Top Ten Most Romantic Books of All Time

Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice

It’s hard for me to believe, but Valentine’s Day is almost here once again. If you are looking for a romantic book to read this February 14th, members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association created this top ten list of the most romantic books of all-time:

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
3. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
4. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
6. Katherine by Anya Seton
7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
8. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
9. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
10. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

I’ve only read a few of these, but I definitely agree with Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre because they are two of my favorite books. There aren’t any recent titles on the list so I came up with a few I’d like to add:

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – This is one of my favorites because I like how Henry and Clare’s relationship unfolds non-linearly as Henry travels through time. It also raises some interesting questions about fate and destiny.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Bella and Edward’s epic romance made me feel like I was a teenager again and I can’t say that about too many other books.

Naked in Death by J. D. Robb – The In Death series combines murder and romance thanks to the crime-fighting duo of Eve Dallas and Roarke. I love how they banter back and forth and how their relationship is sweet but never overly mushy. As I’ve gotten further into the series, they’ve become one of my favorite couples.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg – This isn’t a romance per se—it’s about a lot of things, from racism to feminism–but I’ve always found Ruth and Idgie’s story sweet and heartwarming. “You’re just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode. That’s what you are, a bee charmer.” That line gets me every time.

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – Like most Sparks books this story is sappy and melodramatic, not mention that I saw the ending coming from a mile away, but oh lord did it make me bawl my eyes out. Well played, Mr. Sparks.

So what are your favorite romantic books? Do you prefer the classics or modern romances? Leave your comments below!

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