Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

Favorite Fictional Couples| Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing my favorite fictional couples. Read on for more…

Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

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Beatrice and Benedick’s romance begins as an intense battle of the sexs with neither side wanting to succumb to their affection. I love the romances that start off where the main characters hate each other because when they eventually fall for each other, it seems that much sweeter and real. When Beatrice proclaims, “I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest,” you know that this confession is coming from a deep place and she is willing to be vulnerable with Benedick so that they can finally have true love.

Coco and Leslie from One Day at a Time by Danielle Steel

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Coco begins the book wary of Leslie and his super movie star world and that fear almost breaks the couple apart, but with love, patience and taking it one day at a time, they are able to overcome any obstacle. The couple is so down-to-earth which is why they are perfect for each other and I love how it shows that anyone can have their happy ever after, even movie stars and dog walkers.

Jeanette and Tam Lin from An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

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Jeanette stumbles into the forest and meets the fabled Tam Lin and so their story begins. He sees her like no other and it’s obvious that he sees her true beauty. This isn’t a damsel in distress- guy has to save the girl story. Instead, it’s one of mutual saving where Jeanette believes in herself because of Tam Lin and Tam Lin is freed from his curse because of Jeanette.

Julia and Josh from Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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Josh is the last person Julia would consider being with, but that’s exactly how love works. Josh takes Julia outside of herself and her stringent rules about what love is. Their journey is one of acceptance and mutual respect. I find it beautiful that before they’ve realized it, they’ve only showed their true selves, who they really are, to the other person who whether they like it or not, is their meant to be.

Leah and Grayson from Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

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Leah and Grayson probably have the second weirdest situation (see #9 for most weirdest.) Grayson wants to fix Leah up with his twin brother for reasons he refuses to reveal to Leah and he even blackmails her into doing it. What?! But even with this predicament, Leah and Grayson’s attraction is undeniable and they still manage to fall in love though they try to deny it as best they can. Leah’s I-love-him-I-hate-him feelings are in full force and make for the perfect Valentine’s Day read.

 Skylar and Josh from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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Skylar is a trailer park girl and Josh is a marine honorably discharged after losing his leg. They both want out of their small town and they bond over that need. Their romance is a slow burn with Josh dealing with a lot of demons as a result of the war. It’s only Skylar that can bring him back, but is she strong enough? Despite losing his leg, Josh is still a protector and he’s willing to protect Skylar no matter the costs even if it means he can’t be with her. It’s a tragic and beautiful romance that also sheds light an often misunderstood issue — Veterans with PTSD.

Yurara and Mei from Yurara by Chika Shiomi

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Mei is the lady’s man who’s well-liked by all, but only Yurara can see him for who he truly is. She can look past his pain and he can show her what it means to be loved. Their relationship is riddled with pitfalls and confusion, but love wins out in the end as it always does.

 Kaz and Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Inej is Kaz’s right-hand and he needs her even if he won’t admit it. Kaz is not used to being vulnerable not even for the girl he loves, but he’ll have to or he’ll lose her. Though this couple doesn’t officially get together by book’s end, they clearly have a thing for each other and depend on each other greatly. They have a great relationship, flirtationship, friendship, whatever you want to call it and it’s a joy seeing it progress throughout the book.

Marak and Kate from The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle

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I will admit that this one can be viewed as a little Stockholm Syndrome-y, but barring that, it’s a beautiful romance about looking past appearances. Marak is a Goblin King and he’s looking for a bride and he’s chosen Kate who understandably doesn’t want to play along. And so the chase is on. The book follows Marak’s pursuit of Kate and the hilarity and mischief that ensues.

Ashlyn and Ronan from Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

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Ashlyn is used to being the other sister and for her sister to get all the boys’ attention, but when Ronan comes along, he sees Ashlyn and only Ashlyn. Their romance is cute and one for the hall of fame. There is someone for everyone if you know where to look, which in this case is a spirit-filled forest, but you know what I mean.

I hope you have enjoyed this look into my favorite fictional couples. Leave your favorite in the comment section below. See you next time!

❤ Maya

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My Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

My Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

I know we’re not supposed to judge books by their covers, but maybe just this once, it will totally be okay. I’m going to share with you all my top 10 favorite book covers (the last three count as one because they’re a series.) I hope you enjoy the video and the judge-worthy cover art. For more of my videos, subscribe to my channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkMVxL4PKW9rHkDHPO4-tdA.

