Books for Every Type of Love | Romance Week 2021

Happy Valentines Day!

This week I’ve been celebrating all things love and have shared a few other posts to help everyone get into the romantic mood and spirit, so I thought I conclude this week with a few romantic recommendations.

I saw this trend over on Bookstagram, and knew I had to do it too! Below is a list of some of the different types of love and some romantic tropes we can’t help but love! I’ve decided to only include books I’ve read on this list, otherwise these recommendations would be as long as my TBR, but feel free to leave any other recommendations in the comments below!


Enemies to Lovers

Everyones favourite romance trope, and the start of some of my favourite fictional couples, including Feyre and Rhys, Anthony and Kate and Bryce and Hunt. What I love the most about these enemies to lovers tropes is the constant bickering and witty remarks that slowly uncover each others hidden feelings for one another and that moment of realisation where they declare their love! I just can’t get enough and I love that we know they’re going to end up together but they just don’t know it yet!

Fake Dating

Again another ‘unexpected love’ trope that pushes two people in intolerable circumstances to form a ‘fake romance’ in order to solve their problem. However, it’s not that simple, and things start to develop romantically!

Friends to Lovers

This ‘will-they-won’t-they’ trope, already has the strong foundations of friendship and sometimes things blossom into something more!

Arranged Romance/Marriage

What’s more romantic than two people being forced to fall in love with each other? This is very similar to our enemies-to-lovers trope but it’s still a classic theme in YA fiction that us readers can’t help but love. One of my favourites in this category is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh, a beautiful reimagining of The Arabian Nights legend and series I hope to dive back into this year.

Forbidden Romance

Whether it goes against social conduct, family rules or just the universe pushing two people apart, forbidden romances prove that love can conquer anything and to find peace in those ephemeral moments of adoration. But it also teaches us the importance of communication, am I right?

I will never stop going on about how wonderful The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is, and I highly recommend that it’s on next months TBR because it is such a beautifully heartbreaking read.

Heartbreak

These books broke my heart and left me emotionally shattered, so forewarning for anyone who has these books on their TBR to make sure you have your tissues at the ready. As expected not every relationship ends with a ‘happily ever after’ but it does remind us to cherish those fleeting moments of pure happiness and blissful adoration. They remind us to reflect on them, because these are the moments that ultimately aid us in the moulding of ourselves and our future. Heartbreak is something may of us will endure, but it’s what’s waiting for us on the other side that make it all worthwhile.

Slowburn Romance

There’s nothing I hate more than an ‘insta-love’ situation, I’m much more a slow-burn and gradual romantic development kind of person, ever if the anticipation and teasing does kill me at times! With a slow-burn relationship we’re able to truly see our characters grow and develop meaningful feelings for each other resulting in a strong connection and heartwarming romance that just melts my heart. These longer relationships also allow our characters to slow identify and appreciate each others little quirks and create something beautiful.

Loving Yourself

In the wise words of RuPaul, ‘if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?’! These books embrace who we are and celebrate loving ourselves unconditionally as we follow our characters on insightful and beautiful journeys of self-discovery and worth. The reading experiences I had with all these books was unlike any other and I’m grateful to have been apart of them.

Family Love

There’s more to love than just the romantic kind, sometimes love can be found within our family, whether they are blood related or a found family, and is the type of love that has no bounds and will be there unconditionally. These books celebrate and reflect on the importance and fragility of family, so be sure to have your tissues at the ready.

And Finally,

Highlander Romance

I know that this isn’t a type of ‘love’ but it is a love of mine! I’m obsessed with these trashy romance novels and I’m making it my mission to read as many as I can. It all started in a pub in Glasgow, where my best friend and I decided to start a book club with some friends from university, and since then I’ve forced them all to experience the wonderfully cheesy romance that is these highlander adventures. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is the exception on this list, and is anything but a trashy romance, instead it’s the perfect alternative for anyone looking for a Scottish inspired historical romance.

Top 5 Fictional Couples

Valentines Day is upon us once again and it’s time to think about to whom you’re going to profess your undying love for. Last year, we listed our top 5 fictional boyfriends which can be found here, but this year we thought we would list our favourite fictional couples!

Amy:

Any couple from ‘Lunar Chronicles’ – I swear every relationship in this series is perfect and that each couple were made for each other! If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Thorne and Cress, as they are both really cute and Cress always saw the good and believed in Thorne even when he didn’t; she changed him.

