Yakkety Yak, Let’s Chat … He’s Not Heavy; He’s My Brother

Posted May 20, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Yakkety Yak Let's Chat / 22 Comments

Yakkety Yak Let's Chat

Years ago I saw the quote ‘No, he’s not heavy; he’s my brother’ as the old slogan for Father Flanagan’s Boys Town Children’s Home in Nebraska.  It stuck with me (because I happen to have a younger brother and lordy was that boy heavy when he started growing, LOL) and came to mind when recently I noticed a movement in the US called National Sibling’s Day celebrated on April 10th.

I thought this was pretty cool and I only noticed we have this just this year in spite of the fact that it’s been around for nearly 20 years (how did I miss the retail card displays because I know they would have jumped on this one for a marketing opportunity).  The Indians did get there first as they have a holiday similar in their country so I guess it’s an Int’l thing as well.

Anyhoots, naturally, I got to thinking along the lines of books with this and realized that I have a great affinity for book series that focus on family and siblings.  I was going to list all the ones I’ve read to prove this when I realized that it would be an extremely long list. Ha, sort of proves my point.

I chose to do a Top Ten style affair instead and I limited my offerings to strictly series that focus on siblings though there are even more if you broaden to series that have a family is where you make it theme.  Oh, and for the sake of space and time, I sometimes list an author only once though they wrote more than one series of siblings.

  1. Claudia Connor’s McKinney/Walker series.  Contemporary series set mostly in Eastern US.
  2. Tillie Cole’s Carillo Boys. New Adult Contemporaries set around university and sports and gangs.
  3. Grace Burrowes’ Windhams. Historicals set around the Duke of Windham’s children in England.
  4. Lisa Bingham’s Taggart Brothers. Contemporary Westerns set in Utah ranch country.
  5. Gail Koger’s Coletti Warlords. Sci-Fi Rom Com set around humans vs. hostile aliens
  6. Linda Broday’s Men of Legend. Historical Western Texas Frontier
  7. Joanne Rock’s Heartache, TN. Contemporary small town
  8. Louis L’Amour’s The Sacketts. Yeah, I went old-style pure Western on this one.
  9. Cecy Robson’s O’Brien Family. Contemporary Philadelphia Irish.
  10. Rebecca Zanetti’s Sins Brothers.  Sci-Fi Rom Suspense.  Military Black Ops Enhanced Human

Take a gander and then let me know if you have favorite series that focus on family and siblings.  Happy belated Siblings Day to our Delighted Reader folks!

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  • RO

    Over the years I’ve read a ton of really good stories that are family oriented, but for the life of me, I can’t remember any of them except for Catherine Anderson, who I absolutely adore. I’m sure if I go through my bookcases, I’ll find a lot of other really good ones, but I fear age is starting to mess with my memory a little. (lol) Happy Saturday!

    • Oh yes, I’ve read a couple Catherine Anderson sibling stories in her Mystic Creek series. I know what you mean about memory issues, Ro. 🙂

  • Love the Zanetti brothers in both her series. Jaci Burton writes really great siblings, too, I think. Great picks!

    • Oh yes, Burton’s sports family ones and even her Hope series are great ones for siblings. Good call, there.

  • I’ve read some good books where the siblings are having fun arguing with each other and that always strikes a cord with me because that’s how my younger brother and I are together.

    • Yes, the sibling grumbling at each other stuff gets me laughing, too. Maybe for the same reasons, Mary. LOL

  • I also am quite fond of siblings in books, they always have such interesting dynamics. I remember reading about quadruplets this year and I also like those romance series where each book follows a different sibling. The first one to come to mind is Jill Shalvis her Cedar Ridge series. Great list! Joanne Rock’s Heartache series is a good one, I’ve only read the first two books, but I hope to get to the rest later this year. I do already have the other 3 books, so that’s handy.

    • I need to read more Jill Shalvis and I have that particular series on my wish list. I got stopped at book two of Rock’s series, too, and need to keep going. 🙂

  • What a great idea for a post! I also love series about families – brothers in particular, for some unknown reason. My two favorites are both old school – the Chesapeake Bay series by Nora Roberts and the Hometown Heartbreakers from Susan Mallery. I remember stalking used book stores for the older installments of that series. I found them all but one, and then Amazon came along and fixed that for me! LOL

    • Oh cool, Nora Roberts did one. I’ve been meaning to try her books. Oh yes, I remember the old days of hunting down backlists before Amazon. 🙂 Treasure hunting!

  • What a fun post. I have a weakness for companion series with siblings and families

    • They are my kryptonite, too, Kimberly. 🙂

  • Adriana Garcia

    Aw, I think this is wonderful. I love sibling books so much! Any family related books are the BEST.
    I can’t believe that quote. I just see it as weird and rude. My brother’s weren’t big growing up. We were all skinny, still are except one.

    • It was fun making up the list of favorites. I had so many more series I could have added. Maybe I should have made it a top 20.

      LOL, it can appear a harsh statement at first, but its actually something sweet about an older orphan seeing the younger ones as family rather than just burdens to deal with. There’s an old movie about the BoysTown orphanage with Spencer Tracy as Father Flannagan.

  • I love this. I have several series with brothers. Like you, I’m a huge fan of the Sin Brothers/Blood Brothers series. There’s also Demonica by Larissa Ione. Dark Protectors by Rebecca Zanetti. Rafferty series by Shiloh Walker. I’m sure there are others that I’m just not remembering. There’s also the brothers in bonds, even if not blood.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, adore the Sins boys and the vamps in her Dark Protectors. I still need to read the Demonica series and Shiloh’s since they are both on the shelf. 🙂

      Yes, agreed that there are really some good bond brothers ones, too, Melanie. Our lists could be so long. 🙂

  • Yes, there are so many and I love that. I look forward to the next McKinney-Walker which should be out soon I hope.

    • If you remember, please let me know when it comes out. I am invested in those books! Thanks!

      • Will do! Nothing being announced just yet.

        Oh, not sure if you’re interested, but there is a crossover novella from a different series that comes after Worth the Wait and is about Mia’s (heroine of Worth the Wait) brother Owen. It’s called Where I Belong.

        • Thanks! I will definitely check it out!

  • I also like series like that that feature a different sibling in each book. Good idea to do a top ten, I can imagine your list would get quite long if you attempted to list them all. I’ve only read the Heartache series by Joanne Rock so far from those on your list, although I still have to finish that one. But I can remember quite some series I read with different siblings that each get their book. It’s fun how books are connected that way and I also like seeing all the siblings interact.

    • Yes, I like that format for a series, too. I still get the whole family, but get to know each sibling better when they get their books. haha! I think the O’Briens is my favorite for sibling interaction.