5 Romance Books for Lovers of Love

5 Romance Books for Lovers of Love

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.

Eleanor & Park

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 Watase856917

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?


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  1. 13th February 2016 / 10:40 am

    I just read Eleanor and Park recently and absolutely loved it. Rainbow Rowell writes the best contemporaries.

    • 14th February 2016 / 2:16 pm

      She really does, I agree! I haven’t read another contemporary romance author I like as much as her. Have you read any of her other books? 🙂

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