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Top Ten Books & Authors I’ll Never Read


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

This week is a freebie post so I decided to go with an old topic that Jamie used back in 2010! Now I don’t want anyone to be offended by this list, it’s my own personal bookish preference and I have attempted to read most of these books and then found that they were DNF for me! So here we go…

Fifty Shades of Grey – No, NO. Not for the reasons you’re thinking, I do enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton novels, after all. To be honest, I tried this one and couldn’t get through it. As a librarian I thought it was my duty to take a chance on this book (see how I make myself feel better) and you know what, I just wanted Anastasia and her inner goddess to shut the f up and for Christian to put on his big boy panties. Truly.

The Host – Just…no.

The Casual Vacancy – I really did have every intention of reading this one simply because it is J.K. Rowling but the more I read about the book, the more I realized that it really is nothing I will ever be interested in.


Nicholas Sparks – I read The Notebook years ago, after I saw the movie, mind you, and boy was I disappointed. This book makes me throw up in my mouth a little This is my own bias as this type of book just isn’t something that I generally love.

Crossed/Reached – I tried to convince myself that I liked Matched because it was a book that everyone was loving at the time and I didn’t want to feel like a mutant. Thankfully some blog friends (and my students, to my surprise) told me that the series only gets worse and to not waste my time. Whew!

I tried…I really tried…(aka these are STILL marked as “Want to Read” on Goodreads..)

Bossypants – Everyone told me that this was soooo hilarious but you know what? I’m in my mid-twenties, I related to NOTHING in this book.

The Fault in Our Stars – I tried for book club, I really did!! I also tried reading An Abundance of Katherines and couldn’t get through that either!! It’s totally me, and not you, John Green.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Oh man, I probably listened to half of this audiobook trying to convince myself that it was funny and I just wasn’t in the right “mood” as I was listening – not to mention that I paid for it assuming that I would love it as I love The Bloggess and her column. Apparently humor books just aren’t my thing.

Pegasus – Who doesn’t love Robin McKinley? When I tell you that I have tried to read this book at least five times, I am not kidding. I don’t know what it is, everything about the book screams “Alyssa.” I mean, hello? Her best friend is a PEGASUS. What is wrong with me?!

Tender Morsels – This one pushes too many buttons for me. The blurbs and reviews make it sound phenomenal but every time I pick it up I feel myself physically cringe over its contents.



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Top Ten Fictional Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

Dracula (Dracula by Bram Stoker) – I was going to go with Jean Claude or Eric Northman, and then I realized that I love them because of their strong “I need no one” personalities  and that they show tiny cracks on their brooding demeanor when around someone that they love. It wasn’t hard for me to realize that my love for these delish vamps stems from my love of Dracula. I have to be honest, Dracula in the original novel is not the exact Dracula I have in my mind. I like to think of him as a a misunderstood, lonely, and sad, tall drink of water!!

Death (Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt) – Ah yes, another lonely and brooding male (this is my fictional boyfriend type, guys) Death doesn’t have it easy, I mean very few people get excited to see him, and who wants to snuggle with someone who can’t warm their feet for lack of body heat? On the other hand, this is a dude who has a full time job, likes his alone time, and shacking up with him means no in-laws! Where do I sign?!

Beast (Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers) – He has the perfect dual nature! He has a very strong personality, demanding attention when he walks into a room (scene? page?) and he worships the Saint of war, meaning that he is a manly man who gets ish done. This is a guy who doesn’t do anything by half, he fights, and loves with all he has – let me break it down in better terms…He runs toward the fighting with all the passion he has and doesn’t stop until the job is finished, then he comes off the field to his lady and loves her just as passionately. You pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?

Bran (Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier) – Yeah, as always I can’t decide between Bran, Red, or Cathal, but after much thought I realized that Bran is the most unique, so that’s where we are going today. Bran is brooding, he lives in the darkness of his mind and clings fiercely to Liadan once he allows himself to love her. How sweet, right? But seriously, he has some yummy tattoos, and is cunning and fierce. The best part is that he surrounds himself with loyal “brothers” who are basically BAMF babysitters.

Severus Snape (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling) – Because: “Always.”

