I’m aliiiiiive! Some of you might be wondering why I haven’t been posting lately but real life has been taking up most of my time, and honestly whenever I have some free time, all I want to do is read (or take a nap). I have been on Litsy A LOT (username: Chachic) because that’s easier to update on my phone than WordPress. But I wouldn’t want to miss this yearly post! I’m here to present a list that has become one of my blog traditions. Every year on Valentine’s Day, I post a list of fictional couples I’ve loved from books that I’ve read in the previous year. You can check out posts from years past through these links: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Whoa, how awesome is it that this is the eighth edition of this post? I’m so glad I’ve been able to keep it up.
I will be inserting some of my bookstagrams below, and the captions are automatically displayed… some of them aren’t applicable anymore (e.g. I posted a pic before I read the book) so please feel free to ignore them.
Lucy Parker's Act Like It was one of my best of 2016 reads so I'm really excited to read Pretty Face, which is also a romance with a West End setting. I was thrilled when Carina Press approved my request for this on NetGalley. Fingers crossed that I'll have time to read it this weekend (in between resting and trying to feel better). . . . #LucyParker #ActLikeIt #PrettyFace #CarinaPress #NetGalley #reviewcopy #CapitolTheatre #ExploreSingapore #romance #contemporaryromance #chicklit #bookblogger #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #IGreads #IGbooks #Litsy #Kindle
Lily and Luc from Pretty Face by Lucy Parker – I’m cheating a bit with this one because it hasn’t been released yet but I’m grateful I was approved for an early copy. Lucy Parker was in my list last year so I knew I would enjoy her latest romance, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved how she was able to portray such a strong connection between Lily and Luc in spite of their age gap and the obstacles in their way. They just understood each other, they have the kind of relationship that you’d want for yourself. It was just so much fun reading about them. The West End setting was another aspect that I enjoyed, and of course I loved that Lily is a reader as shown by this passage:
Malorie and Tristan from A Crown of Bitter Orange by Laura Florand – All of the books in Laura’s La vie en Roses have been a delight to read and A Crown of Bitter Orange is no exception. Aside from the strong sense of place, Laura just makes scents and textures leap off the page. Malorie and Tristan were both secretly infatuated with each other while growing up and it was funny that they both had no idea. I liked the contrast between their personalities, their work/passion and the way they think… and also how well they knew each other even though they’re so different. They admired each other not because they don’t recognize the other person’s flaws, but because they could see past those to what makes them the person they are. I’m not sure I’m making any sense here but they really just saw each other clearly. As always, I enjoyed the Rosier family dynamics and absolutely can’t wait for the next installment in this series.
A new Laura Florand is always something to be happy about. She's one of my favorite romance authors. I've loved all of the other titles in her La vie en Roses series set in Grasse, France, featuring a family in the perfume business. I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy this one too. I couldn't resist taking a pic of A Crown of Bitter Orange with this bottle of orange blossom EDT (I bought the cologne version). Maybe I should have done this for Once Upon a Rose and A Wish Upon Jasmine too? 📖🌹 FYI, Once Upon a Rose is on sale for just 0.99usd now. Such a good bargain! . . . #LauraFlorand #ACrownofBitterOrange #LavieenRoses #romance #bookblogger #reviewcopy #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #IGreads #IGbooks #booksPH #Litsy #ChristineLhuillierParfumerie #fragrance #perfume
Iris and Gio from Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra – Filipino romance (#romanceclass) at its finest! I have been reading and actively promoting Mina’s books ever since I discovered her writing way back in 2010. I think it’s amazing how she’s been exploring and growing in her writing. I think this one has such a unique and intriguing premise, with a plot that I thought was a brave choice for a Philippine setting. Iris and Gio both have painful experiences that have shaped and scarred them, and I felt that their romance and their issues were handled thoughtfully. I’m purposefully being vague because I don’t want to share any spoilers!
Toasted ensaymada, cappuccino with muscovado and my next Filipino romance read: Iris After the Incident by @minavesguerra. . . . #IrisAftertheIncident #MinaVEsguerra #romanceclass #Filipinoauthor #romance #romanceclass #Kindle #ebook #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #bookblogger #bookphotography #IGreads #IGbooks #Litsy #CafeMaryGrace #cafehopping #bookandcoffee #coffee #cappuccino #ensaymada
Lila and Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – These books are awesome and the romance(s) are not the central part of the story but of course, I enjoyed reading about them! I loved Lila and Kell’s interactions right from start, from trying to one-up each other to slowly realizing that maybeee what they feel for the other person goes beyond friendship (or unwilling partnership?). Some of the best scenes in the books were the ones where they were together (even better when Rhy and Alucard were also there). I’m so glad the third book will be out soon because I need to know what happens next! These two seriously deserve all the happiness they can get so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for them.
Gorgeous UK editions of V.E. Schwab's books. I hope I can find time to read these soon because I've been hearing good things about them. Also, I still have a Les Mis hangover because these book covers put to mind the Red and Black song (just because of the color scheme). #VESchwab #ADarkerShadeofMagic #AGatheringofShadows #TitanBooks #ShadesofMagic #Kinokuniya #bookhaul #fantasy #specfic #bookstagram #instabooks #bibliophile #bookblogger #booknerd #bookworm #bookphotography #IGreads #UKedition #paperbacks
Jess and Mitch from Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar – I’m basically just going to quote my own review: “I seriously could not get enough of Jess and Mitch! I loved all of their interactions, and I kept waiting for scenes that had the two of them together. I’m normally not a fan of drama in a romance but everything that Jess and Mitch went through felt necessary. They needed to experience all of it to grow and develop both individually and as a couple. I wouldn’t call their romance slow burn because sparks fly the moment they meet and they do act on it, but the depth in their relationship is earned the hard way. Also, I thought it was really cute that their family and friends were invested in their relationship.”
Today's topic for #AusYAChallenge is "recommend to everyone". I just finished Summer Skin and LOVED it. Awesome new adult set in a college in Australia. I couldn't get enough of Jess and Mitch. This book deserves a US and UK publisher so more people can read it. #SummerSkin #KirstyEagar #AllenandUnwin #LoveOzYA #AussieYA #newadult #bookstagram #instabooks #IGreads #bibliophile #bookblogger #sakura #cherryblossoms #FlowerDome #GardensbytheBay #ExploreSingapore
Runners-up for the past year are:
Jess and Blake from Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Daniel and Rex from In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Cat and Griffin from A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Martise and Silhara from Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Catherine and Andrew from Ruined by Sarah Vaughn and Sarah Searle in the Fresh Romance graphic novel anthology (is there any news about the next volume??)
The only book I was able to buy at Kinokuniya's sale this weekend, even though I browsed for around an hour. Romance graphic novel? Yes, please.👌 I was curious about another graphic novel (Mirror: the Mountain by Emma Lios and Hwei Lim) but haven't seen reviews from friends so I didn't get it. . . #FreshRomance #RosyPress #OniPress #graphicnovel #comics #bookstagram #instabooks #KinokuniyaSG #Kinokuniya #bookstore #IGreads #IGbooks #Litsy #bibliophile #bookblogger #booknerd #bookphotography
I feel like I read a lot of romance and even the fantasy novels I’m usually into have some sort of love story in them, but when the time comes for me to round up my list like this, I keep thinking I WANT MORE. 😀 What about you, who are your favorite fictional couples from books that you’ve read within the previous year? Are you planning to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? It’s going to be a regular work day for me but I’m hoping I’ll have time to read a good romance after work. 🙂 Also hoping I won’t be too sleepy in the office because I stayed up late to work on this post. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! ❤