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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Favorite Romances + Tour Stops and RMQ

Today's blog tour stops include guest posts at both Racing to Read and Lost in Fictional Worlds. Hop on over and check them out! :D
Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Favorite Romances

I don't know if this was supposed to be favorite romance novels or just favorite romances within a novel, but I went with the latter because I don't read genre romance. :D These are not sci-fi/fantasy. To see my sci-fi/fantasy picks, visit my other blog, Musings on Fantasia.

Disclaimer: Many of these are from books that are part of a series. There will be mild spoilers in this list for the novels represented. Consider yourselves warned! Carry on.

10. Hamlet and Ophelia--had to throw it in, didn't I? Just so tragic and moving!
9. Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon of Atlas Shrugged--I loved that their romance was based on how intellectually similar they were, and it was them against the world.
8. Ariel and Eric (or just the prince) of The Little Mermaid--Such a longing romance. Unfortunately the original fairytale didn't end quite as well as the Disney version did. :(
7. Ned and Nancy of Nancy Drew--Who wasn't rooting for them? I mean, they've been eighteen and dating for, like, fifty years!
6. Nathan and Lydia of The Work and the Glory--Such a sweet romance!
5. Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester of Jane Eyre--Unless you're one of those weirdos that hates Jane Eyre, I don't really need to explain this one do I?
4. Mutnodjmet and the General of Nefertiti--I loved this romance because it was subtle and, while her sister was literally the center of the world, the General zeroed in on her.
3. Ismae and Duval of Grave Mercy--romance amidst assassins, court intrigues and danger? What's not to love?
2. Lucy Manette and Sydney Carton of A Tale of Two Cities--This was a one-sided romance because Lucy fell in love with and married another, but Carton never stopped loving her. The love he held for her drove the tragic end of the novel. Okay, now I totally want to read this again!
1. Lucy Manette and Charles Darnay of A Tale of Two Cities--This was a sweet, conventional romance. 
How about you? What are your favorite romances?

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

Last time's RMQ was: "If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards." 

This was said by Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Megan Wille of Megz Madd Readz guessed this one. Great job, Megan! 

Today's RMQ is:

"I do not much speak of the heart since it is seldom helpful to do so."
Hint: This is from a TV show and this episode aired just this past week. One point for actor, one for character, and one for show title. Good luck! :D


  1. I love your choices for top romances in books, especially Ned and Nancy :-)

    Tanya Patrice

  2. Ned and Nancy-- I haven't thought about those two young lovers for years. I was such a big Nancy Drew fan back in th' day. I am voting for Anne and Blythe of Anne of Green Gables fame.

    1. Oh right-- Gilbert was his first name, Blythe his last. Apologies to the Anne fans!

  3. Okay, I have to read A Tale of Two Cities now.
    And I adore Eric from The Little Mermaid too! <3
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:

  4. I would never have thought of Dagny Taggart and Hank Reardon, but that's a great one! I love the moment when she gets the bracelet he made from his wife in a trade. I wish they had ended up together!

  5. Dear Liesel! Thanks for having stopped by and commented on my blog and a big thanks for following me! I too am starting to follow you now! As regards your list, I love your choices, and can't wait to read The Tale of Two Cities... Interestingly, I didn't include Jane Eyre on my list, because, even though it is a favourite novel of mine, I'm not sure whether I've ever been able to forgive Rochester, if I were Jane. But of course, life and love IS about being able to forgive, so ultimately you're right, it's a great romance! Have a nice day!

  6. Wow! What a great list. :)I loved every single one of your picks. However, I died when I saw Ned and Nancy. Seriously, I just want them to get married already.

    Thanks for stopping by my post.

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  7. I really want to read Jane Eyer, because I want to exsperance Jane Eyer. and it looks great!!
    old follower
    my TTT

  8. Love your list! Who doesn't like Jane Eyre? LOL I have such a soft spot for Nancy Drew! I need to read Grave Mercy!

  9. Nancy Drew and Ned! Unfortunately, they do break up in college, right, and there's that whole weirdness with Bess.