The Book Love Tag


HELLO GUYS AND HAPPY WEEKEND! I was tagged to do this tag by Anette @ Anette Reads (who’s also the creator!) several months ago and Beth @ Reading Every Night more recently! I don’t usually talk about my OTPs a lot, but this has allowed me to do so in a more casual way so I hope you enjoy this post. 😛

(Note that I’m actually in New Zealand right now, and this post is a scheduled post.)

Your favourite book couple.

A Gathering of Shadows FinalI don’t actually have a favourite book couple but the last book that got me shipping quite hard was A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab. What little interaction between Lila and Kell had me so giggly, I just couldn’t help myself. Their dynamics are so fun — there’s some annoyance (but also admiration), there’s some protectiveness (but not possessiveness), and there’s quite a lot of attraction. 🙂

“Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary.“

“Be quiet.”

“Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”

Your top three book boy/girlfriends.

Oh dear, I always have so much trouble answering this kind of question, haha. LET’S SEE.


  • Owen Armstrong from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Owen’s one of my veeery favourite characters in YA fiction in general. I read Just Listen when I was an actual teenager and totally fell in love with how genuinely good he is as a person.
  • Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. This is actually a regency romance novel, but it’s also one of my favourite comfort books of all-time — Colin is sweet, cheerful, and generally happy as a person. Away with the broody, angsty heroes!
  • Jase Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. I actually don’t find him particularly attractive, but I really appreciate how realistic he is as a character.

Imagine your favourite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organising the wedding?)

I don’t think Lila and Kell would marry. I don’t think they would even really define their relationship — it’d be all passionate and intense, but I think it’ll be subtle. If anything, though, I imagine Kell would be the one to ~propose~, though I can’t see it being for marriage as much as it’ll be for something like… hmm, an adventure where they will travel the world together and shirk any and all responsibilities. ❤

Unpopular opinions time! Name a popular pairing you can’t stand.

Throne_of_Glass_UKNoooo. I’m sorry to say this but I found Rowan/Aelin from the Throne of Glass series a bit iffy for various reasons — mostly that Rowan strikes me as possessive and controlling and those traits don’t appeal to me whatsoever, and the age difference bothers me as well.

To be fair, though, I’m also iffy about Twilight’s Edward/Bella for the same reason (and for Bella’s co-dependence). I can’t imagine dating someone three years younger than me at the moment, let alone someone around a hundred years younger! 😛

And though she knew he could read the words on her face, she said, “To what­ever end?”

He nodded, and she joined hands with him, blood to blood and soul to soul, his other arm coming around to grip her tightly. Their hands clasped between them, he whispered into her ear, “I claim you, too, Aelin Galathynius.”

What’s your favourite and least favourite romance trope?

My favourite would be pretend relationships or arranged marriages slash marriage-of-convenience. They’re quite different, but I tend to loop these two together mainly because they usually involve two characters faking their relationship for whatever reason. I love the whole ~omg, I’m in love with my fake husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend~ thing.

My least favourite would probably be insta-love. I find it really immature and honestly think a bit less of a character when he/she meets someone and immediately falls in love with them. I dunno, it’s just not my thing, and I’ve never really read about a couple that changed my mind! I’m open to suggestions, though!

Do you ship non-canon couples often? Name some if you do.

Sure I do! I actually ship non-canon couples more often than canon couples, mostly because, well, they’re not canon, so there’s a lot of wishing and reading into their interactions than when it’s a canon couple.

Anyway! This isn’t to do with books, but my all-time OTP is (grown-up) Hitsugaya and Matsumoto from Bleach, if anyone’s familiar with that series. They’re really good partners and friends, they treat each other with respect and humour, and they really understand each other. It’s probably never going to happen, unfortunately. 😛

Your opinion on love triangles. Go!

Generally not a fan. I think I find A → B → C more realistic than A → B ← C, for some reason, and I’ve never been a fan of that whole ‘two people fighting over one person’ thing.

Favourite and least favourite love triangle?

The Crown's Game Evelyn SkyeHmm… I honestly can’t name one love triangle I enjoyed off the top of my head, so I’m going to go straight to my least favourite, which is the Pasha → Vika Nikolai love triangle in The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.

“And touching Nikolai, even through her gloves and his sleeve, was like being pummeling by stampede of wild horses. No, wild unicorns. Beautiful, wild unicorns.”

It wasn’t only the triangle that kind of annoyed me; it was also the insta-love. All three characters haven’t interacted that much before they started declaring their love for one another and how they’re willing to do anything for the person they’re in love with. It’s unrealistic and also very… immature. Just not my thing.

Sometimes romance just isn’t the way to go. Favourite friendship?

I like the friendship between Solomon and Clark of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley. Clark is just a super nice guy in general, and he gets along really well with agoraphobic Solomon. 😛

What’s your favourite scene with your bookish OTP?

My favourite Kell/Lila scene is that kiss nearing the end of A Gathering of Shadows. Just good writing and quite an intense, passionate kiss, I’d say. Scene below, beware spoilers.

“Lila,” he said, the name aching in his chest.

He wanted to kiss her.

But she kissed him first.

The last time—the only time—it had been nothing but a ghost of lips against his, there and gone, so little to it, a kiss stolen for luck.

This was different.

They crashed into each other as if propelled by gravity, and he didn’t know which of them was the object and which the earth, only that they were colliding. This kiss was Lila pressed into a single gesture. Her brazen pride and her stubborn resolve, her recklessness and her daring and her hunger for freedom. It was all those things, and it took Kell’s breath away. Knocked the air from his lungs. Her mouth pressed hard against his, and her fingers wove through his hair as his sank down her spine, tangling in the intricate folds of her dress.

Imagine your favourite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

Hmmmm. This is kind of stretching it already, but probably Lila — not because she wants to celebrate ~love~ or anything like that, but because there’ll be plenty of people on the streets so drunk in love that she could, you know, be a thief and rob them without them noticing. 😛

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