Top Ten Favourite Book Couples


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)

A Darker Shade final for Irene“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)

The Raven Boys Maggie StiefvaterThis 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)

shelatitude_justlisten“I just…I don’t always say what I feel.”

“Why not?”

“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)

How to Repair A Mechanical Heartdoomerang: 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.
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’monHow to Repair a Mechanical Heart is criminally underrated, you guys. Criminally. 🔥

5) Rowan/Citra (Scythe – Neal Shusterman)

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)

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)

An Ember in the Ashes“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 AshesI’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)

Wolf by Wolf“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)

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)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton - Julia QuinnShe’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! 😊

73 thoughts on “Top Ten Favourite Book Couples

    • I hope you do too! That book is amazing. 💕

      I’m 50/50 on Kestrel and Arin. I love Kestrel to bits and pieces and forbidden love is a trope that I enjoy, but Arin I’m not too sure about. Those books are good, though!


  1. I don’t know if you’re back or if this is a scheduled post, I hope you’re doing good Reg! ❤
    I love your choices, especially Lila and Kell – I can't wait to read that next book, but I am so scared for both of them just as well – and Blue and Gansey. These two gave me SO many feelings, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH ❤


  2. I love your list, Reg! Kell and Lila are for sure, I looooove them so much hahaha they’re so cute and brutal at the same time 😂 I agree about Elias and Helene. I initially shipped him with Laia but after reading ATATN I feel like Helene deserves MORE </3 also yes to Blue and Gansey, Luka and Yael, and Mare and Maven!! I'm not sure if I'll still read this series but I have hopes that they'll get together eventually 😛


    • Thanks so much, Puput! I definitely love Kell and Lila for that reason – they’re not TOO obvious and there’s a pretty big chance they won’t be a couple at all, haha. I also agree… ATATN made me appreciate Helene so much more and actually like Laia less (I feel like she was just a tad useless in that book). ❤

      Which one are you hoping to get together eventually?


  3. Owen and Annabel and Gansey and Blue!! 😍😍
    Although I’ve yet to finish The Raven Cycle books I shipped them from the get go and still do. I so hope I get the chance to finally finish them this year. And now I really want to reread Just Listen because I loved Owen and Annabel. They’re probably my favorite ship out of all of the books by Sarah Dessen that I’ve read so far.
    Also, ADSOM!! See, I don’t know much about them since I want to go in blind but when I saw that on Beth’s list I knew it would be on yours too LOL. Both of you have made me want to hurry and finish my review books so I can just read the Shades of Magic books already. 🙈
    Great picks, Reg!! ♥


    • I didn’t really ship them at the start but I came to really love them in the later books! The forbidden love theme really gets to me, I guess. 😂

      I’m SO WORRIED that Beth and I have hyped the Shades of Magic too much for you. I feel like we both have been kind of talking about it a bit more now that ACOL is riiiiight on the brink of coming out… but YAS DO IT. DO IT, MELISSA. I hope you have the best time. 💕

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      • I’m the same with the forbidden love theme. There’s just something so addictive about it. 😂
        Nah, I don’t think you guys have. I mean I am really hyped up about finally reading them but I’m making sure to not let my expectations get sky high. I haven’t even let myself look at too many reviews because I want to go in sort of blind lol. But with what I have heard it sounds like what I usually enjoy in a fantasy series. We shall see! I plan on at least starting it next month. 😁


  4. I haven’t read any of those books except A Darker Shade of Magic and The Raven Boys. And I totally agree with you on Kell & Lila! I absolutely love their relationship! And I absolutely LOVE that series, too! 😉


    • Yeees for the same ships! Kell and Lila just absolutely KILL me. I love their chemistry and especially love them because they’re at that moment when they’re not really JUST friends but also not… explicitly romantic. It’s such a tease. 😉

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  5. Aw I love this list! I completely agree with the Mare/Maven relationship. Their pairing would have made the book and the second book SOOOO much more interesting that usual. And I just finished ADSOM and my god, I ship Kell and Lila so hard. They are far too perfect for each other. And YES to the Elias/Helene ship. I adore Helene and think she should get whatever she wants because she deserves it haha. I’ll have to check out How to Repair a Mechanical Heart! It looks like a really cool and unique read! 😀 Great list, Reg!


    • I know, right?! Cal and Mare are just so… normal, haha. I want something new and exciting!

      Sooo much yes for both Helene/Elias and Kell/Lila. I just finished ACOL and that book sent me over the moon with all the glorious moments between the latter pair. 💕

      And I hope you give How to Repair a Mechanical Heart a chance! I feel like it’s so underrated, and it’s one of my favourite LGBT YA. 😊

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