Friday Favorites: Favorite Fictional Couples

Friday Favorites 02I stumbled upon this meme at the adorable blog, Tressa’s Wishful Endings. Really it’s as simple as the name; you talk about a favorite book related subject on Fridays. It could be anything from favorite authors, books and genres to favorite reading spots, opening sentences and love triangles. Basically the world of novels is our oyster and with Friday Favorites, we can conquer it.

Favorite Fictional Couple

So you’re never going to believe this (or actually maybe you will) but when I made my blogging schedule for February I marked Favorite Horror Stories for the 14th (today). I had forgotten that the 14th (today) was Valentine’s Day, but now I’m wondering if maybe on a self conscious level my mind was battling the mushy feelings that are expected of this day. However, I have been given chocolate and cupcakes (by my mother) and as such am in a mushy kind of mood. So I have switched out the horror stories for favorite couples.

But I wanted to make it more interesting so I have decided to interview my two sisters and mother on the topic. If you read Favorite Reading Spots then you should know that this no easy task.

I decided to interview my 17-year-old sister Hayley first. I approach the teenager cautiously, she is sitting on the couch eating Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream and watching Ever After. For someone so ferocious she’s actually quite sappy. The thing with Hayley is that she loves her movies and I have to be weary of the moment that I interrupt. So I wait…and wait…and wait. I sit right next to her and fix her with my Super Ultra Glare (a powerful thing) so that she knows I have something to say but then she starts studiously ignoring me.

So finally:

Me: “Hayley–“

Hayley: “What!” (Imagine that in a high pitch voice, she doesn’t usually have a high pitch voice but when she gets mad it reaches unnatural pitches.)

Me: “I need to interview you for my blog.”

Hayley: [Sigh] (She’s a big on sighing) “Alright, it’s not like I’m not doing anything…” (I don’t feel bad because this is how I feel when she interrupts me while I read).

Me: “Perfect!”

  • Favorite Couple and Why:  Claire and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. The characters and love are realistic and the story breaks from the traditional mold. It’s a different formula as Claire has known Henry her entire life while Claire hits Henry like a ton of bricks.
  • Was it a slow build up or an instalove? Well, it’s a matter of time. The thing with this book is there was never any real choice involved, they were meant for each other because of time. So if I had to choose one, instalove.
  • What was your favorite moment? Well that’s really hard so I’ll just say the first moment that comes into my head. It’s when Claire, who’s an artist and is losing motivation, starts creating this crow in a cage in a bunch of different forms. All the while Henry is watching her and realizes Claire is that crow. Not exactly romantic, but a poignant moment.

Next I went to my other sister, the baby of the family (a.ka.– capable of getting away with murder). A 14-year-old girl who hold the world record of most words said in one breath. This creature is called Miranda. Miranda is lying on her bed with her Ipod 2 inches from her face, looking at what, I don’t know. The only light is cast by the small bedside lamp and the rest of the room is shadows. The very air in the room screams do not disturb but I venture forth anyway, for I have a blog post to write.

As I approach the hormone raddled teenager she lets out an ear-splitting laugh (one of her adorable quirks) and then resumes zombie mode. I gather something she read was funny.

Me: “Miranda?”

Miranda: “Hmmm.”

Me: “Can I interview you for my blog?”

Miranda: “Huh?”

Me: “My blog? You know where I post my book reviews–“

Miranda: [She roll onto her back to look at me] “No, I know, but what do you mean by interview?”

Me: “Can I ask you questions about your favorite fictional couple?”

Miranda: “Hermione and Ron.” [She turns away from me and starts to settle back into zombie mode].

Me: “It has to be a book that you actually read Miranda…”

Miranda: [She lets out a deep sigh and turns to face me again] “I don’t know, do I have to pick now?”  (Imagine that in a high pitched voice. Unlike Hayley, she always talks in unnatural pitches).

Me: “Yes.”

Miranda: [She looks at me and shrugs her shoulders]

Me: [I look back at her determined to win the silent battle]

Miranda: “I don’t know Lindsey.” (She LOVES to make things difficult).

Me: “Miranda, please just pick one and I promise we can play Nancy Drew later.”

Miranda: [Perks up] (She’s like me, bribing is our second language). “Oooo okay. Ummm…”

  • Favorite Story and Why:  Wes and Macy from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. Because Wes is like, a cute nerdy artist…and yeah I don’t know. I liked Wes.
  • Slow build up or instalove: “Oh jeez, I don’t know. They meet and then part and then meet again and then part and they meet again after a couple months… [Sees me glare and then shrugs] I guess slow build up.
  • Favorite Moment: Uhhh, when Wes convinces her to quit her job because she hates it… yeah.

Now for my mother. She’s in her spot on the couch reading on her e-reader. Now, I’m sure that she will be happy to do an interview, the problem is getting through to her. When she reads, an atomic bomb could go off next door and she wouldn’t flinch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked her a question that has just gone unanswered. She sinks into the story that she reads until it surrounds her. She can’t hear the outside world. So I must use drastic measures. Yes, I must, don’t try to stop me, I have a blog post to write after all and if I must resort to the extreme then I’ll make that sacrifice. My hand reaches out to her with my fingers shaking and my pulse raising as I slowly… tap her shoulder. Don’t look at me like that it had to be done.

