I’m a bit late to this one since I’ve had quite a day of work, but I wanted to at least get a top ten post in since I was really fond of this one. Top Ten is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so be sure to check out her blog if you’re looking to hop along the tag train for top tens!
This one was a generic top ten about love, so I decided to list my top ten favorite books for amazing ships. I’ve got quite a few books that I really love the pairings in, so it was really hard narrowing these down, but I’m excited to list Reader Fox’s top ten awards for the best couples in literature!
Number 10: Astrid and Sam from the Gone series by Michael Grant
I was rooting for these guys from the beginning. I really enjoyed their dynamic and how they complimented each other in a really beautiful way. Of course, there were times when I grew extremely frustrated with certain moments of disagreement and clashing, but I always really appreciated how these two were so amazing with each other, caring and loving in the face of everything they went through. It was also one of those ships that felt like they were truly lucky to have found each other, even though circumstance is what brought them to it.
Number 9: Lou Clark and Will Traynor from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
These two broke my heart. And if you’ve seen the movie/read the book, I’m sure you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I think the important takeaway from their relationship is that it is possible to truly love and care about someone in an immensely selfless way, and there’s something incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking about it all at once.
Number 8: Winter and Jacin from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I tried to keep my Meyer shoutouts two a minimum, but I still ended up with two of her couples on here. She just writes brilliant loves, what can I say? I really love Winter and Jacin, ironically more than at least two other ships in Meyer’s world. I’ve always been a sucker for those stories about kids who grew up and fell in love together and it’s no different with these two, especially when you see just how far they are willing to go for each other.
Number 7: Juli Baker and Bryce Loski from Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
I will admit here that I did enjoy the movie much more than I enjoyed the book, though both are beautiful. Flipped tells the tale of a girl and a boy who flitter around the feelings of crushes, growing up, and truly getting to know a person. Honestly, their tale is one of the most amazing and real stories I’ve ever read in my life and I can’t help but adore how poignant and thought provoking this book is. I’m just saying, it’s definitely worth reading.
Number 6: Nicholas and Etta from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I do have a really strong appreciation for this pairing. I have a feeling that the interracial aspect plays a small role in my adoration for them, but at the end of the day, they are both amazingly developed and wonderfully strong characters that I just fell in love with almost immediately. Their book isn’t centered on a romance, nor does the romance ever feel like it takes over the story. It is interwoven and it fills you with joy at some points and breaks your heart in others. I have a lot of feels about them.
Number 5: Annabel and Owen from Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
The book alone is brilliant, but the characters in it make it more so. I’m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen novels and in the case of Just Listen, the couple turns out to be one of those where the characters just fit so beautifully you can’t help but root for them. And even as you do, you can tell that their pairing is one built on friendship first, which is probably why I love them so much. The entirety of the novel develops their friendship rather than their relationship and attraction for one another (though, don’t worry, that’s still there) and as someone who really hates the superficial nature of love because of attraction, this book has everything I need. I get a lot more emotional about characters who grow to love each other because they got to know one another.
Number 4: Finn and Em from All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Another romance that isn’t the focal point of the book, but presents itself in a way that allows us to see how people can fall in love simply by being there for one another. And I loved every second of it. I was amazed by how quickly I fell for this pairing and how desperately I just needed to see everything work out for them. I loved them as characters and I loved them together. I loved how they got together. Everything.
Number 3 (BRONZE): Dexter and Remy from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
It was a bit of a toss up whether Finn and Em or Dexter and Remy would claim the bronze spot, but ultimately the dynamic displayed between these two characters has always held a spot in my heart. I cannot begin to express how deeply I love these two and how they complimented each other so well. Ironically, this is the one pairing where I don’t ever feel the need to see more of because I simply see their ending as the perfect one to complete their story.
Number 2 (SILVER): Arin and Kestrel from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
They just went through so much loving each other. Worlds apart, these two characters never gave up on trying to save and care for the other even when their circumstances tore them apart. I spent the entire time reading this trilogy wondering how the author could possibly make their pairing work, anxiously anticipating what would happen next for them. I felt a lot of joy and a lot of heartbreak, but I don’t think I’d have it any other way.
And the gold (and consequently number 1 spot) goes to…!!
CRESS AND THORNE from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer!
I mean, let’s be honest here, is anyone surprised that they’re the couple I chose? I’ve made no secret of my love for Carswell Thorne and almost every time I mention a book couple on my blog, I bring them up. I just connect so well with these characters. I saw myself in Cress at almost every turn and I have always considered Thorne to be my ultimate character crush. I don’t know how Meyer did it, but she managed to embody everything I had ever imagined in the most perfect guy so well and to this day I’m still in love. I don’t think I have ever shipped anyone more.