Tuesday, February 12, 2019

My Favorite Literary Couples

This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is Favorite Couples In Books. Here are ten of mine, in no particular order...

Ron Weasley  Hermione Granger 
from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I'm re-reading the Harry Potter series this year, and I'm really enjoying reliving the early days of friendship between these two. It will be fun to watch them find their way to each other all over again.

Kate Bjorkman  Richard Bradshaw 
from The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
This was my favorite book when I was a teenager, and I still re-read it every so often. I can't make a list of favorite couples and not include the stars of my favorite romance novel!

Armand Gamache  Reine-Marie Gamache
from the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise PennyI have read seven books of this series (up through A Trick of the Light) so maybe this changes later and I don't know it yet, but so far, the Chief and his wife seem to have a lovely, affectionate, and strong marriage. I always feel a sense of relief on behalf of Armand whenever his wife appears on the scene.

James Herriot  Helen Alderson
from All Creatures Great and Small (and sequels) by James HerriotThe relationship between these fictionalized versions of the author (whose real name is James Alfred Wight) and his wife (whose real name is Joan Catherine Anderson) is one of my favorite things about these memoir-esque books. The way the vet business interferes with their courtship and strengthens their marriage is both amusing and inspirational. 

Lara Jean Song Covey  Peter Kavinsky
from To All the Boys I've Loved Before (and sequels) by Jenny Han
Most YA couples tend to blur together in my mind, but Jenny Han's talent for creating believablecharacters really brings these two to life. I didn't always agree with their decisions in the books, but I always rooted for them.

Jean  Johnny
from Jean and Johnny by Beverly Cleary
This old-fashioned romance novel was one of my favorites as a young teen. I love how wholesome and sweet it is, and I found Jean to be a kindred spirit. 

Carney Sibley ❤ Sam Hutchinson 
from Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace
I love the realism of the way these two become romantically involved. At first, Carney thinks he looks like a "baby hippo," and frankly, only an author like Lovelace could turn a guy like that into a romantic hero. As with Jean and Johnny, I also love all the old-fashioned details about dating etiquette in this book. 

Temperance Brennan  Andrew Ryan 
from the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs
This is another series where I'm not caught up, but I do love the on-again/off-again relationship between the forensic anthropologist and the police officer. They're currently off-again where  I am in the series, but I live in hope that it's not over for good. 

Ellison Russell  Anarchy Jones
from the Country Club Murders series by Julie Mulhern
Despite the ridiculousness of his name, and his disapproval of Ellison putting herself in danger to solve crimes, I really do think these two belong together, and I enjoy reading about the ups and downs of their potential romance.

Jim Qwilleran  Polly Duncan
from the Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun
I always loved the very proper relationship between amateur detective and newspaperman, Qwill, and library director Polly. Especially endearing is the formal, but sweet way they say "À bientôt" each time they end a phone call. 


  1. Great list! I added several of these to my To Read list. :)

  2. Ron and Hermione were on my list this week as well.

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.