10 Book Boyfriends You Need to Meet - Reading List

10 Book Boyfriends You Need to Meet

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

10 Book boyfriends you need to meet no matter your age Top Ten Tuesday on Reading List

Somehow, during my high school years, I completely missed the book boyfriend thing.  I remember hearing about the term while in college, but thinking it was some crazy fad I ignored it.  And now book boyfriends are still a thing... I mean just google book boyfriend and you'll find annual lists and awards and quizzes... it's amazing.

10 Book boyfriends you need to meet no matter your age Top Ten Tuesday on Reading List

I have heard the argument that book boyfriends set the standard too high and girls are always crushed.... but as I grew up with seventeen magazine images torn out and adorning my walls, I completely disagree.  Book boyfriends are a better option, in my humble opinion.  You see while these characters are fictitious, they tend to give a more full picture of flaws and admirable attributes.  I also find that the characters that make the crazy annual lists are complex.

And why should that be a surprise?

So while I no longer look to books to give me ideas of what my ideal guy would be - as I am happily married - I tend to find male characters who are complex, with some attributes similar to my husband as characters I could have easily claimed as my book boyfriend back when I was a teen...

Here are my current top ten, with a few attributes that landed them on my list.

10 Random Book Boyfriends to Consider

  1. Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) Gil is the type of guy that should be most girls goal - he has goals, he has emotions, and yet he still is strong.  While he might not be winning any Mr. Universe metals, but he loves Anne even when she is running headfirst into a crazy disastrous adventure.   
  2. Logan McEntire (Defiance) Logan is another example of a male character who has dreams of his own future, yet still truly loves and cherishes Rachel. He is smart and realizes that brains are just as important to society as strength. 
  3. Samwise Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings) Sam might seem like an odd choice... but the way a man treats his friends tends to display how he would treat his wife. And Sam is the definition of loyal.   
  4. Day (Legend) Day is an odd pick... at first, I just thought he was a miscreant... then I was curious about his motives... he is different... but if you read Legend and don't think that Day has a heart of gold, I'd be shocked.  He risks everything to help give a better life to those he loves.
  5. Maxon Schreave (The Selection)  Maxon is the prince, so that is a plus!  But all joking aside, as the story progresses readers see that Maxon isn't just part of some game, he has plans for this kingdom. He desperately wants more equality and is determined to find love along the way.
  6. Rhysand (ACOMAF) Rhysand is just the result of years of seeing airbrushed perfect models combined with a character who is full of wit... the kicker is he actually has a big heart that is often hidden behind a persona he portrays based on his societal expectation... which let's face it just adds so much depth us empathetic girls get sucked in. 
  7. Arin (The Winner's Curse) Arin is a strong guy who finds himself upon the slavery block.  The ability to somehow stand up in front of others, on sale, and still keep his own personality intact is a sign of amazing character strength.  The fact that Arin falls in love in the middle of such injustice and war is amazing.   
  8. Rowan (Empire of Storms) Rowan is only on this list because I'm fascinated with his storyline... it's not complete yet, as SJM is still writing the (supposed) final book of the series, and I feel there is a ton of character development for Rowan. But for now, his tortured past, his desire stand next to Aelin, instead of command her, and his determination to reach his goals, are all traits I find admirable.   
  9. Akiva (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) Akiva is another one that I am on the fence about... as I have only made it through book one of his story... or rather Karou's story.  But I mean he's an angel... 'nough said. 
  10. King Arthur Alright... I couldn't come up with any more options... I'm sure there are more, but I'd be willing to bet the attributes behind those characters were inspired by King Arthur of legends.   

Call out to hosts

Thank you, The Broke & the Bookish for this fun weekly prompt and chance to interact with the Bookish Blogger community. 

I could have come up with more... and many of them would have been because the author created a character based on a dream.  That is what most of us think we hear about book boyfriends.  And there are even a few on this list that could fall into that category. But there are also characters that are deep enough to actually use as that starting point for finding guys worth spending time with.  If books are supposed to help readers become more empathetic then finding and celebrating those male characters who are complex and realistic is important.

10 Book boyfriends you need to meet no matter your age Top Ten Tuesday on Reading List

It's your turn now - let me here your book boyfriends, and why! 

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  1. Yes to Gilbert Blythe. Samwise Gamgee is an unexpected choice, but I'm with you! Also I think it's funny that you thought Day was a miscreant. It's been several years since I read those books, but I remember liking him from the beginning.

    1. Well seeing as how he was sneaking around, before we knew more of his back story... but yes it quickly changes... and I was trying to go for a wide variety of books... it's harder than it should be

  2. Maxon is such a sweetheart and totally the opposite to America and her doubting. He was so sure from the start and SO kind. He transmits me calmness and confidence. I love him too.
    There's not way not to include Rhysand in this list. His the ultimate bookish boyfriend! I'm really looking forward to reading Daughter of Smoke and bone because my local library just bought it! That's a miracle because it sucks and new books come NEVER. But they have this one and I'm PUMPED.
    The Winner's Curse is a book filled with people that have appeared, surprisingly for me, in MANY lists this week too! I've heard amazing things about this novel, so I really have to read it now.
    This was an awesome list! Great picks!

    My TTT: https://bookslikewolves.wixsite.com/blog/single-post/2017/10/03/Top-Ten-Bookish-Boyfriends

    1. yes Maxon and Rhysand are necessities in these lists! And I hope you adore Daughter of Smoke and Bone - I am devouring the books right now... and yes, try to get your hands on The Winner's Curse because it is amazing...


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