Bigby Wolf (Fables by Bill Willingham) – He is THE Big Bad Wolf, and the son of The North Wind. Incredibly loyal to those he loves and MANLY beyond reason he is also prone to impromptu rolls in the hay (grass – same thing). YES PLEASE.

Silas Dane (Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw) – A perfect mix of evil, cunning, loyalty, wisdom, and broods!! He also has a pet crow, c’mon now – who doesn’t want a crow familiar?!

Marco (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) – Internally, he pines. Externally, he uses his sadness as fuel for his art! Me likey!! He constructs a magnificent and beautiful circus around the gal he loves, only to impress her. Roses pale in comparison.

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Top Ten Favorite Romances

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

I know I don’t participate in Top Ten Tuesday every week but I couldn’t give up a chance to share my favorite romances with you guys! I actually made a hand written list of these favorites and then using very scientific reasoning I narrowed it down to only in no particular order…

Bran and Liadan from Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – (Or every single couple in every single Marillier novel ever…) Like many of Marillier’s heroines, Liadan brings Bran back from the brink of madness. They both broke my heart and though I also love Clodagh and Cathal, Bran and Liadan were the first couple that I fell in love with. “I just knew, overwhelmingly, that if I did not touch him I would shatter in pieces. Jump, cried the wind. Jump over. I shut my eyes and moved toward him, and my arms went around his waist, and I rested my head against his chest and let my tears flow. There, said the voice deep inside me. See how easy it was?”

Bigby and Snow from Fables by Bill Willingham – Snow tames Bigby in a few ways and I just love how much he loves her. I devour all stories starring these two.

Karou and Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – This couple was heart wrenching in quite a few ways, their backstory and current love affair was beautiful and heart breaking. I can’t wait to see what happens with them in book two. “Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.”

Marco and Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Oh those star crossed lovers who are doomed to duel to the death, the story, setting and characters all read like a love story to me. “As he kisses her, the bonfire glows brighter. The acrobats catch the light perfectly as they spin. The entire circus sparkles, dazzling every patron.” 

Anita and Jean Claude from The Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton – Anita has many lovers and boyfriends and though Jean Claude isn’t human I still can’t see anyone else as a better fit. Jean Claude understands Anita on all levels, though they are different in many ways, Jean Claude understands her rage and how it is a part of her better than anyone. “Je reve de toi..”

Cimorene and Mendanbar from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede – I read these books a long time ago, before a good romance was a key element in my book choices and I fell in love with the witty banter between these two characters. Their love shows in subtle ways and to this day they are still one of my favorite couples. “Yes,” Mendanbar said, looking down. “I love you, and—and—” “And you should have said that to begin with,” Cimorene interrupted.

Jamie and Claire from The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon – Okay maybe I didn’t love the first book but the parts I did love revolved around Claire and Jamie. Specifically, around Jamie’s love for Claire and their interactions with one another. “Oh, aye, Sassenach. I am your master . . . and you’re mine. Seems I canna possess your soul without losing my own.” 

Robin Hood and Maid Marian – In every form, I love this couple. In the poems, novels, movies and songs their romance is beautiful.

Ismae and Duval from Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers – Ahh the slow burn romances always get to me! Through the whole novel I was on edge waiting for them to finally get together! “Whenever you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours….”

Wesley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride by William Goldman – How can this not be one of my favorites? Though I love the movie a tad more, their love is still beautiful! “Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches.” 

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Top Ten Books and Authors I Am Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz series – To give me a fantasy land to escape to before Harry Potter, you will always be my first love.

J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series – Without a doubt this is the number one series I am thankful for in my life. Let me just say that I had a pretty…rough… childhood and Harry and I were alike in quite a few ways. I think I was 12 when Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets came out and it was at that point that I randomly happened upon book 1. My grandmother asked me if I was interested and I kind of shrugged. You see, I was a creature of habit and at that point I was obsessively re-reading both The Wizard of Oz series and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Fast forward a few days (or hours) to me curled up in my chair in my tiny room crying over Harry receiving his Hogwarts letter. Seriously. Years later I was lucky enough to work at Barnes & Noble and I was working the midnight release party for HP7. I remember getting home after 1am and reading until I fell asleep. I finished the book that day and though I was overjoyed at having another piece of Harry’s life in my hands, I cried and cried. I cried because it was over but I also cried because we both prevailed over the terrible circumstances in our lives, Harry and I. I cried because in fact, happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Patricia C. Wrede and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Ahh the first “no nonsense” princess I ever fell in love with and the first character I can remember relating to as a young reader.

