Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon
So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, here are ten of my favorite literary romances. Enjoy!
1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: With at least three different romances, there’s something to please everyone in this book, but I’ve always loved Jo’s story the best. It’s sweet and unexpected, and I’m so glad that the two developed a solid friendship before they took the next step.
2. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott: A childhood friendship (from Alcott’s Eight Cousins) turns into something more. I always root for the awkward, bookish heroes, so this particular romance has always been a favorite of mine.
3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy: It’s not often a novel follows the romance of a married couple, but The Scarlet Pimpernel follows Marguerite Blakeney and her husband as they try confront the mistakes they made in the past and try to save their relationship.
4. Emma by Jane Austen: I have to say, I like Emma’s romance even more than I like Elizabeth Bennet’s. He’s been there in front of your nose the entire time, Emma! Why don’t you appreciate him more?
5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: No list of literary romances would be complete without Elizabeth Bennet and her misunderstood Darcy.
6. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare: The setting up of Beatrice and Benedick is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Kenneth Branagh’s movie version is a must-see for any fan.
7. A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery: When Aunt Becky dies, she decrees that her coveted heirloom jug will be awarded to a family member after one year. The family all try to live up to what they think Aunt Becky would want, just in case their behavior decides the winner. The lives of various characters intersect to form the story, but my favorite plotline follows young Gay Penhallow as she learns about love.
8. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery: Anne and Gilbert, the path of love never did run smooth! Sometimes one has to have a slate broken over their head to know true devotion.
9. Villette by Charlotte Brontë: I actually prefer this novel to Jane Eyre. It follows Lucy Snowe as she travels to another country to teach at an all-girls’ school and finds an unexpected romance.
10. Henry V by William Shakespeare: The wooing scene is one of the most ridiculous proposals I have ever read. And I love every moment of it.