While boyfriends and best friends come and go, sisterhood is a bond for life. From the good old days of gushing over the Olsen twins to spending quality time with your gal pals as semi-adults, our bond with our sisters has evolved into one of our closest grown-up relationships (sibling rivalry… psh). So in order to celebrate our fave ladies on the daily, we’re packing our reading list with 11 heartfelt books about sisters.
1. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews ($16): Trust us — this book is amazing. In this story, Toews tackles the serious subject of suicide and how self-harm can majorly impact an entire family. You’ll fall in love with Yolandi and her sister Elfrieda in the very first paragraph.
2. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ($19): When her sister is taken by the cruel Goblin King, Liesl has no choice but to give up her post at the family business and set off on a dangerous quest to save her sister’s life. You won’t be able to put this magical coming-of-age story down.
3. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld ($28): This retelling of Pride and Prejudice is definitely one to binge read (and no, there aren’t any zombies). In this version, Liz is a late-thirties magazine writer and Jane is a yoga instructor. Combining all the things we love about the classic with twists and turns aplenty, Sittenfeld’s adaptation is a fascinating tale of sisterly love and rivalry that’ll make even the most diehard Austen fan swoon.
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake ($18): On the island of Fennbirn, one set of royal triplets is born every generation. Each possessing unique magic, the queens must battle each other — to the death — on their 16th birthday for the crown. It’s Hunger Games meets Red Queen and we’re flipping obsessed.
5. One by Sarah Crossan ($18): If you thought you and your sister were close, wait until you read this moving story about two extremely bonded conjoined twins. A dangerous illness makes them consider having separation surgery that could endanger both their lives, all while dealing with the everyday complexities of high school.
6. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn ($27): Jamaican-born Margo is used to trading her sexuality for survival, but she won’t let the same thing happen to her younger sister Thandi and works tirelessly to send her to school. This important book about intersectionality and sisterly love will definitely tug at your heart strings.
7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult ($17): We know it’s an oldie, but Jodi Picoult’s classic tale is one of our fave sister books of all time… just make sure you have your tissues ready before you dive in (and schedule a movie viewing with your own sis after you finish!).
8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ($19): This book about growing up and growing apart is incredibly moving. Rowell’s highly acclaimed novel stunningly showcases the delicate balance between not wanting to let go of comforting childhood memories and finding your way in the real world as a young adult.
9. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez ($16): After the Garcia sisters are forced to leave their home in the Dominican Republic for NYC, they quickly learn how to adapt to the city. From straightening their hair to rocking fringe bell bottoms, these sisters will learn the complicated balance between honoring their heritage and finding their place in a new culture… all with the support of their sisters.
10. Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung ($16): Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, Janie’s family has lost a daughter in every generation. Now her sister Hannah has cut all ties with her fam and Janie is tasked to bring her back. It’s the perfect book to dive into if you and your sis have a *slightly* more complicated relationship.
11. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells ($14): Even though these ladies aren’t *technically* sisters, they are definitely gals that are bonded for life. Hilarious, witty, and full of love, this classic tale definitely deserves to be a book club staple with your own sister.
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