The dreaded tap gets the job done. She looks up at me, her eyes unfocused because she is near-sighted.

Mom: “What?”

Me: “Can I interview you for my blog?”

Mom: “What for?”

Me: Your favorite couple in fiction.”

Mom: [She puts down her eReader and lets out a sigh as she looks up, running through thousands of titles in her mind.] (For you see, ladies and gentlemen, my mother is a bigger bookworm than me.) “Well, I want it noted that this is extremely hard.”

Me: “Noted.”

Mom: “Fine. Then I’m going to have to go with Claire and Henry from The Time Traveler’s Wife–“

Me: “Yeah, sorry, that’s not an option. Hayley already picked it.”

Mom: “But that’s my pick!”

Me: “Sorry but for the sake of the blog post, you need to choose another couple.”

Mom: “Fine. But I wanted it noted that Claire and Henry were my first choice.”

Me: “Noted.”

  • Favorite Fictional Couple and Why: Eve Dallas and Roarke from J.D. Robb’s In Death series. I like this couple because it’s the opposite of couples found in books like 50 Shades of Grey. It doesn’t romanticize obsessive and controlling behavior. Eve and Roarke don’t stifle each other they enhance one another.
  • Slow build up or instalove: “There’s definitely some instant chemistry but they take some time actually getting together so a combination of both.
  • Favorite Moment: In the first book when we see that Roarke has been carrying a button in his pocket that fell off Eve’s jacket.

There you have it folks, the opinions of a 14 year old, 17 year old and Mother who chooses not to reveal her age. Man, I hope you readers appreciate what I had to go through to get those answers. I expect a statue in my honor at the very least. Now as for my pick:

  • Favorite Fictional Couple and Why: Marlena and Jacob from Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. The connection between the two was enchanting to watch and I loved the circus atmosphere as well.
  • Slow build up or instalove: Well it’s definitely instalove for Jacob but for Marlena its their bond over Rosie the elephant that connects her to him and that bond grows over time.
  • Favorite Moment: When they danced together for the first time. I think that was the moment they saw a future together if August wasn’t standing in their way.

Who’s your favorite fictional couple? Share below and happy reading!

30 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6

picsart_1375358545585Good evening fellow readers! So of course I found a new challenge to participate in the hopes of proving myself better than the last. I picked up this challenge from The Chronicles of Radiya and very much look forward to 30 consecutive (hopefully, gulp) days of blogging.

Day 6: A Book That Broke Your Heart

It’s a book that I read only last year. I had yet to see its movie companion so was unaware of the tragic ending. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

SPOILER ALERT

I’m sorry but I can’t describe how the novel was heartbreaking without spoiling the end. First let me say, it’s a beautiful piece of literature. Niffeneger’s writing is masterfully written and even more so considering that she weaves a tale of time traveling which is a concept that can get messy quickly.

In case you don’t already know its a novel that follows Henry DeTamble who has the ability to time travel. Except it’s not so much an ability as annoyance as he can’t control it. He literally will be going about his daily life and just zap somewhere in time either in the past or the future. He hates every part about it except for the fact that it brought into his life the greatest thing that ever happened to him; Claire Abshire.

Claire meets Henry for the first time when she is a little girl and they quickly become friends. She grows up with these mysterious trips from the funny man and soon falls in love with him. But a relationship isn’t simple when time travel is involved.

They go through ups and downs as in every typical romance, but the thing that makes this novel so special is Niffeneger’s writing. She fleshes out these characters so beautifully so that it feels as if they were your friends that you’ve known forever. You become apart of the story as you see it play out before you, invested in a way that never happens with other novels.

THIS IS WHERE THE SPOILER IS (ALTHOUGH YOU CAN PROBABLY ALREADY GUESS WHAT HAPPENS)

One day, Henry gets suddenly zapped into the past right into the path of a gunshot and dies. I just– I couldn’t handle the actual physical pain I felt for Claire. They were in a kind of love that was so rare and true. They were meant for each other as time proved again and again and it was so unfair that he died. It was so unfair that Claire couldn’t grow old with him. It was so unfair they couldn’t get happy ending while many less deserving characters do so.

It’s a heart breaking and tragic novel, but also a beautiful piece of literature and I would read it again.

What novel broke your heart (considering you’re not the grinch)? Share it below and happy reading!

40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

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I discovered this link, 40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down, on pinterest (yes, while I was supposed to be reading, but even a book lover needs to make time for pinterest). Of course I clicked hastily ready to see if it was proved true and to my surprise it was- or at least for the most part.

I have not read every book on the list so I can not account for each one but the ones I have read I 110% concur. Which makes me think that the other books on the list also hold true to the title of this post. (I hope).

However, there are some gaping holes in the list; excellent novels that I deem worthy of such list are: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and finally (but not least) The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger. All are not only highly entertaining novels but true pieces of literature (and yes, I realize they could all by considered girly books but that tends to happen due to the fact that I am-dramatic gasp-a girl but I do promise that those of the male gender can appreciate them too).

So I’ve added my picks to the list now its your turn. What do you think is missing and are there any books on the list that need to get their butts out of there? Let me know what you think while I (promise to) finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Happy Reading!

P.S.- Here are some reviews of my (grand) picks!