Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Favorite Romantic Reads

In honor of today being one of the most romantic days of the year I thought it might be fun to list my top 10 favorite romantic reads. In this list you will not find any chic-lit or the cheap "romance" novels you might find at the grocery store check-out line. Most of these books are classics; several are books I've read multiple times, and they are all books that I have finished with that delicious sigh of contentment a reader has when the story ends perfectly.

Happy Valentine's Day!

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
8. He Fell in Love with His Wife by Edward P. Roe
9. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

As you might have guessed it was very difficult to keep this list to only ten, so because I can't help it, here are the ten runners up that didn't make it to the first list, in no particular order: Anne's House of Dreams by L. M. Montgomery, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Lavender and Old Lace by Myrtle Reed, Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell, Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman,, Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, The Blue Sapphire by D. E. Stevenson, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carsen Levine, and Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge.

What about you? What is your all-time favorite romantic story? Or your top ten, twenty, or more?

13 comments:

dancingbythelight.com said...

I really want to read Green Dolphin Street. Anyway.

I love "Rebecca" and "Anna Karenina." And most of the others I love are ones you've mentioned. I also really like "The Girl of the Limberlost" which has really sweet romantic elements to it.

lifeonwindyridge said...

Mine are posted here: http://windyridgebooks.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/top-romantic-books/
It looks like I might need to try some of your suggestions too...

windyridgebooks said...

Oops, I linked the wrong blog on my name. This one is my book blog.

S. Mehrens said...

Danielle, I loved Rebecca too. Haven't read Anna Karenina, need to. I'd forgotten about The Girl of the Limberlost, Porter's books are good! Thanks. :)

dancingbythelight.com said...

Believe me, "Anna Karenina" will be a WAY easier Russian read than "The Brothers Karamazov"!

Dana said...

Ooh, definitely agree about Austen - Persuasion is definitely my favorite by her. The first book I thought of was Gone with the Wind - even though it doesn't end happily, I still enjoy the ride! Ooh, I see someone mentioned Rebecca, I love that one too!

S. Mehrens said...

Dana, GWTW IS a great read. I loved it so much more than I expected. I didn't put it on this list, simply because it didn't make give me a contented sigh when I finished it. But it is a worthy romance, a worthy read to be sure.

ibeeeg said...

The only one in your list that I have read is Pride and Prejudice...loved that book. I think I shall keep your list and give a few of them a read.
Thanks for sharing.

Meg said...

Great list. I'm afraid my #1 is only your #6 however. :) I also love David Copperfield.

Judylynn said...

One of my favorites is Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. It's so sweet how they both give up something of worth to them to get something for the other.

And, Anne's romance/marriage with Gilbert in Anne of Green Gables.

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S. Mehrens said...

Meg, I didn't really have an order to my list, just my top 10 favorites and then 10 more after that. I haven't read David Copperfield, need to! :)

Judylynn, Gift of the Magi IS a good story. :)

Marie said...

Oh Persuasion- my favorite Jane Austen! i love the letter Frederick writes to Anne at the end- so passionate! :-)

Alyce said...

The only two on your list that I have read are P & P and Shakespeare.