Welcome to day 6 of Fictional Fever Week at Fiery Reads! If you’re just joining in, I posted the schedule for the event in the introduction post, which you can check out here.
Emily is here on day 6 to help us celebrate a very special holiday: Galentine’s Day!!
Meet the Author
Emily is a stereotypical nerd who likes books more than she likes more people. She speaks Japanese, reads braille and regularly uses a lasercutter. At any given time, she’s probably surrounded by dogs with a tall glass of iced tea near by.
Galentine’s Day is an obviously made up holiday from the TV show, Parks and Rec. If you don’t watch that, I’m sorry. I want to be April Ludgate when I grow up. I wish I could show such an outward disdain for everyone and everything all the time. You really should watch it. Moving on… On the show, Leslie declares February 13 th as Galentine’s Day. A day where women get together with their best friends for brunch and celebrate their friendships. Really, there’s nothing better than brunch and presents.
For Galentine’s Day 2017, let me introduce you to my top 5 favorite bookish female friendships.
Nina and Inej
From Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I love how these two understand each other. They know each other deeply and can communicate without words. I see their friendship as one where their eyes can meet across the room and they can have an entire conversation in glances. Their friendship reminds me of mine with my best friend, just in terms of how they interact. Like an old, married couple, they will snipe back and forth but they are the only ones allowed to talk like that
Gena and Finn
Gena and Finn’s friendship is complicated, like most things. I loved it because it wasn’t easy. They meet online due to their mutual love of a TV show. Gena writes a popular FanFic about it and Finn comments. From there, their friendship becomes an escape from the outside world, a place they can go for comfort. It’s close and beautiful but also problematic for both of them.
Lyssa and Lizbeth
From the Razia series by S. Usher Evans
Lyssa has long been the character that I love to hate. She’s so prickly. She pushes everyone away. I love her friendship with Lizbeth because Lizbeth has decided they are friends. No matter what Lyssa says and does, it doesn’t disrupt or affect Lizbeth forcing her friendship upon her. Eventually Lyssa gives in and accepts it because Lizbeth is quite possibly the only person in the universe more stubborn than Lyssa, she’s just more sneaky about it.
Samantha and Annamae
These two are an unlikely pair. They fall into a mutually beneficial relationship because they are both on the run. They have to rely on each other but first they have to learn to trust one another. I loved watching their friendship develop. The added complication is that they are complicit in an elaborate lie. It’s fun to watch them cooperate and try to convince everyone that they are actually men.
Ada and Corinne
I loved Ada and Corinne. They have a long history together in their friendship and they work together in the bar. In Iron Cast, they have a very specific talent. People with ‘afflicted’ blood can use artistry to manipulate thoughts and feelings. Ada and Corinne have complementary talents in this regard. They play music and sing together in order to create elaborate illusions.