Hey guys! Since it’s February and I am, obviously, the world’s biggest romantic, I decided to write some romance-related blog posts, as well as reading romantic books for the month.
To start off, I’m doing what I like to call “Top 10 Tuesday,” (yes, I know it’s already Wednesday, but we’re just going to pretend) where I give you a list of…10 things. Obviously. This Tuesday’s Top 10 is a list of my favourite literary relationships to date (counted backwards from 10 to 1). I’ll also be doing this for movies and music on Thursday and next Tuesday.
Top 10 Favourite Literary Romances
I read Water For Elephants early-ish last year, and immediately fell in love with Jacob and Marlena and their star-crossed love affair, set against the backdrop of a colourful travelling circus. Reading the book also helped me develop my own love affair with Sara Gruen, who comes up a second time on this list.
Told you Sara Gruen shows up twice! The main couple in Riding Lessons, Annemarie and Dan, were one that you just had to root for and fall in love with, even with all the challenges they faced to be together. This book is also my favourite Sara Gruen novel.
I don’t consider Beauty Plus Pity to be an actual romance, but I adored Malcolm and Sandrine and their history, which is interwoven throughout the book. Having them reunite was a nice testament to the power of forgiveness and second chances.
Despite being a “chick lit” writer, Isabel Wolff doesn’t place massive importance on romances in her books — they aren’t usually the plot lines that take centre stage. Regardless, Ella and Nate in The Very Picture of You stole the show for me; I wanted them to get together so desperately, despite the one very challenging obstacle that separated them.
This is a super-recent read, and yet it had to grace my list. Miranda and David had really believable chemistry, and a terribly sweet romance with a killer plot twist. Behaving Badly is also my favourite Isabel Wolff novel to date.
Neurotic list-lover Rachel and Dan, her “dishy” photographer friend, are probably one of the funniest couples on the list. Rachel is a hilarious and utterly clueless narrator, and Dan brought the sex appeal. Together, wonderful romance was made.
We all know that I’m not a fan of the classics, so it’s obviously quite the feat when a classic novel comes close to topping my list. But Jane Eyre and Edward Fairfax Rochester have one of the best romances of all time. Of all time! (Their romance, by the way, is portrayed wonderfully on screen by Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.) I will never not love this book.
If I had a heart, this novel would make me cry. Susannah and Rob have one of the most lovely but heartbreaking romances of all time. (Coincidentally, this is one of my favourite books of all time.)
I have read this probably five times in my life, and every time I do it gets better and better. I don’t care if it’s a young adult novel, Jade and Sebastian are two of my favourite characters ever, and have one of the sweetest love stories I’ve read. (Plus, I love elephants.)
I know it seems like kind of a weird choice to grace the list — let alone top it — but Sadie and Jake were such wonderful, well-developed characters with a believable romance. It’s one of the books I’d read over and over again just to relive every moment of their time together. When I finished the novel I thought I might cry. (But then I didn’t, because I’m part robot.)
Sorry if I was vague with this list, but I’m trying to avoid massive spoilers for anyone who actually plans to read any of these novels. (Which you really should.)