Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Greatest Declarations of Love

hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This was the most fun TTT to research ever. I opened up all my fave books and reread the kissy scenes. Best job ever.




You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.

--Persuasion by Jane Austen

THIS WHOLE LETTER IS THE MOST ROMANTICALLY CHARGED, EVOCATIVE PASSAGE JANE AUSTEN EVER WROTE AND IT MAKES MY TOES CURL IN MY SHOES



So after, when he whispers, "You love me. Real or not real?" 
I tell him, "Real."

--Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

I'm crying everywhere



"I have a dream," he said slowly. "I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends--and you!"

"I've loved you since that day you broke your slate over my head."

"I don't want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want you."

--Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

ANNE AND GILBERT 5EVER ORIGINAL OTP DON'T TOUCH  ME I'M TOO EMOTIONAL






"Is it Rilla-my-Rilla?" he asked, meaningly.
...
"Yeth."

--Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

Rilla being so overwhelmed with feeling upon Kenneth coming back from war and asking her if she loves him that her childhood lisp comes back UGHHH I AM RUINED



"You intolerable lunatic," he snarled at me, and then he caught my face between his hands and kissed me.

--Uprooted by Naomi Novik

There's so much wrong with me because that's just about the most romantic line to me EVER



When I flirt with you, it's not a joke, and when I say I want to know you, it's not just because I'm surious. I'm not going to pretend I know how this ends, and I don't have a freaking clue if it's possible to fall in love over email. But I would really like to meet you, Blue. I want to try this. And I can't imagine a scenario where I won't want to kiss your face off as soon as I see you.

Just wanted to make that perfectly clear.

--Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Squeeeeeeeeeeeee


“My soul sees its equal in you.” 


“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

“You honestly expect me to breathe in a world without air?”

“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.

--The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Yes, I chose three quotes from TWATD. Of course I did. Because this ship DESTROYS ME.


I claim you. To whatever end. 

--Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

hahahahahahahahahaahbyeI'mfine



"I thought they'd killed you. I lost my temper."

--Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

This is just the greatest most romantic quote e v e r.  VERALIDAINE, MASTER OF UNDERSTATEMENT. My very old, very re-read childhood copy of this book automatically falls open to this scene.



She called Gansey.
"Blue?" he said.
Just his voice. Her heart tethered itself. Not completely, but enough to stop quivering so much. She closed her eyes.
"Take me somewhere?"

"I wish you could be kissed, Jane," he said. "Because I would beg just one off you. Under all this." He flailed an arm toward the stars. "And then we'd never say anything about it again."

--The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Leeeeeeave me heeeeeeere to diiiiiiiie



He retrieved the object and held it up under the feeble interior cab light. It was a small white plastic container. Adam twisted off the lid. Inside was a colorless lotion that smelled of mist and moss. Replacing the lid with a frown, he turned the container over, looking for more identifying features. On the bottom, Ronan's handwriting labeled it merely: manibus.
For your hands.

--Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a declaration of love FIGHT ME



"I am never, ever going to make things easy for you, Seaweed Brain."

--The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

No seriously leave me here with my feelings I cannot



"Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to the moon. And she was mysterious and she was perfect, in that way that girls who talk to moons are."

--Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Cricket Bell is better than all actual boys, it is known



[She] gave a small gasp when he leaned forward, his lips an inch away from hers. "I will die for you," he whispered.
She cupped his face in her hands. "But promise me you'll live first. Because nothing we are about to do is going to be easy and I need you by my side.”

--Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

*sobs so much that even my own tears are sobbing*



“Our bodies aren't strangers,' he said, his voice ragged. 'Our spirits aren't strangers'. He held her face in his hands. 'Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I'll destroy that part of me.'
And she wept to hear his words.”

“Do you love me?’ he asked instead. ‘Because if you don’t, I’d wait until you did. I’d wait weeks and months and years.”

--Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta

this books is chockfull of OTPs and they ALL HURT



“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”

--Emma by Jane Austen

HALP 



“I choose you over everyone.”

--Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

forever sobbing


"I am in love with you, and I cannot imagine being in love with anyone else. It would be like becoming someone else. Your name was the first word for love I ever knew."

--Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

I HAVE TO END THIS POST I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS


BONUS: two of my favorite TV show declarations

The classic:



SETH COHEN STANDING ON A COFFEE CART



And the extraordinarily painful:



Don't tell me this wasn't a declaration of love, I will fight you on this too

Honorable mention for best worst, least successful, terrible but wonderful nonetheless:

"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
--Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

like, dude, A+ intentions, F on the actual execution (you could have done without insulting her whole family??? small proposal tip??)


