I love Top Ten Tuesday and rarely post for it–but this seemed like a perfect topic for Valentine’s Day! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, with a new topic each Tuesday. This week, it’s romance.
I wandered through my bookshelves, and pulled out a stack with my favorite romances in them–with a few bonus bromances and womances. In no particular order…
1) The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
Arabella and Turnip – I’ve written at length about these delightfully unconventional romantic leads, who are overlooked by everyone but each other.
2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane and Mr. Rochester – I know he has some serious problems…but Bronte punishes him so thoroughly and humbles him so completely that by the end of the book I really believe their romance. And the last section is rather adorable.
3) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Catherine Morland and Mr. Tilney – Mr. Darcy is the famous Austen hero, but I ❤ Mr. Tilney instead. A smiling man who reads Gothic novels and knows his muslins–what’s not to love?
4) Enchantress from the Stars by Silvia Louise Engdahl
Elana and Georyn – The only bittersweet ending on my list, a beautiful love story about two people from, literally, different worlds, who change each other forever but can’t ever be together.
5) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:
Well, everyone – This quartet has four wonderful, engrossing love stories. Cinder and Prince Kai were a hair behind the others; Scarlet and Wolf were as marvelous as Winter and Jacin; and my favorites were Cress and Thorne. I have a soft spot for charming rogues with good hearts.