Picture this: you’re finally home on a Thursday with no plans whatsoever and a shelf full of unread books. Winter is fast approaching. You could do the responsible thing and study, but if you look at your Chemistry book one more time your head will explode. Here’s what you end up doing: you curl up under a blanket on your sofa, and embark on a journey-possibly cry over yet another character who fell in love(the lucky SOB) only to end up dead, or mourning the loss of their loved one. Sounds great, right? Well, it does for me, it’s very therapeutic. What book do you end up reading, though? Fortunately, I’m here, and I’ve got nothing better to do than help fellow bookworms escape the real world for an evening or two by providing a list of such books. Enjoy!
I figured we might as well get the classics out of the way.
- Romeo and Juliet
Reading the story of the original star-crossed lovers seems like a perfect way to put our own problems into perspective, does it not?
- Sense and Sensibility
In affairs as complicated as love, one must have both. Why not read about the two sisters who are practically polar opposites to explore that universal theme?
- Pride and Prejudice
If a guy like Mr. Darcy can find love-especially in the form of a certain Elizabeth Bennet- I’m sure we can too.
Now, onto more modern novels:
- The Fault in Our Stars
Ahh, another pair of star-crossed lovers! Except this time, it isn’t their families keeping them apart, but the terrifying enemy that they both suffer from: Cancer. A John Green book-need I say more?
- A Walk To Remember
By Nicholas Sparks. You know, the guy who’s written twenty novels to date, at least 5 of which have been made into successful movies? This one certainly has been. Landon and Jamie are in high school. When a prank goes wrong, resulting in someone getting hurt, he gets community service, where he often comes across Jamie, the reverend’s daughter. Surprise surprise, they end up falling in love, and surprise surprise, we end up crying. A lot.
- The Sun is Also a Star
This has a bunch of Physics references, but other than that it’s exceptional. Natasha Kingsley is about to be deported back to Jamaica, but since she was brought to the USA when she was young, it’s all she’s ever known. As she tries to find a way to stay she comes across Daniel, who’s applying for a job to please his parents who own a Korean beauty shop. They make a deal, and Daniel-the believer- tries to make Natasha-the cynical scientist-fall in love with him before the day ends. Very much recommended.
- The Notebook
Noah and Allie come from different worlds. One summer, that changes and they fall in love. Unfortunately, Allie’s parents don’t approve and their whirlwind romance is over by the end of the summer. You probably know the rest of the story, if not from the bestseller book then from Rachel McAdam and Ryan Gosling’s stunning portrayals of the characters in the movie adaptation.
- If I Stay
Mia has her life turned upside down when she and her family have a car accident on a seemingly normal day and she is the only survivor. Left in a coma, she struggles with the choice of living or leaving, while her family and friends, and Adam try to convince her to stay.
- Where She Went
The sequel to If I Stay. I loved it and I hope you do too!!
- Me Before You
Ahh, Will Traynor. Handsome, charming, and successful businessman gets hit by a motorcycle and becomes paralysed. Louisa Clark finds a job as his caregiver, and eventually becomes his only reason for waking up in the morning. I’ll shut up now, or I won’t be able to stop.
- Paper Towns
Margo Roth Speigelman was always fascinated by mysteries. Her neighbour and former best friend Quentin has always been fascinated by her. Naturally, when she calls on him for a night of adventure, he accepts. The very next day, however, she goes missing, and Quentin is determined to find her.
- Looking For Alaska
A really dark book, and as much a mystery as it is a romance. The main mystery is a girl called Alaska who pretty much has the entire college campus wrapped around her finger, all enthralled by her. The story’s in the point of view of one of those people, and it’s interesting from start to finish.
- Let It Snow
When a snowstorm hits town, some highschool students have their lives changed. This is a series of three stories which somehow intertwine to form a bigger one, my kind of book. Also, what better time to read it than right before watching its new movie on Netflix?
Those aren’t romance novels, they’re book series with unique romantic pairings that I will forever cherish, and I hope you do to!
-The Infernal Devices
William Herondale (one of my favourite fictional characters), Jem Carstairs, and Tessa Carstairs are involved in the most innocent love triangle you’ll ever read of, all while saving Tessa and the world from a maniac called the Magister.
-The Mortal Instruments
Jace Herondale (eep, the Herondales will be the death of me) and Clary Fairchild, an iconic couple with an epic love story and a past-time of saving the world alongside their friends-Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood, Alec Lightwood, and Magnus Bane.
-The Dark Artifices
Okay, last Cassandra Clare series, I promise. Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs are parabatai, and they are forbidden to fall in love with each other. That has never been a problem up till now for Emma, but little does she know, Julian has loved her since they were kids. Meanwhile, they are trying to rescue Julian’s brother Mark from the Wild Hunt and solve the mystery that it the murder of Emma’s parents. The first book in the instalment is my favourite. Enjoy!
-A Court of Thorns and Roses
This series is everything. To avoid any spoilers, all I’m going to say is that the first and second book beautifully illustrate the difference between a possessive, toxic relationship and a protective, loving one, while also providing plenty of comedy and adventure.
Tris and Four, duh!
-The Hunger Games
Need a not-so-innocent love triangle? Peeta, Katniss, and Gale have got you covered, while you know, fighting for their lives and rebelling against the Capitol.
I’m just going to stop now. Hope you enjoy you beautiful souls. Go read!