February 12, 2016

30 Classic Love Stories for Valentine's Day

Even though I love novels from the Romantic Period, I have never enjoyed reading pure romance novels. That being said, I adore many books about love, just not those featuring Fabio on the cover, torn shirt, wind machine and all (ewww).

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I've put together a list of thirty classic books for readers wanting an enjoyable love story. I've included books that portray love five various categories: romance, passion, friendship, unrequited, and deliciously complicated. In limiting myself to thirty titles, I forced myself turn away some beloved stories and characters. Shame on me.

In no particular order other than major category, here they are.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Unrequited Love

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Deliciously Complicated 

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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