Top Ten Favorite Romances (16)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 7:00 AM
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As Valentine's Day is this week, it makes sense that this week's theme has to do with romance. And without further ado, here is my Top Ten Tuesday...

Top Ten Favorite Romances

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre has remained my favorite book for years. It is a classic tale of romance found between two lonely souls. Against all odds, when their lives have fallen apart, they still find their way back to each other. I have grown to love this book more and more with each reading. It definitely deserves to be number one on this list. 

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - While The Great Gatsby is not a romance in the traditional sense, it is a tale of obsession and love. Daisy and Gatsby are crazy about each other, and although their love is never meant to last, it still makes for an emotional, satisfying read.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - Although I'm more of a Gothic romance lover, even I can't help but appreciate Jane Austen's most famous novel. When I want a romance fix, I either watch the movie or the BBC series or I read the book. Who doesn't love Mr. Darcy? 

4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I am so happy I finally read this book. It was lovely and enchanting and I couldn't have been more pleased. Despite their age difference, I found the romance between Maxim and the unnamed narrator beautifully done.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - When it comes to romance, I turn to the classics, and while I detest both Heathcliff and Catherine, there is something mesmerizing about the desperate, wild love they share. The passion between them is a force to be reckoned with. 

6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman - I love Wesley. Need I say more? While Buttercup can be obnoxious, I loved the romance between Wesley and Buttercup. Whether you watch the movie or read the book, you just can't go wrong.

7. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones - While I loved the movie, the book is so much better. The romance is so well-done in the book. It's sweet and touching. I can't wait to reread it soon!

8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - I think Po and Katsa are perfect together. The romance was wonderfully done. They love each other with such a passion, and nothing keeps them apart.

9. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - I haven't raved about this book for about a week so I think it's time again. Once again, this is a book that doesn't have romance in the traditional sense. After her sister's death, Lennie Walker is torn between a chance at true love and a downward spiral into misery. While there are some tough scenes, I think Joe and Lennie are good for each other. 

10. The Time Traveler's Wife - I'll admit I liked the movie slightly more than the book, but I enjoyed both. The characters are very complex and there's nothing simple or easy about this romance. Clare and Henry have known each other since he was 36 and she was 6, which makes for a unique premise and an unbreakable bond between these lovebirds when they continue to meet during Henry's time travels.

How about everyone else? What are your top ten romances?


  1. I love your choices for top romances in books, especially in Wuthering Heights and Graceling :-)

    Tanya Patrice

    1. Thanks so much Tanya! It took a lot of thinking since there's so many good ones out there.

  2. So many good books.

    I love Wuthering Heights but not H&C together. I think I might be the only one. ;)

    Great list.

    1. I don't like them particularly but I think they make a good couple cause they're both awful people. :D

  3. I love how you chose the classic route! Joe and Lennie are my favorite contemporary romance, hands-down, but I love Jane and Rochester to pieces and who doesn't swoon at the mention of Darcy? ;) Great list, Courtney! :D

    1. Thanks Keertana! I'm glad you agree. I always turn to the classics because they're classic for a reason. :)


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