In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to put together a list of my favorite books with romance in them.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Okay, hear me out. I read this
book before the movies came out and before the last book was even published. I
have since grown weary of the whole vampire love story, but there are a few reasons
why the first book captured me, even as I grew irritated throughout the series:
the love story. I think it goes back to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Except
in that story there was no fear that the Beast would eat Bell. That “danger”
was ever present as their relationship grew. But, the second thing I loved
about the love story was the development. Again, due to the whole vampire
danger thing, their relationship grew slow. Even the slightest touch felt like
so much more. Say what you will about the series, Meyer knew how to wrap the
reader up in the emotion of these two individuals and that is what propelled
the story to rock star fame.
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben: This is not a love story in the
traditional sense…I think Mr. Coben would actually take offense to me saying it
has “romance” in it. But, this book is about a dad who risks his life to save
his son, who has gotten wrapped up in a mysterious danger. That relationship
captured me. This father went through physical and mental torment as he tried
to find and save his son. His plight and dedication helped Coben do what he
does best, create a suspenseful mystery.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: Most who know me would
not be surprised to find this on the list. I am in love with this book. It is
the shortest book I’ve ever read and yet it is my absolute favorite. This book
is about childhood love. It shows the unrealistic expectations, the illusion of
love despite all odds, but it also has that fantasy element of immortality…without
the walking dead thing mentioned above. The movie created a few years ago
touched on the magic of this book, but it didn’t capture the innocence and the
intensity. I especially love the ending, which finally brings reality into the
In all fairness, I’d like to say there is one Romance series
that I loved. I read it when I was in the seventh grade. However, as I tried to
search for the name of it, I found that there are a thousand different romance
genre books about an orphaned girl who goes to live with a few cowboy brothers.
The first book marries her off (I think to a lawyer who came looking for this orphan) and then the subsequent series marries them off.
All I remember definitively is that one of the brother’s names was Colt. The
fact all that information was not enough to find the name of this book is the
number one reason why I no longer read the genre.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!