Best Bookish Families

by Hope Hanson
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Floral Aesthetic Selection Kiera Cass

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday post, everyone! Today’s topic is the best bookish families, everything from blood relations to found families. I really like this one and have a lot of options to choose from, but first: the original prompt.

World Family Day was on May 15, so to celebrate it this week’s prompt is about family dynamics in books! Family is not just who you are related to by blood, so you can even find some of your favorite found family examples.

(This month’s prompts were provided by Alex (The Scribe Owl). Top 5 Wednesday was originally created by GingerReadsLainey.)

Now, without further ado, here are my choices; I hope you enjoy them!

The Gangsey (The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater)

I’m starting to think I just can’t make a list without including The Raven Cycle. But how could I possibly leave the Gangsey off this list?! Honestly, I also really like the Lynch brothers; their relationship isn’t warm and fuzzy by any means, but their dynamics are still so interesting. Some of my favorite parts of the new Dreamer Trilogy books are the parts where we get to see them interact and get a deeper look into their relationships with one another.

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The Claremont-Dìaz Family (Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston)

This family is just so unconventional, but so amazing! Even if we didn’t include Nora and Zahra and the like as part of Alex’s family, there are still so many amazing characters among his immediate family. And, as I said, even though they’re far from average, I love their dynamic and the way they make things work. They went through a lot of rough patches, which McQuiston shows us in the book, but they end up in such a good place.

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The Singers and the Schreaves (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)

These books are kind of ridiculous (but also kind of fun, I won’t lie), but if there’s one thing I genuinely and simply liked about them, it was the family dynamics. Both in the original three books and the sequels, I loved the scenes where we got to see all the different siblings and the rest of the family interact. It was always just so sweet and a nice break from anything more serious in the plot!

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The Blackthorns from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

Full disclosure: I have yet to read Queen of Air and Darkness. But the first two books in this trilogy definitely renewed my interest in Cassandra Clare’s books; I didn’t like The Mortal Instruments series too much, but I liked these a lot better. A large part of that was how much I loved the family vibes and all of the Blackthorns, including Emma as an honorary family member, of course. They’re without a doubt one of the best bookish families, in my mind! Still, I am very behind on any of her books; I really need to get to reading them.

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The Crows (Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo)

We started this list with one of my two favorite found family examples. Now, let’s end it with the other. I absolutely love the Crows; every single one of them is just perfect. And can we reiterate that the casting for Shadow and Bone was just so good?! Seriously, I’m still a little in shock they did such a perfect job bringing these characters to life.

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So, I hope you enjoyed this list of some of the best bookish families. Of course, there are a lot more out there, but these are some of my favorites! If you want to weigh in on the topic, drop a comment down below and let me know which fictional families you love.

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