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Top Ten Tuesday – Be My Valentine – My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a Love Freebie in honor of Valentine’s Day so I’ve decided to use the freebie to showcase some of my favorite covers that feature hearts.  I actually ended up with 13 but couldn’t decide which three to cut so I decided to keep them all.

 

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My Favorite Book Covers that Feature Hearts

(in no particular order)

 

HOW TO BUILD A HEART by Maria Padian

HEARTS MADE FOR BREAKING by Jen Klein

THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART by Jenn Bennett

FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills

ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa de la Cruz

CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT by Brigid Kemmerer

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN HEARTS by Kami Garcia

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

THE START OF ME AND YOU by Emery Lord

CHANGE OF HEART by Jodi Picoult

Do you have any favorite covers that feature hearts?

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Realistic Couples in Literature

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).”

Okay, so I actually groaned a little bit when I read this week’s topic since romance isn’t really my thing when it comes to reading. I don’t like love triangles, instalove, or basically any romantic situation that I see as a distraction from the main storyline of a book.

That said, what I do very much enjoy are realistic portrayals of relationships – the slow build from strangers to friends to lovers, or maybe even from hate at first sight to friendship to something more. I love witty banter, fights, going through tough times together and coming out stronger than ever, or maybe even a couple drifting apart and eventually finding their way back to each other. I even love reading just the evolution of an established relationship over time.  So yeah, realism is definitely my thing when it comes to romance.  So what I went with for this week’s special Valentine’s Day Top 10 edition are my Top Ten Favorite Realistic Couples in Literature.  I think each of my selections in some way embodies what I’ve just described in terms of a realistic relationship.  As you’ll see, Jane Austen’s novels figure prominently in my list as I consider her to be one of the masters of creating a realistic relationship.

MY TOP 10 FAVORITE REALISTIC COUPLES IN LITERATURE

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1. BENEDICT AND BEATRICE

from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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2. ELIZABETH BENNETT AND FITZWILLIAM DARCY

from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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3. RON WEASLEY AND HERMIONE GRANGER

from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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4. AUGUSTUS AND HAZEL

from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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5. ELINOR DASHWOOD AND EDWARD FERRARS

from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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6. WILL TRAYNOR AND LOUISA CLARK

from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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7. IFEMULU AND OBINZE

from Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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8. ANNE ELLIOTT AND FREDERICK WENTWORTH

from Persuasion by Jane Austen

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9.  CINDER AND KAI

from Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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10.  ELEANOR AND PARK

from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Question:  What literary couples do you find to be the most realistic?