HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY <3 – Our Top Ten Favourite Romances

HAPPY ALMOST VALENTINE’S GALENTINE’S DAY ❤

The Broke and Bookish inspired us with their Valentine’s themed Top Ten’s, so here are our absolute FAVOURITE romances – whether they get a happily every after or not! These couples and almost-couples definitely gave us ALL. THE. FEELZ.

OLIVIA

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

My favourite contemporary novel to date. I love the look inside film production, the main characters obsession with the golden age of Hollywood and the fact that the main character is a lesbian and this ISN’T her coming out story.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress X Thorne is everything.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The on again off again love between Shazi and Khalid is so entertaining.

My True Love Gave To Me (North & Marigold) by Stephanie Perkins

Girl likes boy. Girl buys tree from boy. Boy carries tree to girls house. Boy cleans girls house……AKA the cutest love story I’ve ever read!!!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

New boy next door moves in but Madeline has a serious condition. She’s deathly allergic to basically everything. Should be no issue what so ever right?


 

RISABELLA (with some of my reviews linked!)

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Isla & The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Where do I even begin? Josh & Isla are my favourite couple from Stephanie Perkin’s trilogy. They’re so YOUNG and foolish and in loooooove, ugh. They make all the stupid teenage decisions and I can’t help but reminisce those carefree days of young love.

The Heir by Kiera Cass

This one was sooooooooo romantical, seriously, Eadlyn has ALL the boys lined up for daaaaays. This particular Selection was more enjoyable for me, because who wouldn’t want 35 eligible bachelors vying for their hand?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

While this may not seem like your typical contemprary romance, this had ALL THE COUPLES. There is so much TENSION in this that I literally can’t with all three couples. I just love that no one gets left out and it’s all about the UNREQUITED LOVE. (Also, throwback to Olivia’s take on this GEM of a book.)

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

THESE TWO ARE PERFECTION. And yes, all of these caps are necessary. They’re an adorable, mismatched pairing and you can’t help but cheer them on as they find their way to each other. There’s also the holiday feel that makes their romance extra special.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

AMY. AND. ROGER. OH. MAN. Quite possibly my favourite couple of 2015. Their love is slow and so, SO awkward. Also, Roger is just my ultimate dream man. Nerdy, compassionate and a total BAAAAABE. I’ll take one please!


Do our favourite romances match up with yours? Which fictional boyfriends are we missing?!?!

 

Read ‘Em And Weep: books that made me cry

 

READ 'EMSometimes a book will take your heart and crush it into tiny little pieces leaving you a broken sobbing mess. Here are some of those often satisfying books that somehow made an ocean of tears flee from my eyes and may or may not have emotionally devastated me for days after.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

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What can I say, it was the end of the series, the end of my childhood and the end of Harry’s adventures. I will leave you with these names that make me tear up just thinking of them: Dumbledore, Dobby, Lupin, and Fred.

 

 

 

 

 


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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I had low expectations when I started this book, figuring that everyone had hyped it for no reason. I WAS WRONG! I knew what was coming but it still destroyed me, I remember finishing this book at 1 am and sitting on the couch crying for a good 10 minutes before I could move. Well played John, you made me care for those lovely kids GOSH DARNIT! I think what hurt the most about reading a story about kids dying from cancer and what John captured so well is the injustice and the lack of control over situations like that hold.

 


 

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

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This is the moving story of a teenage girl dealing with the death of her sister. Following her and her family as they grieve and process the loss of a loved one proves to be an emotional ride. Jandy utilizes scraps of poetry that the main character writes about how she’s feeling at the beginning of every chapter to beautiful affect. This book was a pile of feelings trapped inside a teenage girls body.

 

 

 


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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This book broke me. I knew going in that it dealt with mental illness, and as a fantasy lover I was hesitant at first to give it a go. But Violet and Finch wormed their way into my heart and while I still feel conflicted about parts of this story it has a heartbreaking ending that left me sobbing even though in retrospect I should have seen it coming. Another contemporary book about young people suffering from some form of illness…see the pattern here?

