Hello everybody! Today I’m doing my first Top Ten Tuesday of the year, and I genuinely can’t remember the last time I did a prompt. Nonetheless, today is Valentine’s Day themed so I thought I’d chat about some of my favourite adult romances that I’ve read, as it’s become one of my absolute go to genres in the past year and I probably don’t mention these as much as YA romances I pick up. Onto the post!
Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be sharing my favourite book couples from titles I read in 2018, alongside a short reason for why, as part of Top Ten Tuesday. There are a few quite strange patterns, which it was interesting to notice for me writing this. Onto the post!
Norah and Luke from Under Rose Tainted Skies– this was the first one of these I read, and as such this was the first time I was rooting for a couple in 2018. I’m glad it was these two, because their relationship is so special. Norah has agoraphobia, and I loved how this was dealt with in every way- it develops very organically and in such a lovely way, and Luke doesn’t magically cure her, as happens in some books.
Sophie and Luca from the Blood for Blood trilogy– I think I was team Nico in book one (which I read in early 2017), but only because Luca wasn’t that prominent. From book 2 onwards I couldn’t have shipped him and Sophie together more, because they had way better chemistry and much more memorable moments.
Finch and Hector from Flying Tips for Flightless Birds– these characters are both utterly precious and wonderful, and their romance is so, so lovely. Watching them open up to each other and bond after a rocky start was such a joyful read (though admittedly sineltaenously stressful because I was hissing “GET TOGETHER, YOU PAIR OF ABSOLUTE MUPPETS, YOU ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER”) Flying Tips is super underrated and I’d highly recommend reading it.
Lou and Robert from a Sky Painted Gold– I read this when I was feeling really ill one day and was struggling to move from the couch and it transported me to the 1920s setting in which these two characters fall in love. Their relationship is phenomenal both in the build up to them being a couple and after, and I was so invested in them.
Reagan and Matt from Open Road Summer– this romance was EVERYTHING. I loved both of these characters so much as individuals and they were perfect for each other. Their flirty pre getting together banter was on point and they’re even better as a couple and just so much yes to these two.
Hope and Luke from Theatrical– Theatrical was SUCH a great romance book- it’s Set in a theatre and the main couple are lovely. There were some absolutely GORGEOUS moments in this, and I was rooting for these guys the whole way.
Dylan and… someone from Boy Meets Hamster- I can’t tell you who the 2nd person in this couple is because it’s a bit of a spoiler but oh my GOD is this relationship adorable. My heart was literally melting every single time they interact. They really reminded me of Simon and Blue, and I can’t give much more of a compliment than that. The whole book actually feels a bit like a British Simon Vs actually!
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before– what can I say, I’m a sucker for a fake relationship! This is one of the best, in my opinion. Their fake relationship is so fun and I love their real one too, and their relationship is such a wonderful part of this trilogy. It’s amazing in the film too, even though they do things quite differently! I did like John Ambrose McLaren too though, to be fair.
Suzanne and Matt from Fierce Fragile Hearts– if this list proves anything, it’s that a bunch of my fave couple feature musicians. This romance is a brilliant part of an exceptional book, and I loved the way this developed a great deal, even if I wanted a different end for them a bit.
Cara and Hector from the Year After You– so, I’ve went on about this book a lot since I’ve read it, and basically don’t expect that to ever stop because it’s AMAZING and I loved it so much. Cara and Hector were a big part of that. I loved the ways in which they help each other heal. I loved their interactions, whether they were hilarious or heartbreaking or somewhere in between. I loved the fact that they aren’t perfect and make mistakes, but want to make it work. I just love them. I definitely saved the best for last.
Who were your favourite couples in books you read last year? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Today, I’m super excited to be on the blog tour for Katy Cannons new book How to Write a Love Story, which I really enjoyed, as you’ll know already if you read my latest monthly reviews post a few days ago! Onto Katy’s post, all about her top 5 romance books!
I love reading romance every bit as much as I love writing it. Narrowing down my favourites to just five is almost impossible, but here a few titles that always pop into my head when someone says ‘romance’.
1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen was one of the first great romance writers (if you ignore the Greeks) and for my money, P&P is one of the best romances ever written. It has everything I love – a hero and heroine working towards understanding each other, a great supporting cast, and a blissfully happy ending. (Plus some fantastic one-liners!) That’s why it actually features in How To Write A Love Story at quite a pivotal moment!
2. Fangirl: Rainbow Rowell has that uncanny ability to make me feel eighteen again, exactly as it felt the first time around. I loved this book so much, mostly because I felt like I might have lived it, rather than just read it.
3. In The Hand of the Goddess: Tamora Pierce is famous for her fantasy YA novels, of which this is one of the best. I couldn’t begin to claim that romance is the main focus of this book, but there’s definitely enough romantic scenes for me to count it! More importantly, this was the first book I read as a teenager where I realized that however great the plot, what interested me most in books was the characters, and the friendships, relationships and romances they experienced with others. (Plus I had a total book crush on Prince Jon.)
