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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day Books: Love is (Only Sometimes) a Many-Splendored Thing

Though romance novels have millions of readers, I am not one of them.  In fact, I tend to avoid such books that might be classified as love stories.  However, I have to admit that over the years I have read some books, mostly classics, which would be considered romance novels. 

Here are 20 titles with strong romance elements which I will admit to reading:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Sabine’s Notebook by Nick Bantock
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Possession by A. S. Byatt
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

If you are interested in the books considered the best romance novels, check out these sites:

If you are looking for gift ideas for Valentine's Day, CBC has suggestions of novels to give to your lover:  http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/02/12-canadian-novels-to-give-your-lover-this-valentines-day.html

And if Valentine's Day is an unwelcome reminder of what has become of your love life, you can find
solace at the bookshop.  Here are 10 literary highlights for the lovelorn, a list created by  the British