30 comments:

  1. Aw, cute take on this week's topic! Love those first three - especially anything Austen. :)

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  3. 1. Cricket Bell is 100% my favorite book boy ever.
    2. THAT UPROOTED LINE MADE ME WANT TO READ THE BOOK EVEN MORE. DAMMIT. NOW I NEED TO BUY IT AND I HAVE NO MONEY LAME.
    3. BLUE AND GANSEY ARE MY #1 OTP FOREVERMORE. THEY ARE LITERALLY PERFECT.

    This list is epic. I love it. New follower!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  4. I love your wide variety of quotes! Great picks!

    Check out my TTT.

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  5. Wentworth's letter is hands down my most favourite romantic letter/passage/declaration/howeveryouwanttocallit I have ever read in a book <333

    Great list! Haha, love your comment about Mr. Darcy's declaration; like, his intentions are there but the way he went about it was...not so great xP


    My TTT

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  6. Your reactions to all of these declarations are hilarious! I haven't read Uprooted yet, but I swear that one line is making me want to camp outside of Barnes & Noble, wait until they open up in 9 hours, rush inside, and buy that book. The TWATD and Rowaelin feels are unbearable!!! Also, I'm seeing Finnikin of the Rock on a lot of lists, and I'm regretting leaving it on my shelf to collect dust for the past couple of years. Oops.
    I really love this list, Gillian!

    My Top Ten OTPs

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  7. Absolutely loving your quotes this week! :-) Cricket is easily one of my favourites.

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  8. Daine and Numair...������ I seriously need to reread this series! Also, Mr. Darcy is just asdfghjkl – I love him so much there aren't words to describe the feeling!!! I really need to read Uprooted and Finnikin of the Rock!

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  9. Awesome quotes on your list! I definitely love the one from Mockingjay and the ones from the Raven Boys books too. :)

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  10. Aww the lisp one is adorable! And I love that, "You intolerable lunatic," is your most romantic line ever lol. I haven't read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda yet, but that one is also so adorable that I really want to. My TTT :-)

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  11. I just bought a collection of the Anne of Green Gables books today. I can't wait to finally read through them, feels like I missed out! Now I have to read Rilla of Ingleside, that's just too cute. Also I remember feeling all the emotions at the Heir of Fire quote. <3 Great choices now I want to read tons of romance. (That never happens!) My TTT

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  12. YES YES YES ANNE + GILBERT FOREVER. THEY ARE JUST ASDFGHJKL so many feels omg :( ESPECIALLY THAT MOVIE and Gilbert and Anne grow up and they become so mature and just asdfghjkl no words.

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  13. I am so in love with the one from Emma. It's one of my favorite literary moments ever, and I loved seeing it in Emma Approved.

    And, yes, Anne and Gil 5ever. <3

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  14. The letter is the main reason I'm so in love with Persuasion!!!! <3 <3 <3 Mockingjayyyyy ugh crying, I need to reread this someday. YESSSS THE INTOLERABLE LUNATIC! It's perfect. Why must you tortue my poor Bluesey Pynchy heart so. Simon is the cutest!!!! Ahhhhh. Oh my god I forgot about that Unmade quote and yessss the Finnikin quote!!!! My newest OTP! OH MR KNIGHTLEY, YOU SWEET SWEET CINNAMON ROLL. I love that quote so very very much. I knew your post wouldn't disappoint :D

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  15. Jane Austen does letters so, so right.

    Gah, you are not helping my need to rewatch all the Austen. HELLO YOU ADORABLE SEAMAN, YOU.

    UGH Mockingjay Part 2 made me cry. I cannot even.

    For me, it's the slate over my head bit. Also, Carrots. GAH.

    LALALA HAVEN'T READ RILLA

    Yessssss, insulting someone and then kissing them passionately is totally mucho the romantic okay.

    GAHHHHHH BLUE AND SIMONNNNNNNN

    Gah, I want to reread Wrath so hard right now. PLAGUE OF A GIRL. SO SEXY.

    Must reread the Tamora Pierce too yes yes.

    FOR YOUR HANDS.

    GAH YOU ARE KILLING ME WITH MARCHETTA FEELS.

    “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” - this is one of the single best lines in fiction.

    “I choose you over everyone.” - Jesus christ, Gillian

    I AM A MESS ARE YOU HAPPY NOW

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  16. I AM MOST EXCITED FOR THIS LIST AS YOU HAVE EXCELLENT ROMANTICALLY TASTE GILLIAN. and now, a live reaction:

    This quote makes me wish I’d read Persuasion instead of just books inspired by Persuasion and also what’s stopping me? Nothing, that’s what

    Man, this wasn’t even my ship and this quote makes me feel a lot of things.

