Saturday, 31 December 2011
So finally we reach the end!
Friday, 30 December 2011
In fact they don’t care much for each other at all and I never gave a thought to them ending up together (I had Alan paired with someone else) until near the end of The Demon’s Covenant when Alan thinks something like “well I couldn’t care less what Cynthia Davis thinks.” Which we all know is code for I quite fancy Cynthia Davis and care very much what she thinks, although I’m not about it admit it, even to myself!
So I was rooting for them from the start and intrigued at how they were going to get together. The answer would be in a very rocky, but absolutely fabulous way. They had me giggling and swooning. Together these two are dynamite and I just love them to bits. Writing this just makes me want to go read the whole trilogy again – which actually sounds like a great start to 2012.
Apologies for the lack of quotes, but my copy is in the bookcase behind the Christmas Tree and I dare not try and find it. Angie wrote a wonderful post about why she loves Alan and Sin and included two of my favourite quotes.
Number One couple tomorrow, who could have knocked Alan and Sin from the top spot??? And there is still time to enter the giveaway.http://www.notenoughbookshelves.com/2011/12/christmas-coutndown.html I’m closing it New Years Day 12pm GMT
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Resuming the countdown (guess we’ll be counting down to 2012 now!) after it was interrupted by an evil virus and then a big celebration!
Couple number three is Keek and Sylvia Plath from Arlainia Tibensky’s wonderful And Then Things Fall Apart. This book snuck up on me, I wasn’t expecting to fall quite as in love with it as I did. One of the biggest reasons for that is Keek and her obsession with Sylvia Plath and The Bell Jar.
So for all of you who have re-read a certain book until it grew dog-eared, and who were made a little less lonely or a little more brave by a friend you found among it’s pages, couple three – Keek and Sylvia are for you!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and for those of you who watch wasn’t The Downton Abby Christmas Special brilliant!
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
I’m very excited to welcome Cath Crowley, author of A Little Wanting Song. Her guest post is on Six Impossible Things, a book I’ve heard wonderful things about, but haven’t been able to get hold of yet ~ come on UK publishers buy Aussie!
Thanks so much Cath!
Cath Crowley can be found blogging here. A Little Wanting Song is available now. Graffiti Moon come out on the 14th February ~ I can’t wait I have heard amazing things about this book!
Monday, 19 December 2011
Charlie and Dave from A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley.
This is such a beautiful, beautiful book. I loved it. It’s told from both Charlie and Rose’s point of view and they have such a fabulous dynamic ~ Charlie is shy and quiet, Rose is loud and dramatic, but they’re both scared and lonely. I almost went for friendship and picked them as my couple. . .
but I just adore Charlie and Dave and I’m feeling romantic. They have one of those gorgeous, hesitant romances that I absolutely adore. Lots of looks, and almost touches, and awkward conversations.
Here are a few favourite bits.
He stands there rolling his bike back and forth and I want to ask him in. For a girl who doesn’t talk all that much, strangely I have a million or more things I want to say to Dave. They’re not even important things. It’s stuff like Grandpa ordered in some Muppet Show toothbrushes, and I’ve been using one even though it’s too small because I really like Frozzie Bear. But then I stopped using it because I wasn’t sure if it was a sign of disrespect to use Frozzie that way.
We hover. Lips feathering. Chests spinning crazy. Skin burning. After a while I take out my iPod and give one earpiece to him and keep the other for me. I put it on shuffle and voices swirl around us and it’s the strangest feeling. I’m nowhere and somewhere at the same time. The last song we listen to is one of mine. He doesn’t know it and I don’t tell him. I feel stranger still. As if the singer and me are different people.
Have you read A little Wanting Song? Did you love Charlie and Dave?
Have you ever been in the kind of love where you need someone, not just need-need them, but you need them for something, like to do something important, but you don’t know where they are so you look for them all over town in places they might go, but they’re not there, so you keep searching even though you might not find them, but you have to find them? And then when you do find them, or they find you, you breathe a sigh of relief, because they’re there again, thank god, and you can rest a little bit? Ever feel like that? Yeah. That’s Kid’s love for Scout. That’s BROOKLYN, BURNING, by Steve Brezenoff.
