Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s theme is:
February 12: Favorite Couples In Books
For this week’s theme I’m picking out a few of my favourite romances, rather than couples, because I love the way some narratives get the build up to confession just right, but the characters don’t always end up together.
Monty and Percy // Monty’s unrequited feelings for Percy are narrated in such a heartfelt manner that you can’t help but root for him, even though he makes very poor decisions 110% of the time. I wanted them to be together so badly that I found myself yelling JUST TELL HIM MONTY for most of the book. It was worth it for that ending though.
Ben and Arthur // Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: we’re writing a book together!
Me: please take my heart and stamp all over it.
And so they did.
Tanner and Sebastian // Possibly one of my favourite blossoming romances ever. Sebastian’s acknowledgement of his feelings, while figuring out how they fit in with his religious beliefs was so moving and honest.
Austen and Sunati // Always Human has one of the best slow-burn romances I’ve ever come across in a web comic and I just can’t get over how realistic and wonderfully complex the relationships are in it.
Dimple and Rishi // This romance is one of the funniest and most likable because in the beginning Dimple doesn’t like Rishi at all. Her parents want to set her up in an arranged marriage with him, and she’s having none of it. But as she begins to see who he truly is and they work together on their project, feelings start to form.
Kaz and Inej // Hi, I would die for my stabby dregs’ romance, thanks for coming to my Ted talk. Kaz and Inej just have such a fascinating, ‘I-would-destroy-Ketterdam-for-you-but-I-won’t-tell-you-that’ relationship and I was shipping them hard from the beginning of the book.
Rhy and Alucard // Ah my sweet Red London cinnamon rolls. This romance just gave me heart eyes. They start at odds with each other and there’s clearly a history there (cue my brain screaming: TELL US WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THEM) but before long, Rhy gradually warms up to Alucard again, and his reaction when he finds out what happened to Alucard in the past broke my heart a little bit.
Lila and Kell // It’s not a TTT from me without mentioning two of my ultimate faves. This one hit me RIGHT IN THE FEELS. After all the adventuring through London(s), saving the world, and almost dying for each other (be still my beating heart), their growing romantic feelings made me hit the stratosphere. The way the narrative builds up their romance was just perfect.
Simon and Blue // The mystery of who Blue is in this romance made it one of the more intriguing and unique relationships I’ve read in a while. I was guessing and second-guessing myself for most of the novel and when Blue’s identity was finally revealed at the end, I was so happy and emotional that I had to put the book down and compose myself.
Calixte and Tzara // This burgeoning f/f romance was one of the highlights of Muse for me. Calixte’s personality made their interactions so witty and flirty that I found myself looking forward to every scene they were in together.
What are some of your favourite blossoming romances? Are there any couples that you didn’t want to get together?