My Favourite Bookish Couples

13/02/2017 Discussions, Lists 16

My Favourite Bookish CouplesSo tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – the day of love, or unnecessary consumerism, depending on your view – and I thought I’d do a little love-related post in its’ honour!

So here are the bookish couples I’ve ‘loved’ the most (see what I did there?):

  • Red and Sorcha from Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

Daughter of the Forest was one of my favourite reads from last year, and that was largely because it boasted one of my all time favourite bookish couples: Red and Sorcha. I adored them both individually – Sorcha for her bravery and loyalty, and Red for his kindness (even if he is a little moody!) –  and so found myself really rooting for them to get together. They make the sweetest couple!

  • Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Yes, the whole ‘secret wife in the attic’ and attempted bigamy thing wasn’t great, but I still can’t help but love Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester as a couple! The entire time they’re apart I found myself mentally willing Jane to return to him (even though he’d wronged her…big time!) and I love their happy ever after at the end.

  • Wylan and Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

There are three great couples in the Six of Crows duology, but personally my favourite is Wylan and Jesper. They just seemed like the sweetest, funnest and least serious of the various pairings (the Kaz/Inej and Nina/Matthias pairings both seemed a little dark and complicated at times!), and they seemed like the two who needed someone else the most.

  • Elizabeth and Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy are one of the most famous bookish couples in the world for a reason – they’re just so perfect for each other! They’re opposing personalities simultaneously bring out the best and worst in the other and they’re both constantly getting in the way of their own happiness, but throughout all the misunderstandings, you can’t help but want to scream – GET IT TOGETHER ALREADY!!! And that’s the sign of the perfect bookish couple, after all!

  • Mary and Jem from Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Jamaica Inn was a great book all round, but one of the things I loved most about it was Mary and Jem as a couple.

I like how Jem isn’t your classic ‘romantic hero’, in that he’s certainly not dashing and noble: he’s a horse thief whose perfectly open about his family’s dubious reputation. However, he has a certain cheerfulness and irreverent sense of humour that renders him likable, and in my opinion makes him a great match for Mary, who is bold and courageous, and equally unconventional as a heroine.

  • Feyre and Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I wasn’t overly fussed with the first ACOTAR book, and that was largely because I didn’t really buy Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship. However, I absolutely adored the second book, mostly due to Feyre and Rhysand becoming a thing: they were so much more interesting and fun as a couple, and had a billion times more chemistry in my opinion!

  • Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Levi are seriously so adorable! Levi seemed to really bring Cath out of her shell, and I liked the way their relationship blossomed from what was originally just a friendship. You really can’t help but ship these two!

  • Mara and Kevin from The Empire Trilogy by Janny Wurts and Raymond E. Feist

To say Mara and Kevin’s relationship is complicated is putting it mildly: they’re from different worlds and he’s a slave, whilst she’s Lady of a great House (and therefore expected to make an advantageous marriage). However, I like how their relationship grows despite both of them wishing it was otherwise, with their antagonism gradually turning to love, before they’re pulled apart by circumstance. I basically spent the entire of the last book hoping they’d somehow find each other again, as their fiery relationship was so much more interesting to read about that the harmony and perfect understanding she finds with Hokanu (however much I liked him!).

So who are some of your favourite bookish couples?

16 Responses to “My Favourite Bookish Couples”

  1. Greg

    Cath and Levi are definitely towards the top of my list, loved that book! And I think I read a book by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist once but not sure if it was that trilogy- it’s been a while. I do remember the Tsurani empire though…

    I just won Crooked Kingdom in a giveaway so once I get the first one I’ll read them, and then I’ll know about those couples. lol

    Great list!

    • Laura

      Cath and Levi are just so adorable, aren’t they?
      That does sound like the Empire Trilogy – it was set in the Tsurani empire that also appears in Feist’s Magician trilogy.
      And yay for winning Crooked Kingdom! I so hope you enjoy those books. I loved them, and the couples in there are great! 🙂

  2. Pamela

    My favorite… OMG So many!

    * Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
    *Colin and Minerva from A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare(An historical romance that is PERFECT)
    * Wynter and Tamsin from the Winter King by C.L. Wilson
    *Penryn and Raffe from Angelfall by Susan Ee

    • Laura

      I haven’t read any of these books before, but I seriously need to, then I get to discover all these awesome couples! 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Love your bookish couples. I totally agree with Red and Sorcha, they were just the best and why have I not continued that series yet? And Cath and Levi! They were the best because Cath helped Levi and Levi was basically the most adorable person ever. I feel a strong need to reread that book immediately.

    • Laura

      I keep asking myself that question! Why have I not read the next Sevenwaters book yet? I just picked up a copy anyway, so I think that’s going to be my next read 🙂
      I so need to reread Fangirl soon as well. I just want to relive all of their adorableness! 🙂

  4. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Ahhh. So many awesome couples here! I love Feyre and Rhys and can’t wait to get my grabby hands on the next instalment!

    Elizabeth and Mr Darcy – one of my all time favourite pairings in the world.

    I also love Yelena and Valek from The Study series and Daine and Numair from Wild Magic (Immortals series by Tamora Pierce) and Alana and George from the same universe.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Laura

      I’m anxiously awaiting the next ACOTAR books too! I seriously can’t wait! 🙂
      And Elizabeth and Mr Darcy really are the ultimate bookish couple! They are just such a great pairing!
      I haven’t actually read any of those other books, but I’ll maybe have to check them out if there’s some more great couples in them! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  5. Natalie @ Flowers in my Books

    Cath and Levi are my ultimate bookish OTP. Nothing can ever compare. I’m the same as you, I wasn’t keen on ACOTAR and Tamlin just pissed me off, but Feyre and Rhysand is something that I’ve been waiting for since Rhysand was introduced into ACOTAR and now that it’s within reach I have never been more happy.

    • Laura

      Cath and Levi are seriously just so cute! 🙂
      And I’m glad it wasn’t just me who didn’t like the whole Feyre/Tamlin thing. I was hoping for a Feyre – Rhysand thing after the end of the first book (even if some of the stuff Rhysand did wasn’t great!), so I’m so glad it happened! 🙂

  6. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads

    I love Wylan and Jesper too <3 It's hard for me to pick a favourite SOC couple but they might just be it (with Nina and Matthias in at close second). I like how their relationship wasn't as dramatic as the others and just kind of was what it was. Great post 😀

    • Laura

      Yeah, I loved that with Jesper and Wylan’s relationship too – it just developed naturally and wasn’t super dramatic! 🙂

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