Juliet Marillier – You all saw this coming, didn’t you? Marillier was the first “adult” author that I read as a “young adult” and it was the first time I can remember becoming so engrossed in a story that I could shut out anything and everything going on around me. There are a few books and a few series that I can re-read over and over but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized just how much I love this author. Of course I knew that she was my favorite but I had forgotten just how strongly I react to her words. I am re-reading Daughter of the Forest (and the rest of the Sevenwaters series) to prepare for Flame of Sevenwaters and I am having all of these FEELINGS that are nearly impossible to describe. You’re all book people though, you get it, right?!

Neil Gaiman – I was lucky enough to read Neil Gaiman for the first time this year and I just love everything about him. The more I read the more I love. Mostly, I am thankful for his amazing storytelling skills because I LOVE the audio books that he narrates. You know what, just go read this post because really it is all about my adoration for the man.

Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Trilogy – For getting so many “non-readers” to read! Also for being one of the first books my beau read before me and ADORED.

Christopher Healy and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom – For reminding me how fun it is to read and for proving to me that MG novels are worth it.

Bram Stoker and Dracula – For being the first vampire I ever loved.

Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children – For making me feel like less of an orphan.

The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen – Just because.

Fortnight of Fright: Top Ten Tuesday Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Welcome friends! Thanks for joining me for A Fortnight of Fright over here on Books Take You Places! Fortnight of Fright is an event hosted over two weeks, by myself and Brittany from The Book Addicts Guide, we will be featuring some fabulous posts on all things Halloween!

Today I am going to share my top ten favorite books to get into the Halloween spirit!

After taking a peek around here, make sure you head over to Brittany’s blog to read about her top ten favorite Halloween books!!

Top Ten Books to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz – Who remembers this book?! I remember reading it to my brother and freaking myself out! To this day we still talk about how this book traumatized us as children! I need to find these at the library VERY SOON.

Amber House by Kelly Moore – I reviewed this a few weeks back and it was the perfect book for this time of year. It kept me up at night and had me peering around corners before taking them.

Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein – Who didn’t read this series as a kid? Welcome to Dead House? Night of the Living Dummy? STILL SCARED OF THEM.

Carrie by Stephen King – We are reading this now for Book Club at the high school and it is FREAKING ME OUT. I can’t deal with those thrillers that get into your head ::shiver::

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I loved this book. It read like a seriously creepy, haunted tale that really gets inside your head. Read my review, here.

Dracula by Bram Stoker – If you don’t already know that I have love for Dracula then you should read my post on my favorite villains.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – I never loved zombies until I met R.

Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – Both super scary and super awesome.

Grimm’s Grimmest by Maria Tatar – Haven’t you always wanted to read the real story behind Cinderella or Snow White? This book reminds you that Grimm’s Fairy Tales started off as tales fit for adults and not children.

The Witches by Roald Dahl – Ahh possibly my favorite Roald Dahl book. Not too scary but a fun way to get into Halloween nonetheless.

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Top Ten Bookish People I Would Love to Meet!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

William Shakespeare – An obvious one and though I totally believe he is the real deal it would be nice to find out for sure, I suppose!

Juliet Marillier – Another obvious one, she is my favorite author! However, I have to admit that if I ever did meet her I would probably just keel over and/or look like an idiot because I could have nothing compelling to say to her!

Edgar Allen Poe – I would love to see his “madness” in real life! 

L. Frank Baum – Just to hug him. He wrote my favorite books!

Isaac Marion – I follow him on Twitter and he seems like quite an awesome guy, and he makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis.

J.K. Rowling – I just fear I would bore her with the same questions about HP that she has probably heard a thousand times.

Adam Gidwitz – I’d like to give him a book of my favorite fairy tales and have them read them aloud while interjecting with his own narrations.

The Bloggess – She’s amazing. She is inspirational and hilarious.

Brom – I might be a little scared to meet him because he has to have a very deep and dark imagination but I would love to know if he is going to delve into another fairytale rewrite anytime soon.

