Favourite Book Couples

Hi there,
So today dawns another Valentines Day, the day of love. And what better love to share than the love you have of books and the fictional characters that inhabit them. To celebrate that love we all have I’m sharing with you my all time Favourite Book Couples. I saw this idea first done over on Katytastic‘s YouTube channel (she’s one of my favourite YouTubers, you should all check out her channel) and I’ve been wanting to do it myself for some time now. I have actually done a shorter version of this for my Top Five Friday’s series, but now you get the full version. So without further ado let’s jump into the incredibly cute pool of couples.

Anna and the French Kiss trilogy by Rainbow Rowell- all the couples

Okay so I’m already kind of cheating but oh well. I love every one of the main couples in the Anna trilogy. Anna/Etienne probably rank number 1 but Josh/Isla are such a close second. There is basically a cell-sized gap between them. Seriously, it’s close. Cricket/Lola are my least favourite, only because there relationship didn’t have as much of a build up to me. All of these couples are amazing and special and will always be the reason I have such high expectations as to what my relationships must be like. So to all my future suitors: I blame Rainbow Rowell.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – all the couples (that I know of)
Again with this series I love every main pairing. For the books I’ve read at least. I’ve yet to read Winter, but when I get to it I’m sure I’ll love whatever pairing happens. But for the three I have read, I loved them. Wolf/Scarlet and Cress/Thorne are my two favourite pairings with Cinder/Kai a little behind because of all the drama surrounding their relationship. The pairings are adorable and each couple is so well suited to each other. The way the novels are written makes the connection to their relationship that much more personal. The intimacy each couple has is just amazing. I really hope none of them die.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Sizzy
Now this one was tough. It was between Sizzy and Malec, but ultimately I felt Sizzy had a stronger connection and a lighter, more relatable romantic story. There relationship was cute, while funner at the same time. They seemed to be complete opposites but fit so well together. And then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart was ripped into a thousand tiny pieces. Oh well, at least we’ve got more books on the way.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou/Akiva
This, as literally everyone knows, is one of my favourite trilogies of all time. Part of what makes it so is the characters and the relationships that have with each other. Karou and Akiva had probably the most complicated relationship I have ever read about. There was murder and past-lovers and war, but despite facing literally every problem a couple could have, they ended up together. And man it was emotional, and beautiful and everything you could want in a couple finally being together.

Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan – Percabeth
I’m only referencing the Heroes of Olympus series here because that is when I fell head-over-heels in love with Percabeth. Their relationship is so beautiful and so special and I love reading scenes with them together. They completely steal the show as far as couples go. They care about each other so strongly and they had such an amazing build up with their relationship. We all thought Rachel Elizabeth Dare was a threat for a little while, but that soon vanished from all our minds at the strength of the relationship of Percy and Annabeth.

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – Chaolaena
Now, for some reason this pairing isn’t very popular. This genuinely confuses me because they are an amazing couple! I don’t understand and I never will understand peoples’ infatuation with Dorian/Celaena. They just don’t go together! They had a slight thing for a little while but that was it. Now I don’t know what happens in Queen of Shadows but I highly doubt my opinion on this subject matter will change. Celaena and Chaol understand each other in such a unique way. They have to be endgame or I might die. Literally.

 

Outlander by Dianna Gabaldon – Jamie/Claire
Did anyone really think this wouldn’t make the list? Jamie, while the love of my life and definite future husband, is really amazing in his relationship with Claire. They have such a special connection to one another, and the moments of romance in the novels leave nothing to be desired. They have their challenges like any other couple, which I think makes them that much more relatable as a couple. I absolutely love this pairing and I will defend it to the grave.

Alright so that is it for my Valentines themed, favourite fictional couples tag. Feel free to comment down below your favourite couples but please, please, please don’t spoil anything (particularly from the books I specifically said I haven’t read yet in the series’ mentioned). I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon.

Signing off, Verity

 

 

Contemporary Recommendations

Hi there,
So down under in sunny Australia it’s summer is fast approaching, and what better time to read a cute contemporary than summer? So today I will giving my top recommendations for contemporary reads, all YA, no adult, in case you couldn’t tell.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? 

This book is the first in a trilogy of contemporary novels and they arethe cutest, funnest, most exciting contemporary novels. Anna is the best in the trilogy but you should read absolutely all of them! The relationships are well-developed and you will have such a fun time reading them.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.
Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Rainbow Rowell has written three YA contemporary novels and you should read all of them! Eleanor and Park is the first that she wrote and my favourite of her novels. The relationship is adorable and amazing and I love the sub-story about Eleanor’s family. If you’re interested in contemporary novels with more than just romance this is for you.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

This is a classic and one I’m sure many of you have already read but I had to recommend it anyway. It’s an incredible story that not only is adorable but has characters that are suffering with an illness no person, especially not one so young, should ever have to go through.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.
Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This is a book that I think really captures the high school experience. The ups, the downs, the friendships, the heartbreaks, they’re experiences every adolescent goes through and they’re so perfectly written about. The sub-plot at the conclusion of the novel is a really intense subject matter and is the one thing that moves outside of the “regular high school experience” but it a welcome addition to the plot of the story.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This a book that is deeply, deeply emotional and super adorable at the same time. It’s beautiful and meaningful and not just another typical romance. It’s different, and it’s special and should be read by everyone.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This book is seriously emotional and really moved me in a way I didn’t think a contemporary actually could. The central relationship was between a brother and a sister instead of a romantic relationship (which still was present) and it was beautiful and messy and amazing and I loved everything about it.

