Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Crushes

Wow! I just realized that my “scheduled” WP post for today did not post at 5am this morning but was still sitting in my drafts folder! Either I thought I had hit schedule late last night, or WP didn’t do its thing…I’m leaning towards the former. But since it is still Tuesday although late in the day, I’m going ahead and posting my TTT! 🙂


It’s another Tuesday! That means it’s time for another fantastic Top Ten Tuesday theme brought to us by the wonderful ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish blog where each week a different top ten theme/list is featured! If you haven’t checked out their blog, I encourage you to head over there since it really is a fantastic site!

This week’s theme is a pretty interesting one, and I had a lot of fun with it since I have definitely had my fair share of bookish boyfriends over the years….or what I like to call the characters I secretly wish I were married to IF I were 1) not married and 2) an actual book character too (or they were real people)!  But these are the ones that I’ve stayed true to all these years ❤ ❤ If I had more time I would list them in order of my undying love (or their hotness factor, hahaha)! But I don’t, so I’m just listing them as I think of them from my earliest crushes to now 😉

Number One

Sherlock Holmes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books

I know you are thinking that Sherlock is an odd choice for a bookish boyfriend and well, after rereading the books as an adult, I have to agree. But my 6th-grade self fell in love with him-hard! I thought he was amazing, which he is, but I didn’t understand then that Doyle’s Sherlock doesn’t have the capacity for romantic love. Still, he remains a bookish crush since you never forget your 1st crush and admittedly, my adult self is madly in love with the BBC series Sherlock (if Benedict Cumberbatch ever comes to call at my house, you will probably never hear from me again!!)

Number Two

Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


When I first read Gone With the Wind, I had barely hit puberty but wow! I remember feeling all kinds of feels that I’d never known, especially when he carried Scarlett up that staircase. I still swoon reading that (we swoon here in the south 😉 ). I don’t care that he is no gentleman since I prefer my men a little on the bad side, but I love that he knows how to treat a lady with respect (Melanie for example).

Number Three 

Ross Poldark from Winston Graham’s Poldark Saga

I read my mom’s Poldark books when I was about 13 and have read them as an adult, both before and after the Masterpiece series on PBS, so I’ve had a love relationship with Ross for almost 3 decades (wow, that makes me feel old to say that). I’ve also had a hate relationship with him too, but it always comes back to a crush. He’s a man with many faults, a bit of a bad boy but at his heart, he is loving, kind, and compassionate. I admire his honesty even if he has done something horrific.

Number Four

Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Ok…you thought I would pick Mr. Darcy, right?? Oh, no. While I love Mr. Darcy, his arrogance would quickly get on my nerves and we would not get along. On the other hand, I, again, love the dark, brooding, tragicness even beastliness of Rochester. He’s rude, he’s a jerk, he might even have questionable morals but he’s passionate, bad in a way, broken, highly intellectual. It might not be the healthiest of relationships, but it’s a crush, so it’s harmless, right??

Number Five

Aragorn from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy

I love Aragorn because even though he is born into his role as king and is a proven hero, he has his failings and is not ashamed of them. He is humble, compassionate,  wise, brave, selfless, and loyal. You just cannot help falling in love with him when reading Tolkien’s trilogy.

Number Six

Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series 

Long before Outlander became a hit tv series on Starz, I had a mad crush on Jamie Fraser since I’ve been reading the books since they were 1st published in the 90s (agh, I’m impatiently waiting for the next book!!). He is passionate, arrogant, strong, intelligent, and sexy…that accent! I imagined it in my head for almost 2 decades until the tv show came on, but I admit that watching the show has only intensified my crush, yikes!! Still, Jamie is one of my top bookish crushes for so many reasons!!

Number Seven

Ranger from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series


Ranger…he is just one of a kind. I don’t really know what to say about Ranger. He’s very intelligent, and I could never stand a man who was not intelligent, strong, intimidating, caring, and sexy. He’s definitely a bad boy but who cares, right? It’s just a fictional crush…

Number Eight

Jack Reacher from Lee Child’s Jack Reacher Series 



Reacher is an interesting guy. He’s a lone wolf, and he has no desire to be tied down in one place. But he is definitely one hell of a man; in fact, he is all male. He’s the guy that you would want to protect you and take care of you since he has no issue taking the law into his own hands in the name of justice. And he is just so Reacher…that’s a thing I swear!! Unless you have read the books, you won’t know what I mean, but he gives off a sexy vibe that just says he’s the perfect crush..for a day or two anyway 😉

Number Nine

Eric Northman from Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse Series

I have to admit that Eric is hands down my favorite book boyfriend. He’s intelligent, witty, sarcastic, gorgeous, and compassionate even though he likes to pretend he’s completely badass. Not that he isn’t badass, which is one of the reasons that I love him so much, but it is the humanity that he still has after 1000s of years of being a vampire that just makes him so drop-dead sexy and number 1 in my book. Oh, I forgot to mention his being a vampire is a total turn-on….

Number Ten

Will Trent from Karin Slaughter’s Will Trent Series


Will Trent is a character that I immediately fell in love with (it helps that Slaughter is my favorite author and makes her characters so alive!!). He is so damaged and broken by his childhood and the way he is treated by his first toxic love that you want to take him, hold him, and try to fix him. But even though Will has been through absolute hell and has his demons, he is such a kind, compassionate, gentle soul. I truly love this character, and he is probably a close tie with Eric Northman on my list of bookish crushes.

