One of my favourite things is to read books about siblings. Specifically awesome siblings. Specifically awesome siblings that are horrible to each other but would cut anyone who tried to hurt them. #TrueSiblingCulture * CAN I BE ADOPTED INTO THESE FICTIONAL FAMILIES PLEASE?
But for some completely BAFFLING reason, many of the YA books I read either have a) only children (wut madness) or b) siblings who have nothing to do with each other. Clearly the Various Authors Of The Universe didn’t get my memo to write more books with siblings. It probably got lost with my demand to add cake into every book. I’ll get the dragon secretaries onto this to FIX IT.
Until then…I HAVE A GLORIOUS LIST FOR YOU. (Because lists are life! And anyone who says differently is a sour pineapple and needs stick round me and I’ll convert them.)
I’m linking up with Broke and Bookish for their meme Top Ten Tuesday…and this week’s prompt is “Ten Books Every X Should Read” — wherein you can remove “X” and insert “HUMAN WITH SIBLINGS”…or non-human. I’m not judging. **
* I actually have 5 siblings and would probably trade most of them for a book at various intervals. Because that’s the sibling life okay??? Mostly fictional siblings seem FAR more interesting. It’s probably because they get to fight dragons and have midnight pudding escapades together.
** This is also slightly inspired by the fact it was #NationalSiblingsDay recently.
Sibling Culture (That I Appreciate When Books Use)
- Hiding food so an undesirably hungry sibling doesn’t steal it. (Dangit, Bob.)
- Being called by every name EXCEPT yours because your parents were NOT sensible enough just to name all of you the same name and therefore save time/trouble.
- Buying siblings birthday/Christmas presents that you want because you can then borrow them….
- ….probably forever.
- Borrowing their clothes/shoes/hair brush/pet/best friend who’s possibly an alien
- Blaming them for various things they probably didn’t do but whatever
- Competing with them with in
ferociousfriendly sibling rivalry
- Trying to sell them — TO ANYONE — for a peanut because ANNOYING.
- Inside jokes
- Kindly torturing them with terrible nicknames
- WHITE CAT: Basically this series combines my two most FAVOURITE things in the universe, a) psychotic siblings, and b) heists and crime. A magical crime family? HELLO. HECK YES PLEASE AND THANK YOU. Plus Cassel is an adorable dork and his brothers are sociopaths and I promise the series is hilarious, bloody, and perfect. I mean, HELLO, it has this quote:
That’s family for you. Can’t live with them; can’t murder them.
- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN: I’m actually not entirely sure why Jude and Noah are on this list. THEY WERE REALLY HORRIBLE TO EACH OTHER FOR 84% OF THE BOOK. But. The book does talk about how damaging sibling rivalry can be. Plus this book is just precious. And so gorgeously written. AND TRAGIC. All it’s missing, really, is cake.
- A GAME OF THRONES: Um, so. This is an interesting one to put on the list considering it features siblings who burn each other’s faces off, kill each other for thrones, marry each other, and watch each other get their heads melted off/caved in/etc, etc. AHEM. But. Can we take a moment to remember that Jon Snow gave his little half-sister Arya a SWORD specifically made for her because a) he knew she wanted to learn, b) he believed she should and could learn, and c) he knew he’d probably never see her again but he wanted her safe. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT ADKLSADKJFAS.
- VANISHING GIRLS: Okay, so again, this isn’t the most healthy sister relationship of ever? I don’t want to be adopted into this family. In fact: please can they all go to group therapy FOR MABYE FOREVER???? Anyway. It’s still a thrilling book, like the BEST Lauren Oliver book I’ve ever read. (I’ve read, like, only 4, but stiiiiill.) But these sisters would kill each other and kill for each other AND ISN’T THAT DELIGHTFUL.
- THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE: You know those kind of parents that coordinate their kids names? Hmmm. Hello Mikey, Mel, and Meredith. BUT THAT ASIDE: this book made me sob because it so perfectly summed up what it’s like to live with engulfing anxiety. And the way Mel and Mikey totally took care of each other when they were having a Bad Anxiety Time??? YEAH, MY HEART IS MELTED IN FEELS.
- A GATHERING OF SHADOWS: Oh shush, I know I mentioned it last week. But I’m rapidly becoming a FANGIRL. #NotEvenSorry But Prince Rhy and his adopted brother, Kell, are THE BEST. They get each other into so. much. trouble and they always get each other out. (WELL. MAYBE ALWAYS. #LIES HAHAHAHAHA TEARS AND TRAUMA.) Also they are brothers. I have no words for anyone who ships them. EW. NO WORDS.
“What brings you to my room?” [Kell] asked, relief bleeding into annoyance.
“Adventure. Intrigue. Brotherly concern. Or,” continued the prince lazily, “perhaps I’m just giving your mirror something to look at besides your constant pout.”
Kell frowned, and Rhy smiled. “Ah, there it is! That famous scowl.”
- MY LIFE NEXT DOOR: How often do you read books with big families? VERY RARELY. So this book is GLORIOUS. It absolutely sums up what it’s like to live in a big family and I possibly felt great kinship to The Garretts. Anyway — there were at least a million kids in this book and it’s hysterical. (Also this book is NOT in the photo and that’s a great tragedy. But I don’t own it.)
- MARA DYER: Because Mara is probably spiralling into PTSD or schizophrenia or BOTH and yet her big brother Daniel just really cares. He’s awesome. He’s kind. I WANT A BROTHER LIKE DANIEL. (Although FYI: if your sister is possibly schizophrenic or just generally deranged, maaaaaybe don’t always cover for her so her parents think she’s fine? BECAUSE DUDE. SERIOUSLY. #BadIdea #SheNeedsHelp)
- THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: The Lightwood siblings are probably my FAVOURITES of ever. Okay, Isabelle is my favourite and Alec is very adorable (when he’s not being a grape brained idiot about his love-life) and then their adopted brother, Jace — it’s all very SIBLINGY and I love it. Families that stay together, slay together. Ohhh — and here’s an actual gif of these siblings arguments:
- THE LOST & FOUND: I literally just finished reading this and I absolutely need to EXPLODE and tell you about it’s adorableness. I mean, look at me. ME. Liking a contemporary. WHAT IS THIS LIFE. (Although to be fair it has a dose of magical realism too.) It’s basically created for anxious people who make internet friends, okay? OKAY. Also it features a brother-sister-twin-duo who really support each other. Louis has severe anxiety and Willa has no legs (they’re also half-Indian) and they’re far from perfect but they care. And they try. And why don’t I have an awesome twin, that’s the real question. Where can I order one from.