Hello friends! Long time, no post. I did take a little break from the blog just because I have been way too busy with school (ew). This semester has been crazy and stressful, which sucks, but I think I’m starting to get into the rhythm of things. Anyways, if I go a little longer without posting, you can just assume I’m drowning in essays and homework 🤧 In fact, I have been so busy to the point where I’ve hardly even gotten a chance to read! Sad. In case you were wondering, I’m currently in the middle of Strange the Dreamer which I will say is pretty damn good so far. I’ve only read, like, 33% of the book so far BUTTT I have a feeling it won’t go downhill. At least, I hope it won’t. While I do want to finish it before February ends, it’s very possible I won’t with the way things have been going. Ultimately that would mean I didn’t read anything this month which would be kind of a yikes, but I’m not going to push myself too hard.
Moving on, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!
I know this holiday tends to be a hit or miss for most people since it can be kind of a drag if you’re single. I’m really indifferent to it if I’m being completely honest, but I wanted to make this special post to celebrate a day of ✨love✨. Because whether or not you’re a fan of February 14th, I think we can all agree that fictional couples can be amazing and we all want whatever they have. This post will be divided into two parts. The first will just be my favorite couples from any book of any genre, and then the second part will be my favorite romance/contemporary books I’ve read so far. These books will be a range from Young Adult to Adult books, but I will specify which book is which in case you have a preference either way.
The first fictional couple I ever remember shipping is Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson series. Even though they’re pretty young in the books, the fact that they go on adventures together and save each other’s lives countless times is so badass and just proves how perfect they are for each other. I think what makes them so perfect and loved though is the fact that their relationship isn’t what makes them strong individuals. Annabeth Chase is the female representation we all need and she constantly shows how she doesn’t need Percy (or any man!) to save or protect her. As a 12 year old reading this for the first time, I really looked up to her as a character.
Kaz and Inej from the Six of Crows duology are just *chef’s kiss* perfection. They have the perfect slow burn romance that we all know and love, and I remember just smiling at the book whenever the two of them would have be bantering. Which, let’s admit, was more often than not. All that being said, I can’t forget about Nina and Matthias! Those two are also so cute and wow, Leigh Bardugo sure knows how to make us readers cry and fall in love with her characters. I’m so excited to see how these relationships translate on the screen even though there is no way it’ll compare to the books, I have a feeling we’ll still all ship it. 💖
Call me cliche, but I have no choice but to include Rhys and Feyre from the ACOTAR series on this list 😌 These two are arguably the most iconic couple in the YA book community and for good reason! They compliment each other so well and, I mean, come on. They fight wars together, defeat monsters together, and have some pretty steamy times too. You all know I love a good enemies to lovers trope, and while these two aren’t exactly that, they are pretty close to it. If you haven’t read this series yet, I would highly recommend doing so because while the writing isn’t top tier, it is a fun time.
ROMANCE / CONTEMPORARY BOOKS
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
If I’m Being Honest is a modern day retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It follows main character Cameron who is known around school for being a no-nonsense person and being brutally honest with people. However, the guy she has a crush on doesn’t like this because Cameron tends to hurt other’s feelings with her words. In order to win him over she decides to start apologizing to all the people she hurt in the past. She starts with social outcast Brendan, but soon Cameron starts to realize that maybe this won’t be as easy as she once though it would be.
Genre: Adult Romance
The Girl He Used to Know is a second chance romance that is told in two timelines. One of the timelines takes place when our main characters are in college. They’re falling in love and it shows their relationship and how it develops over time. The second timeline is 10 years after college. The main characters are no longer together, but they randomly see each other one day at a grocery store and start talking again.
I loved the simplicity of this book and while it was quite predictable, I enjoyed reading it ❤️
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Romance
She’s With Me is really not the best book objectively. Not even close. It follows main character Amelia Collins who has just moved to a new town after escaping a dark, tragic past. At school, she bumps into Aiden Parker, the classic bad boy. Obviously, I’m sure you can all guess what happens from there. Because this was a Wattpad book before getting published, it is soooo full of cliche’s and stereotypes. That being said, the romance was pretty fun and I did have a good time reading this trilogy. If you’re looking for some fun, trashy romance books to binge then I would recommend these.
Genre: Adult Romance
The Friend Zone follows main character Kristen who is excited to be helping her best friend plan her wedding. But then she meets Josh, the best man, and while the two start to grow closer together, she tries to push him away since she knows they can never be together.
While I did really like this book, be warned that Josh, the love interest in this book is … not it. Now this is just my opinion because I do know a lot of people love him, but I found him to be way too overprotective and kind of like an alpha male. There were just some things he did with Kristen where I was like umm ‘she can defend herself‘ but he would insert himself into the situation. Other then that though this was super cute and I will be picking up the sequel soon!
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know some of your favorite romance books in the comments! ❤️