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 😉
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!!)
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).
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.
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??
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.
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!!
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…
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 😉
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….
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!! 🙂