Favorite Book Couples | Top Ten Tuesday

Since it’s February and the week of Valentine’s day, That Artsy Reader Girl has created a Top Ten Tuesday that features Favorite Couples in Books. I felt I couldn’t pass this up because I have some pretty strong feelings about book couples and I have many, many favorites. So in addition to my Top 5 Tuesday Recommendations for Ravenclaws that I’ve posted this Tuesday, I’m also including this one! Enjoy!

Celia & Marco – The Night Circus

Cover of Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus"

When I first read this book, I was blown away by the story. It was amazing that such a magical world could come to life on the page.

I was also ridiculously infatuated with Celia and Marco, two magicians who fall in love. It is their magic that first draws them to each other – they are in awe of each other and soon become each other’s biggest fans. Get yourself someone who is the biggest stan of your work and will support you no matter what.

R & Julie – Warm Bodies

Cover of Isaac Marion's "Warm Bodies"

I was a bit wary of the premise when I first started reading Warm Bodies, but that quickly changed to love.

I know the idea of a zombie main character sounds crazy and probably boring, but Marion’s writing is superb and R is one of the funniest main characters you will ever read. His grows throughout the novel and his infatuation with Julie is so sweet and their love literally is magic.

Come for the zombies, stay for the super cute romance.

Ella & Charmont – Ella Enchanted

If you follow this blog, you will come to realize that Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books of all time and I will use any excuse to put it on a list.

This list, however, is perfect, because Ella and Char are one of my absolute most favorite book couples ever and I dare you to find me one I’ll love better.

Perhaps it’s because I love friends to lovers stories, but truly, Char and Ella are so perfect for each other. Their each other’s best friend and they admire and respect each other in addition to being ridiculously in love with one another. Their love is pretty perfect and I root for them every time.

Lyra & Will – His Dark Materials Series

Covers of "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife," and "The Amber Spyglass."

I love, love, love this series and it’s definitely one of the best sci-fi/fantasy series I’ve ever read.

The romance is minimal. SPOILER ALERT, but Lyra and Will don’t get together until the final book, but it also happens to be one of the most HEARTBREAKING things I’ve ever read. You have to read it to understand what I’m talking about but if you have read it, than you’ll know that, for real, it’s one of the most bittersweet romances you’ll ever read.

Still, Lyra and Will are perfect for each other. Their comrades and their friends, they’ve been through hell together and they have each other’s backs. They’re both young and impulsive but they’re also true to each other and they both recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They’re just so boss and cute at the same time.

Grace & Sam – Shiver

Cover to Maggie Stiefvater's "Shiver"

I could count the whole Wolves of Mercy Falls series, but I wanted to focus on Shiver because it’s the beginning of Grace & Sam as a couple.

I love this series and Stiefvater writes such magical stories. The struggles and obstacles that Grace and Sam have to go through to be together are heartrending and so difficult to read, but it’s worth it because they have such a fierce love for one another.

Grace is such a strong character and she is one of those people who will do anything to save the one she loves. Sam is very similar and it’s one of the best things about their relationship. They both fight hard for each other and their love is a testament to this fight.

Catherine & Henry – Northanger Abbey

Cover to Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey"

My favorite Jane Austen story and one with such a cute romance. The thing I like best about Catherine and Henry is that their love come so easily. They meet at a ball, establish a friendship, and before they know it, they’re in love. While that might seem overly simple, when you read the book, it really is incredibly cute and light.

Catherine is definitely one of Austen’s most endearing characters and I really connect with her on a “caught up in a book” level. She’s so into fantastical stories that she can sometimes get carried away. That’s why Henry is her perfect match. He grounds her and looks after her, and not in an overbearing or dismissive way. He really is infatuated with her and it’s adorable.

Hannah & Finny Boone – Paper Valentine

Cover to Brenna Yvanoff's "Paper Valentine"

I know most might consider this an odd choice, but I’ve decided to run with it.

Ultimately, the romance in this story is quite minimal and though some might consider Finny Boone an underdeveloped character, there was something about him that I found really appealing, and I was really into his being into Hannah.

This story is mostly a mystery, there’s a serial killer on the loose and Hannah is depressed, but despite all this, she still finds an odd connection with Finny, the supposed “bad boy” in her town. Their love might be a minimal part of the story, but I like to imagine that after all things, they’re still together, a quiet, rather mismatched looking couple on the inside. They both have a strange affinity for one another and I’m a softy for mismatched pairings.

Josh & Hazel – Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Cover to Christina Lauren's "Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating"

This is a new-to-me book and author. I only just read this book this year and already I know it’s going to be one of my favorite reads of 2019.

It’s such a breezy, comedic story and the romance is so much fun! I absolutely love whackadoodle Hazel and her oddball antics. Josh is her polar opposite: straight-laced, serious, and no-nonsense, and yet somehow they come to be best friends and then, eventually, lovers.

Their romance is a slow build, the story being mostly a chronicle of their budding friendship. But when they become best friends, they both realize that their love for each other is definitely more than platonic. They both complement each other so well and my favorite thing is that their relationship is built on such a solid friend foundation. They really do complete and compliment each other.

Leah & Jefferson – The Gold Seer Trilogy

Cover to Rae Carson's "Into the Bright Unknown"

Though Leah and Jefferson’s relationship doesn’t really get rolling until the second book, I would count this whole series as a slow build to their ultimate pairing together.

I love this series to begin with, but one of the things that makes it so great is that Leah’s and Jeff’s romance is a slow-burn. Their close friends, they fight for each other and their journey together only brings them closer.

One of my favorite things about this pairing is that all their trials and struggles ultimately make their friendship stronger and their love for each other that much more. Leah is fearful of commitment – getting married (in the 1800s) means an end to her personal freedom, something she’s fought for her whole life. And because Jefferson is part Native American, it also means that their relationship will continually be questioned by society.

Despite all these odds, they commit to each other and their relationship is so strong, I don’t think anyone could break it.

Penny & Sam – Emergency Contact

Cover to Mary H.K. Choi's "Emergency Couple"

Penny and Sam make me squeal, they are too cute for words. Both are awkward and introverted, but their relationship, which begins via texting, really explodes into something thoughtful and beautiful.

This novel is really unique and both Penny and Sam are the contemporary couple to beat. They both are so sweet to each other, in subtle ways. This is definitely one of those quiet romances that gently sweep you off your feet. I almost wish there was a second installment so that I can see their relationship continue.


What do you think of my choices? Are any of yours on there? Any that you think I’m missing out on? I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know in the comments below what your favorite book couples might be and what you think of mine!

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