Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! In honor of the day of love, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is highlighting readers’ favorite ships, OTPs – all love, all the time! Here are my all-time favorite literary lovebirds!
Buttercup and Westley from William Goldman’s gorgeous The Princess Bride are an absolutely magical couple, ruled by ‘twoo love.’ The lengths Westley goes to to save his beloved Buttercup make my heart melt every time.
Anna Karenina and Count Vronksy of the Russian classic Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy are a pair in forbidden love, made more difficult to bear due to the society in which they live. Although terribly tragic, Anna and Count Vronsky’s tale is beautiful
I fell in love with Tessa Gray & Will Herondale being in love when I read Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel. I adore that the couple’s romance is a slow burn and it doesn’t hurt that Will is gorgeous in my mind!
Zia Rashid and Carter Kane from Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles series are precious together. I’m currently reading the second book in the Kane series, The Throne of Fire, and Carter’s dedication to finding his missing love is incredible.
Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson of Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew Mystery Stories are a pair of wholesome sweethearts. Their courting-type relationship is the kind I’d like my boys to have when they hit high school. However, I do realize it’s the 21st century!
Karou and Akiva make another gorgeous, literally and figuratively, couple. I met these two while reading Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone and look forward to discovering exactly where their destined love goes in the remaining books in Taylor’s trilogy.
Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favorite memes ever! Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, TTT involves listing books, etc. based on the week’s topic. This week I’m highlighting my all-time favorite children’s picture books.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown – I have fond memories of my mom reading this book to my brother and me at bedtime. The love the mommy bunny has for her baby bunny is comforting and precious.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – This is another tale I loved to listen to as I slipped into dreamland. The full-page illustrations are adorable, as is the story – perfect for bedtime!
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – I can totally identify with this story, as I have been attached to MANY stuffed animals and generally assigned feelings to them anyway! I have a special Valentine’s Day edition Eeyore that I got at The Disney Store back in 2003. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of cuddling with a plushie…
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats – Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day is another story I recall being read to me as I lay in bed. I love the sense of wonder possessed by the little boy central to the book.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs – I did not realize The Snowman was a book until I recently found and bought it for my sons’ library. My brother and I grew up watching the VHS version at all times. While it’s one of my favorite stories, I could cry just thinking of the ending.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – This precious picture book is almost too cute for words! It’s a book I bought for my boys and my oldest son loves it – the illustrations and story are terrific and so much fun!
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish – I remember when I discovered I had been mispronouncing the title character’s name until my grade school librarian began reading the Amelia Bedelia books to my class. Oops!
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag – A lifelong cat lover, how could I not include Millions of Cats? Another book eliciting happy childhood memories, I remember wishing that I in fact had millions of cats myself!
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – About a witch and featuring fantastic rhymes, Room on a Broom is loved by my son and, of course, got chewed up a bit by one of our dogs. Oh, well. At least the book looks as well-loved as it is!
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen – I’ve always loved fictional characters with poor attitudes and the title fish is quite naturally loved by me. 😀