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#TopTenTuesday   10 Novels of Female Friendship

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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Here’s how it works: Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic for each Tuesday. If you check this link, you’ll find she’s assigned topics for several future weeks so you can plan ahead. She adds, “create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list . . . Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you!”

Each week Jana posts a Linky on her blog where you can (if you want) share a link to your post and check out other bloggers’ posts.

This week’s topic is Typographic Book Covers (covers with a design that is all or mostly all words). I honestly don’t think much about book covers; I’m more interested in content And one content area that interests me is female friendship.

Here are 10 novels that examine aspects of female friendships, both the good and/or the not so good.

Book cover: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

When circumstances change, friends may become rivals.

Book cover: Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

A heartwarming story of a friendship that lasts more than 80 years.

Book cover: Firefly Lane by Kriston Hannah. Background of glowing fireflies against a darkening sky.

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

When friendships begin in childhood, they will probably have both ups and downs.

Cover: Blue Diary

Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman

(scroll down to #4 on the linked page)

Friendship functions as a subplot in this novel that explores the meaning of love.

Book cover: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. Background is picture of a night sky and a house with lighted windows.

The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

How well do you really know your friends?

Book cover: The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. Purple background contains multicolored quilt blocks.

The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

A celebration of female solidarity.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Another celebration of female solidarity.

Book cover: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. Background shows one young woman leapfrogging over another.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

An examination of the evolution of friendship over time.

Book cover: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Backgound is photo taken from behind of a bride and groom holding hands and 3 young bridesmaids in fancy dress.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Friendship can be complicated.

Book cover: Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym. Background is a dense pattern of flowers in dark colors.

Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym

Does one woman always know what’s best for her friend?

Study Notes

Female Friendships in Literature

The best books on Friendship, recommended by Lauren Mechling

7 Thrillers That Explore Female Relationships That Aren’t Always Perfect


8 Thrillers Exploring Female Friendship

© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown

6 thoughts on “#TopTenTuesday   10 Novels of Female Friendship”

    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Thanks, Lydia. I really enjoyed your post on today’s topic. So many interesting uses of typographical designs.

  1. I have Firefly Lane on my bookshelf and I’ve been meaning to read it for a couple years! A couple of these others look pretty intriguing – and I love the topic you picked. Great list. Thanks for stopping by.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  2. I love stories about strong female friendships, too, so I’m very interested in this list. I’ve read four of the books and several of the others are on my TBR list. I hadn’t heard of FELLOWSHIP POINT before. I’m definitely going to check it out.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


    1. Mary Daniels Brown

      Thanks, Susan. Fellowship Point was only published within the last 6 weeks or so. It’s a long book (a bit over 550 pages), but I absolutely loved it. I’m going to have to revise my list of the best books I’ve ever read to include it.

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