25 Books About Friendship for Adults

If you’re not familiar with our story, we started the Book Girls’ Guide as two best friends, living in different states, with a shared love of books. So, it only made sense for us to curate a list of the best novels about friendship!

Three angled covers of books about friendship in shades of pink, purple and blue. The center book is titled The Bright Side Running Club.

The Book Girls Friendship Story

Our own friendship started in 2014 at a conference for home decor bloggers (Angela also owns BlueiStyle.com and Melissa owns PolishedHabitat.com). Soon, we learned we’d both be at another conference later that year and agreed to be roommates. Before leaving the second trip, we had already schemed up a trip to New York City with our spouses. Over the past 8 years, we’ve spent time in more than 10 different cities for both work and fun.

We’ve had some unforgettable experiences along with way. From seeing the original cast of Hamilton on Broadway to both being named “Stylemakers” by Better Homes & Gardens magazine the same year, and from accidentally chatting with one of The Temptations in Beverly Hills to being photographed with Kelly Osborne and making it into her Instagram feed, it’s been a crazy 8 years.

So, it’s only appropriate that Book Girls’ Guide started on one of these trips! In the fall of 2019, Angela flew from her home in Denver to Melissa’s house in Tulsa. Then, we started a road trip to a conference in Austin. Along the way, we stopped at Magnolia Market in Waco.

While waiting on the patio for lunch, the idea of a shared book recommendation site was born. In the next few hours, as we continued our drive to Austin, we never stopped brainstorming. By the time we reached our hotel, we had picked the name, purchased the domain, and set up social media accounts!

By the next morning, we had a logo, the shell of the website, and a list of over 100 post ideas. It was fast and fabulous!

We hoped people would enjoy the site and that it would be fun project for us to tackle together. But, we underestimated how well you would respond to the Decades Challenge, Book Voyage Reading Challenge, Lifetime of Reading Challenge, and the Read with the Book Girls Facebook group. Our kind readers make all the long hours are so worth it. Plus, our friendship is better than ever!

Themes in Friendship Books

We hope this list of books about female friendship (plus a couple of can’t-miss male picks) will bring lots of good memories of someone that has been a brilliant friend to you! We’ve selected friendship books that cover a variety of genres, time periods, and life experiences.

The main characters in the friendship fiction titles on the list below range from teens to middle-aged to elderly. If you’re interested in reading books about best friends during a certain season of life, check out these books lists. We’ve curated recommendations for each decade of life (characters in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc.).

Books About Friendship

Books About Friendship (Text over book covers)

Friendship Books to Share With Your Friends

There are also many great children’s books – from picture books, like the animal friends in A Sick Day for Amos McGee, to early readers, like the Ivy & Bean series – that help teach the value of friendship. They’re sweet books to help your child make fast friends when they head off to school or daycare for the first time.


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  1. I would add ‘Anne of Green Gables’ and the The Devine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood’.

  2. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood stands out to me as one of the best books ever written on female friendship. So fun to read about life in the South and in a simpler time. One of my all time favorites!

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  4. Beth Ferguson says:

    Thank you so much for starting this reading challenge! What a wonderful idea you both came up with. I read books that I was not familiar with and books that I would have never picked up and loved them all. I was awakened to events that happened that I was unaware of (Radium Girls) and loved reading about the different time periods. I am looking forward to seeing the 2021 reading challenge!

    1. Melissa George says:

      We’re thrilled that you enjoyed it and learned some new things this year through the challenge. Radium Girls was an eye-opening book for us as well. We can’t wait to share the plan for 2021 along with the first list!