Top Ten Tuesday: February 13, 2018

February 13, 2018     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Books I've Read, Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Please take a moment to pop over and say hi!

This week’s topic is a Love Freebie what with Valentine’s Day tomorrow.  HERE THERE (might) BE SPOILERS. You have been warned. I am going to split my list into two categories, one that features lovers in literature, and one that features books with little or no romance. As always, in no particular order. Entries marked with an asterisk (*) contain some (or maybe more than some) smutty scenes.

Today, with bonus quotes!

Lovers I Love


  • Meg and Simon from Written in Red by Anne Bishop
    He watched her, listened to her, and knew she was truly asleep. He kissed her forehead and found the act pleasing for its own sake. And, he admitted as he licked his lips, it was enjoyable for other reasons. Meg wasn’t bitable, but he really did like the taste of her.
  • Eve Dallas and Roarke from Naked in Death by J.D. Robb *
    “I like your style, Lieutenant Dallas,” he said when they’d fought their way to the car. “I like it a lot. And by the way, I don’t think I’m in love with you anymore. I know I am.”
  • Claire and Jamie Fraser from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon *
    “Ye werena the first lass I kissed,” he said softly. “But I swear you’ll be the last.” 

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie     bitten by kelley armstrong

  • Cas and Swift from The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
    Did it ever occur to you that your neck might matter to me at least as much as mine? Actually, probably more than mine?
  • Elena and Clay from Bitten by Kelley Armstrong *
    Here I had a wonderful man who cared for me and I was screwing around with a self-absorbed, conniving monster who’d betrayed me in the worst possible way.

Down With Romance!

I recognize that not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, love, etc. So here is a selection of books I adore that have little or no romance.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein          

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
    It was a rather extraordinary conversation if you think about it — both of us speaking in code. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code — just feminine code.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    But deep down inside me, I wanted . . . I needed it. I couldn’t help but act on it. The urge was so strong that it was mathematical.


  • Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Taneka
    To quote the poets… we’re fucked.
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin
    Why, yes. I am a strange wonder. The most special of snowflakes! Born out of time, forever running to catch up to it!

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Have you read any of the books on my Top Ten Tuesday? Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? Who are your favourite couples in literature? Comment below, and don’t forget to link me up to your Top Ten Tuesday!

Stay bookish, lovelies!


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8 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: February 13, 2018

  1. Great list! Outlander, The Hate U Give and Code Name Verity are all on my TBR – hopefully I’ll get to them soon! I liked Binti a lot, I need to check out some of Okorafor’s other work.