Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s theme is All About Romance Tropes/Types, but when I started to make those lists, I realized that I haven’t read any one trope enough to make a good Top Ten list. In place of that, here are ten books whose romances made me laugh, cry, and smile.
1. Fire by Kristin Cashore
This book is so much more than its romance, but damn, its romance breaks my heart every time. I have reread certain scenes over and over, just to suck all of the romantic feels into my soul.
2. The King of Attolia (Queen’s Thief #3) by Megan Whalen Turner
This series is not about romance. At all. But no relationship makes my heart feel as much as this book’s romance (and I’m being purposefully vague, by the way).
3. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
God, I love Puck and Sean together so much. This was one of the first slow burn romances I read, and it remains one of my favorites ever.
4. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibboston
All of Eva Ibboston’s books broke (and then healed) my heart, but A Company of Swans was by far my favorite. I haven’t read it in years, but its bittersweet romance has stuck with me.
5. Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
This book made me sob. I don’t usually read “cancer books,” but the mathematical motifs in this book convinced me to give it a shot. And wow, it was worth it. I loved this book for its humor and for its heartbreak.
6. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
This is one of the only books that I have read that pulls off instalove. Khalid and Shazi’s relationship is inherently instalove, but it is also one of my favorite relationships ever.
7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Another book that is about so much more than romance, but is still painfully romantic. It has been way too long since I read this incredible novel, but even thinking about these star-crossed lovers makes my heart hurt.
8. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I was not prepared for the romance in this book. The first time I read it, it took over my life for forty-eight hours, I shipped the couple so hard. They definitely are not your average, or your perfect, couple, but I still love them to pieces.
9. Going Underground by Susan Vaught
This is one of those books that I can truthfully say changed the way I see the world. It tackles the issue of sexting and “Romeo and Juliet” laws with a stark honesty that ensured it will forever be a favorite. Yet it still has a subtle, gorgeous romance that compliments the societal commentary without overpowering it.
10. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I gave this book to my friend to read, and about halfway through, she texted me, “So they really meant the unexpected EVERYTHING.” I don’t know a better way to sum up how surprising and refreshing this book was. On one hand, it is your basic YA contemporary romance, but it was a lot more than that for me.
Have you read any of these books? Which books would you recommend for their heart-wrenching romances?
Happy Valentine’s Day!