Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! It’s not actually that big of a deal in our house, but Husband and I are going out tonight to celebrate with dinner and a movie by ourselves, and we got a sweet treat and little gift for Bean and Squish.
I do think this Top Ten Tuesday should come with a disclaimer: Please don’t judge me based off of my Go To Romance Picks! Some of them are really good and some of them I turn to purely because I love the relationship written about between the main pairing of the book. So let’s jump down the romance rabbit hole.
Books where I only care about the relationship and not the main storyline (in no particular order):
The Host by Stephenie Meyer: I KNOW. I KNOW. And don’t sue me, but I was pretty fond of the first Twilight book as well. In regards to the Host, there was something about how caring Ian was for Wanda, an actual alien whose species was shunned, that melted my heart. I think a lot of people in today’s prejudice and hate filled world could learn something from this book. It was definitely better than anything else she has written.
Divergent by Veronica Roth: I started out loving both the relationship and the plot of this book, but the second wasn’t very good and the third was the worst which made me end up hating the entire plot. But the chemistry between Tris and Four was amazing in the first book. It gave me all the heart eyes, in emoji speak.
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare: I hate that I love these so much because the more and more we learn about Cassandra Clare, the more upset I get about her inability to present a gracious face to naysayers and those who disagree with her. The chemistry in the FIRST book and any subsequent book AFTER BOOK THREE is my jam. Reading books two and three as they came out gave me all the squeamish feels as I wondered what sordid past Clare was working through via book. I also like the side pairings as well. They’re diverse and makes sense in the story line.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: The story itself is pretty eye rolling inducing (fallen angel falls in love with beautiful but unassuming high school girl and they can’t have each other because they’re star-crossed lovers!) but Patch and Nora’s sarcastic barbs and fiery personalities make a great pairing for me to waste a few hours on.
Everneath by Brodi Ashton: This pick is a little mixed to me because I realize that the actions of the female lead are pretty problematic upon hitting a snag in plot but darn it if I can’t help loving the high school sweetheart arc (says the woman married 9 years to her high school sweetheart). The storyline itself is actually fairly interesting but I have to admit it’s not necessarily the motivating factor in me pulling it off the shelf to reread.
Books where I care about the story as much as the characters (in no particular order):
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I would recommend the first 3, *possibly* 4. After that, it’s just too much of the same for me. I might pick them back up again when my life slows down, though. This, along with the next pick, takes place in Scotland, which is very very high on my “to see” list. I am deeply interested in the history and culture of the ancient Highlands so this was right up my alley.
Thorn in My Heart (Lowlands of Scotland series) by Liz Curtis Higgs: This is one of my favorite series ever. I reread it frequently. It does have a christian undertone to it, but it’s not too overwhelming to the storyline itself. The original three book series is loosely based on the story of Rachel/Joseph/Leah from the bible. The relationships presented are very real and messy and complicated and the characters don’t always make the right choices. Very human. I love it.
The Princess by Lori Wick: Another christian novel that reads well. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was way too young to understand what I was reading when I first read this. It’s another great book where the relationships aren’t all cookie cutter and the characters are human beings and act as such.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I read this one when I want some good old heart pangs over how obtuse the main character is when it comes to love. The relationship itself isn’t actually anything too special outside of this being a pretty great book in my opinion but the combination of the plot and the relationship makes it one I come back to over and over again.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: Ella isn’t a picture perfect fairy tale lead and that’s what Char loves about her and I love that about him and just love love love, googly eyes! In all seriousness, a lot of my love for this pairing comes from the fact it was my first ever pairing I fell in love with, but that doesn’t dampen my love of them. Every young girl should read Ella Enchanted at some point in their life!
This post is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and her top tens. You should check out her and the other tops tens from previous weeks and other bloggers!
Doing these top tens further show me the difference in my writing and my sister’s writing. She is so much better at composing herself and being objective than I am. I tend to let my feelings overflow and sometimes my posts are nonsensical. Plus we both listed a couple identia books for our different Top Ten lists this week! You should definitely check her blog out here.
Anyone else have go to romance reads they wanna share? I’m always looking to extend my never-ending TBR list!