Top 10 Tuesday

10 favorite books with star-crossed lovers! [Top 10 Tuesday]

March 8, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s theme is books with your favorite trope, so I decided to go with one of my favorite romance tropes: starcrossed lovers!

I love rooting for a couple who was never meant to be together, especially if it’s something grand-scale in their circumstances keeping them apart (like royals from warring nations, etc.).

10 of my favorite books with star-crossed lovers!

  • Captive Prince // C.S. Pacat — like I said, royals from warring nations gets me every time. Add in the family drama… oof.
  • Cemetery Boys // Aiden Thomas — I mean, gosh, Julian is a ghost. It doesn’t get much more doomed than that!
  • Hate to Want You // Alisha Rai — I don’t hear this book get enough hype, but it’s such an angsty modern Romeo & Juliet retelling and the yearning is immaculate.
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn // Melissa Bashardoust — We have a Persian princess who isn’t able to touch anyone without poisoning them, and a demon the princess is supposed to hate. So good.
  • The Hunger Games // Suzanne Collins — The Peeta shipping in this house has gone strong for too many years for me to not put this doomed-from-the-start couple on the list.

  • Six of Crows // Leigh Bardugo — Maybe this one’s a stretch, but think Nina and Matthias fit the theme.
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo // Taylor Jenkins Reid — *cries forever*
  • The Fault in Our Stars // John Green — I know, I KNOW, but I’m probably never going to let go of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters.
  • The Lunar Chronicles // Marissa Meyer — I kind of feel like all of these couples count to some degree or other? And while I still haven’t read Winter (for shame, I know), I really love all three of the couples I’ve met so far in this series.
  • The Bone Season // Samantha Shannon — I didn’t think about adding this until the end of the list, and it was kind of a face-palm moment, because DUH, this series has one of my favorite star-crossed couples of all time? They’re so tragic and angsty!

What are some of your favorite romantic tropes?
Let me know in the comments, or drop a link to your T10T post for the week!



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  • Reply Annemieke March 8, 2022 at 2:43 am

    Nina and Matthias for sure fit! Girl Serpent Thorn is a good read. And I really need to reread The Bone Season and then read the rest of the series.

  • Reply lydiaschoch March 8, 2022 at 6:23 am

    One of these days I really should read Cemetery Boys.

    My post:

  • Reply dinipandareads March 8, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Ooh, yes, this is such a great trope and not one I read enough of. Evelyn Hugo really does have me crying forever 🥲 (that book has such power over my emotions LOL)! And yes, Cemetery Boys. So good 😍 Awesome list, Destiny!

  • Reply Lexlingua March 8, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Nothing matches “star crossed” as much as Fault in our Stars! That book really made me cry buckets.

  • Reply Astilbe March 8, 2022 at 9:44 am

    I hadn’t realized so many contemporary novels include this trope!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:35 pm

      Yeah, it’s more common than I realized as well! I need to read more books with the theme!

  • Reply Aj @ Read All The Things! March 8, 2022 at 9:45 am

    There are so many good books on this list! The Hunger Games and Evelyn Hugo are two of my all-time favorites.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:36 pm

      THG and Evelyn Hugo are both such good books and definitely all-time favorites for me, too! ♥

  • Reply Leslie March 8, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Ooo, great topic! Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is such a fabulous read. I love so many of your picks!

    My TTT!

  • Reply evelynreads1 March 8, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Great list! I loved Cemetery Boys 🙂

  • Reply anovelglimpse March 8, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Ooo! Love the Evelyn Hugo choice!

  • Reply Cheryl C. Malandrinos March 8, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Love the books on this list. Great way to take this topic. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply vee_bookish March 8, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    HUNGER GAMES! That’s very much overdue a re-read from me. I have read and loved Cinder, I just need to read the rest of the series.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      I re-read the first THG book a couple of years ago and honestly loved it so much all over again. I need to re-read the other books in the series, though! I haven’t read books 2 and 3 in ages. 🙂

  • Reply iloveheartlandx March 8, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    I love The Hunger Games, and Six of Crows. I’ve never understood why people love Gale more than Peeta because he had me at baking, I’m a sucker for a baker! I liked Girl, Serpent, Thorn but I wasn’t that invested in the romance, and I have to admit I’m one of the few people who didn’t really like The Fault In Our Stars. I also wasn’t massively keen on Cinder, though I did enjoy the second book in that series more.
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:40 pm

      Haha I feel you on Gale/Peeta! I was so sold on Peeta from the start that I couldn’t fathom being Team Gale. 😂 And for what it’s worth, I also felt that the later books in The Lunar Chronicles were better than the first book!

      • Reply iloveheartlandx April 12, 2022 at 2:38 pm

        Yeah I just never saw what she saw in Gale, though the movie did get me slightly closer, I’ll admit. I have heard that a lot, maybe one day I will finally finish the series.

  • Reply Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense March 8, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    I’ve been Team Peeta for like ten years, so I understand. I love love love Cemetery Boys. I’m holding out hope we get a sequel.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Haha Team Peeta for life!! Oooh, a Cemetery Boys sequel would be AMAZING! I would so read that! 😍

  • Reply Susan March 8, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    It’s always fun to watch a star-crossed romance happen. I love it when the couple triumphs against great odds!

    Happy TTT!


  • Reply Books Teacup and Reviews March 9, 2022 at 8:51 am

    I loved Kaz and Inej. Great list!

  • Reply Rae | March 9, 2022 at 11:31 am

    I love your take on this week’s prompt. I was surprised you picked for the Six of Crow Nina & Matthias, and not Inej & Kaz, but I like it 😀.

    Here is my post:

  • Reply mistysbookspace March 10, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I still need to read Winter as well. Maybe we could do a buddy read of it if you’re up to it??

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries April 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      I would love that! I might need to find a recap of the series first, because I’m not sure I remember the events of Cress very well, or I might re-read that one beforehand lol!

      • Reply mistysbookspace April 1, 2022 at 6:50 pm

        Yay!! Just let me know when you are ready to read it.

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me March 10, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    I’d say Nina and Matthias fit. 🙂

  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat March 11, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Cemetery Boys!! I loved the romance so much and the angst of Julian being a ghost 🥺 This also took me back to my Hunger Games and The Fault of Our Stars days – the nostalgia is real 😄

  • Reply ChapterMalliumpkin March 15, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Ooooo Girl, Serpent, Thorn huh? Is this going to turn into another book you recommend me that I need to invest in? Also, a demon you say? Also, Cemetery Boys is so freaking good. Hands down one of my favorite books! ♥

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