*I would like to announce up front that I am writing this post before I watch any of the new episodes so firstly, please don’t spoil and secondly, how excited are you? BECAUSE I AM BEYOND EXCITED!*
Okay, let’s be honest. Everyone was at least a little bit excited when the new episodes of Gilmore Girls were announced. I definitely was! I wasn’t a watcher when it was first on TV – and I don’t think there would have been a place to watch them on UK television at that time anyway. I began watching the series in the summer of 2011, which was the perfect time. I had just finished high school and was preparing to go off to university. I had actually just started season 4 – Rory’s beginning of her Yale adventure – when I moved away, which was very apt. It was exactly what I needed at that time and it’s been treasured ever since.
One of the things I love the most about GG is the love. And no, not just romantic love, I mean the family love. There are so many amazing family friendships and strong friendships in general. It was the brilliant family dynamics that made the show so watchable for me. I wanted to know their stories and watch their relationships develop.
So whether you’re like me and thinking forward to the upcoming episodes, or you’ve perhaps stumbled across this post after binge-watching them, here are some awesome books with great “familyships” and friendships to keep to going until your next GG series rewatch!
You didn’t think I’d get through this post without including this book, did you? Silly you. Of course I’d mention this because it’s a new favourite and it’s got a wonderful family of characters. Elsa and her family (and extended family of people she lives near) are a brilliant mix of humour, sadness and adventure. A very uplifting book and beautifully written. You can read my review here.
I’ve read a few of Krauss’ books now and this is by far my favourite. I’ve read it numerous times and leave feeling reborn each time. There are lots of stories tangled into one in this novel, but there are some wonderful familial moments in this book. Gut-wrenching at times, yes, but ultimately worthwhile.
Another recent read but I had to add it in. Anne is such an enthusiastic character (and she reminds me a little of Lorelai when she does her “odes to Coffee”). She forms some wonderful friendships in the book and loves her adoptive parents fiercely. For some tender family moments, this is a must read. My review is here too.
The friendship between Beth and Jennifer just feels so genuine. They clearly care about each other and support each other through the struggles of life. Doesn’t everyone need a friend like that?!
I literally finished this book last night and it was so empowering and brilliant. I really enjoyed it and walked away from the book with a new way of looking at life, and focusing on the positives. I get the same feeling when I watch GG – they are just ordinary people leading ordinary lives but they build each other up and have each others’ backs. Read this if you need the wind put back in your sails. Review coming soon!
Okay, I’m off to watch another couples of episodes and eagerly await the new ones. I hope you enjoy them too – and find a little bit of that GG feeling inside each one of these reads. Happy reading and watching, all!