Top Ten Tuesday- Romances That Would Really Make it

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. One of the B&B gals, Jamie, will be getting married very soon, and in honor of that absolutely wonderful celebration we’re discussing literary romances that would make it in the real world.

I love this topic. Love it.

1. Anne and Captain Wentworth, Persuasion by Jane Austen– Because, well, have you read that letter?  All that love stored up after all those years–you can’t beat a story like that. So much of their romance relates back to real life. In real life people grow up; they age. And in real life, in order to have successful love we have to forgive the past and offer a huge measure of grace.

2. Jane and Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– These are two crazy, passionate people (not as crazy as Bertha, obvs).  But Jane doesn’t end up with Rochester until she’s able to make it on her own. And in a way she rescues him. Again, this is how real life is. One person in the relationship isn’t always the hero; we equally rescue and take care of each other.

3. Adam and Mia, If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman– Oh man, the love here is beautiful and breathtaking.  This is truly one of my all-time favorite couples.

4. Michael and Mia, The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot– Hello, he created a robotic arm just to prove he’s worthy of her!  And he respects her as an individual with a life of her own. And Mia embraces that.

5. Darcy and Elizabeth, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen– Before they’re married they act like a married couple, always sassy and opinionated, but flirtatious and overwhelmed by that love they didn’t plan on. Also, this is another couple that has to take down those walls of pride and move forward with higher, better expectations.

6. Jay and Violet, The Body Finder series by Kimberly Derting– These two have a romance that evolved from friendship. While I think there are many ways to fall in love, this is my favorite—but I’m totally biased.

7. Cricket and Lola, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins– Again with the childhood friends. They’re so cute! But more than that, Cricket and Lola appreciate the unique nature of the other. And they can laugh at themselves. Real love must include lots of laughter.

8. Lennie and Joe, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– I imagine that these two would be crazy, passionate and romantic in the loveliest sense of the word.  But even in those moments where they may not feel particularly lovey dovey (it happens, like when you’re paying your bills or talking about what to cook for dinner you’re not usually making googly eyes at each other), they have a firm foundation in their shared interests and in a deeper understanding of each other. They get each other. This is so important!

9. Conrad and Belly, The Summer series by Jenny Han– Come on. They’ve grown up together and despite immaturity on both parts, they’ve been building a loving relationship forever. They’re friends, they’re like family and it’s like they’ve waited their whole lives to finally grow up and be together.

10. Wes and Macy, The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen– They laugh together. I can’t express enough how important this is. Also Wes= dreamy.

And yes, I can count but I just can’t stop myself. Here are a couple more:

11. Taylor and Jonah Effing Griggs, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta– I know they’ve endured some seriously painful shizz in their lives, but they’ve gotten to a place where they can be completely raw. They get each other, they get the pain and yet they want to see the other through it. Man, I love this couple.

12. Hermione and Ron, The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling– Because they’re perfect for each other. They just are.

TGIF- Swooning Your Socks Off

TGIF is hosted by the ever awesome Ginger at GReads.

This week we’re discussing swoonworthy quotes.

Oh y’all, stop the presses. This is SO up my alley.  And since I’ve done this  here and here and here (what can I say? I love swoonytimes!), I’m going to make a huge effort to quote books I have not yet slobbered over in similar posts.  It’s a tough job you guys. For reals.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand 

The corner of his mouth lifts, and then I kiss him. Not so gently this time. His hands drop from my face and grab my waist and pull me to him. A small soft groan escapes him, and that noise makes me feel absolutely crazy. I lose it. I wind my hands around his neck and kiss him without holding anything back. I can feel his heart thundering like mine, his breath coming faster, his arms tightening around me.
And then I can feel what he feels. He’s waited for this moment. He loves how I feel in his arms. He loves the smell of my hair. He loves the way I looked at him just now, flushed and wanting more from him. He loves the color of my lips and now the taste of my mouth is making his knees feel weak and he doesn’t want to seem weak in front of me.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

He loved her.
Jay Heaton, her best friend since childhood was in love with her. He didn’t say it but she knew that it was true.
And the part that really freaked her out, the part that caught her completely off guard, is that he wasn’t alone. Because even though she’d been denying it for a long, long time, it had always been there… waiting beneath the surface of their friendship. And now that it was out there was no going back. 
And it was so weird to even be thinking it but…… she was in love with him too.

And another one…

He reached out, capturing her hand in his. He laced his fingers casually through hers.
Violet leaned against him and the calm finally came, settling over her peacefully.
And then he kissed her. Gently. Softly. Not on the lips, as she’d imagined so many times before, but on her forehead.
The gesture was sweet and a little possessive.
Violet hoped, maybe, it was a start.

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

But just because you bury something, that doesn’t mean it stops existing. Those feelings, they’d been there all along. All that time. I had to face it. He was part of my DNA. I had brown hair and I had freckles and I would always have Conrad in my heart.

Just one more…

“Being near you like this, it hurts. And Jere”—Conrad cleared his throat and stepped backward, making space between us—“he’s the one who needs you.” Hoarsely, he said, “I need you to know that no matter what happens, it was worth it to me. Being with you, loving you. It was all worth it.” 

Le sigh!!!!!  Happy Friday.