Monday, October 2, 2017

TTT: Ten Bookish Couples I Adore

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!

The topic this week is Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?

Well, here's the thing.  I'm not really one for book boyfriends.  (Or girlfriends.) . I'm happily married, and even if I swoon a bit for Kaz in Six of Crows, a) I'm old enough to be his mom and b) we wouldn't actually have much in common in real life.  Morally grey works better on the page than when you're sharing the same bills.

Therefore, I'm going to write about books that feature great boyfriends and girlfriends.  #RelationshipGoals, if you will.  Some of these are spoilers in that it takes a book or more before they actually become a couple, so proceed at your own risk.

1. Puck and Sean in The Scorpio Races are maybe my very favorite.  I mean, look at this romance and intelligence and humor and respect and heat and romance and gah they are so damn perfect.
“I say, 'I will not be your weakness, Sean Kendrick.'
Now he looks at me. He says, very softly, 'It's late for that, Puck.”
“I think every now and then about Sean’s thumb pressed against my wrist and daydream about him touching me again. But mostly I think about the way he looks at me – with respect – and I think that’s probably worth more than anything.”
“You two are a strange pair. You are a pair, aren't you?"
"We're in training.” 

2. Anne and Gilbert in the Anne of Green Gables series. I guess technically they were girlfriend and boyfriend in Anne of The Island and Anne of Windy Poplars, where these quotes are from. Talk about a slow burn romance here.  I love that they both date other people and take time to find themselves before committing to marriage. But once they're sure, they can see they've known it all along.

“Anne laughed.  'I don't want sunbursts or marble halls, I just want you.'”
and in her letter to him while they're engaged:
“Gilbert darling, don't let's ever be afraid of things. It's such dreadful slavery. Let's be daring and adventurous and expectant. Let's dance to meet life and all it can bring to us, even if it brings scads of trouble and typhoid and twins!"  

3. Kaz and Inej in Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom.  Not an easy or obvious relationship, and I doubt they'd call themselves a couple.  But we all know better.
“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” 

4. Lazlo and Sarai in Strange the Dreamer I love how they fall in love in their dreams.  Sigh.  Really need that sequel, by the way, Ms. Taylor.  Like, NOW.
“I think you're a fairy tale. I think you're magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you'll let me be in your story.” 

5. Ari and Dante in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I actually really love their parents as couples (and parents), but they don't qualify as boyfriend/girlfriend.
“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.”

6. Simon and Baz in Carry On  Enemies to lovers FTW.
“He's still looking in my eyes. Staring me down like he did that dragon, chin tilted and locked. "I'm not the Chosen One," he says.
I meet his gaze and sneer. My arm is a steel band around his waist. "I choose you," I say. "Simon Snow, I choose you.”

7. Nathan and Gabriel in the Half Bad series.  Definite upgrade, Nathan!  Well done!
“You've been away a long time. Were you lost?

I was wounded, not lost.”

8. Like, all the couples in the Lunar Chronicles.  Seriously.  So cute.  I can't even pick my favorite, so they get a group entry.  (It did kind of bug me that they were all hetero and neatly paired though.  But only when I really stopped to think.  As I was reading, I just enjoyed it.)
“I knew they would kill me when they found out, but…” He struggled for words, releasing a sharp breath. “I think I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.” 
On a different note:
“Thorne shuffled his feet. “You know, if it was a bad kiss, you can just say so.”
She stiffened. “That’s not at all what I … Wait. Did you think it was a bad kiss?”“No,” he said, with an abrupt, clumsy laugh. “I thought it was … um.” He cleared his throat. “But there were clearly a lot of expectations, and a lot of pressure, and…” He squirmed in the chair. “We were going to die, you know.”“I know.” She squeezed her knees into her chest. “And, no, it wasn’t … I didn’t think it was a bad kiss.”
“Oh, thank the stars.”  

9. Emmy and Oliver in Emmy and Oliver.  When your names are the title of the book, it's no spoiler to call you a couple.  Like Romeo & Juliet, but with less dying.
“The only way I could describe what kissing him felt like was, like the last day of school, knowing that months of freedom and sunshine lay before you, the feeling that you could do anything you wanted and time stretched out in endless possibilities.” 

10. Ansa and Thyra in The Crooked Queen  Sorry, I have no quotes, or rather, Goodreads let me down.  


  1. I totally know what you mean about book crushes that would be pretty well terrible to be in a relationship with in real life,lol. I love my tortured, emotionally disciplined book heroes, like Kaz (who made my list) and many others. Anyway, nice twist on this list and I love all the relationships you mention that I've read (Puck and Sean, Kaz and Inej, Anne and Gilbert, The Lunars:).

  2. Oh yes! <3 Emmy & Oliver! Such a good choice. :-)

  3. I love Strange the Dreamer and Scorpio Races. What wonderful books and the couples are so sweet. My Top Literary Crushes, reprise

  4. Anne and Gilbert is one of my all time favorites! ...and I need to continue Half Bad. Lastly, Winter and Jacin is my favorite from The Lunar Chronicles.

  5. Anne and Gilbert are probably y absolute favorite literary couple of all time. End of story! :)

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  6. I love your tweak of the prompt this week. I just couldn't get into bookish boyfriends either. Truth is what appeals at sixteen is far from what appeals at sixty. Thank goodness.

  7. Same here, Ashley. Anne and Gilbert were the perfect match in every single way.

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  8. Great list!
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  9. Hi! Emmy & Oliver has been on my TBR forever. Forever! I must get to it. Great list :)
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  10. Most of my favorite book characters would make terrible real-life boyfriends. I agree with you about Ari and Dante and Simon and Baz. I love those couples.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. GILBERT! <3
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  12. Some of these books look really interesting (thanks for quadrupling the size of my TBR!)

    Have a great week. - Katie

  13. Anne and Gilbert are probably one of my most dearly loved literary couples. *heart eyes*

  14. Interesting list. Anne & Gilbert, yes!

  15. Oooh this is so fun! Of the ones I have read, I definitely agree! I liked Sean and Puck, and of course Kaz and Inej. LOVE Lazlo and Sarai and Emmy and Oliver. But the one I love the MOST is Nathan and Gabriel, I shipped that SO. HARD. Have you read the whole series? Curious as to what you think :D

    1. I did read the whole series. The ending is...weird? But I'm okay with it? I guess?

  16. Hi, what a lovely post!! <3 OMO I LOVE MANY of these couples!! ANNE and GILBERT, and PUCK and SEAN!! Top 2!! YAS!

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