Allison’s Top Ten Bookish Romances

Top Ten Bookish Romances

1. India and Sid
The Winter Rose – Jennifer Donnelly
“Meet me where the sky touches the sea. Wait for me where the world begins.”

These two kill me. Their relationship is far from perfect, and it has plenty of ups and downs but it is so well crafted (thanks Jennifer Donnelly) that I don’t think I will ever get tired of it. I fall in love with them every time!

2. Katsa and Po
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Their relationship is based on equality and respect for each other. Neither character tries to change the other, nor does either character feel forced to change themselves for the other. They’re both strong, heartfelt characters, and I fell for their romance hook, line, and sinker!

3. Tris and Four
The Divergent trilogy – Veronica Roth
Just like with Katsa and Po, one of the things that I enjoyed most about Tris and Four’s relationship is the fact that it is based on equality and respect. Plus, there is also this need for each other which leads to some very serious chemistry. Especially when they’re disagreeing about something. (Note: This reminds me that I really need to read Insurgent)

4. Katniss and Peeta
The Hunger Games trilogy – Suzanne Collins
Even though the triangle aspect of the Hunger Games series was a very small part for me, it was still a part I have many thoughts about. What is the basis of those thoughts? Well … Team Peeta always and forever! He balances her out and keeps her while at the same time making her stronger. He also doesn’t hold her back. For me, he is always the better match for Katniss.

5. Buttercup and Westley
The Princess Bride – William Goldman
Who can resist a little true love? It is truly magical, and something that will simply sweep you off your feet.

6. Ellie and Tucker
Valkyrie Rising – Ingrid Paulson
I adored the romance between Ellie and Tucker. What starts out as snarky bantering develops into a connection stronger than either one of them could have ever imagined. These two put such a smile on my face!

7. Emma and Graham
The Between The Lines series — Tammara Webber
These two were beyond adorable, and even with all the drama and the chaos of the stories, they still remained adorable. Their insecurities and misunderstandings are realistically portrayed, and the two of them are the perfect balance for each other.

8. Elizabeth and Max // Katie and Paddy
Titanic: The Long Night – Diane Hoh
As far as fictional Titanic stories go, this one will always top my list. I loved both couples that were featured in this story. Both are feisty and heartfelt relationships that strengthen each of the characters under the most terrible of circumstances. I also really enjoyed how both of their stories are interconnected with each other.

9. Jennifer and Nicholas
When I Fall In Love – Lynn Kurland
These two are my favorite pairing so far of the Lynn Kurland books that I have read. Their relationship isn’t meant to be easy especially since she is from modern day NYC, and he is from Medieval Scotland but somehow together they just work. They are beautiful together, and their story is one that brings me to tears every time I read it.

10. Miranda and Benjamin
Firelight – Kristen Callihan
HOLY CHEMISTRY! I just finished this book today, and let me tell you the chemistry between these two characters is off the charts! But that is not the only reason I love them … their love is so deep and it is very real. It’s romantic, and realistic, and … it is so worth reading about!

So, what are some of your favorite bookish romances?

As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish.

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I see some familiar names from my list. 🙂 Great picks, love them! 🙂

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  2. I love Westley and Buttercup SO MUCH. Tris and Four are one of my favorites right now, and I really need to get to the Graceling series! And that quote from The Winter Rose <3

  3. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says

    Thanks for your list!

    Here’s ♥♥♥Love Stories I Love♥♥♥
    . I’d love to have you stop by and share your thoughts.

  4. Oh, I just adore Buttercup and Wesley. And Katsa and Po. And Tris and Four. *sigh* So many awesome loves. I think I like the combative ones the best!

  5. I love your choices for favorite romance in books – especially Katsa and Po, and Tris and Four.

  6. Guess who need to finish The Tea Rose trilogy? That would be this guy! I loved the first one, and I think I own the Winter Rose. They’re so long and hard to fit into my schedule, though!

    Yes, I have Katsa and Po on my list too. 🙂

    Love that The Princess Bride is on here, even though I’m really all about Westley being mine, not so much Buttercup’s. lol.

    ELLIE AND TUCKER, HELLS YES. I referenced them, even if I didn’t give them a top slot.

    I really want to read the Between the Lines books.

  7. Katsa & Po! Tris & Four! Katniss & PEETA! Yes, Peeta! 😀 Awesome list, Allison!

  8. How could Wesley and Buttercup NOT make the list, I mean, seriously! These two were MEANT TO BE! I also have to agree with you on Katniss and Peeta. While their love was fairly one-sided for a portion of the series, I appreciate that their relationship was based on mutual respect from the ordeal they suffered. This leads me to believe that though they are slightly complementary personalities, their a good balance and its a relationship that will last.

    I have to add Tiny Cooper and his love of love to the top of my list, though. He’s just so awesome and inspiring!

  9. I absolutely LOVE that you mentioned Tris and Four, as they’re one of my favorite book couples. I think their relationship is very real, and you’ll see it grow and shift and change in Insurgent (which you must read soon – it’s awesome!)