 

 


A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls is an emotional story of a young boy who’s mother is dying from cancer. Through dark tales with monsters and nightmares, the young boy, Connor, deals with his denial, grief, guilt and acceptance of his situation. This book was visually stunning with illustrations by Jim Kay and a most enchantingly dark and raw story from Patrick Ness. What really tugged at my heart strings were Connor visits with his Dad, as his parents were divorced and how he took care of his mom while she was undergoing treatment. I have dealt with both these things first hand so it really got to me and resulted in a few tears to say the least by the end of this story.


The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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An alien invasion story that far surpasses Meyer’s previous work in my opinion. What made me cry in this book was I think the struggle between Melanie, the host, and Wanderer, the invading alien. The inner turmoil I felt as the two became closer and as one begins to take over. You feel conflicted because you want them both to survive and be happy but as we see throughout the novel, nothing is that simple or easy. A surprising amount of tears for this bad boy.

 

 


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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A whimsical tale of a young boy who is saved from a murderer by chance and finds sanctuary in a graveyard. He is adopted by the ghostly residences there and grows up in the Graveyard. Wildly witty, funny and poignant with classic Neil Gaiman writing, this book had me tearing up on public transit when I reached it’s end. Happy tears mostly. The end of this book leaves you with the bittersweet feeling of childhood reaching its end but the new hope of a bright future, even if people and memories must be left behind to achieve it.


Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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For much the same reasons as the Graveyard Book, Ocean At the End of the Lane took me on a emotional journey back to childhood. A short quick novel, it was of such substance and beautifully written it felt like I was reading poetry. In this case it was tears of wonderment and sadness that this book was over that leapt from my peepers.

 

 

 

 


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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For those of you who have already read the Hunger Games trilogy you know why this book in particular was so hard to handle. To avoid spoilers, the death of a certain character scarred me and left me misty eyed. A few years later when I went back to re-read the trilogy I found that I must have blocked much of Mockingjay from my memories because it was as if I were reading it for the first time and the wounds were new and raw. Needless to say I am still upset over this book.

 

 


Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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The ending of the Divergent trilogy shocked me to say the least. At first I remember being incredulous, thinking that I had somehow read it wrong. Then I was angry, finally my sorrow struck and I cried. I grieved over this book and I am still not ready for the re-read at this point as if time will change the ending I didn’t want to occur.

 

 

 


So there you have it, these are the 10 books to date that have made me cry, please share with me some of your favourite tear-jerking reads. Did any of the books I mentioned above make you cry too, or am I just overly sensitive?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Slumps: the scourge of the booklover

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Friends and fellow book lovers, the worst has happened. I AM IN A READING SLUMP!

I don’t know how it happened, it just sort of crept up on me. At first I thought I was just picking bad books to read but then I realized something more was going on.

Please follow me on my journey to discovering this terrible affliction…

1.DENIAL

Reading Slump? Ya right, there are thousands of amazing books out there. I’ve just been picking some mediocre ones recently. I will find the right book, I’m just super busy right now that’s why I don’t feel like reading as much.


2. ANGER

THIS IS SO STUPID!!! WHY CAN’T I START AND FINISH A GOOD BOOK?!? WHO WRITES THIS STUFF? IS THERE SUCH A THING AS A GOOD BOOK ANYMORE?!? READING SLUMPS DON’T REALLY EXIST. WHY!!!! *flailing of arms* *pacing of room* *grumbling under breath*


3. BARGANING

Maybe if I binge watch all of Sherlock that will get me into the mood?

*lights candles* * burns incense* *casually builds alter of books*

OH DIETIES OF THE PAGES AND WRITTEN WORD PLEASE SEND UNTO ME A NOVEL TO SAVE ME FROM THIS CURSED SLUMP…PLEASE J.K ROWLING PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER HARRY POTTER!!!! 

In paperbacks we trust, AMEN.


4. DEPRESSION

*under the covers*

I will never read a good book again

my reading days are over

I will be in this slump forever, it is not a slump, it is a never ending crevice, a bottomless pit

might as well burn my bookshelves because they are now useless….just like the literary world….


5. ACCEPTANCE

Hello, my name is Olivia and I am in a reading slump. It has been 2 weeks since my last novel but I will not give up! I know the perfect book is waiting for me

Now I can hardly blame any one book, but I have to say the reading Six of Crows and Illuminae so close together may have been a mistake. They were 2 amazing books and I think that now everything else pales in comparison. Anyways if you have any book suggestions to help me escape the dreaded reading slump please send them my way.

READ ON!