Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romances

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romances

I thought picking some favorite quotes from the actual stories these romances belong to would be the best way for me to describe why they’re my favorites. Some are shorter than others, but I felt each describe each relationship very well.

I also tried to steer clear of love triangle romances because I didn’t want it to become a Team thing…except for one, that I couldn’t not add to this list.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor1. Jamie & Claire – Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying. And it is enough.”

2. Seth & Georgina – Succubus Blues series by Richelle Mead – “And if I only could, I’d make a deal with God and I’d get Him to swap our places.” (quote in book from song “Running up that Hill”)

3. Akiva & Karou – Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor – “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

4. Augustus & Hazel – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

5. Adam & Mia – If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman – “You don’t share me. You own me.”

Something like Normal by Trish Doller6. Joe & Lennie – The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – “I know the expression love bloomed is metaphorical, but in my heart in this moment, there is one badass flower, captured in time-lapse photography, going from bud to wild radiant blossom in ten seconds flat.”

7. Wes & Macy – The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”

8. Travis & Harper – Something Like Normal by Trish Doller – “You should probably stay away from me,” I say, resting my head on my knees. “I’m a mess.”

9. Belly & ……  ;) – The Summer series by Jenny Han – “Be with me.” (not spoiling this one! But YOU KNOW!)

10. Sam & Grace – Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater – “You’re beautiful and sad”



Jess @ Gone with the Words

52 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Romances”

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    Amy @ bookgoonie

    Ahhh…this post has me so in the mood for romance. How could I not have Wes & Macy or Akiva & Karou on my list. I hope those 2 get a happy ending. I did almost put Belly on, but wasn’t sure about the ? Well played.

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    I have some of the same picks as you! I also have Belly & — (oops, I called it out on my post…guess I shouldn’t have done that!) Wes & Macy, and Augustus and Hazel. I don’t know how I could have forgotten Adam and Mia- definitely loved them together! Great list!

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    How freaking hilarious!! We did the same thing today, I picked up my favorite quotes too.. and we have so many similar choices. Great minds think alike!! =D Awesome list Jess!!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      They’ll always be number one for me! Happy that they’re yours too!! :D

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    Love the way you set this post out! Ah, I love quotes <3 Really like your couples, although I still have to read DOSAB, TSIE, the Summer series and a bunch of Sarah Dessen's novels!! Can't wait to meet these characters :)

    Here are my top ten romances!

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    Joe & Lennie!!! I knew I was forgetting someone!!! ugh – we have a lot of the same! I love your list…

    great great picks! I just actually read Wes & Macy and loved it.

    here’s my Top Ten Tuesday
    jaime @ Fic Fare

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Hmmmm. Seems to me we must get you to read those then? hehe I could Kindle/Nook lend you #2 anytime, btw! Just say the word! And #9…that’s like THE ULTIMATE TRIANGLE! Don’t know that you wouldn’t want to kill Belly, lol.

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    Oh Belly and ….. haha. Love it. I loved your list. I have read some but not all the books you mentioned. But I sighed a lot at the couples you mentioned that I did recognize.

    Great list.

    My TTT

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I wanted to keep going!! Seeing everyone put honorable mentions made me want to go back and updated my post, ha!

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    Like I said on another list, I wish I’d read SLN BEFORE I made my list. You have some great couples on here, Jess! I’m planning to read FAULT this week.

    AND OUTLANDER. Ahhhhh. My FAVORITE quotes are:

    “Dinna be afraid. There are the two of us now.”


    “When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”

    GOLDEN. Oh Jamie.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      OMG! I hope you love Fault in our Stars!! And that second Outlander quote is one of my favorites as well!

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        It’s just….amazing. I swoon thinking about it. I so need to do a series re-read this year. I made it to the 5th book I think, then stopped for a “break,” which went on longer than I meant for it to when I re-discovered YA!

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    Adam & Mia! It was a rough road but well worth it.

    Akiva and Karou better get together or I’m going to ugly cry big buckets of tears.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      We’d have to pass buckets all around because I would be in the same boat!

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    great list! macy & wes! love them…should have put them in my extensive honorable mentions. also, i really need to read the succubus blue books, i’ve been having the first on my nook for a while.

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    You want to know something utterly pathetic and crazy? I have only read about three couples on your list! But never fear because of those three couples, I couldn’t agree more. Their romance was in fact quite romantic :)

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    Yay for The Truth About Forever being on your list. It is my favorite Dessen book/couple.

    I have yet to read several of these books so it sounds like I’m missing out on some great couples.

    Thanks for the great list.

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    Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley)

    Oh my gosh THANK YOU FOR NOT SPOILING THE SUMMER SERIES! I’m totally planning to read that for my contemporary month in May. YOU ROCK. But I’m glad Belly and somebody made your list because lately I’ve been seeing not-great things about that series and it’s kinda bummed me out. So YAY!

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    Bookworm Brandee

    I know I’m a bit late commenting but I wanted to say I loved your use of quotes here. AND some of these books are favorites of mine as well. :) I now have Running up that Hill playing in my head. :) *sigh* Seth & Georgina…

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    Alexa Y.

    I love, love, love that Sam and Grace are on here. I believe Maggie’s book was the first sort of paranormal romance I’d ever read, and I still consider it a favorite!

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