Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Favorite Couples

This topic ended up being more fun than I expected. There are a lot of great pairings out in the literary world, so only picking ten can be tricky! I also decided to include a few platonic couples as well that particularly stand out to me.
That being said, I'd like to note that this post, by nature, might contain a few semi-spoilers surrounding couples in books that don't feature immediately obvious pairings. Because of this, before I jump into my list I'll post some of the series mentioned in this post that might be considered to have slight spoilers in them. All of the others feature pairings that are not really considered spoilers. 

Did anyone else have trouble only picking ten couples? Who are some of your favorite couples?

The following books with potentially non-obvious pairings will be mentioned: The Stormlight Archive, Shades of Magic, Senlin Ascends, Throne of Glass, Heartless, and The Great Library series. The rest are all more obvious ones, so no worries. :) 

Strange the Dreamer
Lazlo & Sarai
From: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don't know a more perfect couple in literature than Lazlo and Sarai. Even independently from one another, Lazlo and Sarai are both incredible characters with such great personality, strength, and motivations, so together they are even better than I could have imagined.
Amazon | Book Depository

Navani & Dalinar
From: Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson
I really grew to love these two as a couple in Oathbringer and find their devotion so lovely and refreshing. I loved seeing Dalinar slowly open up to her and learn to love someone new; it felt like a very pure relationship forming.

Amazon | Book Depository

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Arthur & Molly Weasley
From: Harry Potter  by J.K. Rowling
Who doesn't love Arthur and Molly Weasley? These two are easily the best couple of all the Harry Potter books. I can't imagine how much stress and work goes into having seven kids and then still finding the time to have so much love and happiness together. These two are the real deal.

Amazon | Book Depository

A Darker Shade of Magic
Rhy & Alucard
From: Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab
Rhy and Alucard are a beautiful couple and I just love them so much. The tension between them was so strong and led to some really great relationship growth between the two. I'd love to read more about their future together.

Amazon | Book Depository

Senlin Ascends
Voleta & Iren
From: Senlin Ascends series by Josiah Bancroft
This is one of my favorite platonic relationships because as much as these two drive each other crazy, Iren's compassion and over-protectiveness towards Voleta is so pure and admirable. I truly feel like these two women would do anything for one another and it's one of those 'we fight all the time but if anyone hurts a hair on your hand I'll destroy them' sort of thing and I love it.
Amazon | Book Depository

Throne of Glass
Aelin & Rowan
From: Throne of Glass series
I almost feel silly including these two on my list, but I can't lie--I'm a sucker for them! I think Aelin and Rowan are so wonderful together and I know so many people ship Aelin with Chaol or Dorian more, but I think Rowan is fantastic. They have such a strong level of respect for one another and each individual's independence. Aelin will ask Rowan his opinion on something or he wants her to do something, and his response is always something along the lines of "I will never allow/tell you do anything" and I think that's such a healthy relationship example. I'll defend this pairing all night.
Amazon | Book Depository

Kandri & Mektu 
From: Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick
Another platonic relationship in the form of two brothers. They have a very, very complicated relationship that teeters between hatred, annoyance, fierce love, and everything in between. At the end of the day, I love their bond and find them some of the most compelling siblings in literature.
Amazon | Book Depository

Khalila & Dario
From: The Great Library series by Rachel Caine
These two make me so happy for so many reasons. Both come from such different backgrounds--Khalila is a faithful, independent, strong-willed Muslim woman who is truly an incredible woman, and Dario is a man raised in luxury and who is not religious or nearly as virtuous as Khalila. Despite their differences and Dario's annoyances, his love for Khalila is beautiful and I can't get enough of how much he respects her beliefs, customs, and her own pacing choices. I need more of these two.
Amazon | Book Depository

Cath & Jest
From: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I love Jest so much and I think he and Cath make such an exciting, unpredictable duo. If you've read this book, you know how things don't exactly end as expected, but that's part of why I like this so much. It's a very conflicting relationship, but they certainly earn a spot on this list.

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Lucy & Ricky Ricardo
From: I Love Lucy!
This is just a fun bonus because this will forever be my favorite couple of all time. I can't not include them. Just thinking about them and this show makes me so happy. I'm someone who sort of believes that if I'm never annoyed by my partner or irritated by small things they do, I'm not having a real relationship. I cherish all aspects of a relationship, from the good to the bad to the downright trivial things, and I feel like Lucy and Ricky exemplify this so well. 

Who are some of your favorite literary couples?

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  1. I love Rhy and Alucard! And Cath and Jest were so great :)
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/top-ten-tuesday-198/

  2. I love the fact that you picked Arthur and Molly Weasley. They were perfect for each other.

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  3. Great list! I've seen The Great Library series on a few lists this week, which is making me want to pick it up even more.

    1. Oh I'm glad to hear that others are picking characters from them as well! It's really a great series that gets better with each book.

  4. Arthur and Molly are truly relationship goals! Also, I love Lucy and Ricky. The man was a saint for putting up with her. Hahaha.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. Arthur and Molly are a great choice! Haven't read the rest, but they look good. :)

  6. Aww, Arthur and Molly! I love them!

  7. I almost picked Arthur & Molly! You're right, they are great. And I love Navani & Dalinar. Can't wait to see where they wind up.

  8. Aww Lucy and Ricky- how cool! LOVE that pick. And Strange the dreamer I really need to read. I feel like I'm missing out on something awesome every time I hear people talk about that series. :)

    1. Yes! You have to read it! Top Ten Tuesday is also unofficially known as the book enabler's club, LOL.

    2. Ha ha that seals it then! On the TBR it goes... :)

  9. Oh I love Cath and Jest :( great list. I haven't read most of these but the ones I have I agree with.:)

  10. Cath and Jest were very sweet. I included Lazlo and Sarai on my list this week too.

  11. I loved Cath & Jest-- even though I knew it was going to end badly. I never thought that much about Arthur and Molly as a couple, but they totally are one of the strongest in the HP universe.

    1. Yeah, I think that's part of what made it so meaningful. And definitely!

  12. Oh my gosh, Arthur and Molly Weasley are such a great couple! <3

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads