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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Books for Valentine's Day


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 and having on Schatje’s Shelves:
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 forbidden love is a favourite theme, check out this list of books from BookRiot:  http://bookriot.com/2016/08/29/23-favorite-forbidden-love-books/.