Top Ten Tuesday: Platonic Relationships in Books

TTT-NEW

It has been long since I last posted on here. Very long – almost a year, to be precise. I feel very motivated to blog more again, and what better way to remain motivated than with a weekly challenge? Therefore, today I post my first entry for the Top Ten Tuesday hosted on thatartsyreadergirl.com 🙂
(I cannot promise that I will always find up to ten points for every topic, but I intend to not put too much pressure on me – this, too, helps with keeping motivated!)

Today, participants where asked to list their 10 favorite platonic relationships in books; it could be sibling relationships, parent/children relationships or friendship. I found five books with amazing friendships I want to share with you all.

  1. The four hobbits, but mainly Frodo and Sam in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
    Oh, the childhood memories! I remember reading the books in elementary school, together with my then best friend. Every day we would meet up and discuss how far we got in the story. It was wonderful sharing that journey through Middle Earth with her. We often likened our friendship to the one of the hobbits!
  2. One of my favorite reads this year has definitely been The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and the crew of the Wayfarer rightly deserves a place on this list! I loved reading about the interspecies connections they form.
  3. Also a book I read this year is My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. The friendship of the high schoolers Abby and Gretchen is depicted realistically and vividly and I really felt for them.
  4. Another friend group I would love to be a part of are the grad students in Tana French’s The Likeness, the second in the series about the Dublin Murder Squad.
  5. The German novel Mädchenmeute [„Girl Pack“ or „Girl Gang“] by Kirsten Fuchs sadly has not been translated into English. It is about a group of girls running away from summer camp to spend some weeks sustaining themselves in the forest, far away from adults and their „normal lives.“

 

So much for my first Top Ten (well, Five) Tuesday! See you next week,
❤️, Rosa

Review: „There Is Nothing Strange“ by Susan Pepper Robbins

nothing strange

„Hope is really, Laura says, an assertion of the self against the universe. She does not sound exactly like the self-help gurus on TV and radio, but not altogether different either. Great effort creates hope, the key ingredient to miracles. We can be happy, if, and only if, we kill ourselves trying. Laura’s got it figured.“

 

Title: There Is Nothing Strange
Author: Susan Pepper Robbins
Number of Pages: 180
Obligatory Star Rating: 4/5

 

What a trainwreck of a book, and I mean this in the best of all possible senses. Everything is really fucked up and really enjoyable to read.

The book starts with a wedding: Laura is marrying Jeremy. Their best friend, Henry, is in love with Laura, too. And he makes it casually and confidently clear that he merely considers Jeremy to be her first husband, while he himself will be the final and right one. With a beginning like this, can it get any worse? It obviously can and the reader can spend the rest of this short book seeing all kinds of things unravel and go wrong – and, maybe, ultimately go right, but in all the wrong ways.

While there is a consistently gloomy and slightly threatening undertone, the book was an immense joy to read. I was driven on by curiosity and the question “what the fuck could happen now?” and could hardly put the book down. The above mentioned triad of Jeremy/Laura/Henry is not the only unhealthy and weird relationship and one can’t look away when secrets of the past get revealed in a tone between poetry and resignation.

Beside providing shock effects and feelings of uneasiness, the book delights with a wonderful writing style. Susan Pepper Robbins can do both beautiful nature descriptions and surprising and absurd similes.

All in all, I highly recommend this book!

❤️, Rosa