Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘The Last Ten Books That Gave Me a Book Hangover (submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)’, but today just so happens to be my older sister’s birthday! I’m the youngest of three sisters, so today I thought I’d share my favourite fictional sisters with you instead.
Not all of these are from books because I don’t often find sibling relationships that I can really get behind in books. Often, and I can completely understand why when an author has to keep the plot moving, it feels like siblings are there just for the sake of being there, whereas I love reading about really close sibling relationships when they pop up. If an author would rather focus on another relationship, then siblings can be forgotten. These relationships are central to these particular stories, though, and I love them!
Katniss and Prim from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Let’s face it, this trilogy wouldn’t be what it was without Katniss and Prim’s love for each other. It’s always going to make me sad that the Team Peeta vs. Team Gale debates took over many of the chats about this book, and so much of the story itself, when the real love of Katniss’s life is her sister. My oldest sister (whose birthday it is today) was my idol when I was little, and practically a second mother because she’s ten years my senior, so I’ve always felt a kinship with Prim for how much she adores Katniss.
Star and Dolphin from The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson
This was one of my favourite books during my childhood, although I loved pretty much all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books, and it’s an excellent look at living with a parent who’s struggling with mental illness. What I love about this book is that Wilson doesn’t portray Marigold, Dolphin and Star’s mother, as a villain at all – in fact Dolphin idolises her and wants to be just like her – but it’s also clear in many ways that Star has often had to step into the role of mother when Marigold hasn’t been able to cope, and I love their bond.
Sally and Gillian from Practical Magic (1998)
One day I will read this book! For now, though, I’m just going to keep loving the film, and most of all how much it’s the love between Sally and Gillian that’s at the centre of it. They’re such different people, but their love for and acceptance of one another is so strong and I love how far they’ll go to keep each other safe.
Nancy and Minerva from Pirates! by Celia Rees
I’ve mentioned Celia Rees plenty of times before and I’m going to do it again, because it’s thanks to her that I first got into historical fiction and this is the first book by her that I read. Nancy is in love with her childhood friend and Minerva finds a romance of her own that I remember really liking, but what I loved most about this book when I was younger is how much it’s a story about these two girls and their bond.
Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
One of the ultimate literary sisterhoods. Like Katniss, the love of Jo’s life is her sister, Beth, and while I did enjoy the latest adaptation my favourite will always be the 1994 version, because I love Winona Ryder and Claire Danes’s scenes together. Whatever these four women go through, though, they always come back to each other, which is what sisterhood is all about.
Ismae, Sybella and Annith from His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
While not the most conventional of sisters, I love the relationship between these daughters of death. (Although if you’ve read all three books, you’ll know this isn’t exactly true.) Assassin nuns supporting each other is all I need in life.
Winifred, Mary and Sarah from Hocus Pocus (1993)
This is still one of my favourite childhood movies and, even though they’re the villains and have literally murdered children, I can’t help loving these three.
Louvaen and Cillia from Entreat Me by Grace Draven
Yet another instance of an older sister having to step into a mothering role, but I can’t help but love these relationships. Louvaen is some years older than her younger sister, and after the death of Cillia’s mother Louvaen took it upon herself to protect her; they don’t see eye-to-eye all the time, particularly when it comes to Cillia thinking it’s a great idea to run off with a charming man, but their love for one another is still strong.
Sansa and Arya from Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
Sansa is my favourite character in Game of Thrones, and I won’t hear a word said against her. What I love about these two is how, even in their younger years when they got on each other’s nerves, they’ve always loved one another and been scared for one another, and when they’re finally, finally reunited they’ve grown enough to respect each other’s strengths. You don’t mess with Stark women.
Bellatrix, Andromeda and Narcissa from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I’ve never really been interested in a Marauders prequel to Harry Potter because we already know what happens, but I would gobble up a Netflix series about the Black sisters like nobody’s business. I want to see how Bellatrix falls into fascism, how Andromeda manages to leave the family for Ted, and how Narcissa coped with trying to be the perfect wife and mother years before she lied to the most evil wizard of all time right to his face. As one of three sisters myself, I’ve always wanted to know more about these ladies.