Have a wonderful day!
❤ Maya

September Favorites

September Favorites

This year is going by so fast. I can’t believe September is basically over and it’ll be October in a few days. I had such a good time in September and you’ll be able to see the fun times I’ve had through my favorite things.

My favorites for the month of September

Favorite Book

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

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I went to the Baltimore Book Festival at the end of September and I knew Jennifer Armentrout was going to be there. I wanted to read one of her books so I could have an idea of who she was as a writer and if she wrote books that I’d enjoy. Of her books, I chose Obsidian and I really loved this book. The romance was sweet and it was fun seeing the two main characters bicker and try not to fall in love with each other. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series.

 

Favorite Song

Exo- “Call Me Baby”

I watched a BuzzFeed video a week or so ago about the Try Guys listening to Korean pop music. The video got me hooked on the music and now I can’t stop listening to this song. I have absolutely no idea what they’re saying, but there is something about pop music that is just universal and can be easily understood even if you don’t know what is being said.

Favorite YouTube video

My Channel Trailer

Of course, the video I’d choose would be from my channel, but hear me out. I worked so hard on the video which is the trailer for my BookTube Channel on YouTube. I don’t think I’ve ever been so proud of a video and the work involved in creating it, so this definitely deserves a spot on my favorites.

Favorite movie

War Room

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This movie really helped me put into perspective how important it is to pray and to have a prayer life. It’s an interesting movie with a valuable message as well. And did I mention, I saw it twice, the movie was that good.

Favorite Tumblr

Though I haven’t watched Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder, I would be remiss if I didn’t applaud her Emmy Win. Taraji P. Henson’s reaction of the win was icing on the cake and proves that as women we are all in this together. We aren’t competing with each other. When one woman wins, we all do.

Favorite Tweets

Both are these are inspirational quotes that I think serve as helpful reminders during the day of what we should fight for and what happiness really means.

Favorite Event

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On September 26th, I went to the Baltimore Book Festival. I had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by books. I’ll go into more detail about everything that I did in a later video, but just know, it was an amazing day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what I’ve been loving this month. I wonder what next month will have in store. I’m hoping even more things to favorite and enjoy. I can’t wait!

What are some of your favorites for this month? You can choose from one of the categories above or make up your own.

❤ Maya

Favorites of the Moment: August Edition

Favorites of the Moment: August Edition

It’s been about 4 months since my last Favorites of the Moment post and I think it’s about time I did another. I’m also wondering if I should do these types of posts more frequently, so they won’t be as long. Maybe, maybe not. I’ll have to think about it. (That may have been the shortest introduction in the history of this blog. I am so proud of myself.)

And now to the Favorites:

Favorite movie

Tomorrowland

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I loved the message of this movie and the idea of a futuristic world. I also loved that they stressed the fact that the power to change the future/world is in all of our hands.

Favorite Food

Coldstone’s Ice Cream

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It’s summer. It’s ice cream. I doubt this needs much explanation as to why it’s a favorite. I don’t remember ever trying Coldstone’s before and I must say, It’s so good! It’s french vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone. The ice cream was amazing and the cone tasted graham-crackery and was the best cone I’ve had ever!

Favorite Book

Dreamland Social Club

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Plain Jane tries to find her identity among the freaks and normals at her new school (which just so happens to be her mother’s old school) while at the same time tries to figure out the type of person her mother was. I love the mystery aspect of the book as Jane unearthed things about her mother that she never knew.

Favorite Song

On my Own by Ross Lynch (Teen Beach Movie 2 Soundtrack)

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Don’t judge me, but this song rocks out so hard. You can feel every emotion he’s singing and it’s basically the best breakup song ever.

Favorite YouTubers

DudePerfect

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I recently discovered this group of dudes on YouTube. They perform amazing trick shots and are hilarious and I’m surprised I haven’t saw any of their videos before now. To add to an already awesome group, they’re all Christians and create content that appeals to the whole family. They’re the best.

Favorite Place

My Bookshelf

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I love books. Do I really need to explain this one?

Favorite Random Item

A Pocket Watch

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I needed a watch the other day and realized I don’t actually own a wrist watch. I remembered that I got a pocket watch when I went to London in 2011. I went searching for it and I have been using it ever since. Yes, I’m probably the only person under 50 that owns a pocket watch, but hey, it looks cool and has a dragon on it. That’s all that matters.