    LORD SAVE ME FROM SHIPS THAT BEGAN WITH PETTY CHILDHOOD RIVALRY

    *adds Rilla of Ingleside to tbr*

    YOU
    INTOLERABLE
    LUNATIC
    BEST BEST BEST BEST BEST BEAST WHATEVER KIND OF MESSED UP YOU ARE I CLEARLY AM TOO BECAUSE MY HEART IS DOING SO MANY THINGS RIGHT NOW

    CUTE CUUUUUTE CUUUUUUTE CUTIES SUCH CUTE

    omg what are these quotes leave me alone what are you doing

    GILLIAN MATILDA BERRY CAN. YOU. NOT.

    I THOUGHT THEY KILLED YOU I LOST MY TEMPER OMG BEST BEEEEEEST

    GILLIAN GILLIAN NO

    DAMMIT GILLIAN

    oh god i have so many feelings even the ones without context are making me mushy

    CRICKEEEEEEEEEEEET

    LGFDHSFJKDHGSDVDF

    SLKFGHDJSKFFLKSDJGKFHCGKVSDLXZDSAJDVHKDGHFVJKDSLZSFDS

    *laughs weakly from floor at emma quote bc ha what kind of truth*

    go away

    HOW DARE YOU

    OH GOD I KNEW IT WAS COMING BUT STILL HOW /DARE/ YOU

    *expires*

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  17. So I think I'm going to read Persuasion this weekend as my Valentine's read. :) And of course I love Katniss and Peeta. Otherwise, ALOT of these are ones I clearly need to up on my TBR because holy sweetness!

    Oh and yay for Seth Cohen feels. :)

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  18. That SIMON quote just melted me, and Goddddd I forgot how sexy THE WRATH AND THE DAWN is. I cannot freaking *wait* for that sequel.

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  19. These are all great but oh my god I love you for bringing back Seth Cohen and Summer!! They were like uggghhhh perfectness. As a matter of fact I started to dislike that show once they weren't together. Ugh Sabrina? Was that her name. I miss the oc!! Thank you for making me remeber that.
    ❤️Britt @ PleaseFeedTheBookworm.com

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  20. WTF Gillian?!?! *sobs* Why did you??
    Also, I need to read Finnikin & Quintana, maybe buy more tissues and chocolate first, just in case...

    *continues to wail in the corner with all the Gansey & Blue feels*

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  21. I am forever shamed that I still haven't read Persuasion but that line makes me want to drop everything for it immediately.

    ANNE AND GILBERT ANNE AND GILBERT ANNE AND GILBERT

    I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS I CANNOT DEAL HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ME GILLIAN BERRY

    YAS YAS YAS AT THE UPROOTED LINE.

    SIMON AND BLUE.

    I CLAIM YOU.

    MY FAVORITE DAINE AND NUMAIR MOMENT.

    M A N I B U S

    SERIOUSLY GILLIAN THIS POST IS SO RUDE

    OH WAIT IT GOT RUDER I AM CRYING AT WORK FINNIKIN. ISABOE. FROI AND QUINTANA.

    YOU ARE A TERRIBLE HUMAN FOR PUTTING ALL OF THESE QUOTES IN ONE POST.

    WE ARE NOT FRIENDS ANYMORE. I CNA'T EVEN LOOK AT YUOU

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  22. Yep, Uprooted has the sexiest of the steamy kiss scenes in the history of ever. And, see, I take that scene in the 100 as an affirmation of the previously-declared love. Because when Clarke runs at Bellamy and wraps him in that huge hug and he has that moment of "OMG is this really happening" hope in his eyes and then just embraces her.....L-O-V-E. I watched that scene, like, five times in a row. *happy sigh*

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  23. So many great quotes !! There's nothing wrong with you for loving that Uprooted quote. There has to be a certain level of love and trust between two people so that what would sound like an insult coming from anyone else actually sounds fond and loving. It's like "you're impossible, but I love you anyway" and it's awesome !

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  24. Aww so many beautiful quotes ;-) I love Gansey and Blue, I love all of her raven boys <3 I love Lola and the boy NeXT door, but of the three books in that series is Josh my favorite. Love him so much <3 I love Emma by Jane Austen. She is so Lucky!!!!

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  25. Oh, sigh. <3 I love this post Gillian :D Thank you so much for sharing. You are awesome :D SO MUCH LOVE. Gaaaaaansey. <3 My precious. And Peeta quote. Love it. And Percy Jackson. Sigh. So much swoon :D

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  26. Such a great list! I love so many of these, especially Lola and the Boy Next Door and Mockingjay - it still kills me! The quotes from The Raven Boys books also make me so excited to continue on with the series as I've only read the first one so far! And that The 100 moment was so heartbreaking - I just need them together right now!
    My TTT

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  27. Love this! Anne & Gilbert were one of my first OTPs even before I knew what shipping means :)

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