Ransom Riggs – I would enjoy looking through his photograph collection for sure!

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Top Ten Books on my Fall To Be Read Pile!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

I had to go literal and only pick books that are being published during the literal autumn to winter timeframe because I can’t narrow them down, and I also only added books that I have not read with the exception of one because it was too great not to add. So, here we go…

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell – “When dashing American explorer Ral Conrath invites Jane and her father on an expedition deep into West Africa, she can hardly believe her luck. Rising to the challenge, Jane finds an Africa that is every bit as beautiful and fascinating as she has always imagined. But she quickly learns that the lush jungle is full of secrets–and so is Ral Conrath. When danger strikes, Jane finds her hero, the key to humanity’s past, and an all-consuming love in one extraordinary man: Tarzan of the Apes.” I have had great luck with retellings of historical fiction lately, I hope this one is just as awesome.

Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh – “Before Jepp can become the master of his own destiny, he will need to prove himself to a brilliant and eccentric new master—a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars—earn the love of a girl brave and true, and unearth the long-buried secrets of his parentage. And he will find that beneath the breathtaking cruelty of the world is something else: the persistence of human kindness.” I met the author and rec’d a signed copy at BEA and she was wonderful, I have high hopes for this one!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – “In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?” Ummm I LOVED the first book in the series and have her that this book is filled with epic amazingness so I NEED to read the sequel now please.

Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier – “When Maeve finds one of the missing travelers murdered in the woods, she and her brother Finbar embark on a journey that may bring about the end of Mac Dara’s reign — or lead to a hideous death. But if she is successful, Maeve may open a door to a future she has not dared to believe possible..” I feel like I don’t even have to explain this one. Quite easily my MOST ANTICIPATED READ ever (or of 2012).

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – “In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power–brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined..” WHEW, just made the cut for this one to be on the list for autumn! I showcased this one on my Waiting on Wednesday post a few months back, I really hope it is as awesome as it looks.

Amber House by Kelly Moore –  “Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that’s been in her family for three centuries. She’s never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she’s never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls…But all of that is about to change.” This is the only one I added to the list that I have already read and I CANNOT WAIT to review it for you guys. It was creepy and really rather amazing. Perfect for Halloween time!!

Sacred by Elana K. Arnold – “A grieving girl meets a boy with mystical powers in this passionate love story” Sounds creepy with potential to be pretty great!

Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman – “From much-loved stories like “Cinderella” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” to lesser-known treasures like “Briar-Rose,” “Thousandfurs,” and “The Girl with No Hands,” Pullman retells his fifty favorites, paying homage to the tales that inspired his unique creative vision—and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.” Uhhh guys? It’s Grimm’s Fairy Tales rewritten…by Philip Pullman…

The Turning by Francine Prose – “Where does reality end and insanity begin? The Turn of the Screw reinvented for modern-day teens, by National Book Award finalist Francine Prose.” Yet another creepy book perfect for this time of year!

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence – “Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City’s two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents’ sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn’t remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory…” For fans of The Hunger Games and Matched…hmm I’ll give it a try..

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann – “For fans of Patrick Suskind’s classic Perfume comes a dazzling debut, set during Stockholm’s opulent Golden Age that brilliantly interweaves history, romance, and intrigue, in which one man’s fortune holds the key to a nation’s precarious fate…” I am extremely intrigued by this one, the cover is brilliant and it has real potential to be a unique read.

WOO! Autumn has the best releases!! What books are on your To Be Read pile for Autumn?

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Top Ten Bookish Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

We’re all friends here, right? No judging? If you promise then go ahead and read my bookish confessions. I just hope you won’t stop being my friend because in my head some of them are truly terrible.

I totally judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t get me wrong I don’t ever look at a book, hate the cover, and decide not to read it but I do scan shelves at the book store and pick up the books with covers that stand out to me. Shame!

Sometimes, I like the movie more than the book. It’s a rare occurrence but I enjoyed The Princess Bride film significantly more than the novel and only recently read Stardust by Neil Gaiman and felt the same.

