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Book Recommendations // Malanie’s Twelve Favorite Books Ft. Friendships

Hello, all of you wonderful human beings! ☺️❄️

Today, I’m here with the first guest post in the Sprinkles of Dreams Blogger Feature, in which I use my blog as a platform to boost fellow bloggers. Today’s post is written by one of my absolute favorite people in the book blogging community, my dearest friend Malanie.

I hope you love her recommendation post as much as I do! Please give her a warm welcome, and show her some love in the comments below! 💗

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I am so excited/honored/crying to post on Lily’s blog!!?????? I admire Lily so much,,,,she’s one of my best friends I’ve met through book blogging. Therefore, I felt there was no other choice but to write a guest post about character friendships!!

+ Platonic relationships are my favorite thing in books, so I must promote them on what’s the highlight of my blogging career thus far. c:

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1. friends that protect you and shower you with affection

I love the “mom” friends that ensure you’re safe + eating nutritious meals + vanquishing your enemies in one fell swoop.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi / I read the ARC for this one (pub. January 15th 2019) and the friendships are SO SPECIAL??? Séverin adores all his friends and cares for them as their fearless leader.

Plus, the characters are so diverse. Enrique is a bisexual Spanish-Filipino historian, Zofia is a Jewish Polish mathematician, Laila is Indian, and Tristan is an actual ray of light.

Queer, feminist, and diverse best friends chasing power and glory and I LOVE THEM 🙂

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Blake Herring/ The female friendships in this book made me cry 4789 times. Mara, Hannah, and Charlie are so supportive, even in the face of tragedy. They protect + adore one another in such a wholesome way, which made this book easier to read emotionally.

TW: rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, anxiety and panic attacks.

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2. when your sibling is your best friend

Strong sibling relationships are so rare in books. I think I’ve only read one book where siblings were the main theme/focus of the story??

But when siblings are also friends, it’s so adorable and I cherish themmmm. + it’s relatable for me, because my little sisters and I are very close ❤

threaten in trouble GIF by Flighthouse

99 percent Mine by Sally Thorne/ Another book not published until January 2019 (I’m counting the days until it appears in the worldddd.) This is technically a rom-com, but my #1 favorite thing about this book is Darcy and her twin brother

They are so complicated, but in the end they’re each other’s favorite person.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe/ The love between Adam (ADHD rep) and his foster brother Julian is so intense and beautiful. Both boys are lovable as individuals, but the devotion and affection they show each other is SUPERB lskjdflkjs

TW: emotional + physical abuse (parent figure to child)

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3. best friends – lovers


What better combination than both friendship AND romance? It’s like peanut butter and honey, Foxhole and Court, library cards and humans. I support this concept 10000%

The Gravity Between Us by Kiersten Zimmer/ One of my favorite Sapphic love stories!! Kendall is a popular actress when her best friend, Payton, comes to Hollywood to be her roommate. Meanwhile, Payton has been in love with her for years.

It’s not Quality ™️ writing but I still loved it

Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren/ Josh and Hazel are iconic, hilarious best friends. Their relationship, even before they become a couple, is all about about being weird, having no filter, having fun, and being unconditionally loved.

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4. found family

found family = the people you choose to spend your life with and take care of ❤


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Wolfsong by TJ Klune/ The cover is bad,,, BUT THE ADORABLE FOUND FAMILY WITHIN THE PAGES I AM WEAK. Oxnard’s father leaves him when he’s a little kid, but then a new family moves into the house down the street. And they are werewolves.

I promise it’s great. Ox is so thoroughly adored by every single member of the Bennett group. I would read a separate book documenting his relationship with each member of the family.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic/ I feel like bursting into tears at the mere thought of how pure and wholesome. Fictional sports! Your team becoming your favorite humans!

+++++Slow-burn family! my favorite book/series of all time

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5. friends that refuse to give up on you

Here are two of my favorite bookish friendships in which the loyalty is STRONG. With romances it seems like every single smol problem makes them give up/have second thoughts? But these friends don’t do the drama 🙂

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills Sloane and Vera bb. No one does friendship like Emma Mills and I’m still working to complete an actual shrine to her trifecta of great friendship books (despite my October “Foolish Hearts” scandal)

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram/ Sohrab!!!!! When Darius goes to visit family in Iran, he meets a boy named Sohrab and they becomes best friends. Each time there’s a lack of communication, they communicate and resolve it like the heroes they are.

TW: fatphobia (from family members)

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6. when your friends are honest and real

Honesty is so important to me & I hate when characters are dishonest and it leads to an entire plot twist that no one asked for. *sigh*

But in these books friendship prevents all unnecessary conflict

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman/ I adore Vincent Van Gogh with my entire being, he’s such an ////inspirationnnnnn/// This book is nonfiction but reads like fiction, and is based on the relationship between Vincent and his brother, Theo.

