Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Friend Groups #Squadgoals

“Top 5 Wednesday” is a weekly meme currently hosted on Goodreads by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes, where you list your top 5 for the week’s chosen topic. This week’s topic is: Favourite Friend Groups.

Me: *Muttering* I will not make this post all about Dragon Age and Final Fantasy and anime. I will not make this post all about Dragon Age and Final Fantasy and anime. I will not–

Me #2: Oh, please. You know you want to.

Me: …….I will not–

Me #2: C’mon. Just do one.

Me: ….

I’m weak and it’s late (why oh why do I keep writing these posts at 1 AM??), so I added one Dragon Age to the list. But the rest are examples from books and you’re spared from having to scroll through a 5000-word essay on how much I love Bioware and Final Fantasy games. For today, anyway!


1. The Raven Cycle Kids

I’m only halfway through the series right now but I’m already very much in love with the Blue + Raven Boys dynamic. These kids could not be more different from one another, but they still somehow manage to fit together perfectly. And I love how Gansey is the one who holds them all together.


2. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Carmen, Bridget, Tibby, Lena

Image result for sisterhood of the travelling pants

I have no idea how the Travelling Pants series holds up as an adult but I adored it when I was 12-14 years old. These girls supported each other unconditionally in every way, regardless of the distance between them, and I found that to be so inspiring and moving. It offers such a positive depiction of female friendships that we always need more of in YA.


3. Kings of the Wyld – Saga

Kings of the Wyld

Saga used to be a mega-famous mercenary group back in the day and now, decades later, they’re a bunch of retired middle-aged men with families, beer guts, and confidence issues. And I love them to bits–especially their willingness to drop everything to help out one of their members.

As individuals they were each of them fallible, discordant as notes without harmony. But as a band they were something more, something perfect in its own intangible way.


4. The Gentleman Bastards

Lies of Locke

The dynamic of Locke, Jean, Calo, and Galdo (and later, Sabetha) is one of the main things that make The Gentleman Bastards series so addictive and compelling. They may drive each other crazy, but their love runs deep and wide and they’ll do just about anything–kill, rob (well, more so than usual), sacrifice–for one another.

“Bug,” Calo said, “Locke is our brother and our love for him knows no bounds. But the four most fatal words in the Therin language are ‘Locke would appreciate it.'”

“Rivalled only by ‘Locke taught me a new trick,'” added Galo.

“The only person who gets away with Locke Lamora games …”

“… is Locke …”

“… because we think the gods are saving him up for a really big death. Something with knives and hot irons …”

“… and fifty thousand cheering spectators.”


5. Dragon Age 2 – Hawke and Co.

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I will defend this game until the day I die because, among other things, DA2 is the “found family” trope at its finest. In this ensemble we have a lady guard captain, a pirate captain, an elven blood mage, a storytelling dwarf, a former slave, a would-be revolutionary, plus Hawke the protagonist and their sweet sister/asshole brother. While calling them “friends” might be a bit of a stretch–half of them hate each other and the other half just want some peace and quiet in their lives–they’re most definitely family. A weird, dysfunctional family who go on murder sprees adventures together.


And there you have it! Tell me about your favourite friend groups! (I’m gonna take a wild, wild guess that one of them’s Harry/Ron/Hermione)

50 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Friend Groups #Squadgoals

  1. auroralibrialis says:

    I love this list! So many wonderful friendships 💕 Blue + the Raven Boys and the members of Saga would’ve totally been on my list as well. I haven’t read the Traveling Pants books in ages, but now I kind of want to reread them to see how they hold up. Plus I really am THAT thirsty for some positive female friendships in books!

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  2. jennifertarheelreader says:

    Well, the only one I really know is the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants so I’ll cheat and say that one? 😂 I think you know that I only recently bought my first HP because I’m the only person in the world that hasn’t read it, but I WILL read it, and I’m sure I’ll be updating my answer. Great post, Kathy! ♥️

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  3. Justine says:

    OMG I haven’t read any books on this list but own a few of them lol…The quotes from Locke Lamora makes it seem like a funny read. Would you say they banter like Bridge Four? Man, I’m going to have to do this prompt again someday. I love friendship groups!

    And lol at your chant in the intro! I gave myself a one anime limit!

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  4. Gerry@TheBookNookUK says:

    Hahaha! I love your comment at the end about Harry/ Ron/ Hermione. I did this post as well and I did mention them at the beginning just to get them out of the way. I love them but they were *too* obvious!

    Glad to see you have some unique ones here!


  5. sjhigbee says:

    I love this post:)). My favourite friend group is Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick – the famous coven that features in Terry Pratchett’s fabulous Discworld series. I love the dynamic between the three witches – and my heroine is Granny Weatherwax, but given I’m now a grandmother three times over – perhaps I should model myself on Nanny Ogg?

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  6. Ayunda says:

    I only read two books from the series but I loved the relationship between the sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ❤ Also of course the Raven Cycle gang is one of the most adorable friendship groups ever.

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  7. Mo @ Novelish says:

    So this comment is like a week late (oops), but hi, yes times a thousand to the DA2 crew. I love them all so much. I haven’t had any time for video gaming lately, but the Dragon Age crews made such a huge mark on me that I still think about all those characters years after playing the games. I’m hoping I have the time to go back and replay at least DAO and DA2 sometime when I have a break from school.

    Also, I really need to find time to read the Gentleman Bastards series! I’ve consistently heard great things about it.

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    • Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

      Haha no worries! And YAY, another Dragon Age fan! I replayed the DA series so many times but the characters and the story somehow never become stale. I hope you you get a chance to replay them again! 😀 And the Gentleman Bastards series is a hell of a lot of fun. I’m chomping at the bits for any news on book 4


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