Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With
August 13th: Book Characters I’d Love to be Besties With
(1) Jenny Lopez from I heart New York written by Lindsey Kelk
Number one on my list has to be Jenny Lopez from Lindsey Kelk’s I heart series of books! Her name might irk me because it seems cheesy being named after the singer/actor Jennifer Lopez but even so I adore this character so much. She is best friends with the main character, Angela Clarke, and wow is their friendship just #goals. Jenny is just everything you would want in a best friend. She is always there for her friends through thick and thin, she’s an absolute hoot but mostly she just genuinely cares about her friends. I think being besties with her would lead to all manner of hi-jinx but also there would be just really great support whenever it was needed.
(2) Ford Prefect from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy written by Douglas Adams
I think Ford would make a great bestie because he is just so chill!! Plus he completely rescued his buddy Arthur Dent’s butt by getting him off Earth before the whole planet basically was vaporised… Always handy to have a bestie who knows how to help you get out of sticky situations. And he also has had the most interesting life travelling around the galaxy and therefore he would always have the coolest stories to tell. Life with Ford would quite simply never be boring. Definitely someone I would love to be friends with.
(3) Nancy Drew from the Nancy Drew series of books written by the Carolyn Keane pseudonym
I have to pick Nancy Drew because she is one of my all time bookish heroes and I always remember wishing that I could be her friend when I was a little girl reading these books. Nancy would be the type of friend that would be completely responsible and extremely dependable, she is loyal to a T… but you would also be able to get caught up in her attempting to solve mysteries as a super sleuth because I have very fond memories of her bringing along her friends Bess and George and them having an absolute whale of a time.
(4) Patroclus from Homer’s The Odyssey and Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles
No matter what version of the Trojan War you read what stands out to me is that Patroclus is always the most loyal of friends. He is basically this shining light of brightness in the middle of the most horrible of wars. He is no saint that’s for sure… but there is something about his character that makes me feel that if he was my friend there is nothing he would not do for me. So whether you believe in the love story of Patroclus and Achilles à la Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles or you just admire his kindnesses towards the captured Briseis I think having Patroclus on your side would always make me feel like I had someone I could depend upon when times got tough.
(5) Bridget Jones and her circle of friends from Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones and her friends Shazzer, Tom and Jude are just the ultimate group of friends. Not only do they know how to have a good time but more importantly they are always there for each other through the heartaches and turmoil of being a twenty-something and beyond; they are basically just like a mini family. The support and back up that they provide for each other is really nice to read about and I have always felt that I would love to be a member of their gang.
(6) The crew of the Wayfarer from The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I just want to be on the crew of the Wayfarer with Rosemary, Sissix, Kizzy, Jenks, Asby and Lovelace. Honestly this book just had the most amazing characters; each character felt totally unique and was 100% accepted by the other crew members. Basically this ragtag group were more like a family than a crew and I just think that being a part of a group of people that are so diverse and inclusive would feel amazing. Life was definitely chaotic and downright crazy at times… but the friendship, love and trust that all the characters shared for each other just made even the darkest and toughest days feel really manageable. Sign me up for that space flight please!
(7) Karou and Zuzanna from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series
What can I say about Karou and Zuzanna???? I JUST LOVE THEIR FRIENDSHIP!!! I wanna be as awesome as they are. Separately they are two kick-ass, strong and empowering female characters… but together as friends… I just love them. They support and love each other, empower each other. There is no toxicity. It’s just two female characters showing the world that female friendships does not always have to mean backbiting and jealousy. Together they really fight that awful stereotype of women hating on each other and I want in. I want to be friends with both of them because of how strong and feisty they are. How fiercely they love. How they just basically own who they are as people. Love them.
(8) Tess and Amy from Lindsey Kelk’s A Girl series
Yup. I’m back with another pick from Lindsey Kelk. Together these two characters somehow bring out the best in each other. In the books life is a bit messy for them both but somehow they just stick together, back each other up and make the best of things… plus they have a whole lot of fun while figuring out their messy lives. They are perfectly imperfect women and their friendship is exactly the kind of female friendship that should be celebrated more in books. So I would like to be besties with either of them but preferably with both.
(9) Lucas Painter from Stay written by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Lucas is an amazing character from a book I have read only recently. What he did for his best friend throughout the course of the novel makes him fabulous best friend material. So many people only stick around for the good parts of life, but Lucas loyally stuck by his friend Connor as Connor was battling depression and experiencing traumatic family problems. Even when the girl he liked told him that he should not be friends with Connor he did not listen and instead chose his lifelong bestie over romance. He is definitely the kind of friend that would make you feel worthwhile as a person.
(10) My own best friend
I don’t need to find a bookish best friend because my own best friend is simply the best. I won’t embarrass her by naming her, she would not like that. But she is better than any storybook bestie because she is always there for me. Through thick and thin. We’ve had the greatest days together and also the saddest. We have shared amazing highs and painful lows… and throughout it all she is my constant. We no longer live in the same country but it has not dampened our friendship. In fact it has made it stronger because we both put so much effort into keeping in touch and chatting all the time.
I can only wish that everyone who visits my blog today is as lucky as I am to have a best friend like her. I love her to bits and what is even nicer is I know that she feels the same way about me. Our friendship is simply priceless to me.
And that’s my Top Ten for this week!
What do you think of my choices? Did you do a TTT this week? Let’s chat in the comments below.