Above all topics, love is my favorite. I am a complete addict when it comes to all things romantic in the realm of books and movies. I used to play this addiction down because I thought a respected book guru would spend most of their reading time on the New York Times bestsellers list, which rarely leaves space for cotton-candy, feel-good, love stories. I have decided that life is too short to read books I’m just not that into, and so I am embracing my romantic, sentimental side and putting forth a list of some of my very favorite swoon-worthy love stories. Enjoy!
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: April 2011
Summary: This is the story of how an IT specialist falls for a woman as he snoops on their email conversations under the guise of performing his duties. Although this can sometimes feel stalker-y, I promise it is a sweet love story. If my summary hasn’t piqued your interest then simply trust in the goddess author that is Rainbow Rowell. Her name is enough to endorse a gold standard in heart-warming fiction. Click here to look at my full post on this book recommendation.
Title: The Royal We
Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Published: April 2015
Summary: American college student, Rebecca Porter, studies abroad at Oxford where she meets the crown prince of England. Their romance unfolds from here and you will devour every word of this insanely sweet, cotton-candy read. Trust me, this one is killer. Click here to look at my full post on this book recommendation.
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: July 2005
Summary: A WWII nurse, Claire Randall, is reacquainting herself with her husband on a getaway post-war in the Scottish Highlands when she falls through a portal and lands in 1743. This is a romance novel that also feeds the brain. Gabaldon does an impressive job describing life in the Highlands in the 18th century while telling an incredibly romantic story. I was skeptical of this book’s concept, but after seeing the pilot for the STARZ show I jumped at the chance to read the book. Every time I opened the cover I was immersed in this decadent tome. Click here to look at my full post on this book recommendation.
Title: The Selection Series (#1-3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 2012, April, 2013, May 2014
Summary: This is a YA series that follows America Singer as she competes with other girls to be chosen by the prince and heir of Illea. It is like a royal version of the Bachelor in a semi-dystopian world. I breezed through these books…both times, but I can only recommend books #1-3 (of the 6 books and additional novellas).
Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Published: December 2010
Summary: This is another YA book. This story is about Anna, who is sent to a boarding school in France against her will, but she ends up finding her footing with friends and a dapper beau. This novel really captures angsty teenage romance, but also sort of reminded me of college, so there was a heavy dose of nostalgia when reading this swoon-worthy love story. Click here to look at my full post on this book recommendation.
Title: Pride & Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Summary: What list of romantic novels would be complete with out the créme de la créme of all love stories? This may have been the book that started it all for me and I am sure many others feel the same way. It amazes me that a book published more than 200 years ago is still relevant. Elizabeth Bennet is my all-time favorite character who has a good head on her shoulders and navigates an unlikely romance with Mr. Darcy in a most elegant way.