Ok, so I have to admit. I’m not a romance reader.
Have I seen The Notebook? Of course. Have I read it? No. Not one Nicholas Sparks book exists in my library and every time someone suggests it, I have slight interest followed by an odd cringe and no desire to dive in.
Doesn’t curling up in your reading corner with a glass of wine and chocolates sound better than going out this weekend? Yes.
Trust me, I really wanted to help you find the perfect romance novel but a simple Barnes & Noble search on “romance” firmed that I’ve never read, or plan to read, any of the genre’s bestsellers.
The good news is, I know I’m not alone, and I decided to share with you the most romantic novels in my current collection. Ones you can get romance from, but also other things. Love intertwined with teenage angst, 1920s literature and drama. So, for those of you like me.. here’s my list.
Where She Went and If I Stay – Gayle Forman
For being a teen novels (confession – I still read them), these books blew me away. I was instantly drawn in by Mia and her love for music and her bond with family. The love between her and Adam is so believable and you begin rooting for them right away. Hard not to share spoilers, but they are a must read.
The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
When someone asks me “what is your favorite book(s)”, this one always makes the list. I first read it in high school and lost count of how many times I’ve read it again. If you’ve never picked up a Dessen novel, start here. Her characters intertwine between books and her stories are so engaging. I’ll never be too old for this one.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
John Green also wrote Paper Towns, which I have yet to see or read, but after reading this, I know it’s a must. Setting the story in a “before” and “after” scenario, Green takes you on a rapid adventure with a group of private school teens. It is full of personality, love, anger and sadness and will have you laughing and crying all at the same time.
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Yes, a classic, and yes, a must read. I would hope most humans out there know the general plot of Gatsby, and you will definitely get a romance fix out of the love between Daisy and Mr. Gatsby himself.
The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
I will admit – I’m not finished with this and cannot give a true recommendation. However, there is something magical and romantic about everything in the 1920s. This novel explores a fictional tale of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife and their adventure together in Paris. Je t’aime pour toujours!
Can’t wait to hear what you picked! Connect with me on Instagram – @agnes_wright.