(A side note: my other favorite couple in this book is Brezenoff and Brooklyn. He’s clearly in love with her, and because of it, so are we. )
Kirstin Cronn-Mills can be found blogging here. The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind is in bookstores and at The Book Depository. Kirstin’s new book Beautiful Music for Ugly Children is out 2012 and sounds amazing!
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Couple Five! Morgan and Rob from The Sky Always Hears me and The Hills Don’t Mind by Kirstin Cronn-Mills. I have such a crush on this book. I absolutely loved it.
I am a big fan of happy ever after, swoony, love stories. But sometimes a relationship sneaks in that’s a a bit more thorny and complicated, where love might not conquer all, and maybe that’s a good thing. In The Sky Always Hears Me and The Hills Don’t Mind, Morgan is going out with Derek, crushing on Rob, and sharing a late night kiss with next door neighbour Tessa – recipe for heartbreak right there. Added to that the major incident in the book, involving Morgan’s family it could be a bleak and depressing read. But it has lots of laughs, due to Morgan’s wonderful voice, world view, and habit of writing fortune cookie fortunes on every piece of paper she finds. Plus there is plenty of swoon due to Morgan and Rob’s banter.
I simply adored that in the beginning Morgan spent less time wondering what Rob was like and more time admiring his cute ass.
Their relationship felt real and I loved reading it. Here’s a taste
Rob grins. “Come help me stock cigarettes.” I wander over while he studies me. “You must be thinking very serious thoughts.”
I am not going to tell him the truth; I was pondering his very cute ass, which he displayed as he was working on the smokes. Where has that ass been all my life.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
I’m very happy to welcome Antony John, author of the wonderful Five Flavors of Dumb to the blog today. He picked a great couple. I am dying to read Lola and the Boy Next Door (saving it for my holiday reading when I will hopefully have lots of uninterrupted reading time) and this post makes me even more keen to dive in. Thanks for sharing Antony.
Antony can be found blogging here. Five Flavors Dumb is out in paperback (buy it, buy it!) and his new book Thou Shalt Not Road Trip is out April 2012 – sounds like a great read.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
I was completely enchanted with this book and with Sophie and Robin. The writing is gorgeous and captures both high school and first love perfectly. Sophie and Robin are just so adorable and sweet and I just loved them. I really wish I could go back in time and give these to my high school self! If you haven’t read these, they are the perfect Christmas afternoon read – especially if it is snowing outside.
One of my favourite passages
A Second Look
I just dug out the old sketch
that I did of Murphy*
in art class
It’s funny because
I distinctly remember thinking at the time
that I’d really captured him.
But Looking at it now,
I see that it isn’t
a thing like him.
I didn’t get
that impish lean
he has in his eyes,
or that kid-like wonder.
And I didn’t catch any of his
goofy sense of humor.
And he had this way
of gluing his eyes right onto yours,
and zoning in on you so totally that he makes you feel like you’re
the most fascinating person in the world.
I missed that completely.
It’s like I was looking at him
that day in class,
but I wasn’t really seeing him.
* Murphy is Robin’s last name in case you’re confused.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Welcome to the lovely Audrey whose fabulous blog holes In My brain has been one of my favourites for a long time. I love Audrey’s reviews, especially when she falls in love with a book and does a complete rave – no one raves quite like Audrey 😀
There really are an infinite number of YA couples I’d love to talk about, and I maybe one day I can find the words beautiful or tragic enough to describe some (I’m looking at you, Froi and Quintana) but for now, I’ll rewind to the very beginning of 2011 and still one of my favourite books of the year. And perhaps not as hugely promoted as recent dystopias, I’ve reverted to my go-to genre of contemporary fiction as well. From Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, here’s to Andi and Virgil.
Thanks so much Audrey. Revolution is definitely on my wish list now!
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The only siblings on the list this year are Ruby and Chloe from Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma.
This is such a riddle of a book. I liked it even better on a second reading and think I might like it still better on a third, because I’m still not quite sure I get it!
Sibling relationships are always fascinating to me. In Imaginary Girls the relationship is particular intense. The bond between Ruby and Chloe is portrayed incredibly well. They have their own world and it is only the things that happen in that world that really matter to them, everything else is just show.
It was a relationship I loved reading about, but not a relationship I actually loved – it’s too unsettling. It is compelling though, which is why Ruby and Chole make my top ten list this year.
Have you read Imaginary Girls, what did you think?