They were extremely close and one may even describe them as platonic soul mates ❤

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro/ Moss and his friendship circle is so diverse!!??? This group features so much POC and queer rep, and I was so impressed with how true they are with one another?? I adore themmm.

TW: panic attacks, police brutality, racism, violence, death

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What is your favorite book friendship?




52 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Malanie’s Twelve Favorite Books Ft. Friendships”

  1. yes for A List of Cages! It’s the only book on your list that I’ve read so far but that book made me cry. I will definitively be checking out the other books on this list!
    claire @ clairefy

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    1. A List of Cages is such a touching, heartbreaking, and beautiful book, I highly recommend it as well! And Malanie always has the best recommendations, so I highly support this decision, hehe.

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I hope you’re having a wonderful day, Claire. ☺️🌻

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  2. Aahh I absolutely adore this post!! This made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 💖 Great friendships in books is the greatest thing ever. I’m so glad that you’re rereading Foolish Hearts and enjoying it much more, Malanie! I loved all the friendships in Foolish Hearts, especially Gideon and Noah’s. Wonderful post!! 😊

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    1. OMG my Foolish Hearts redemption review is going to be so long, it will be a prize-winning essay on all the reasons Claudia and Iris are the friendship that owns my heart.

      ++ GIDEON HAS NO BUSINESS BEING SO ADORABLE. I don’t think I’ve ever found a characters so highly cute. he is a moonbeam of fluffy happiness && all my love

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  3. omggg Lily and Malanie you two are two of my favorite bloggers so this post just makes my heart go ❤ ❤ love love platonic friendships in books especially sibling relationships and friends to lovers ❤ ❤

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  4. Ahhhh yay I’m so excited about this feature, this will be GREAT! And what a great post to start it all, these recommendations are all AWESOME. I have heard so much about The Gilded Wolves and I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds amazing! I’m also so excited about Darius The Great, I feel like I”m going to LOVE this book 🙂

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    1. Nimika go read Foolish Hearts straight awayyyy sdflkdsj

      i just finished and I need emotional support, it was so fluffy and so perfect && I’m overwhelmed

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  5. Lily and Malanie in one post!? YAY THE DYNAMIC BLOGGING DUO! Love you dolls so much! ❤️ And this post is absolutely amazing! Also, my heart is warming because A List of Cages is the best and I adore that novel with all my heart. Anywho, I adore platonic relationships and will be adding all of these to my tbr! Haha. 🤗

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      also A List of Cages deserves to be more popular, it was so soft but also tragic???? I want a book 2 sm

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  6. Ahh, this is such a wonderful post!!! So many soft friendships 💕 The found family trope is my fave, so I don’t know how I haven’t read The Foxhole Court yet (except I lowkey don’t care about sports) but NOW I NEED TO. The female friendships in Girl Made of Stars was so beautiful and supportive, I love them so much 💕

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    1. ahhh thank youuuuuuuuuuuu ❤ ❤ ❤ I physically cannot watch sports, my eyes close involuntarily and it's an entire scene, but if The Foxhole Court sport existed irl I would wear jerseys + do all the sport fan things sport fans do XD XD

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  7. I LOVE THIS POST, it’s two of my favorite bloggers together, how could I not adore it?!🤗I love character friendships SO much, it’s definitely one of the highlights of books for me. I adore little squads like in the Raven Cycle, and also sibling best friend relationships. ALL THE FEELS, AHHHHH.

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    1. HI OLIVIA ILSYM ❤ ❤ ❤

      sibling best friends deserve so much adoration lskdjf ALSO trc squad remains my dream squad forever, I just want to somehow *become* BLue and shower NOah & Gansey w affection, w/out the others finding out Noah + Gansey are my favorites

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    you CANT mention ‘friendship’ & the ‘mom friend’ and then show a gif of john watson being soft and expect me NOT TO CRY. im SO ready to read Girls made of Stars even though i know its probably going to ruin my entire soul.
    omg best friendships between SIBLINGS is the reason i still read 😭😭 and a list of cages is such a good rec.

    11/10 i CALLED it that you were gonna include aftg in your rec 😂 now excuse me while i add all the books i havent read yet to my tbr. honestly this post made my entire year and im still so heart eyes over this blog collab, amazing post my queens😍😍

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    1. AHHH MAY!!!!!!!!???????? i love u as much as I love Emma Mills which is a profound declaration of my love c: c: c:

      +++omg my eternal devotion to aftg has made me predictable af but I cannot stopppppppppppppp

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    1. 99 Percent Mine was so good!!!??? it forced me to love the DIY projects && the most slow-burn of all slow-burn bc they are so busy doing DIY projects sldkfjdslkj

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