Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2012

Let's continue with the Top 10 of 2012: A week of looking back... and looking forward, hosted by Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Rachel from Fiktshun, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books, and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

Today's topic...

I read about so many wonderful book boys this year, guys! It was really difficult to decide which guys to pick, but I finally cemented the list... I think. For the most part. Some guys are even from the same book(s), too. I definitely love me a well-written guy and I certainly met some this year. SO! Without further ado, here are my top 10 fictional guy, in no particular order (prepare for some swooning):

Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
First of all, I must be honest and say that I didn't really fall for Akiva until the second book. Sure, he was okay in Daughter of Smoke and Bone and all - especially when it flashed back to his time with Madrigal - but whoa! He really came into his own in this one. He's so giving and brave and... penitent? I think he's finally starting to become his own person and I find that extremely attractive.

Mik from Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
As for Mik... le sigh. I love him. Can I have a boyfriend like him already? Mik is extremely patient and loving and funny and devoted and and and... wonderful. Plus, he plays the violin. The violin, guys! Talk about swoon. I know he's in the first book, but he really shines in book two. 

Zachary from Shift and Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
This is two years in a row that monsieur Zachary has made my top 10 Book Boyfriends. This guy is the perfect boyfriend. He really is! He's patient and loyal and giving and kind and smart and kind of geeky. He really is a nice guy and, like I say all the time, nice guys definitely do not finish last with me. He's also easy on the eyes. Tall, dark and handsome... and Scottish. Oh yeah, he's that perfect. I always felt like Jeri pulled my perfect guy out of my head and wrote him down in a book and named him Zach. I love him. I love him. I love him. (I'm also Team Kilt to the core!)

Dylan from Shift and Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
The youngest Keeley brother, Dylan, is definitely an up-and-coming hottie. We really get to see him start to mature and grow in Shift during the one tarnish on Zach's otherwise perfect record. (I still love you Zach!) Not only did I start falling for him in that book, but I got to see more of him in Shine. You guys, this boy is shaping up to be fantastic boyfriend material. I don't really want to give any spoilers for those who have yet to read the books, but... Dylan is adorable. You should read the books (if you haven't already) and fall for him just like my sister and I have. Go forth and read!

Elder from A Million Suns by Beth Revis
Amy drove me crazy in this book a bit, but Elder was like a rock! This poor guy had so much going on, but he still managed to make we swoon with all his tender moments and adorable inner monologue. He may have grown up on the most screwed up ship in history, but Elder really has a good head on his shoulders and a very good heart to match. Talk about perfect relationship material!

Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Sure, Gansey may be a little clueless, but boy is he passionate! When he sets his mind to something, he goes after it with everything he has. I can only imagine that he would do the same when in a relationship, too. I really find him  irresistible. He's charming and polite and kind of unassuming. I like that. I like it a lot. I want to see more of him! Thank goodness Maggie isn't yet done with our sexy Raven Boy just yet...

Kai from Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Kai is the sort of person who would put the needs of the greater good before his own. He might be a prince, but he's certainly not above sacrificing his own happiness to secure the safety of his people... even if that means making a deal with Lunars. I didn't get to see as much of Kai as I would have personally liked, but I definitely got enough to know I like what I see.

So... I was trying to follow the rules and just pick guys from 2012 releases that I read, but I didn't read enough of them. So I'm cheating a little and including guys from books I read for the first time this year, though the books were released in a previous year. If that makes sense. Ahem.

Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Oh my biscuits, I love this boy. He is such a great friend, boyfriend and a plain ol' good guy! He's like charm and sweetness personified, you guys. The perfectly perfect little French/English/American guy of my dreams! All I can say is, he can sweep me off my feet any day.

James from Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maggie Stiefvater is a genius! Not only does she write the best, most beautiful books ever, but she also writes amazing characters. James is such a perfectly written character, he practically flew out of the book... and into my heart. (Oh the cheese!) He's a bit quirky, but I love quirk, so it's all gravy. He also plays the pipes (yeah, bagpipes ya'll), which is incredibly awesome! He's smart, caring and just an all-around good guy. Swoon!

Day from Legend by Marie Lu
I really kind of feel sorry for Day because he's been through so much. However, he's freakishly amazing! This boy is a genius... like, literally a genius. He's a criminal mastermind, but he uses his powers mostly for good so he can help his family. He takes care of those he loves, even at the expense of his own safety. If I were ever in trouble, I would definitely want a guy like Day to have by side. He's such a sweetheart!

Other Topics
Day 1: Top 10 Books I've Read in 2012
Day 2: Top 10 Book Covers of 2012
Day 3: Top 10 Couples of 2012
Day 5: Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2013

Who were my top 10 Book Boyfriends last year? Check 'em out here!


  1. I LOVE Elder! I really hope Amy and him get an HEA! HAHA I didn't like Dylan or Zach but Logan makes all my book boyfriend lists. I prefer Cricket over St. Clair but they both have their charms. I still need to read The Raven Boys, Cinder, Legend and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
    My Top 10

    1. So you're a Logan girl, eh? I s'pose there have to be some. Hee hee. I hope Amy and Elder can be happy, too! As for Cricket, I freakin' adore him... but I read that book last year, so it didn't count. :(

  2. Great list! I'm really hoping Elder and Amy get a HEA too. I have The Raven Boys on my list too, but I went with Adam rather than Gansey.

    My Top Ten is here if you'd like a look :)

    1. Seriously, those two deserve happiness after all they've been through. I can't wait to find out what happens!! I like Adam too, but he does have me a little worried. Can't wait to see if my instincts are wrong about him!

  3. Haha, I was the complete opposite with Amy and Elder. Well, actually.. His situation in the first book really annoyed me, and then in the second book, I had some issues with both of them, but liked particular things about how Amy's situation was portrayed. But if it was just about the characters, I'd probably agree with you. Anyways, great list! :)


    1. Well not everyone can like the same characters, so it's all gravy. I'm glad you liked the list, though! Thanks! :D

  4. Awww Etienne!! <3 <3 LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE <3 <3 *swoon* lol. But seriously, I love this boy. He is perfect in his imprefection. Pure love <3 <3 And Zach!! Love Zach <3 Awesome list!
    Sorry for stopping by so late but I was so busy the past few days! :) Nice to be back! :)
    My Favourite book boyfriends <3

    1. It's all gravy about the late thing. I know exactly how that goes. It's been a crazy busy week, I'm surprised I was able to get my posts done at all! I'm glad you like my boys. :)

      Happy reading!

  5. If you like guys who play the violin, you MUST read Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series. Jem Carstairs is amazing. Plus it's the only love triangle I've ever read that didn't make me want to rip my hair out! :)

    1. I love Jem! I've only read Clockwork Angel, but Jem was definitely a standout character for me. ;)


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