My Favorite Love Stories!!! ft. 10 bookish couples who shall live in my heart for all time

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happy Valentines day!!!! I love this holiday because love stories are how I sustain myself.

the following list = people who have found their other half and will adore them eternally.

//behold my favorite couples//

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Elliott and Luke In Other Lands

“And he did not want to be loved as a second choice, as a surrender. He wanted to be loved overwhelmingly…he wanted to be chosen first.” 

This is the slowest burn hate-love romance in the entire world, because for so long Elliott thinks of Luke as his best friend, but doesn’t think the feeling is mutual.

And he thinks Luke doesn’t like him b U T he so obviously does !!!! AND THEY LOVE ONE ANOTHER SO MUCH.

Warning, this book will reduce you to tears. but it’s also very pure.

(drawing of Elliott, Luke, and their best friend Serene)


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Neil and Andrew The Foxhole Court

“Oh, Neil, unpredictable as he is unreal.” 

my strongest ship of all time, which will soon set out at sea and bring glory to our lands. Neil and Andrew lowkey WORSHIP each other.  Also, they are only gentle with each other,and no one else??????

it takes THREE BOOKS for them to reach this point.

And Nora Sakavic says that if anything ever happens to Neil, Andrew will simply be forever alone. This fact did unspeakable things to my heart. THEY ARE PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL.


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Tyler and Chris Rock N Soul

“Don’t fucking tell me what to do. If I want to pine for you forever, I’ll do it, and you can’t do shit about it. ” 

This is an obscure novel………..i’m pretty much the only person in the fandom. But it’s so romantic!!!!!

it’s about two bisexual boys, one is a musician (Chris) and one is a hotel employee (Tyler). When Chris dies of a drug overdose, and becomes a ghost, Tyler is the only one who can see him and help him with complete “unfinished business”

And they fall in love and adore one another more than anything else. And I was terrified we’d get a bad ending, because, you know, CHRIS IS DEAD.

but spoiler alert I really loved the ending.


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Evelyn and Celia from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“People think that intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth. When you realize you can tell someone your truth, when you can show yourself to them, when you stand in front of them bare and their response is ‘you’re safe with me’- that’s intimacy.” 

TWO GIRLS LOVING ONE ANOTHER HOORAY !!!!! Evelyn calls Celia the love of her life, and there is endless nurturing involved.

+ there’s a scene in which Evelyn’s best friend is trying to make her breakfast. And Celia STRIDES in and is like “lol no one makes my girl breakfast but me.”

anyway. [blushes w adoration]

it’s extremely romantic. especially their younger years.


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Josh and Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

“But at the end of the day,” she says, and puts her hand outside the open window, letting the wind pass through her fingers, “being myself is enough. I’m enough.” 

Christina Lauren and I have a weird relationship, in which I hate all of her books except Josh and Hazel. this one has my favorite trope in the world, best friends to lovers!!!!!

Fluffy, adorable, and slow burn.

it does have a weird ending.

but we don’t talk about it so it’s fine.

Their relationship is soft and f u n. Hazel is a national treasure.


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Aristotle and Dante from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn’t get–and never would get.”

I don’t talk about this book enough, but truly it’s one of the most beautiful things I have ever experienced. It involves a godforsaken bird, two Latino boys, and being one another’s person.


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Achilles and Patroclus from The Song of Achilles

“When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him.” 

This book made me cry so much. Achilles and Pat would do anything for one another, and Achilles is Pat’s entire world. I love how protective they are, and how unwilling they are to share one another, even in times of war.

so special and heartbreaking.


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Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” 

I know that Cathy and Heathcliff are not necessarily examples of nice human beings. But I really love them together.

they’re soulmates. Fin.


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Maud and Sue from Fingersmith

“…but when she saw me turn to her she reached and took my hand. She took it, not to be led by me, not to be comforted; only to hold it, because it was mine.” 

i cannot stop myself from adoring poor thieves and their beautiful, rich employers who slowly befriend said thief,,,,my devotion to this theme is written on my very chromosomes.


