The romance genre has really grown on me over the last twelve months – I read a number of books last year which had some really great themes of love in, and I’ve been fully converted to the genre now. With Valentines Day approaching, I thought I would share five of my favourite romance novels, which can be enjoyed by the single and coupled-up alike.
1.) The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
After reading this in book club in December, I completely fell in love with bookworm Sarah and her wonderful new life in Paris. There’s love all around, but it isn’t just in the form of romance – Sarah makes lifelong friends and learns more about who she is, which is just as important! Here’s my review of this lovely book, and you can even read the Q&A the book club did with author Rebecca Raisin (who was really nice), available here.
2.) If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book is beautiful and heart-breaking. I found the romance between Mia and Adam utterly convincing, and felt their emotions – the good and the bad – every step of the way. This was that one book that made me cry on the bus (embarrassing), so I’ll never forget it. You can read my review here.
3.) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park was the first book I read by Rainbow Rowell, and it cemented her place as a favourite author of mine. I was won over by the distinctive yet contrasting personalities of Eleanor and Park, which made their interactions fun to read and a bit unpredictable; this is YA Romance at its finest. My review – one of the earliest ones here on the blog – can be read here.
4.) The Dream Thief by Shana Abe
I read this book around a decade ago (saying that makes me feel old), and it left a lasting impression. It is the second in the Drakon series, but I personally recommend it as a standalone; I wasn’t particularly fussed with the first book. This fantasy novel has a captivating storyline and lots of chemistry between the protagonists. I haven’t reviewed this one, but you should still check out the Goodreads page.
5.) Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase
This shoujo manga is one of my all-time favourites. It’s very much what you’d expect of a manga with a naked man on the front – lighthearted and full of laughs, but with more serious topics touched on as the volumes progress. Again, I haven’t reviewed any of the books in the series, but you can view info on the first volume on Goodreads.
For manga lovers, I’d also recommend Fruits Basket. This is a much longer shoujo series, but it’s nice to see the romance blossom gradually over a greater period of time.
So there we have it, my top picks for lovers of love, all of them worthy of a five star rating. Which romance books do you love?