Any couple from the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series Queen of Shadows left me with so many new and exciting ships!!! I wasn’t totally with the whole Rowena ship but after this book I am the captain of that ship and 100% supporting it. Two other ships that were hinted in the book, were between Lysandra and Aedion and between Manon and Dorian! However it is the relationship with Chaol and Nesryn, I’m a little unsure of and it’s probably because I have a huge fictional crush on Chaol and I think me and him would be a way better ship! 

Anna and St Clair from ‘Anna and the French Kiss – They are just so cute and have the perfect relationship! I’m very jealous!

Jase and Sam from ‘My Life Next Door’ -Again another perfect relationship which developed hugely throughout the book. Jase changed and help bring Sam out of her shell so she could really experience life! The conversation and banter between them also never failed to make me laugh!

Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett from ‘Pride and Prejudice’ – I don’t think, this needs a explanation.

Eleanor:

The Jessa/Wessa love triangle from ‘The Infernal Devices’ – When reading these books I could never decide who would be better for Tessa as both boys were equally gorgeous, committed and head over heels in love with Tessa, what more can a girl as for?!? Of course you all know I have a soft spot for Will Herondale but that is mainly because he loves books and is tall with dark hair and dreamy blue eyes… which happens to be exactly my type!

Eleanor and Park from ‘Eleanor and Park’ – This relationship is just adorable! What I love about this was that it was unexpected from both sides and shows that love really works in mysterious ways! It was also a somewhat forbidden love story which everyone is a sucker for.

Rosie and Alex from ‘Love, Rosie (Where Rainbows End)’ – This was a book full of mistakes I hope I will never make, all the almosts and not quites are agonizing and it is blindingly obvious that these two were meant to be together but circumstances meant they were constantly being pulled apart! Although it does mean that the end is even more satisfying!

Katniss and Peeta from ‘The Hunger Games’ – I don’t think this needs much explaining, they’re perfect together and I bet their children are adorable! They’ve both been through a lot and deserve to be together!

Penny and Noah from ‘Girl Online’ – I love this relationship mainly because I’m jealous of Penny… I mean who wouldn’t want to date a rock star (Shawn Mendes or James McVey to name but a few)

Top 5 Fictional Boyfriends

Valentine’s Day is here, and it’s time to think about to whom you’re going to profess your undying love. As dedicated fangirls and fanboys, we all have a few characters we are at least a little bit in love with. Or a lot in love with. Or obsessed with! So we thought why not make our own lists of Our Top 5 Fictional Boyfriends!

Amy:

It took me quite a while to make this post because, as you know, there are so many amazing fictional men to choose from but I finally made my list!

  1. Bellamy Blake from The 100 – For me Bellamy is a perfect boyfriend. From the show we can see he is a true leader and will do anything to protect the ones he loves. Plus I have a massive crush on Bob Morley who plays him in the show!
  2. Chaol Westfall from the Throne Of Glass Series – Again Chaol is just perfect. He is strong but sweet. His relationship with Celina is so real and the way he acts towards her is so romantic! If Celaena doesn’t want Chaol, I’ll gladly have him!
  3. Finick Odair from The Hunger Games Trilogy – He is sexy (and he knows it), loyal and a lifesaver; what more do you want. It was Finick’s relationship towards Annie which really shows what’s behind that facade and shows that he’s really just this kind and loyal character.
  4. Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice – A classic! He’s arrogant, he’s classist, he’s awkward but his actions towards Elizabeth are truly romantic! And thats why he’s on my top 5 list.
  5. Murtagh Morzansson from Eragon Series – Even though Murtagh can be considered to be the villain in this series, i personally think he is a brilliant character who is strong yet caring. Even though the film wasn’t the best, i thought Murtagh was portrayed very well by that could be biased as I love Garret Hedlund who portrayed him in the film!

Eleanor:

It didn’t take me as long as Amy to conclude my top 5, to me it was pretty obvious!

  1. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games Trilogy – The Hunger Games was the first proper teen novel I read so Peeta was my first fictional boyfriend so I couldn’t not include him!
  2. Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series – I love Jace for his wit and humour! He does make me laugh with some of his one – liners.
  3. Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices series – Ahhh he’s just so gorgeous and intelligent which is really quite attractive (his face isn’t bad either…)
  4. Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars – what a sensitive and lovely guy! He is also very intelligent…
  5. Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer series – this guy is so adorable and really caring, he always looks out for Mara and I think that’s just so cute!

So those are the fictional boys we’re in love with this Valentines, feel free to comment below your top five fictional boyfriends or girlfriends, so we can compare notes!I hope you’re having a nice and relaxing Valentine’s day whether you are with loved ones or not.