Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Relationships

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Five little paper boats sitting on a light blue surface. The one out in front is red, the two behind that one are blue, and the last two are teal. I had a bit of an adventure trying to find a good stock photo for this week’s post.

So many of the pictures under tags like friendship and relationship presumed I was only talking about romance or that I wanted to see photos of people laughing together without any context as to what was so funny.

There’s nothing wrong with those answers, of course, they just quite weren’t what I was hoping for this time around. Luckily, I eventually found something that left a bit more scope for the imagination as Anne Shirley would say.

Book cover for Waswanipi by  Jean-Yves Soucy. Image on cover is a photograph of a lake and a small range of mountains (or large range of hills) that are part of Cree territory. The sky above is blue and mostly clear. The scene is placid and there are no people around.

1. Waswanipi by  Jean-Yves Soucy

This memoir was never finished, but the portion of it that could be published provided such an interesting glimpse into what Cree life was like before Europeans disrupted it. I enjoyed seeing how every member of the tribe relied on others to survive and how they came together to work on problems. That’s really all I can say without giving you too many spoilers, but the relationships between the folks mentioned in this book were beautiful.


Book cover for A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1) by Becky Chambers. Image on cover is a drawing of a winding dirt road through a forest that the viewer sees from above. There are multiple trees and bushes next to the road that begins on the bottom left with a person pedaling a little metal home around. And, at the end of the path, a robot waits to greet them!

2. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this book on many other Top Ten Tuesday themes before. If you’re curious about this series but haven’t read it yet, maybe all of this repetition will convince you to give it a try. Hehe.

Sibling Dex (a human) and Mosscap (a robot) didn’t seem to have much in common at first glance, but I loved discovering all of their similarities and seeing how their friendship blossomed.


Book cover for Don't Cry for Me by Daniel Black. Image on cover is a painting of the side of a black man’s face as he stands next to an empty yellow road and stares at something the viewer cannot see. The road disappears over the top of a hill, and you can see a setting sun in the distance.


3. Don’t Cry for Me by Daniel Black

This is sort of an unusual choice for this prompt because of how lonely and isolated Jacob was as he neared the end of his life. The relationship aspect comes in when he recalled his difficult childhood and how his older brother protected him from their sometimes violent grandfather. Those sorts of bonds can last forever.


Book cover for The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler. Image on cover shows an unsettling painting of a garden where strange, spindly blue and white flowers grow. In the distance, a reptile-like alien hides in the mist.


4. The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler

The protagonist of this novella was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As she struggles to remember the present and sometimes mixes up the past with her current life, she also discovers aliens living in her backyard.

The friendship she strikes up with them was as unexpected as it was mesmerizing. If only this one had a sequel.

I look forward to reading all of your answers!


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68 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Relationships

  1. Joanne

    Don’t Cry for Me sounds very interesting.

  2. You had me at “novella” and “finds aliens in her backyard” for The Necessity of Stars. That’s gonna get added to my TBR. (I’m really into sci-fi novellas right now)

    Dex and Mosscap cracked me up on several occasions throughout the two books so far. And also touched me when they’d have their quiet, existential crisis moments together. I can’t wait for more to the story and their friendship!

  3. I love Dex and Mosscap! I drew an absolute blank on this week’s topic (and just didn’t have the time to put much thought into it) — this pairing is a great one!

  4. Writing a novel from the POV of a person with Alzheimers sounds like a real challenge! I had several Star Trek references because they’re some of the few I revisit enough to remember!

  5. I use repeat books WAY too often on my lists, so I understand this. I think I used to be varied and better about repeats, but now it’s like I just go with it either way. 😉 Your last title sounds interesting! Not one I’ve seen but that sounds like one unique premise. Thanks a bunch for visiting my website today.

  6. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    The Necessity of Stars certainly has a unique premise!

  7. The relationship in #4 sounds really special.

  8. Andi

    Interesting list! I use repeat authors a lot so I understand that!

  9. Wow! What unusual, interesting, and unexpected choices. Great work.

  10. I read A Psalm for the Wild-Built just last month, and loved the relationship between the two characters.

  11. Kristi Drillien

    I like your take on the relationships you chose for the prompts.

  12. I like your reasons for the books you chose. I have not read any of them. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Have a great rest of your week!

  13. I really need to get to Psalm. I feel like I’m getting behind on her books. 🙂

  14. Monk & Robot is a good answer for anything! I also hope more people discover the joys of that series.

    My TTT:

  15. I’m glad you enjoyed these!

  16. Poinsettia

    I’ve not read any of these books, but they do sound intriguing! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  17. I read Don’t Cry For Me and it was so heartbreaking. With your mention of Anne Shirley, I’m surprised you didn’t add Anne of Green Gables. Very interesting list, Lydia.

  18. Quite an assortment of books. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier today.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  19. “… she also discovers aliens living in her backyard.” lol – that is an irresistible detail.

  20. I really need to read A Psalm For The Wild Built

  21. I’ve read other books by Becky Chambers so I’ll try this one. Great list!

  22. Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

    They sound like lovely books. I don’t read many books about friendship. I read more murder mystery and romance 😂

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  23. Some interesting books there, Lydia. Thanks for presenting them.

    And thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

  24. These books all sound so interesting! I’ve never heard of most of them. Everybody seems to love the Wild Robot series. I might just have to try it, even though it sounds like it’s outside of my reading comfort zone.

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!


  25. Dex and Moscap do have a great relationship. They are so different from each other yet in some ways they can really connect too.

  26. I haven’t read any and I have a feeling I should put them on my tbr

  27. I must get to Psalm soon. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things!

  28. Several of these are on my TBR so I’m glad to hear they have such great relationships in them.

  29. Great job this week! I found myself overwhelmed by this topic. There’s so many relationships to choose from. Happy reading this week, Lydia!

  30. Such an interesting list of character relationships. I’m not familiar with any of these books but you have me intrigued and I will have to check them out.

  31. Yay for Psalm for the Wild-Built 😍 I can’t wait to continue reading Monk & Robot’s adventures. Also, The Necessity of Stars sounds amazing? I will definitely have to check it out. Great list!

  32. I do think it’s interesting that anytime you say “relationship,” the default is automatically romance. Like we don’t have plenty of other types of relationships in our lives!

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but I definitely need to give A Psalm for the Wild-Built a go!

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