Yes, yes, I know this is late.
But I only discovered this yesterday. So you’re getting it now!
I am going to be listing my top 5 m/m couples in books, as outlined by the #T5W book meme. I am super excited to give this a go!
I will be listing them in no particular order. I did try and rank them but I love them all so much that I couldn’t.
│Aristotle Mendoza & Dante Quintana│Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe│Benjamin Alire Sáenz│
When I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe I was in a permanent happy bubble.
It gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings. Sure, it deals with loads of dark topics but you always get the sense that no matter what, the characters love each other.
I saw myself and Ari and wanted to protect Dante at all costs! Their relationship is a slow burn and I think that really paid off.
│Alec Lightwood & Magnus Bane│The Mortal Instruments Series│Cassandra Clare│
I honestly did not like Alec much in the books, to begin with, which was disappointing as I started watching the T.V. series first (controversial opinion; I like the T.V. series more than the books) and loved Alec.
This may have had more to do with him being played by Matthew Daddario, God damn that man is fine!
Magnus, however, has always been one of my favourite characters in all the Shadowhunters books. I think it’s because he reminds me of my mum.
Anyway, I really love this pairing in books or on T.V. I think they’re so damn cute together and they really do bring out the best in each other!
Also, they’re like the only couple that is stable and has their shit together basically the whole time, there’s far more maturity to their relationship than the others… it might have something to do with one of them being a centuries-old warlock but who can know for sure?
│Alucard Emery & Rhy Maresh│Shades of Magic Series│V. E. Schwab│
How can you not love a bisexual pirate and a bisexual prince finding love and holding onto each other like their lives depend on it????
I love these two so much, I really enjoyed the tension and how many layers there were to their relationship.
They are a really great fit for each other, I just love them so much!
│Jesper Fahey & Wylan Van Eck│Six of Crows Duology│Leigh Bardugo│
I don’t understand how anyone could read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom and not ship the fuck out Jesper and Wylan.
From the moment Jesper starts flirting with Wylan I was hooked. Bardugo does romantic relationships really well in this duology.
I constantly was starving for more Jesper and Wylan with teases like their whole “Just girls?”, “No, not just girls.” conversation to Jesper admitting that he liked Wylan’s stupid face.
I had a thirst that could never be quenched.
│Andrew Minyard & Neil Josten│All For the Game Series│Nora Sakavic│
The All for the Fame trilogy has become my life.
No seriously, have a look at my Tumblr and you’ll see that when I’m on there I am usually reblogging post after post of the characters. I can’t get enough.
I fell down the hole the other night and spent like 5 hours reading headcanons and incorrect quote posts and I couldn’t stop.
Then I decided to reread the series right before my mum reads it for the first time so that I can remember everything and talk about it all with her… but mostly so I can read it all over again.
I only read the series a few months ago and I need more even if it’s the same again.
Andrew and Neil’s relationship is far from perfect, it’s complicated and messy like only a relationship between two very broken people can be.
I was shipping them basically from the start.
It’s really hard for me to put into words the feelings I have for this ship but fuck me just know that you have to read this series of these two dumb-dumbs alone!
Doing this T5W made me realise that I still haven’t read enough books with m/m relationships and that I need more.
I might do next weeks T5W which will be f/f couples but I’ve read even fewer books with those relationships so I’m not sure I’ll even have a top 5.
Regardless, I have learned that I this year’s biggest reading goal is to make it gayer. Seriously, I want my read list to be gay AF by the end of the year.
Art Note: If you click on each piece of fanart it will take you to the creator, with the exception of one and I will further explain another one that was hard to track down.
The Magnus and Alec one I tried really hard to find the artist for and just couldn’t. I zoomed into the watermark but still couldn’t figure out the artist. If you do know who it is please let me know so I can correctly credit them. Update: I found it on Tumblr but the sources URL is no longer the original artist’s. So I’ve linked a post with it that I could find.
The Ari and Dante fanart does links to who I believe is the correct artist. I’ve seen it credited to Peppernote who is no longer on Deviant but I’ve also seen it credited to Junk Knight, I couldn’t find it on their Tumblr at all but their art style seems to match in a growing-as-an-artist way. I don’t know, I tried guys!
Which m/m romances are your favourite?