4. Saint Anything: Sarah Dessen is a writer who draws me into the worlds and families she creates, until by the last page I’m devastated to have to leave them. She also writes incredible teen romances – true and heartbreaking and hopeful. I love all her books, but I think this is my favourite.
5. Shadow of the Moon: M M Kaye wrote sweeping historical fiction with romance at its heart, set in India and Zanzibar. She also wrote fantastic short crime novels (with a romantic subplot) set in many of the countries she’d lived in or visited, set during the forties and fifties. What I love about her books is the period details and political background she includes – as well as the drama and the romance! I was hard pressed to pick a favourite, and almost went for her most famous novel, The Far Pavilions, but Captain Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon will always hold my bookish heart.
Thank you so much for reading! What are your favourite romance books? Do you agree with any of Katy’s choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!
Hello everybody! Today, for another love themed post, I’m going to be writing about my top 5 romance films, which are undoubtedly my favourite type! Onto the post!
The Proposal- I only watched this for the first time this year, and I’ve only seen it once, but I adored it. Sandra Bullock is hilarious and Ryan Reynolds is fabulous too, I love hate to love done well and the whole plot of them going away to his parents and faking an engagement is delightful. I can’t wait to see it again!
Brooklyn- the best way I can think of to describe this is beautiful. So much of the scenery and how it’s shot is simply stunning. It’s set in the 1950s as Eliis moves to New York in search of a better life. I adore her main love interest Tony and I was desperately rooting for them when Eilis returns to Ireland. It made me cry more than once, but also laugh, and it’s a really fantastic film.
Pretty Woman- A romcom classic, this is easily my favourite Julia Roberts film (I’m generally not bowled over…), and Richard Gere is also wonderful. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this story, but if you don’t, it’s about a business relationship of rather an unusual sort becoming not so professional after all.
Pretty in Pink- I’m sure you’ll all drop dead in shock this is on my list, if you know the way I feel about this film. Every time I watch it, I’m instantly sucked into the world and I always, always love every minute. The soundtrack is phenomenal, Molly Ringwald is awesome as Andie and I love love LOVE the romantic elements. If you’re interested, I’m Team Duckie forever, much as Blane is handsome and sweet.
Bridget Jones’s Baby- another all time favourite, this is very much my favourite Bridget Jones film. My mum and I saw it 3 times in the cinema, and have watched it many more on DVD now. There’s lots of romantic moments, both with Mr Darcy and new addition Jack, and of course plenty of laugh out loud moments.
Thank you so much for reading! What do you think of these films? What are your favourite romance films? I’d love to hear down in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl
Today, I have something quite different for you. I’m going to be talking about music, specifically love songs seeing it’s Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not a music blogger and don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I do love music and these songs, and hope you enjoy the post!
Money or the Girl (Into the Ark)- this is quite potentially my favourite song of all time, and Into the Ark my joint favourite musician of all time (you’ll see the other one in a minute). I love the lyrics, the story I think it tells and Taylor and Dane’s voices are as beautiful as ever. Their covers of Burning Love/Not a One are also GORGEOUS, and their original Better than Never at All (which I’m pretty sure Dane has said he wrote for his girlfriend when he was in Australia on a trip ) is super lovely too. Basically, I really love Into the Ark, and all their songs so I can’t pick just one.
Budapest (George Ezra)– I’m pretty sure everyone has heard this song, considering how often it was l the radio when Wanted on Voyage was released back in 2014, and it’s well deserved. The lyrics are fab, George Ezra’s voice is forever flawless (he’s that other joint favourite I was talking about) and it’s insanely catchy but never gets on my nerves no matter how many days in a row it’s stuck in my head. Other bits of romantic loveliness from George Ezra I recommend are Listen to the Man, Barcelona and Hold My Girl.
Something Just Like This (Coldplay)- I really, REALLY dislike the version of this including the Chainsmokers, but the One Love Manchester performance made me fall in love with it. I just love the concept of the song in general, and the chorus is so, so catchy and lovely. My absolute favourite Coldplay song.
Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley)– a classic, and rightly so. This song is so sweet and pretty and lovely. Fun fact: when Saffy was a very small puppy and slept downstairs, this was one of my favourite things to sing to her to soothe her to sleep.
Let Me Love the Lonely (James Arthur)- this song is about falling in love when you aren’t comfortable with people, and it’s stunning. My absolute highlight of Back from the Edge, this is hugely underrated as no one EVER seems to have heard of it.
Thank you so much for reading! What love songs do you love? Have you ever listened to any of mine? Are there any other music posts you’d especially like me to do? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @GoldenBooksGirl!