I am sure all of us have read a book where we immediately want to be best friends with the characters and wish we had such friendship in our lives. Let’s be real; your boyfriend may not be there 5 years later but your best friend would probably be there (hopefully) to say I told you so. Below are some of my favorite books that made me want to be a better friend in order to have such friendships in life.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I think this is pretty self-explanatory to anyone who has read, watched or even heard of Harry Potter. It is obvious and is probably one of my favorite things about the series. Friendship is interchangeable with love. Sure it would be fantastic to have a romantic partner but that’s not the only thing important in life. This is a very important life lesson and that is why I will not give up till my future children love Harry Potter too. Growing up, I always wanted friends like that and I finally did find one. Don’t get me wrong I have tons of friends but are they family? Would they be willing to die for me? Don’t need Veritaserum (truth serum) to tell me that!
The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
Yep you guessed it right; Frodo and Sam. Honestly Frodo and Sam were like Harry and Ron (or Hermione), their friendship is truly inspirational and maybe seeing or reading about it can help to initiate a revival of these close intimate friendships we no longer have in modern times, but desperately want.
40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak
My book club told me it’s a book you would either love or hate and I fall into the former category. The book is based on friendship between Rumi and Shams of Tubrez. The book tells you how friends can be your soulmates and your soul actually craves for their company. I love romance as much as every person. If not more, it was refreshing to see love can exist in friendships in a platonic way.
The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
‘For you a thousand times over’ was a line that pulled my heart strings and is forever engraved in my memory. The book is not only about friendship, but also about redemption. Two boys from different backgrounds form a bond of friendship that can never be forgotten.
Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Surprised how the list took a turn? Don’t be. Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors and her books all have strong, independent female leads that have solid female friendships. I know I wrote princess diaries because I would love to be friends with Princess Mia. The books are hilarious and the pop culture references make them even more relatable. She is one awesome girl to be friends with and her little group of friends is squad goals before Taylor swift made it a thing. Honestly, most of Meg Cabot works have a female lead with a friend who has her back and is always urging her to follow her dreams. I particularly loved ‘the boy series’ and ‘Heather Wells series’.