SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIPS IN BOOKS THAT MAKE US TURN PAGES

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When it comes to the relationship or character interactions in books I don’t really remember specifics. Some would say this means I’m not a “real” reader or that I don’t know how to appreciate books. That’s ok. I know how much I enjoy a good book and I know when or what sort truly impacts me and that’s enough. But because I cannot recall all those details, any kind of list that asks us to feature favorite character relationships is sometimes a challenge. We’re going to look at this still, but in a kind of different way.

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I think what we’ll end up with (mostly) is a list of general relationships (romance, neighbors, siblings) that I think will be interesting to read about. So while I haven’t necessarily read all of these books, they are all on my shelf (I’ll note if I have read them). I think being more general rather than specific to a relationship will be something helpful during the writing of this list, so let’s get started and see if I’m right.


FAVORITE CHARACTER RELATIONSHIPS


ADAM and JOLENE from EVERY OTHER WEEKEND, ABIGAIL JOHNSON

Seems like this would be a relationship that could be interesting. It’s about two teens who spend weekends with a divorced parent and the friendship that forms from that relationship. Goodreads

APRIL and JENN from SHE’S THE WORST, LAUREN SPIELLER

This one follows sisters. For some reason I always like that relationship and though it’s been on my shelf for a while, like Every Other Weekend, I haven’t read this one yet. Goodreads

ADRI and MAX from AFTER SHE FALLS*, CARMEN SCHOBER

These two have an interesting past and one I actually wish had a little more expansion. I’m also willing to admit my feeling this way is very possibly reader error since I started this book and came back to finish it weeks later. That said, even if I didn’t get the full effect, I still find their connection interesting and more so given this is a Christian fiction market novel. Goodreads

EMMA and MR. KNIGHTLEY from EMMA, JANE AUSTEN

I mean these two are just fun and frustrating together. I really do like them together, at least by cinematic standards, and appreciate that Knightley does challenge Emma in her (sometimes) reckless pursuits. Goodreads

JANE and EDWARD from JANE and EDWARD, MELODIE EDWARDS

Just preceding its release this novel was getting some hype on social media, and since I read another Jane Eyre re-telling several years ago that I did enjoy, I thought this one deserved a chance. Goodreads

JASON and RACHEL from TENDER VOW*, SHARLENE MACLAREN

I remember, at the time, reading this one and really liking it. But since it’s a romance between a brother and sister-in-law (the husband dies), I’m wondering, would I like it today? The relationship is certainly memorable. Goodreads

JEREMIAH and JUDE from MEMORY LANE*, BECKY WADE

I think this brother relationship is one that makes us turn pages, more so because Jeremiah cannot remember who he really is for the majority of the novel. Goodreads

THE LEAD CHARACTERS from THE MISTY RIVER SERIES*, BECKY WADE

Instead of siblings or some other usual connection, these characters are connected by an event from their young years when they find themselves trapped. It’s an interesting way to connect a series and one I find quite interesting and compelling to read about. Plus I do like the characters. Goodreads

NOAH and GRACE from HOW TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, SOPHIE SULLIVAN

I’ve been meaning to read a novel by Sophie for a while now and haven’t. Need to remedy this soon. This relationship seems interesting not just because it’s a hate-to-like, but also they are neighbors. Should up the annoyance between them! Goodreads

SAM and MR. KNIGHTLEY from DEAR MR. KIGHTLEY*, KATHERINE REAY

The fact that this relationship unfolds over letters is what gives this one its place here. Goodreads

*= These are the books I have read; those without an asterisk are titles I haven’t, but have relationships, based on their synopsis, that sound interesting.

How many of these books have you read? Would you read any? Did you like any of the relationships in the stories? What books did you feature? Do you remember the character relationship details? Let’s meet in the comments.

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31 comments

    1. Selfishly I’m glad not to be alone. Looking at enthusiastic Twitter conversations about books often makes me feel like I’m missing out by not remembering ALL the details. ;)

  1. I have a similar issue to you in not being able to remember specifics about certain things from books, but I don’t think that has anything to do with not being a real reader or being able to appreciate what you read. I ended up doing a search within my own blog with a few different keywords to help fill my list for today and would definitely have forgotten some great friendships if I hadn’t done so. Some of us just retain things differently than others. Nice list!

    Kristi Drillien recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Relationships
    1. That’s a great idea (searching your website/blog), Kristi! I do this with movies sometimes if I cannot remember if I’ve seen it. If I have a review, I always have my answer. ;) I usually search my literal bookshelf when putting these together and while I try to be a bit more varied, usually I’m not. And I agree re: specifies. Sometimes I just feel like the only reader who doesn’t remember ALL the details. ;)

      1. You’re definitely not. I even have a notebook in which I write down things I want to remember for the review while reading the book, that’s how bad my memory is on details.

        1. I haven’t ever tried a notebook. I really should but then I sometimes wonder if that would make reading feel like “work” rather than fun. Either way, it is something on my mental list to try when reading. Sounds like it’d be helpful! :)

          1. If it helps any, it did feel like work when I had convinced myself at one time that I had to write something down for every book. But really, it’s just meant to be a tool when I have an observation I want to make sure to remember, not homework. Of course, when I read an e-book, I’ll often just highlight text and make a note on it.

          2. That IS a nice feature for e-readers. I don’t have one anymore (mine quit a long time ago and I never replaced it) and I really don’t love e-readers anyway. But some of the features, like highlighting, are nice! And that’s all great to know, Kristi. I’ll have to give notes a try next time I read a book. :)

  2. I’m TOTALLY with you on this. I skip most prompts that have to do with details about characters. I read so many books that unless they’re REALLY stand out characters, I just don’t remember them. And the ones I do remember are the same ones everyone else does, which leads to a boring list so, yeah…

    The only book I’ve read from your list is EMMA and it’s been a long time. I know I liked the book, but — shockingly — I don’t remember much about it. Ha ha.

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. I know this feeling ALL too well, Susan. Most times I just remember really liking a book, not all the details. Sometimes I wonder if I’d still like the book reading it today, but then, I’m usually too “scared” to ruin how I remember a book. ;) Thanks for visiting!

    1. Sometimes I hear or see a quote I really like, Leah and think “I’m storing that for a Pinterest graphic.” Then by the time I sit down to make new graphics, it’s MIA from my brain. ;)

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