Top 10 Tuesday: Dynamic Duos

March 8, 2011

As you may remember Top 10 Tuesday is brought to you by the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (truth: i accidentally typed the Borke at first and then spent longer than i should have imitating the Sweedish Chef)  As always, in no particular order my Top 10 Dynamic Duos:




1. Cameron and Gonzo from Going Bovine by Libba Bray.  If you haven’t read this yet, why?!?  Road tripping, mad cow disease, and an awesome duo (trio if you count Balder) all written by an author who still tweets and blogs with two, not one, but TWO broken elbows.  Get on it right now.


2. Nick and Norah, Dash and Lily, Naomi and Ely  from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  These two authors write lovely duos and i couldn’t make myself pick only one.


3. Claudia and Jamie Kincaid from From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Kongisburg.  Really, what kid who read this book did not want to be part of this duo?  Or imagined who they would take with them to live in whatever museum or zoo or magical place they wanted to go.


4. Ruth and Idgie from Fried Green Tomatos at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  Might be one of my favorite love stories ever.


5. The Mouse and the Cookie, the Moose and the Muffin, the Pig and the Pancake, the Cat and the Cupcake from the If You Give a ____ a ________ series by Laura Numeroff.   i love these books so much.  And i love meese (yes, that is what i prefer the plural of moose to be even though i know very well what science and everything else says) so i love my copy of If You Give a Moose a Muffin, i used to read it to my girls at camp and it didn’t matter their age they still loved it.


6. Ursula and Matt from Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates.  i’ve been wanting to re-read this one for a while now, but these two (and the book itself, like all of Oates’ work) are lovely.


7.  Weetzie and Dirk from the Dangerous Angels Series by Francesca Lia Block.  i could have chosen Weetzie and My Secret Agent Lover Man or Dirk and Duck but i love the relationship between Weetzie and Dirk so much i had to go with them.


8. Matilda and Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl.  i used to wish i was Matilda and used to scan all my teachers for Miss Honey qualities.


9. Thomas and Dominick from I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.  This is one of the most awesome relationships written that  i’ve ever read.  i hope that sentence made sense.


10. Arnold (Junior) and Gordy from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Again there were a few choices here but i love the scene in science class that sort of breaks the ice between Arnold and Gordy.



  1. Ruth and Idgie is an amazing choice for this list. That is one of my favorite books of all time! I also love that you included Claudia and Jamie – Konigsburg is such a good writer. Great list!

    • Thanks! i agree, Konigsburg continues to amaze me with every book she comes out with.

  2. Miss Honey and Matilda! I love it! I love looking at everyone elses because I see things I didn’t think of!

    Here’s mine: http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday.html

    • i know, that’s one of my favorite parts of TTT too, i love blog hopping and reading people’s lists and finding things i missed or seeing interesting choices that make me add to my TBR pile.

    The mouse and the cookie! This is the ultimate win. Love your list

    • Thanks! i had fun with this one. The mouse and the cookie (and the rest of the gang) seemed natural choices. . . but i also really love cookies so that might have been an influence *shrugs*

  4. Jamie and Claudia! I’d move into that museum any day. Love the list- read most of them and think you picked some winners.

    • Thanks Ayn, let me know if you need a break from everything and i’d be more than happy to move into the museum with you for awhile.

  5. I totally forgot Ruth and Idgie from Fried Green Tomatoes and Matila and Miss Honey from Matilda! Good thing someone remembered them. 🙂 Also, I love the Mouse/Cookie, Moose/Muffin, etc. books! They’re so darling! Thank you for visiting my blog, and happy reading!

    • Thanks for the comment love. Fried Green Tomatoes and Matilda are two of my top books of all time so i always remember them, sometimes to the point i have to force myself to think of other choices. Oh well.

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