The reason I read novels is to enter a different world—to evaporate into the pages of a work only to be reanimated in its plot, upright and alongside the rich characters that comprise an author’s imaginative landscape. These characters become real to me. They’re my friends, family, and, sometimes, enemies. The better a novel, the deeper the bonds of connection that I form with its protagonist and their supporting players. It’s the reason I start a book, the reason I can’t stop, and the reason I return to it time and time again.
If you’re in the market for friendships galore, I have the perfect list of books that all feature strong friendships, familial ties, strong communities, or relationship bonds. By the time it’s over, you feel like you’re right there with them.