“What’s Galentines Day? Well it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, I gather all my ladyfriends and I leave all our husbands and our boyfriends at home and just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” -Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
Happiest of Galentine’s Day to all our lady friends! We are so proud to have you all in our lives! The women we have met in the blogging community have been such a great support system (not to say the men aren’t) but we feel like sometimes we really need to recognize women when so much brings us down. In literature there are so many examples where female characters are attacked, ridiculed, and shunned by other females which is why this is one of my most favorite tags. We love pointing out when writers emphasize women supporting women and just being overall, amazing friends. So without further ado, here are our picks of books we read in the last year that feature strong female friendship.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
Aru Shah and Minnie are so freaking cute. This MG book was such a delight to read and I adored how the girls came together and learned to work with each other. Though they had their own learning curves the way they bonded on their mission was entertaining as they bantered back and forth and tried to save the world. I am really looking forward to them meeting the rest of the pandava crew!
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Lemon Fresh is one of the coolest characters I have encountered and her loyalty to Eve is awesome. Not only do they make such a great team, but Lemon will follow Eve to the end of the world. If I were on a mission I would be happy to have her on my side watching my back.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
So hear me out with this one. I know it isn’t heavy on the friendship aspect of this. But I love how much Lira works to protect her sister and how much she works for the greater good of for her clan of sirens. I love that not only does she have a leadership to them all, but a connection to them all, even to a siren she doesn’t particularly like.
The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
There is no real test for friendship but I’d like to think that if you run away from the only home you’ve ever known to save your friend from an arranged marriage that she doesn’t want, leaving everything behind, that says something. And it stands true for the friendship between Lia and Pauline. They have a friendship that is more like a bond of family and there isn’t much that can tear them apart. Even through death and deception and so many other trials that would put any friendship on the line, they hold strong. This is definitely one to celebrate for Galentine’s Day since this is what being a strong dependable female is all about.
The Black Witch Chronicles by Laurie Forest
Even though this friendship might have had a rocky start, Elloren and Diana quickly overcame their differences and regardless of what race they might come from, quickly became friends that the other could turn to and depend on. And let me just say that Diana is one friend you’d like to have on your side. While she might be blunt and naive when it comes to the ways of the world, she still knows loyalty and respect and shows that to all those she cares about with a fierceness that you don’t want to be on the wrong end of. I like that through all the discrimination of pure bloodlines and all that garbage, Elloren was able to look beyond what she was always told was right and choose for herself who she wanted to have in her life. And it wasn’t because of race, it was because of who the people were in their hearts, and in Diana’s heart she is a good person.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Laila and Zofia couldn’t be any more different if they tried, but that doesn’t stop them from being part of an eclectic crew of misfits just trying to make things right in the world, They compliment each other well with Laila being the motherly and feminine half, and Zofia the critical thinking and practical half. But throughout the book they both bring out sides of the other that are hidden deep down. Zofia slowly learns to trust that Laila wants to help her and that being social isn’t as bad of a situation as she’s always thought it to be, and because of Laila, she feels like maybe its not such a bad idea to break out of her shell a little bit. Its always good to have friends that push you out of your comfort zone, to help you experience more in this life that you might not if you didn’t have them in it. I like the budding friendship that we see grow throughout this book.
Have you read these books? What are some of your favorite literary female friendships?