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

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:
Jane Eyre
Bridges of Madison County
Time Traveler's Wife

What romances have I missed? 


  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).

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

  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.

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

  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).

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

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

  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 :)

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

    My TTT

  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!

  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

  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.

  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:).

  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.

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

    Lauren @ Always Me

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

  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!

  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!

  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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