Valentine’s Day is only a few days away, and I thought I would share some romantic stories that you could read! Not all of these stories have the same cookie-cutter approach to love stories, and that’s why I love reading them. I’m not a huge romance reader, because I don’t like reading something that is predictable. I usually see predictability in love stories, so that’s why I shy away from the genre. That could also be said for YA novels. I find the love triangle trope overdone in YA, so I don’t get curious about these books.
For Valentines Day, these are the 7 books I would recommend:
1. One Day by David Nicholls.
I would say this is one of my favourite love stories. It’s about these two friends, Emma and Dexter, and follows their lives on July 15th every year for practically the rest of their lives. This story centres around that “will they or won’t they” cliche. However, even with that, I really loved the message of this book.
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I think this novel is not the conventional love story. It centres around the relationship of Clare and Henry, with Henry being a time traveller with no control of his power. If you like sci-fi, but with a romantic twist, I think this novel will be an incredible read.
3 & 4. Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
These two plays by Shakespeare are for those who want to read a classic love story. Romeo and Juliet is always positioned as the love story everyone reinterprets. If you want to read a love story that has inspired some of your favourite love stories, this is your Valentine’s read. However, I would also suggest Much Ado About Nothing. This is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, and has many great film and theatre adaptations. The relationship between Beatrice and Benedick is so funny, and charming, that it became an instant classic for me.
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement is another unconventional love story that I love. If you have watched the Keira Knightley film adaption, then I would highly recommend you read the novel. In 1934 Cecilia and Robbie fall in love but WW2 separates the couple. The novel has a huge twist, which is why I love this story.
6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
If you love YA novels, and haven’t read this novel yet, you need to. The Fault in Our Stars is about teenage cancer patient Hazel Grace, and her falling in love with Augustus Waters while at a cancer support group. The story follows their relationship, and their quest to find the author of one of Hazel’s favourite books. It is definitely a tear jerky type of story.
7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite love story of all time. It may be a lot of people’s favourite novel, but for good reason. Following the love story between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, it shows a realistic love story within the era. Although it is set in the 1800s, the love story between these two protagonists is still relatable and enviable.
I decided to only suggest books I have actually read. There may be tons of different love stories that I would prefer to some of these, but these are the ones I would recommend the most at this time. If you have a romantic novel that you would suggest, leave it in the comments! Any suggestions are welcome!