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Kendall and Payton from The Gravity Between Us

“We have an undeniable connection…she’s the only thing anchoring me to the world, keeping me from floating off into the upper stratosphere and getting lost in space.” 

KSDJFHSDKJFSDLN i know this book isn’t written with amazing skill. BUT KENDALL AND PAYTON ARE BEST FRIENDS & Kendall becomes famous and requests that her only darling angel stay with her. In Hollywood.


it ft. two adorable lesbians. I rest my case.


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share yo thoughts

Who is your favorite bookish couple???

Do you prefer hate-love or best friends-lovers?

what is your favorite type of candy and/or flower?




43 thoughts on “My Favorite Love Stories!!! ft. 10 bookish couples who shall live in my heart for all time

  1. softheartandwarmeyes says:

    I can’t choose, I don’t knoooowwww how to choose! I LOVE SO MANY OF THEM. I definitely need to read IN OTHER LANDS as soon as possible because I’ve only heard things about it that make me want to read it more and more and more and the tears + so pure?? Story of my life, i already feel 10/10 connected to that book lol. I love that you included fan art and graphics and aesthetics cause they totally make me know those couples better just from looking at them. they gave me a feeling of who they are as a couple and i loved THAT. good post is good! lets end with the fact that I love both tropes EQUALLY. Both hate-to-love and friends-to-lovers, my heart is open for all types of love. x


  2. Nimika @ wordhaven says:

    oh my god, I love how you added aesthetics for these OTPs, this post is so well rounded, you expert blogger, you.

    I’ve added In Other Lands to my tbr, can someone explain to me WHY i thought it was middlegrade? where did that thought even come from?

    neil and andrew are a SOLID otp that checks off every demand for me: hate to love ✔️ slowburn ✔️ gay as hell ✔️ intense ✔️ will break your heart and give you a hangover for the next year ✔️

    oh. my god. chris and tyler. what absolute marshmallows. i can now confirm that our taste is books is exactly the same and you can keep throwing these recommendations my way, thank you. (i keep sighing fondly when i think about chris being obsessed w supernatural and that country singing show 😂)

    josh & hazel is sUCH a delightful book and it reminds me of a Bollywood film called Jab We Met (When We Met) which has the SAME dynamic of a serious, sober guy and a batshit crazy, happy girl and idk why i’m talking about that but yes. we can just ignore the ending and talk about what an adorable bean hazel is.

    you can still find me crying over Ari and Dante quotes and it’s alright, everything fine 😭💛

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      AH THANK YOUUU, + i also thought In Other Lands was middle grade, bc i think the blurb says he’s thirteen?? so i just assumed he’d be thirteen for the whole book, but we get to see our SMOL SON grow up and by the end, he’s 17 almost 18, and sassier than ever before

      + HOLY SHIT i cannot believe you have read Rock N Soul?????????? This is the best day of my life. I thought i was all alone in this fandom w no friends but turns out , i have MY DEAR FRIEND NIMS to appreciate Chris and Tyler w me ❤ they are so cute????? That scene where Chris is bored so he chases a smol bird that’s hopping around in the street. And Chris, like, stalks after the bird c: c: what a soft ghost istg

      +Now i want to read Jab We Met so much, i want to adore all the girls who are like Hazel forever

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  3. Arini says:

    omg I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned. 🤦‍♀️ My fave couples would be Will Tessa, Kaz Inej, and Cardan Jude. I absolutely love haters to lovers more than best friends turned lovers. 😍 I don’t have a favorite flowers mostly bcs I don’t know any of them enough to have a favorite. 😄

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      i cannot wait for you to read aftg!!!! it’s my life’s mission to obsess over that series as much as possible, i cannot wait to see what you think of Neil + Andrew c: c: c: you’ll love them, especially bc you like hate-love


