Happy Valentine’s and happy Top Ten Tuesday, you guys! This week’s theme is actually all about romance tropes/types, but I already did a post on a similar topic so I thought it would be more interesting to instead share some of my top bookish ships and just… indulge, at least for a little while. 🙌
Now, I tend to enjoy fictional couples more when they are teetering on that precipice before they get together — truly, the will-they-won’t-they, the stolen glances, the ‘does he/she like me’ are what I live for — but sometimes I just can’t help but to want a happy ending for some. Here they are. 💖
1) Kell/Lila (A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab)
“Why did you ask me to dance?”
He almost smiled. A ghost. A trick of the light. “So you couldn’t run away again before I said hello.”
“Hello,” said Lila.
“Hello,” said Kell.
Hell yes. If you were surprised that this is here and number one on this list, you do not know me but at all. I mean, A Darker Shade of Magic is probably one of my favourite books after all. 😂
2) Gansey/Blue (The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater)
This was not allowed.
He knew it was not allowed, by rules he himself had set… She would not see the gesture, anyway. She would ignore it if she did. His heart hummed.
Blue touched his fingertips.
Just this —
He pinched her fingers lightly, just for a moment, and then he withdrew his hand and put it back on the wheel. His chest felt warm.
This was not allowed.
Ronan had not seen; Adam was still sleeping. The only casualty was his pulse.
Honestly don’t know how Blue could stay sane with the threat of death hovering around her loved ones all throughout this series. If it were me I’d be sobbing day in, day out, 24/7, 365. 🙈
3) Owen/Annabel (Just Listen – Sarah Dessen)
“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”
“Because the truth sometimes hurts,” I said.
“Yeah,” he said. “So do lies, though.”
I don’t usually ship couples that are so obviously written to be together, but these two are utterly, utterly lovely. If there ever is a book that shows you how good a couple is for one another, Just Listen has it. 💕
4) Brandon/Abel (How to Repair a Mechanical Heart – J. C. Lillis)
doomerang: omg you guys. I CAN’T EVEN.
amity crashful: rosey you are a heroic stalker, please have my babies
retro robot: They are flawless. That is all.
sadparadise: MY BRAIN JUST LEGIT EXPLODED
whispering!sage: snickerdoodles. the official cookie of us.
thanks4caring: lol @ brandon’s “cupping hands.” like, “abel baby, back yo ass up into these”
sad paradise: can you blame him? DAT ASS.
A book where the characters have shippers and a shipper name (Abandon)? I mean, c’mon. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart is criminally underrated, you guys. Criminally. 🔥
5) Rowan/Citra (Scythe – Neal Shusterman)
“I haven’t fallen in love with you, Rowan. And now I want to keep it that way.”
Rowan got up and moved to the safety of the threshold before turning back to her. “It’s all right, Citra,” he told her. “I haven’t fallen in love with you either.”
Not my OTP of all OTPs and that quote is really quite cheesy, but these two were cute and I love that Scythe pits them against each other with death being the consequence. I mean, that’s pretty damn horrific… in the best possible way [/sadist]. 😈
6) Blake/Tina (Trade Me – Courtney Milan)
“You said that I didn’t notice people like you.” His voice lowers. His eyes are relentlessly blue, and they cut into me. “That’s completely false. You’ve never been invisible to me. I saw you the first day we crossed paths, and I’ve been seeing you ever since.”
This book was not particularly great but I really appreciate the way Milan worked in the typical billionaire trope and made him more… flawed and likable.
Bonus points for it being an interracial, intercultural and inter-’class’ relationship, because I love those and they are tragically rare. 😫
7) Elias/Helene (An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir)
“Laia and Helene: They’re so different. I like that Laia says things I don’t expect, that she speaks almost formally, as if she’s telling a story. I like that she defied my mother to go to the Moon Festival, whereas Helene always obeys the Commandant. Laia is the wild dance of a Tribal campfire, while Helene is the cold blue of an alchemist’s flame.
But why am I even comparing them? I’ve know Laia a few days and Helene all my life. Helene’s no passing attraction. She’s family. More than that. She’s part of me.”
Kind of a weird one since it’s probably not ever gonna happen but ever since reading An Ember in the Ashes, I’ve been in love with Helene and really want her to get everything that she wants. Girl deserves it, truly. 👌
8) Luka/Yael (Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin)
“She’d been trained to survive many things: starvation and bullet wounds. Winter nights and scouring sun. Double-tied knots and interrogations at knifepoint.
But this? A boy’s lips on hers. Moving and melding. Soft and strength, velvet and iron. Opposite elements that tugged and tor Yael from the inside. Feelings bloomed, hot and warm. Deep and dark.”
I like ‘em with a good banter and an opposing-sides kind of history, and these two definitely have that. Beautifully complicated, beautifully painful, just like the book itself. ✨
9) Mare/Maven (Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard)
“I’ll make the other scream for you, Mare, every last one. Not just your parents. Not just your siblings. But every single one like you. I’m going to find them, and they will die with you in their thoughts, knowing this is the fate you have brought them. I am the king and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.”
Let’s get this out of the way: I actually did NOT like this book at all and did not continue with the series so I have no idea what’s going on, but I would really love to see Mare and Maven as a main ship. Like I said: beautifully complicated, beautifully painful… and infinitely less boring.
I fully admit that this is all probably leftover… hmmm, feelings from my teenage years. I read a lot of angst fanfiction and love it when fictional couples hurt. Oh god, this sounds so wrong. 🙈
10) Colin/Penelope (Romancing Mister Bridgerton – Julia Quinn)
She’d met Colin on a Monday.
She’d kissed him on a Friday.
Twelve years later.
She sighed. It seemed fairly pathetic.
I’m reaching deep into my reading history here to bring you one of my oldest book OTPs. Colin and Penelope are so well-suited, and their ten-year of friendship I think makes for a really strong foundation for a romantic relationship. 🙏
What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments! 😊