I love trashy vampire lit. Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Mary Janice Davidson? Sign me up. I once saw a cartoon of a bookseller commenting to a customer on how Laurell K. Hamilton’s first books were good but then they just turned into stories with…um..relations with shape shifters & vampires. In the next picture it shows the customer holding a leaning tower of Laurell K. Hamilton novels. That’s me, totally.

I become drastically more upset when an animal is abused or killed in a book than when a human is. I’m not sure what this says about me as a person but I always want to scream “WHY IS THAT NECESSARY?!” when that sort of thing happens. Anna Dressed in Blood SPOILER ALERT: This book contained people being massacred and I just kept reading without (metaphorically) blinking an eye, but when the cat died? FORGET IT. I was MAD.

I totally judge you by what you’re reading. I am a librarian and therefore it is a severe NO NO to judge someone by their book choices, but sometimes I can’t help it. When you come up to me asking for your book on hold that just happens to be 50 Shades Darker and you want to spend 20 minutes talking to me about how awesome this book is? Just no. Stop. Please.

I have read a pathetic amount of so called “classic” novels. I know what they are, I know why they’re awesome but for the most part they continue to remain unread on my beautiful bookcases. Rory Gilmore would be ashamed.

I never use a bookmark, yet I probably own a hundred. Being a reader people always think “Oh let’s buy her a bookmark” for her birthday/Christmas/Wednesday but guess what? I usually end up using a gum wrapper or simply commit what page I am on to memory.

I really love my e-reader and no, I don’t think the popularity of e-readers will make libraries and books in print obsolete. I also kind of judge you if you do. Readers will always be readers and a true lover of literature loves to hold the physical book in their hands and smell the pages. I own both digital and print copies of books I truly love.

I have irrational feelings toward some books and feel a little tinge of jealousy when people I know read and/or want to discuss them (see: Harry Potter). These feelings also go for non-readers who try to discuss books and have a completely different opinion than my own, RAGE.

My number one book confession and there really are only a handful of people that know this because I am so ashamed…

Dear Kitty: I hate The Diary of Anne Frank. Wait, Wait! Let me explain! I completely appreciate the heart wrenching and horrific details of this story and cannot even begin to imagine the harrowing circumstances that led to the writing of this diary. I also think there are many factors that go into my loathing of the book. I believe it’s mostly due to the fact that I was forced to read it over and over again in both high school and college. I am obsessed with Shakespeare and can’t stand Romeo and Juliet for this same reason. Please, don’t judge me and think me heartless, I am ashamed enough as it is.

Woo, that was hard! Perhaps reading your book confessions will make me feel better about my own…

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Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!

These choices might be a little more hopeful on my part but as I was remembering these books and their romances I realized that the relationships that I thought would work in the real world revolved around the partners accepting one another for who they really are (even if one of them is an assassin) and the two of them growing together into a loving relationship (even if they didn’t like one another very much in the beginning).

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter series – These two went through puberty together, there really isn’t anything more horrifying.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – Who hasn’t seen hate turn to love (or vice versa, I’m afraid).

Snow White and Bigby Wolf from Fables – Sure, one of them is The Big Bad Wolf but Snow sooths the animal in him and their strong personalities work well with one another.

Liadan and Bran from Son of Shadows – Liadan brings Bran back from the brink of darkness within himself and it is then that he is able to be happy enough with himself to fully love another, (one of my favorite couples in literature).

Cimorene and Mendanbar from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Mendanbar loves Cimorene and all of her crazy ways, even the way she kind of loathes him upon their first meeting and her desire to live with dragons rather than be rescued by a knight in shining armor.

Ismae and Duval from Grave Mercy – She’s an assassin and he loves her just the way she is. “Whenever you are ready, or if you never are, my heart is yours, until Death do us part.  Whatever that may mean when consorting with one of Death’s handmaidens.”

Claire and Jamie from The Outlander Series – I have only read book one and though I didn’t love it, their love was the one constant that I adored throughout the novel. They grow together and accept one another with all of their flaws.

Scarlet and Robin from Scarlet – She is a rather prickly sort and he loves her anyway, they work together as a perfect team.

Caitrin and Anluan from Heart’s Blood -Caitrin finds her home in Anluan and he finds the peace he has spent years yearning for.

Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games Trilogy – “Real or not real?”

Who do you guys have on your list of couples that could make it in the real world?