Monday, 12 December 2011
To kick off the second week of the countdown. I’m delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers
Angie from Angieville. Angie writes the most beautiful reviews. She always makes me want to run out and buy the book she’s in love with straight away! I have her to thank for bringing the The Demon’s Lexicon, The Queens’ Thief and Meg Rosoff to my attention – I’m extremely grateful!
So here is Angie with her couple of the year!
Hello there, gentle Alexareaders! Thanks for having me. It’s certainly cozy round these parts. When Alexa asked me to take part in her Christmas Couples Countdown this year, I was delighted. I look forward to this event every year, and I knew it had been a good year for romance. But when I started reminiscing, it turns out it had been too good. At least for me and the couples I encountered over in my little reader’s corner. Wowzers, it’s been hard narrowing it down to my favorite couple from 2011! It nearly killed me. I mean, 2011 was the year of Grace and Vaughn, who nearly sent me to an early grave so hard did I fall for them, so worried was I over the state of them. It was the year of Carly and Ryan and all their surfy, honest, refreshing goodness. It was the year of Puck & Sean Kendrick, for the love of all that is holy! Those two alone deserve a moment of silence in which to reflect on their sheer perfection.
What is a girl to do? This narrowing it down to just one business . . .
Well, I dithered. And I pondered. And I re-read favorite passages. But when it came down to it, I came back to that crooked couple I love with all my crooked heart. Because 2011 was the year of Alan and Sin. And I’d been waiting for happiness for this boy for three years. You understand that happiness for a Ryves brother is hard to come by in general. But as far as I was concerned, it was About. Freaking. Time. for my Alan. And happiness came, unbeknownst to him, in the package of Sin Davies–the heir-apparent to the Goblin Market. It was unbelievably satisfying having front row seats to the meeting of these two equals. I am such a fan of strong equals coming together and clashing (naturally), and challenging each other (naturally), and each finding a partner (in crime) in the other. All of that took place between these two. The fact that it was against their admittedly formidable collective will was just icing on the cake.
These two brought that slow, sly, sated grin (yeah, you know the one) to my face more than once. I think about them all the time and know they’re no doubt cutting a swath through London as we speak. With all that charm and underhandedness? Oh, yeah. They’re doing just fine.
My favorite quote from each of them:
“Oh, Alan Ryves,” she said. “You’re a fantastic liar. You are the smoothest con man of them all.”
“I don’t have deal breakers,” Alan said. “I look on tempests, and am never shaken.”
My heart, you guys. My heart.
My heart too! Thanks So much Angie, what a great couple! Anyone else out there loving Sin and Alan?
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Piper and Ed from Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. Ah I loved this book so much, and I had so much fun reading it. It’s great story and the ending just builds and builds to a rock and roll finish. I have to quickly mention Piper’s relationship with her family, especially her brother Finn, because I thought it was brilliantly done and Finn was my favourite character of the book.
However, on to Piper and Ed.
There’s is just the cutest, sweetest romance. It can be irritating when the main character has no idea the guy likes her, but it was done just right here. The tension building up and up until I was just kiss already! Which is a place I kind of love to be.
So yeah Piper and Ed completely earn their place in best couples of the year. Favourite line ~
But all I could think was that he’d understood me when I needed it most.
Thursday, 8 December 2011
I’m delighted to welcome Sarah of Desirous of Everything to the blog today. I discovered her wonderful blog earlier this year and am completely hooked, her blog is a must read – funny and inspiring!
Hello Not Enough Bookshelves readers! My name is Sarah. I blog over at Desirous of Everything and was honored when Alexa asked me to be a part of this series! I gave it a lot of thought and ultimately decided that the best couple of 2011 is… Andy and April from Parks and Recreation, hands down! And I take my fictional television characters very seriously, people. I am still upset at the boring lameness that has become Jim and Pam on The Office. Ugh, please don’t get me started on that one! Or as April would say, “It’s just… adults are boring. And I hate them. And I don’t want to buy all this stupid, boring adult stuff and become boring adults.” Um, exactly , Jim and Pam!
Okay, I’m sorry, I did not come here to hate on Jim and Pam (because they will always have a soft spot on my heart) but I came here to love on Andy and April and here are my top five reasons why.