  4. May @ Forever and Everly says:

    Aahh I love this post Malanie!! Definitely 100% in love with Andreil (too much for my own good or sanity or health) — would say more but… might cry. And aahh yes I love Ari and Dante and Patrochilles a lot as well! Both their stories are so beautiful and heartbreaking to read ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      sldfjk tysm May!! i knew as soon as i finished aftg that my entire being would belong to Andreil, i had to explain it to myself and it was v long emotional talk, they’re just so perfect???? every time someone answers a yes or no question, i have a moment and think”””””holy shit””””””” because i’m reminded that Andrew delivered the most romantic lines of all time ❤

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  5. Kay Wisteria | Hammock of Books says:

    I mean I lowkey hate Cathy and Healthcliffe (I mean I lowkey hate everyone in that book except Hareton Earnshaw because he is so pure) but also I love their love its so intense and incredible and passionate and also very quotable ❤ ❤ and I must read more of the books on this list because all these romance sound amazing!!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      Hareton was so adorable!!!!!! i nearly forgot about him and i’ll never forgive myself,,,he loved Heathcliff with his entire heart??? even tho heathcliff was the Worst Parent In History.

      someone needs to protect that soft daffodil ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      oh gosh, these are my feelings exactlyyyy ❤ they just loved one another so much? but at the same time were intensely themselves (kind of horrible dfkn) around one another????? they are friends and equals before everything and that increased my happiness by ten thousand c: c: c:


  6. Aurora Librialis says:

    I love this post so much! So many wonderful queer couples ❤️❤️❤️ Evelyn and Celia are such a power couple and they’re so soft with each other, it’s the cutest!!! I really need to read The Song of Achilles, but I’m not ready for the heartbreak.


  7. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh my god you have some amazing couples on this list Malanie. 😀 I loved TSOA, even though I knew how things would end for Achilles and Patroclus I still wanted a happy ending for them. I was devastated when it didn’t turn out quite that way (still it was a beautiful ending right?!)
    Also Andrew and Neil were probably my fav OTP of the last year. There are not enough words to explain how much I loved their relationship, and that fact you included about how if anything happened to Neil Andrew would be forever alone hurt my heart a little. They’re just amazing together! 🙂
    Great post, and great picks for this topic too. You’ve featured some books I still need to read that I want to try and get to sooner seeing this post. 🙂 ❤️

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ahh thank youuuu sm!! looking back i don’t know how i made it through The Song of Achilles,knowing how it would end????? when Achilles says “i’m going to be the one hero with a happy ending promise me” and Pat is like? “why am I promising lol?” and Achilles replies sweetly “because your’e the reason”
      I SHOULD HAVE DIED RIGHT THERE, it’s a miracle i didn’t.

      + I love how special Neil and Andrew are to one another, and it’s so hard for both of them to trust, but somehow they earned one another’s affection<3 they will can forever be the standard for all OTPs

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  8. thebookishskies says:

    Okay, but the fact that almost all of them are non-straight couples!!!@!#( We love a queen who hypes up all queer romances! 💛 I also loved the aesthetics!
    Ari & Dante really are the best; they’re also a friends to lovers type of romance, which is one of my favorite tropes.
    I rewatched To All the Boys for the 400th time last night, so if I was to make a list, I’m certain Lara Jean & Peter would be at the top. They’re so adorable and I can’t help it!
    Amazing list, Malanie! ✨

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ahhhh sldkjflskdjf thank youuuu ilysm ❤ ❤ ❤

      I MISS ARI AND DANTE, i think it's officially time for my 4th reread :')

      + i need to try To All the Boys, i started it before and put it down,,,BUT i think at this point i could love and appreciate it c: c: c:

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      ari and dante brought me sm happiness????? i don’t understand why more people aren’t in love w that book, Dante is such a soft marshmallow of light and Ari felt so relatable.

      tysm, i hope you love the other books some dayyy!!!


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