Alright so they are my contemporary recommendations, let me know down below what your favourite contemporaries are and whether you’ve read these books or not.

Signing off, Verity

2014

Hi there,
So as we draw to the close of another amazing year I’d thought I’d share with you my favourite books of 2014. I’ll give a brief rating and recommendation for each one. This is in no particular order at all.

1) Heroes of Olympus series: I had avoided this series for so long and I finally picked it up this year! And it was amazing! I loved the story line and all the characters. I would recommend it to absolutely everybody.
5/5

2) Rainbow Rowell’s novels: This year I also got around to read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books: Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Attachments and Landline. Eleanor and Park are young adult novels whereas Attachments and Landline are adult novels but I would recommend them to anyone of any age really. They are fantastic contemporary novels that deal with some pretty intense issues.
Eleanor and Park: 5/5
Fangirl: 4/5
Attachments: 4/5
Landline: 5/5

3) Anna and the French Kiss + Lola and the Boy Next Door: I read 2/3 of Stephanie Perkins books this year and oh wow where they fantastic. I read each one in a day because I just could not get enough. They are cute and adorable and at least one character in each book quite relatable. Like Rainbow Rowell’s books I would recommend these contemporary awesomenesses to anyone.
Anna: 5/5
Lola: 4/5

4) This Star Won’t go Out: This is a biography/autobiography that is the life of Esther Grace Earl. At the end of this book I honestly felt like I knew her, like we had grown up together and were the best of friends. You get to know that much of Esther that that is possible. It really was fantastic and I encourage you all to read it.
4.5/5

5) Four: Veronica Roth did it again. This book was amazing and gave some much wanted/needed insight into Tobias Eaton’s life. It was interesting to hear his perspective on everything and I loved seeing more of his life before Tris. The only issue I had was that his perspective didn’t flow as well as Tris’ did.
4/5

6) The Storyteller: Jodi Piccoult made me actually feel like I was in the Holocaust with this book, it was written that well. This became my favourite Jodi Piccoult book, I just love it. I recommend this to mature readers as it does deal with some rather brutal topics that aren’t to be ventured into by those of a younger age.
5/5

7) Anna Dressed in Blood duo: I’ve talked about this duo so much this past year but that’s because people barely ever know about it and it is so good! The characters are awesome the storyline is awesome and the book cover is awesome! I highly recommend this to people able to stomach a bit of blood and gore.
5/5

8) Angelfall: I have a booktalk on this which a few people have checked out and I highly highly highly recommend this book to absolutely everybody. It is just so amazing! The characters are kick-ass and the writing is incredible. I cannot wait to continue with this series.
5/5

9) City of Heavenly Fire: This was the concluding book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (a personal favourite of mine) and it was so good! You all have got to read this series, it is amazing! I recommend it to absolutely everybody, you will love it.
4/5

10) The Darkest Minds: Alexandra Bracken is such a fantastic writer and this book was everything you ever want in a YA whatever the genre was. It was fast-paced, the characters were relatable and the story was so different and so amazing. I recommend it to anyone who isn’t that avid of a reader and wants to get into it more and anyone who wants to get into the more paranormalish genre.
5/5

11) Gone Girl: I finished this book yesterday and my head is still reeling at that ending. The characters were so dark and twisted and it was so fun to read. This book though is for very mature readers so if you’re too young or immature do not read this books! It was fantastic though.
4/5

Alright so they are my favourite books for 2014. Feel free to share your favourite reads of 2014 in the comments below and I’ll see you all next year!

Signing off, Charlie

Top 5 favourite TV shows

Hi there,
Okay so I’m still trying to collect my thought of CoHF but I promise you that booktalk by the end of the week. Instead I thought I would list for you my top 5 favourite TV shows. Some of these are very well known but others are scarcer to come by. Okay lets go.

1) Supernatural. As you probably might already know I am a huge fan of Supernatural. I only discovered this TV show at the end of July last year but it has become such a big part of my life since then. The season 9 final that was on a few weeks ago broke all my feels but I loved it all the same. I cannot wait for season 10.

2) FRIENDS. Okay so a lot of people love FRIENDS but I would be seriously surprised if anyone watched it as religiously as my family does. We watch at least 1 episode a night and I think I’ve watched the entire series so many times I could act it out for you. I discovered this TV show in the beginning of July 2012 and have been avidly watching it ever since.

3) Once Upon a Time. Alright a bit of a less known show, OUAT has been one of my favourites since it came on TV a couple of years ago. The quality of the show has degraded slightly as the seasons have gone on and my favourite ship was broken apart but I still love it and it still remains a favourite of mine.

4) Under the Dome. Okay so this TV show only came out last year and has only had one season but it is my fourth favourite. It is seriously amazing, I cannot get enough of it. The characters are awesome and the storyline is really good. It’s based on a book by Stephen King (that I still have to read) and I can’t wait for season 2 in a couple of weeks. It is a really awesome TV show and season 1 ended on a massive cliffhanger.

5) Miranda and Grimm. Alright I can’t decide out of the two of these which one I like better. Miranda is a hilarious comedy about a women called Miranda trying to navigate life. It never fails to make me laugh and the main character is hilarious in everything she does. Grimm is about a detective called Nick who discovers he is a Grimm (a person who can see weird creature-y things that people are). They are both really amazing and I cannot choose between them. I love them both and cannot wait for their new seasons (they both ended on cliffhangers).

Okay so that’s it for todays blog post. I will have my CoHF booktalk soon.
Signing off, Charlie