Happy Valentines Day! I hope you all have a lovely day with your loved ones, whether that’s your girlfriend or boyfriend or even your pets, it doesn’t matter.
In celebration of Valentines Day, I though I would list some of my favourite romance novels. Writing this post, made me notice that I don’t really ‘experiment’ with romance novels, I tend to read more mainstream books, but that doesn’t worry me, I enjoy them and that’s the main thing!
Okay enough rambling, just to note, these books are in no particular order, so let’s get started!
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
“In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged
body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.”
I love this book, it’s so beautifully written and thought out. Even though, such a tragic accident occurs in Mia’s life, her relationship with Adam is so pure and sweet and like, my ultimate relationship goals – a rock-god boyfriend, like wow.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
I think everyone in the universe has read, or at least heard of this book. I know this is so stereotypical, but I do generally love this book. Hazel and Augustus’ story is heart-wrenching beautiful and is just a lovely story.
3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
“Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”
I’m seeing a bit of a theme here with my book selections, they’re all sad romances! I adore this book, the writing and characters are wonderful. This book is a true testament to the saying, ‘if you love them, let them go’. This book tore me apart, in all the best ways possible.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.
Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.”
THIS BOOK RUINED ME, I NEED A SEQUAL. Okay, sorry, I juts had to get that out. The love in this book is just so fluffy and humble and perfect if you want to feel cozy and warm inside.
5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
“Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.”
I know the synopsis doesn’t sound very cheery, but I promise you, it’s like The Fault in Our Stars mushed together with Eleanor and Park. The relationship that Violet and Finch develop is so true and rich. I love this book, it’s my lil smol child.
6. You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About by Daniel Herborn
“Tim’s a young singer-songwriter with a guitar case full of songs and dreams of finding an audience to embrace his tunes.
Mandy’s obsessed with music and a compulsive dreamer. She’s longing for something more fulfilling than daytime TV and cups of tea with best friend Alice, something like the excitement and passion of rock ’n’ roll.
When their eyes meet at a gig, sparks fly across a crowded room and hope burns in their hearts.
But in a city of millions and a scene overrun with wannabes, can they ever get it together? Will Mandy’s nerves doom their romance before it even starts? And where does the darkness in Tim’s songs come from?”
Okay, this book is my ultimate fantasy. As I am a music nut (and a hopeless romantic), it’s like my goal to have a partner, who can at least play a guitar so, this books is right down my alley. This novel is a cuteness overload and just full of fluff, and for once it’s not a sad book.
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
“Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?”
I must admit, this book takes a while to get going, but I found I related to Cath on so many levels and her development as a person was so heartwarming and inspiring to read. The love in this book is just pure fluff, and it’s just too darn cute!
8. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
“Sixteen-year-old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.
So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.
The hardest choice lies ahead.”
Yes, this is a dystopian novel series and not even a romance novel, really. I would just like to talk about the relationship between Tris and Tobias, like oh my God, the love and appreciation Tobias has for Tris is just beyond me and I will cherish it until the end of time.
Alright, that is all i have to say today, thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts on of these books or have any recommendations for me! See you all next time!
– Riana xx