Favorite Day

August 14th

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Why, Maya, is that your favorite day and it hasn’t even happened yet. It’s because my friends, this Friday, August 14th is MY BIRTHDAY!!! I’ll be turning 23 and I’m so happy to be another year older. I thank God I’m still here and I’m looking forward to many more years to come.

If you’d like, feel free to Wish me a Happy Birthday on Twitter, @luv2rite1922. I’d love the Birthday Wishes!

Join the conversation: Is there anything in my list that you also love, too? Let me know below.

❤ Maya

My Top Ten Favorite Books (that I own)

My Top Ten Favorite Books (that I own)

I was looking through my book collection the other day (yes, that’s something that I do) and I realized I’ve never actually said what my favorite books were. I may have mentioned some of the books in passing but have never really talked about them. Now before I begin, these are my favorite books that I own and not my all time favorite books. It was hard enough narrowing down my favorites in my collection to 10, narrowing my top 10 favorite of all time will not nearly be as easy, but I might be able to do a top 20 favorites of all time. Ohh, a post idea for the future. I’ll make a note of it.

And now for my top 10 favorite books: 

1.One Day at a Time

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This is my all time favorite book. Of course, it’s by Danielle steel and I’ve re-read it I don’t know how many times. I think I love it so much because I can see myself in the main character. As a dog walker, Coco Barrington is her family’s black sheep and she feels like she doesn’t live up to her family’s expectations of her. She just wants to forge out on her own and find her own way. I can definitely relate and identify with her struggle and I love that she stays true to herself. And on top of all that, there’s a superstar actor as her love interest. This will probably always be a favorite of my mine.

2-4. Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

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This series was my Harry Potter. I read this when I was younger and I don’t remember much of it, but it will always be a favorite because it stuck with me this long. I’ll have to re-read it to see if I still love it. I love the twist on the Peter Pan tale and how we’re able to see what it’s really like not to grow up while the rest of the world does.

5. Watchers

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I’ve re-read this one recently and I still love it. Even though it’s a middle school age book, it’s still interesting to me. It’s a supernatural mystery type book and I absolutely love the twist at the end.

6. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

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I don’t remember this book at all, but I remember it being my favorite for so long, so it goes on the list. The book that sticks with you no matter how old you are, that book deserves to stay with you forever. I’ll have to re-read this one again too to see if it’s really one of those books I’ll love for a lifetime.

7. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush

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I did my senior seminar project on this book. This is another one of those middle school age books that has universal appeal for any age. As you probably have noticed, a lot of these books are books I’ve loved for a long time. I think I love this one so much because it doesn’t act like it’s a book for younger kids which I find awesome. It doesn’t feel like I’m reading a kid’s book, just a book with a young protagonist. I love seeing how the main character, Tree, deals with her ever-growing world. She’s another protagonist that I can identify with because she African American, tall, and just trying to find her way. I’ll probably always love this book.

8. Meant to be

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This book takes place in London, one of my favorite cities in the world, so you know this book is a favorite. It follows Julia on the search for her Meant to be, the one she’s supposed to be with forever, that she may or may not have met on a night she can’t exactly remember. She travels all over London with her insufferable travel partner and of course learns many valuable life lessons along the way. It’s a really funny book that I stayed up all night to finish because it had me that hooked.

9. Dreamland Social Club

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Plain Jane returns to her mother’s childhood home in Coney Island and works to find her place between the freaks and normals at her school. Her mother died a couple of years before and now being in her childhood home will give Jane a chance to really find out the type of person that her mother was. While she’s doing that, she might also be able to figure out the mystery of the elusive Dreamland social club. I absolutely loved the mystery aspect to this book and how she tries to shed her plainness, not to a freaky level, but just to become her own person.

10. An Earthly Knight

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Fairies and a girl trying to find her way (which seems to be a recurring them in this list) it doesn’t get better than that. And there’s also a little legend thrown in and I love how it was incorporated into the story. It’s just a really cute book.

I’ll admit, I’m not the best at talking about books, but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little about the books that I have loved. There are so many more books that I wanted to add which means I’m definitely going to have to do an all-time favorite books post. Keeps your eyes open for that.

❤ Maya