Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, in honor of Valentine’s day, we’re talking about our favorite bookish couples! As the prompt states ‘couples in books’ I will only talk about the canon ships. In the past few years, it’s happened more often that I prefer the non-canon part of the love triangle to the eventually canon one. Anyone else suffer through the same? Anyway, here are some of my favorite canon ships.
Disclaimer: I guess you could see some of these as spoilers for these books. If you’d rather not know anything about these relationships, make sure to skip over the text after you spot the cover!
Ruth and Evan – A Girl Like Her (Ravenswood #1) by Talia Hibbert
Watch me scream about this book some more… I read it in January and absolutely loved it. It’s one of the best new adult/adult romance novels I’ve read in a long time. Ruth and Evan are the dream. I love how they appreciate each other’s interests, how much respect there is in the relationship, how they care for one another in their own way… I just loved it.
Sebastian and Emir – Running With Lions by Julian Winters
If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you might know how much I love Running With Lions already. It’s an adorable YA contemporary set at a summer football camp. Sports camp + LGBTQIA+ relationships + body positivity talk = this book. Please read this! If you need more (coherent) convincing, you can find my review on the book here.
Sister Apple and Sister Kettle – Book of the Ancestor series by Mark Lawrence
I know that Sister Apple and Sister Kettle aren’t the main characters of these books, but I honestly wish we would get some additional novels focused on them. I would buy them immediately! One of the things I like most about them is that they’re in a healthy, established relationship already. They’ve been together for years, and it’s clear how much they adore one another. Especially in Grey Sister, the second book of the trilogy.
Jesper and Wylan – Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
I find it hard to choose a favorite couple from this duology. If I’m being completely honest with myself, I know that Jesper and Wylan just have a special place in my heart. If I could protect them from all the horrible things in this world, I absolutely would. I’m fairly certain I don’t need to explain this choice further, because they’ll be on everyone’s list.
Meg and Simon – Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop
Talk about a slow-burn romance… It takes them 5 books to get to this place – which I don’t consider a spoiler because we all knew where they would end up. On the one hand, I wanted it to happen earlier so we’d get more scenes of them actually being together, but on the other hand I feel like this was the only way to go for these characters. Considering Meg’s traumatic past and Simon’s lack of knowledge about humans, they needed to take this relationship slowly in order for everyone to be comfortable and happy with it.
Hugh and Sorcha – Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier
I’ve read this book multiple times now, and fell in love with it more every single time. What’s interesting about their story is that Sorcha can’t speak or utter a single sound for years if she wants to save her brothers. The entirety of their friendship and relationship is built on sign language, body language, and so on.
Patroclus and Achilles – The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
I know you’re all rolling your eyes at me right now, because I’ve mentioned this book so often now. I don’t care. There are still so many of you who haven’t read The Song of Achilles, and I won’t stop until that’s fixed.
Astrid and Charlie – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
At the start of the series, Astrid and Charlie don’t really talk. They were together for years, until Astrid’s family intervened because they didn’t think Charlie was good enough for her (read: rich and classy enough). Watching their friendship develop again, and knowing how much Charlie cares for her made me root for these two so hard. It also helps that I absolutely despise Michael – Astrid’s husband.
Percy and Monty – The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
This is another couple I feel will be on everyone’s lists, and doesn’t need an explanation. I just love them so much, and want to read more about their lives after the end of this novel.
Chris and Josie – The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1) by M. Hollis
I always feel a tad hesitant recommending this because it’s so short – it’s 144 pages. However, it’s such an adorable new adult f/f romance! I want more people to read it, so I’ll do my very best promoting it. It has a pansexual main character and a Filipina lesbian love interest. It’s also sex positive, which I’m so grateful for.
There you have it, 10 of my favorite canon couples! Have you read any of these books? How do you feel about these relationships? Let me know what your favorite bookish couples are, so I can add even more novels to my to-read list…