Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top Ten Books About Love

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a Valentine's Day themed freebie. I don't really like Valentine's-themed anything, but for some reason I just want to go traditional with this theme.

Here are my favorite books about romantic love:

1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Hands down, the best story about love ever. It gave me so many feelings that, despite how much I love it, I can never read it again. That shit is dangerous.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I'm conflating the book with the BBC movie, but I don't care. It's all about stories, right? This is a story. (Starring Colin Firth.)

3. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
It has been a while since I read this one, but I just remember the romance being quite delicious. Cameron Quick is my favorite kind of romantic her, a Mysterious Loner Dude.

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I mean, come on. Rainbow Rowell is magic.

5. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
There are a few romances going on this story. Most importantly, this book contains the best kissing scene ever and for that alone it belongs on this list.

6. One Day by David Nicholls
I read this long enough ago that I don't remember the details too well, but I do remember the feelings. So many feelings.

7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Speaking of feelings. I almost didn't put this on here because there are so many aspects of the book I love even more than the romance, but it really does belong on the list. I like guilt-free sex in my YA novels, not to mention smart quirky humor.

8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Because I'm an idealist, and because I like friends-to-lovers stories.

9. My Notorious Life by Kate Manning
This isn't a love story, but I was captivated by the relationship between Axie and Charlie. It wasn't at all a storybook romance, but was a realistic portrayal of a very devoted couple.

10. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
I had to put at least one actual romance novel on here, and this is maybe my favorite that I've read. (This might be cheating, but my other top contenders were Texas Destiny and A Lady Awakened.)

I'm sure I'm missing something, but I have read a lot of books. I'm surprised to see that Pride and Prejudice is the only classic on here, but I just can't think of any that aren't by Jane Austen. What am I forgetting?


Giovanna said...

OMG! One Day, was such a great book! I also loved the movie! Great Top Ten!
My TTT! :)
Dreamland Review.

Lindsay said...

Awesome list! I love all things "Pride and Prejudice"-related, but I've never actually read the book! I keep planning to fix that but it never happens. I actually do like Valentine's Day (though my husband and I don't celebrate it anymore) but I had such a hard time coming up with a romance-themed list that I went with books about dogs ("puppy love"!).

Lauren Stoolfire said...

The Time Traveler's Wife is awesome! Great list!

Check out my TTT.