If work bores you, if Netflix drains out all your energy, if you are tired of scrolling up and down your playlist, then the best way to spend your time is reading. Grab a cup of coffee, get cozy on your couch and start reading a book. For your convenience, we have put together a list of romantic novels for you to read.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book is regarded as one of the best romantic novels of the present decade. The story revolves around Hazel Grace who meets Augustus Waters in a cancer support group and then they embark on a life-changing journey with an end that leaves the readers teary-eyed yet happy. John Green said that he was inspired by a quote from Shakespeare’s epic play Julius Ceaser from which he took up the title, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
This is an endearing story straight from the lands of Japan. A young Japanese girl, Chiyo Sakamoto is sold by her bankrupt family to a geisha house where she successfully transforms herself into a geisha and is renamed as Sayuri. Along with her success, she has to successfully deal with the pain and compromise that comes with being a geisha.
- P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern has established herself to be a pioneer in romantic novels with her first novel. The story revolves around a woman Holly Kennedy, who has lost her husband. Her late husband leaves back some letters for her, which is to inspire her and bring her hope and strength for her future. He does so in order to make her feel that he will always remain by her side.
- A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
The novel tells the story of two teenagers Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who inspite of huge differences in their personality falls deeply in love with each other. Landon is deported to do community services after he puts himself into trouble and Jamie is the reverend’s daughter.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
One of the popular romantic novels of the 19th century was Jane Eyre which traces the life of a young orphaned Jane from her miserable life with at her aunt’s place to her marriage with Rochester. The love story between Rochester and Jane forms a high point of the story, but it’s the concept of women liberation which made Jane Eyre an all time classic novel.
- The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam
The novel is based in Pakistan and Afghanistan with 9/11 forming the backdrop of the story. The story begins with a school located in Heer Pakistan, where the head of the school Rohan has two sons, Joe and Mikal. Mikal is secretly in love with Jeo’s wife Naheed. The situation takes the worst turn when Joe is killed in the war between the Taliban and America and Mikal is sold off as a potential ‘terrorist’. It is left to the readers to see whether Mikal can get back to Naheed before she is married off to someone else or they are separated forever.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is a love story with sci-fi as background. It is a love story between a man who suffers from some kind of genetic disorder that causes him to do unpredictable time travel and his wife, who is an artist and has to cope with her husband’s eccentricities and frequent absence. The story traverses through the path of love, loss and free will.
- Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
This is one of the most controversial and yet endearing love stories which takes place between Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and Dolores Haze, or Lolita, who is a 12-year-old girl. He becomes obsessed with her and Lolita accidentally becomes sexually involved with him, who is also his stepfather.
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The story revolves around an aspiring cellist Mia whose family is involved in a tragic car accident one fine day. Her entire family dies, Mia wakes up in the hospital to find that she has detached herself from her body. When her best friend Kim and her boyfriend Adam rush to the hospital, Mia has to decide whether she will stay with Adam or will pass away with her family.
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
The story begins with Duke reading out a diary to Ms. Hamilton who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The diary tells the story of Noah who is a local worker meets Allie at a carnival and cupid strikes soon. The story traces their journey through love, heartbreak, separation and reunion and celebrates love in myriad manners.