With Valentine’s Day 4 days away I wanted to share with four books about love, that I have loved reading.
Now I should mention that I do not consider myself a fan of the Romance genre and I normally do not find myself interested in books where romantic relationships are the main focus. However, there are a few books that I’ll stumble across that make me swoon or pulls on a heart-string (or two). Here are four books that have love as a major theme, that I would recommend — even if it wasn’t close to Valentine’s Day.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
“This is the story about Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.” (Goodreads)
- It’s an impressive debut novel
- One of the few books that actually made me cry (…and I can only think of 4 cry-worthy books off the top of my head)
- It was made into a successful Book-to-Movie adaptation (movie also made me cry — but crying at movies is not as rare)
- The book is written in multiple POVs : Clare’s & Henry’s. Reading both their perspectives enhanced the character development and helped me become deeply invested in Clare and Henry as characters
I never wanted to have anything in my life that I couldn’t stand losing. But it’s too late for that.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Two realms: Wall, a small town in rural England and Faerie, both located close to one another, both think the neighbouring realm is inferior to their own. The two worlds are separated by a wall, for which the town of Wall is named.
Tristran Thorn, of Wall, is seeking the love of Victoria Forester, the town beauty. One night, Tristran and Victoria see a shooting star land in Faerie, and he vows to bring it to her in exchange for a kiss, and perhaps her hand in marriage. Victoria promises to grant Tristran’s wish if he brings her the star. Tristran vows to retrieve a fallen star and deliver it to his beloved. It is an oath that sends him over the ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.
Tristran eventually discovers the star, but in Faerie the star is anything but a piece of rock that has fallen from the sky; instead, the star is revealed to be alive and is named Yvaine. Yvaine promises to go back to Wall with Tristran, but as their quest is coming to an end and they near closer to Wall, Yvaine realizes she has fallen in love with Tristran and, if she fulfills the promise of going over the wall to be, she will not only lose him to another woman but upon leaving Faerie, she’ll be transformed into a piece of rock because her magic cannot exist past the wall.
- Every character fact, event, and detail was meticulous and intentional
- Everything is intertwined beautifully to make you feel like it is a complete story with no loose ends.
- This was the perfect fairytale for adults: an original story and whimsical elements that suck you in, similar to that of children’s fairytale — but 100% written for an adult audience.
- I don’t personally fancy Tristan, I think he needs to get his priorities straight, but I did fancy the story and Yvaine’s character, so sassy and loveable.
- Neil Gaiman’s writing — I want to read everything by this man!
He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.” (Goodreads)
- Rich, believable characters each with unique personalities and flaws concerns
- Elizabeth & Jane’s strong sisterly bond
- A slow-burn relationship with a character you can’t help but love, even through the times you really want to dislike him or struggle to understand him
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
“From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.
Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric.” (Goodreads)
- A strong 3-person friendship and an ending that pulls on your heart-strings
- Makes you feel… so many emotions. You’ll want to crawl into bed with a big blanket, read and not move until Monday.
- It’s a coming-of-age story about young people trying to live and learn about themselves in a life that’s already planned for them. What is not to love about a story of people trying to defy the odds?
Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.