It’s not long past now since Valentine’s Day and it doesn’t matter if you’re the romantic type or not, there was no ignoring it. If romance novels don’t get your heart racing, then this collection might not be your thing. If you like a bit of slushy prose then look no further for the ten mushiest love stories to get you in the mood for a bit of canoodling, chosen by you old romantics over on the Reading Addicts Facebook page this Valentine’s Day.
You’ll find some good old favourites in our list… yes! those classics really do stand the test of time! And who wouldn’t want a fictional, historical squeeze with so many to classic heart-throbs choose from?
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (14 votes)
Probably the most brooding, powerful love story of all, Wuthering Heights pulled in the lion’s share of the votes. So many of you thought that Cathy and Heathcliff made this the best love story for St Valentine’s Day.
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (12 votes)
Mr Darcy as the perfect literary Valentine? Who could disagree? Not many of you, that’s for sure!
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (9 votes)
In the top three of this list, it’s classics, classics, classics. Another from the Bronte sisters; Jane Eyre got nine of your votes this Valentine’s Day.
Outlander Series – Diana Gabaldon (6 votes)
Who would have guessed? It’s won many accolades in the past but I would never have classified this in the romance genre. According to you, this has one of the most epic love stories ever. Who am I to argue?
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks (6 votes)
Now, why wasn’t a Nicholas Sparks novel right at the top of this list? In my opinion, he’s one of the top contemporary romance writers.
Well, there you have it… a great selection in our top five if you’re up for a bit of romance this weekend. If you’re looking for something different, here’s a few more for your “To Read” list, all chosen by you:
The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneger (4 votes)
50 Shades of Grey – E. L James (4 votes)
Bridget Jones Diary – Helen Fielding (4 votes)
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez (4 votes)
The Fault in our Stars – John Green (3 votes)
And if you have a stony heart and a chill in your soul, then why not curl up with Stephen King instead? And that’s all right by us, because, so long as you’re reading, we love you!