Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all enjoying a day full of love whether that be from your partner, your family and friends, or even yourself (self-love is so important!)
Today I’m going to be discussing some of my favourite romance books. Now, romance isn’t a genre that I read all too often so my chosen books may not be strictly “romance”.
Anyway, I thought it would be a fitting post and also a great idea to share my love even more for these books on Valentine’s Day.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Of course Pride and Prejudice had to be on this list somewhere! Perhaps the most well-known book in the romance genre, minus Romeo and Juliet.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite Austen reads. I love the character of Elizabeth Bennett and her views on love and life. The story is engaging and Austen’s writing, as always, is incredibly smart, witty and satirical.
Emma by Jane Austen
Another Austen! Surprise, surprise…
Now is as good a time as any to read Emma given that the new film starring Anya Taylor-Joy is being released.
Emma Woodhouse might perhaps be one of Austen’s most controversial characters ever – some people love her, some people despise her. I find her witty and exciting, as well as vain and spoilt. As far as I’m concerned, any character that Austen writes is perfection – her characters perfectly potray Austen’s thoughts on society.
If you’re worried Pride and Prejudice might be a little bit too romantic for you, I’d definitely recommend Emma as a less romance-heavy option.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
This is the kind of book that you could sit down and gobble up in one sitting. I first read this book when I was 11 years old and probably couldn’t relate too much to it. Now that I’m older and have lived through more and similar experiences to Bridget, I think this is a perfectly funny, witty, and relatable read. I often find that humour is quite difficult to capture in writing but Helen Fielding definitely has a talent for it!
The perfect Valentine’s Day read!
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Of course the majority of this list had to be classics. I read Middlemarch last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Given its size, it’s not surprising that this book essentially covers most assets of human life; from religion, relationships, class, politics, science, art…
At first, I was really daunted by the size of the book and didn’t understand what all the hype could possibly be about. But Middlemarch is a fantastic book that definitely requires some reflection after each read. Worthy of its “best book ever written” title.
If you have any other classic romance suggestions then please let me know!
Thanks for reading!
Love, Zoë xx