Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl come January 2018. It was made through the love of lists, books and to bring readers together.
I won’t lie here, this is a really tricky subject for me because nearly all the books I can remember reading have a focus of romance in them of some sort. This week’s topic of Platonic relationships had me at first thinking I couldn’t participate this time around and I did various different searches online for inspiration and found very little. On looking at my GR shelves I was able to find more ideas and gradually began to remember more books that had relationships in them that were non-romantic and the main focus. Some of these books I have only read the first of the series so don’t know whether romance will be the focus in later books, but in these first books the main focus was not romance 🙂
Tunnels by Roderick Gordon & Brian Williams
From what I remember of this book the main focus in regards to relationships was the friendship between two boys and their travels and adventures underground. I remember not really liking this book that much the first time around but I do plan on rereading it at some point soon mostly because of its unique setting. Huh, the more I read about this the more I want to request it this moment but my TBR is too big as always 😛
The Roar by Emma Clayton
This was one of my favourite dystopian books as a teen and it took me so long to read the sequel and despite the second one being a bit of a letdown, this series was still definitely worth it in the end! The main focus here is of a bond between two telepathic twins and the friends they make on the way to finding each other and unravelling their world. They’re great books that I think can be enjoyed by all 🙂
Bracelet of Bones by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The first time I read this I was not wholly taken in, but the second time around I managed to savour things more in regards to setting and characters. This book focuses on one girls search for her father in Viking times and along the way she meets a lot of people, but I’d say the main focus is her relationship with her father and while this book definitely isn’t for everyone, it is certainly something different I wish there was more of.
Arrival by Chris Morphew
This book was so so good with the main relationship focus being friendships between a group of kids. It’s a series I desperately need to continue because of how well-developed everything was and how the author successfully managed to weave in the mystery to the plot… I need to ask my library for these.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
My most recent read in all this list and probably the one with the best developed characters! This book mainly focuses on magic and the fight against evil and the relationships between the characters were in the form of strong friendships which were entertaining and great fun to read about. I don’t think I need to say that the things I enjoyed most here were the magic systems and the mythological sides of things which were certainly different from most fantasy books in my library for young adults 😉