Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Stories I Love (and Hate)

I don't read a lot of genre fiction, but (who knows why?!) I adore love stories. Although I generally will permanently close a book after a few pages of sappiness or trite story lines, I can put up with a lot if the story is a romance.


Some of my favorite reads ever have been romances. Here are a few love stories I've loved...

Gone With the Wind
Pride and Prejudice
The Fault in Our Stars
Me Before You
Memoirs of a Geisha
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Age of Innocence
I'll Give You the Sun
Tell Me Three Things
Our Souls at Night
Everything, Everything
All the Bright Places
Eleanor & Park
The Rosie Effect
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Remains of the Day
As Simple as Snow
Possession

I'm always on the lookout for a good romance. Although...

Don't slam me, but I'm not really a fan of these love stories:
Outlander
Jane Eyre
Twilight
Bridges of Madison County
Time Traveler's Wife


What romances have I missed? 


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19 comments:

  1. Great list! I enjoyed several of the ones you mentioned and I'll add Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) and That Part was True (Deborah McKinlay).

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    1. I will have to look for That Part was True. Thank you, Leslie.

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  2. You commented on my Top Ten post that you don't like time travel in romances. I wonder if it's only fantasy time travel you dislike (such as in Outlander) or if you could like it if it was science-fiction instead? If so, I can heartily recommend "To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis. It's light-hearted and the time-travel is (sort-of) rationally explained.

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    1. I think it's the improbability of romance with time travel. People change so much over time, I think.

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  3. I've only read the bottom 3 in your picture, but have read POSSESSION, REMAINS OF THE DAY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. What about THE PRINCESS BRIDE? Sweet Westley and Buttercup. LOL

    I'd suggest a couple of more, but don't think they would be in your wheelhouse (J.D. Robb's Eve and Roarke or many other couples in mysteries).

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  4. Some of your favorites are some of mine! Great minds...etc.

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  5. I've read quite a few from your list and have a few on my TBR list.

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  6. I can totally understand not liking Outlander. Though, that one is one I really like hehe. Now, Jane Eyre, the romance isn't the greatest, certain aspects of the book make it really problematic. Same with Twilight.. oh and I couldn't connect with the characters in Time Traveler's Wife...I just got All The Bright Places, it's waiting on my shelf :)

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  7. Great list! I reread Girl with a Pearl Earring last year and I love how it was written...

    My TTT

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  8. It's been fun to see what everyone is posting about today. :-) I admit I love Jane Eyre-but as a romance, it isn't the most ideal situation. I'm not a fan of Rochester. Still, one of my favorite books. It's okay if you don't like it. :-) Eleanor and Park was a great story and Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites. I have enjoyed everything by Austin I have read, really. I confess I have no interest in reading Gone with the Wind or The Rosie Project, despite the love the two books have received from readers. Thanks for sharing, Deb!

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  9. You have some great romances on your list! I have yet to try Outlander, I hope I like it better than you did haha

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  10. Eleanor & Park and The Rosie Effect are two that look really cute and seem to pop up a lot. I do like Rainbow rowell's writing. I should read Pride & Prejudice someday, I do really like the movie version of Sense & Sensibility.

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  11. Edith Wharton is a Goddess, truly. And I can't help my love for Gone With the Wind. You also won't get any argument from me about Outlander and Twilight - hate them both:).

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  12. I read Twilight because my oldest daughter was really into them right after the books came out and I was not a fan either. I did love Me Before You and Memoirs of a Geisha.

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  13. Jamie and Claire from the Outlander tv show made my list, which I greatly prefer to the book. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  14. Oh what a wonderful list of romances. (Though I don't remember Memoirs of a Geisha being a love story.)

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  15. This is a fun list. I will forever adore Twilight for other reasons (getting me back into reading after years) but some of the others on your list are pretty awesome. Great picks!

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  16. I've heard of almost all of these books, but I've only read The Fault in Our Stars, which I really loved back when I read it a few years ago. I really want to read Eleanor and Park because I've enjoyed the two Rainbow Rowell books I've read so far (Fangirl and Carry On, both with super lovable romances) and I need more of her books in my life!

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  17. This is a great list. And so far I am drawing a blank on naming other romance/love stories. I especially like The Remains of the Day from your list. But maybe add The English Patient and perhaps Snow Falling on Cedars.

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