writing style.

THENThe Roanoke GirlsAmy Engel– Oh I had such an experience reading this book. I don’t know whether I loved it or hated it! It was very clever though and quite deeply disturbing. This book will be reviewed as part of the ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister, Beth! It should be out soon!

NEXT- Chart ThrobBen Elton– I’ve had my eye on this book for a while so Beth let me read her copy! I’m looking forward to it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #81

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

History Is All You Left Me Then She Was Gone Moxie

NOWHistory Is All You Left MeAdam Silvera– I am about 60 pages into this book and I’m very much enjoying it so far. I hear that it’s pretty heart breaking. I’m preferring it to Adam’s debut novel More Happy Than Not. 

THEN- Then She Was GoneLisa Jewell– I thought this was such a great thriller. I did guess the twist but it didn’t affect my enjoyment at all.

NEXTMoxieJennifer Mathieu– I’ve heard great things about this book which is about feminism!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books On My Autumn (Fall) TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my summer list I managed to read them all! 🙂 I’m very much trying to get through books that I have in my possession already even there are SO MANY that I want to read and add to my TBR. The bookworm struggle!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Chart Throb- Ben Elton

Chart Throb

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so hopefully I’ll get to it this Autumn!

Then She Was Gone- Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

I’ve heard this is a good one!

Together- Julie Cohen

Together

Again, I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!

History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

I’ve only read Adam’s debut, but I’m trying to work my way through his next releases!

Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie

I really enjoy Jennifer’s writing style, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll

Letters from the Lighthouse

I’ve adored every book by Emma so far, so I expect to like this one!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinborough

13 Minutes

So excited to read this one!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book has been on my TBR forever. I hope I enjoy it and haven’t overhyped it!

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book too!

The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin

The Hours Before Dawn

Intrigued.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #172

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Bought:

Moxie

I’ve heard great things about Moxie and I love Jennifer Mathieu’s writing, so it’s a win win for me! Or so I hope…

History Is All You Left Me

Borrowed from Beth

Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel

I adore Noughts and Crosses and Beth says this version is awesome. I, of course, believe her!

Together

I enjoyed Julie Cohen’s Dear Thing so I’m excited to read something else by her.

Then She Was Gone

Again, another author we’ve read and enjoyed. Beth highly recommends this one!

 

Chart Throb

I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time now and Beth kindly brought it for me to borrow. Bless her. I love having a bookish sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! 🙂

Devoted

Devoted

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Truth About Alice

Synopsis:

Rachel Walker is devoted to God.

She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy.

But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.  

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s debut novel, so I was pleased to finally getting around to reading her next book Devoted. I fully expected my emotions to be played around with and that’s exactly what happened with this book.

Devoted centres around Rachel who is a Christian living with her ten (yes ten!) siblings and her parents. Rachel is completely devoted to her religion. She has no time for herself and instead cares for her younger siblings and concentrates on being a good girl so that she can be married to a boy in the future. Rachel’s parents, particularly her dad, tell her what to do from what to think to how she should present herself in the public. Rachel begins to find herself doubting her lifestyle. She feels guilty for these thoughts which aren’t very Christian. Rachel begins exploring a blog from an ex member of their community. The girl has escaped the rigid lifestyle and is living her own life. Rachel is intrigued…

I think this book could potentially offend some people as it does go to town on describing organised religion in such a raw manner. It tells the reader that Rachel is meant to be a mother and a wife. She must have children, keep her home and be obedient towards her husband. They aren’t allowed to watch television, use the computer for too long- there are so many rules. If anyone breaks the rules, they get sent to a camp to basically have the ‘badness’ brainwashed out of them. The people that have been to the camp often return completely unlike their normal selves.  As someone who has never followed a religion so strictly, I’m not sure if this was an accurate portrayal of a strict Christian’s lifestyle. It seemed extremely cult-like. It was certainly intriguing though and the author makes you think.

As I’m not a big fan of Christian fiction, you may wonder why I kept reading this book. Well, it had something about it. It’s not just about the religious aspect of it. It really is about Rachel finding herself and growing as a person. I liked that Rachel was questioning her values and wanting to find out if there was more from life. I also really enjoy Jennifer Mathieu’s writing style. It was gripping and very easy to read. There are so many quotable moments within this book and I think it’s worth reading.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An intriguing, emotional read about finding out who you really are!