My All-Time Favourite Romances

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Well, now that Valentine’s Day is over, it seems like an appropriate time to talk about my absolute favourite romances. Of course, I love all didn’t genres, so they’ll be a sprinkling of plenty of different types of books- enjoy!

wuthering heights book

Wuthering Heights- starting off with one that people tend to love out hate, I completely understand that this is a dysfunctional romance between terrible people… But I don’t care. Not even a little. I simply adore how utterly atmospheric and emotional this book is!

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Jane Eyre– I can’t mention one Bronte sister and not another- especially when I’d be forcing myself to choose between two masterpieces. Again, this isn’t necessarily theย healthiestย  relationship- though it’s better than Cathy/Heathcliff (which isn’t saying much)- but it still moves me, no matter how many times I read it or how many adaptations I’ve seen.

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Emma– now if those first two were a little out-there, this will be more your cup of tea. The ultimate friends-to-lovers story, I don’t know anyone in literature more right for each other than Mr Knightley and Emma!

persuasion

Persuasion– ah I couldn’t make this list with just one Austen! And what better choice than beautiful story of love standing the test of time. Described as Austen’s answer to the question “but will they still love each other when the story’s done?” this resonates with the most romantic part of my heart that wants to believe love is eternal.

memoirs of a geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha– another story of constancy, this novel touched me with its poignant promise that love will find a way in the end.

a thousand splendid suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns– I couldn’t make a list like this without thinking the moving and redemptive love story wrapped up in these pages. Hosseini has a magical way with words that will transport you across time, space and emotion.

tess of the d'urbervilles

Tess of the D’Urbervilles– be warned: this one is a heartbreaker. Doomed from the outset, Hardy’ s evocative writing takes you on a journey across the near-mythical land of Wessex and to all the places of heartbreak along the way.

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Noughts and Crosses– a modern star-crossed lover story, with a twist. This powerful, heart-wrenching story will always be favourite. That ending gets me every time.

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The High Lord– there aren’t many high fantasy books for me where the romance is the star of the show. This is my exception to that rule. The reason I ended falling for this series was the beautiful (and devastating) romance at its heart.

daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone– more of a romantic fantasy, Taylor is the expert at getting you invested in characters and finding the beauty in there love. Karou and Akiva’ spirited connection transcends anything of this world… And beyond.

strange the dreamer

Strange the Dreamer– I said Taylor was the expert, didn’t I? So there’s no need to be surprised that two of her series ended up on this list! If I had thought there was no way she could top the romance in her last series, Lazlo and Sarai proved me wrong.

midsummer night's dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream– I had to include Shakespeare, doesn’t I? I mean, he was only the finest writer in the English language ๐Ÿ˜‰ Naturally his contributions to romance stand the test of time- none more so than this romantic comedy, filled with mistaken identity, misunderstandings and more than a few moving speeches.

isla and the happily ever after

Isla and the Happily Ever After– it’s no secret that this is one of my favourite contemporaries- and that’s cos of the love story!! I’m a massive sucker for discovering love that was waiting in the wings all along and this definitely delivered the *feels* in that department. It is just. so. cute.

carry on

Carry On– what is there to say this book that I haven’t already? You guys know I adore Baz and Simon; you know I think it’s the perfect Harry Potter parody. All that’s left to be said about it is there’s soon to be a sequel and I AM LIVING FOR IT.

That was a fun one to do! Naturally my question today is, what are your favourite romances? Let me know the comments!

68 thoughts on “My All-Time Favourite Romances

  1. For me it’s the dysfunctional not entirely healthy romances that standout- and the classics seemed to have them in spades!- but on the other hand… I’m so excited for Wayward Son I swear if she messes with them I’m going to be furious!

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  2. I love both the Austen books you mentioned. Especially Emma. One of the reasons I liked Persuasion is that our protagonist’s love interest actually does something for a living. Of course, being a landowner was a respectable profession at the time but one gets tired of the inactivity and lathargy which it must surely entail. I don’t like Carry On ‘because’ it was a parody of Harry Potter. I started it twice and gave it up halfway. I loved Fangirl, though.
    Have you read Me before you? Or watched the movie. That’s my all time favourite romance.

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  3. Oh and I saw on some other post (which I’m unable to find again) that you’ve read and loved I capture the castle. I’m so glad to know that someone out there (apart from J K Rowling who recommends it heartily) shares my love for that super awesome book!

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  4. Love the list! =) Totally agreeing that it is difficult to make a list of romance books without mentioning several of Jane Austen’s books! Memoirs of a Geisha and A Thousand Splendid Suns has been on my TBR for such a long time! Really need to get round to start reading them soon!

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  5. Taylor is definitely an expert; I really loved the relationships between Karou and Akiva and Sarai and Lazlo. I can’t choose my favourite of the two couples (or the two series either).
    Also Carry On is one of my all-time favourite books, I love Simon and Baz and I am so thrilled there’s a sequel. It’s release can’t come quick enough.
    Great post. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  6. Wuthering Heights!!! I thought I was the only person in the world that adored that book… I don’t know what it was about that tragic romance & the characters doing horrible things to each other that just completely sucked me in… The irony is real since I talk about how problematic many relationships are in books, particularly in YA…

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  7. OMG you have so many good ones on here! I’m about to do a buddy read/book club of Wuthering Heights with some of my cast mates and I am so excited to see what the fuss is about. It’s such a polarizing book.

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  8. I love, love, love Wuthering Heights! Yeah, Iโ€™ll agree that itโ€™s twisted as far as romances go but the characters are actually complex rather that simple outlines. One of my favourite romances is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Itโ€™s probably not as unhealthy as Wuthering Heights but still has that dark element about it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. First I thought: yes, yes, yes! I’ve read them all too! But then came Malorie Blackman and bamm! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Okay, will add it to my ever-growing TBR. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’•

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  10. Two of these are favourites of mine too: Strange the Dreamer and The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy ๐Ÿ™‚ So good! As for others โ€“ I’m a sucker for Pride and Prejudice, and I’d probably add Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races to my list as well.

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