5. They high five all the time!
4. They eat turkey chili out of a Frisbee.
3. They swear on dead crows.
2. Their “Fancy party” was really a secret wedding!
1. They bring out the best in each other! April is coming out of her shell this season because Andy loves her for who she is and nothing more. And Andy knows he can be more than a shoeshine boy because April believes in him! April and Andy are hilarious and adorable and while everyone knows that hilarious + adorable = awesome sauce, it’s also so clear that they’re doing something right. They don’t care what anyone else thinks of them, they want to have fun together and make the most out of life with their bucket lists and goofy shenanigans and when it comes down to it, they are best friends. That’s true love if you ask me! I love these guys! Best couple evs.
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The Australians are coming, and they will capture you heart! I’ve read so many brilliant Australian books this year was hard to choose who to include here, but my first couple from down under (yes there is another) have to be Rosie and Asher from Brigid Lowry’s Guitar Highway Rose.
This book just completely charmed me. Rosie and Asher’s relationship is adorable and sweet and gorgeous to read. Here’s a taste.
SUNSHINE AND ROSES
with rolled-up towels for pillows rosie and asher lie on their backs on the grass the sky is gently blue no clouds they take off their shoes so their feet can breathe they wriggle their ties and talk about when they were little and what’s your middle names and what’s your favourite food and what job would you most hate to do and what is the worst thing a parent can say to a kid and what’s your favourite film and what’s your favourite book and what shall we have for lunch and maybe we should get going in a while they do not kiss but they both want to instead their feet touch and so do their arms it is electric magic their tiny arm hairs tingling happily together the sun warming then watching sky through gree-leafed gum branches close enough to heard each other breathe sweet togetherness this lazy lying down dance of love.
And yes, that whole section is written exactly like that. Although the book consists of a variety of formats. It did feel a little strange at first, but the format ended up being one of the things I really adored about the book.
If you haven’t read it, definitely pick up a copy of Guitar Highway Rose and fall in love with Rosie and Asher too.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
I’m delighted to welcome Meredith to the blog today with the first guest post for the Couples Countdown. Meredith can be find blogging about writing, books, and life over at Fairy Tales and Cappuccino. Her blog is lovely and I especially love her 5 things that make me happy even on a Monday feature. It always leaves me feeling happy and usually craving a starbucks!
Anyway here is Meredith on her favourite couple of 2011.
Thanks so much Meredith, great choice! Personally I cheered and swooned, quite a lot. That Sean Kendrick 😀
Have you read The Scorpio Races? Did you love it?
If you can’t wait for tomorrows couple you can always look at the list from 2010 and 2009 and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Monday, 5 December 2011
Quick Note for those who haven’t read Forever yet, don’t worry! Maggie doesn’t pull the biggest twist of all time and have Grace run off with Cole, leaving Sam all alone with his guitar.
I went into Forever, the final novel in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, expecting to be delighted by Grace and Sam’s deepening relationship and their sweet moments together – love those two! I was also hoping to be swooning/laughing as Cole and Isabel continued to prowl around each other – both far more dangerous in human form then any wolf.
What I didn’t expect was to adore the relationship that started between Cole and Grace. I wasn’t really expecting much interaction between them at all actually, but there was, and I loved it. Seeing Grace through Cole’s eyes, and seeing Cole through Grace’s eye added a depth to their characters I hadn’t even been aware was missing. Also Cole’s observations of Sam and Grace together are both gorgeous and kind of heartbreaking.
The way all four characters interconnected was really nicely done and is another reason why this trilogy is one of my favourites.
See you tomorrow with the first guest post!
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Wow that’s quite impressive isn’t it? Anyway if you are new around here, for the past two years I have celebrated the countdown to Christmas, by devouring mince pies, watching Love Actually, listening to jaunty chirtsmas tunes, AND blogging about my ten favourite couples of the year. So hard to narrow it down to ten!
Year one was all about romance. Year two was more about friendship. This year is a mixture of the two. I do hope you enjoy it. Some wonderful bloggers and authors have again joined in – thank you! If you want to share you’re own favourite couple, either below or on your own blog, I would love to hear about them!
I will be giving away two books from my countdown list. Just fill in the form below (I know you don’t know what they are yet, but they’re good, I promise). Open to anyone who lives in a an area the Book Depository ships too.
I hope you’ll enjoy counting down with me! Thanks for sticking around 🙂