Top 5 Wednesdays: Favourite Bookish Couples

I always have such a hard time coming up with favourite couples from books! Since I read quite a few YA romances, there are many books that focus on relationships and falling in love, but I don’t always find them particularly memorable after the book is over. On the other hand, I also read a lot of thrillers, and those rarely have great couples in them. I think most of the most memorable couples for me are from fantasy series. There are a few exceptions, like Harley and Vas from Harley in the Sky, Maya and Jamie from Yes No Maybe So, and especially Pepper and Jack from Tweet Cute! For this week’s prompt, I decided to pick some of the best and most memorable couples from books and series that I’ve read recently.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube, and is now hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. The official GoodReads group with the weekly topics can be found here.

1) Emma and Julian from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare – This was the first big series that I read this year, and I really enjoyed it! There was actually one couple that I liked even more than Emma and Julian, but they are the focused of an upcoming series so I’ll save them for another time. Emma and Julian were very angsty, but I loved how they had a real partnership of equals and they were so devoted to each other.

2) Juliette and Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I just finished the entire series a couple of days ago! I read the first three books over the span of three years but somehow hadn’t kept up with the newer ones, so I made it a goal to read them all. While I can definitely see where Juliette and Warner are problematic, I really liked them together and they were one of the highlights of the series for me. I especially loved how Juliette came to recognize and understand her feelings for him.

3) Bryce and Hunt from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas – I’m a little worried about these two because the first couple Sarah J. Maas introduces in any series tends not to be endgame, but I love these two together! They’re dynamic was very interesting right from the start, and I especially loved how they genuinely seemed to become friends first. One of my favourite parts of this book was the casual scenes where they’d just watch TV together, or small moments like Hunt putting his hat on Bryce’s head. I can’t wait for the next book!

4) Audrey Rose and Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco – To be honest, it took me a little longer than expected to get invested in these two. I’d expected a bit more from their banter in the first book, but their relationship grew on me pretty quickly after that! Like Emma and Julian, I really liked the way Thomas respected Audrey Rose and seemed to view her as a full and independent partner, which was especially great given the time that this book was set and the prevailing attitude toward women of that era.

5) Jude and Cardan from The Folk of the Air series – I went into this series with pretty low expectations and had picked it up mostly because of the hype. I was very surprised by how much I ended up loving it, and I especially loving the relationship between Jude and Cardan. I was so disappointed to learn that there was another edition of the books (I believe it was the third book) that had the letters he had written to her, whereas mine only mentioned them.


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