Who are your bookish crushes? I would love to know!! Happy Tuesday!! 🙂

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55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Crushes

    1. Triptych is an awesome, and I highly recommend the entire series! But I recommend anything Karin Slaughter writes 😉 I’m a sucker for books set in the south or NC since I have lived most of my life here even though I was born in TN and lived there until I was 19…I haven’t found many books set in TN, but I could just be missing them!!

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      1. Lol!! That’s too funny! My hubby would have said that if I’d left off Eric Northman, lol. Then I realized I left off Jon Snow and I think I need to make a top 20 list haha 😉❤

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      2. Ha! i forgot about Eric too, minding i only watched the show of True Blood ( have not finished it ) have not gotten into Jon snow either but i did realize i missed a few people from PLL and i think i might just make a Top so many Boyfriends for t.v. shows cause i have lost count haha!

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      3. I love True Blood…books and show! But they changed the show so much toward the end I got mad, lol. I still watched it though 🤣 I’d need a top 50 for all my tv, movie, and book bf..maybe top 100! Oh, and music boyfriends! We could have too bf posts for weeks!! 🤣😂

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    1. Thank you, Kim!! Yes!! Roarke is definitely one to add to the list…maybe I need to do a top 15 or 20 😂 I’ve always thought Roarke was absolutely gorgeous!! ❤ JD Robb/Nora Roberts writes some fine Irish, dark, handsome men lol! Aiden Turner would make a perfect Roarke! I like your thinking 😊😉

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    1. You are definitely missing out 😉❤❤ He’s just wonderful! I bought books 1 and 2 in the Jane Casey series after your reviews (there is another book 😂) and plan on reading them before the end of the year, so I’ll get back to you about Josh Derwent!!

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      1. Make sure you read the Grant County series first since Sarah Linton shows up in the Will Trent series after Grant County ends, so you’ll get spoilers if you read Will Trent first. I don’t think she shows up until book 3 or 4 though. I love a good series, so I’ll happily read all 7 😊

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  1. hehe I can understand Sherlock, even though I’ve never been into the stories, I can manage my younger (and possibly current) self being into that 😉 And Rhett Butler- *swoons*! Okay and Ross Poldark *fans self*! hehehe I’d pick Rochester too!! And there’s no question in my mind- Aragorn has always and will always be on my list! This was awesome!

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    1. Ummmm…Sherlock, lol!! I’d give anything to be Irene Adler for a day to Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. ❤❤❤ Seriously though it’s so hard not to fall in love with that brilliant mind. I’d love to just watch him work a case and talk to him! Yes, Rhett!! He can carry me up the stairs like he did Scarlett….Ross is just perfect even when he’s not, lol. I’m so glad someone else would pick Rochester!! Everyone always is going on about Mr. Darcy, lol. Heathcliff needs to be on my list too *sigh* ! Aragorn is in a class all by himself ❤ I completely forget Jon Snow though…I need a longer list, lol! This was fun 😉


    1. Lol!! Thanks, Dani 😉❤ Will needs all the love he can get after years of Angie. I’m willing to share xxx He’s wayyy more popular than I realized! I want a movie about him so badly!


      1. I agree! He would make a great movie out of his life. I am one of those weird ones that knows Angie is fucked up but at the same time I feel for her because I’ve been through foster care and all that but to be honest I havent finished the series yet. Still got a couple books to go, I think. Its just so many books too little time!

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      2. I just looked it up and apparently they are making the 1st 3 books into a tv series!! WooHoo! I don’t think they have cast anyone or I haven’t seen that they have. I hope they do it soon though!

        No, not weird at all! I totally feel for Angie. My mom was (I should say is, we just don’t speak and haven’t for almost 20 years) is a narcissist and was very abusive, so I get that Angie has real issue..Will too. I hate what they both went through. She just needs help but won’t accept that. I’ve read all of them..when I read Triptych, it was like crack, and I ended up reading the entire series in 7 or 8 days! I was so upset that there were no more books, and I had to wait for KS to write more LOL.


      3. Karin Slaughter is one of the grestest! My favorite has to be Pretty Girls! But OMG the ending to the Grant County series really fucked me up. But I’m so sorry you went through that Stephanie I know its tough. I guess I just understand because I grew up in differnt group homes been a few foster homes and habe seen the horrors. Also unfortunately i have seen the outcome of what it can do to you. I have to finish the series when I catch up on my NetGalley books. I own all her booms😉 That is awesome about the tv series I cant wait to find out whom they cast!!!

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      4. Pretty Girls was awesome, but I think besides her last Will Trent book..which I can’t think of the name because I only slept 2 hrs, The Good Daughter is my favorite! Agh!! I could read it again!! I sobbed and sobbed at the end of Grant County!! My husband thought something awful had happened in real life, lol!

        Aww, thank you Dani! It was hard to deal with…my mental and emotional than anything, but those are the hardest they say to heal. It’s taken a lot of time and therapy to get over and forgive. I’m just thankful every day I’m not like her with my kids. That thought terrified me for a long time. I’m sorry you saw the horrors you did and went through what you did too. You sound like a tough lady with a good heart ❤❤
        Yes! You’ve got to finish them! I need to read my NetGalley books but I’m not in the mood lol. Me too!! I just hope the don’t ruin the books!


      5. Thanks, Dani! I agree…we tough ladies have to stand strong together! I think most (normal) people who’ve been abused or in a bad situation worry what it will do to their kids or if they will be like their parents. We’re the normal ones ❤


    1. I love Morelli too, so that one is a tough one! He would definitely be on my list if it where a top 15 or 20 ❤ But I’m always drawn to the bad boys when there are 2 in a book or movie to choose from. And Ranger just oozes danger…oh, that rhymed, oh so badly lol!


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