So 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?