February 14, 2012

Love of Reading: Books about Love

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I have LOVED every single Love of Reading guest post this week. Jill's discussion of why her favorite genre has changed, Stephanie's tips on passing love-of-reading on to children, Megan's ruminations on the nonfiction she loves, and Katie's musings on rereading were all so wonderful. I love finding fellow readers, and getting to see my favorite hobby through the eyes of different people!

As I'm sure you're aware, today is Valentine's Day.* In honor of the holiday, and as a fitting finale to Love of Reading Week, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite books about love.

The Grand Sophy is possibly my favorite Georgette Heyer (and as you all know by now, Georgette Heyer is my favorite author). I just really love clever, self-assured Sophy, and the way she calmly pairs off everyone around her, breaking up disliked engagements, fostering other relationships, and making everyone happy. It doesn't hurt that she manages to find her own happily-ever-after along the way! And, I think Heyer's witty Austen-esque dialogue is at its finest in this book.

Speaking of Austen, I've got to add Pride and Prejudice to the list. I know it's a complete cliche, but Elizabeth and Darcy is pretty much the best romance ever. I just can't get over Elizabeth's spunky, awesome character (and the mental image of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy doesn't hurt!). But really, I think Sense and Sensibility or Northanger Abbey or Emma could all also easily make this list! Can't go wrong with Jane Austen.

The Time Traveler's Wife is probably the most addicting romance I've ever read. I couldn't put the silly thing down. And in spite of pretty good casting, the movie just doesn't compare. So grab the book and a big box of Kleenex, and prepare to be transported as you read about Henry and Clare's beautiful, doomed love affair.

Dawn's Early Light by Elswyth Thane is on my soon-to-reread list. It's the first novel in the fantastic Williamsburg series. Set during the Revolutionary War, the story of Julian and Tabitha is gorgeously written and historically mesmerizing. Don't be fooled by the cheesy cover image: it's the best family saga I've ever read, and I'm sure I'll be talking about the whole series more as I reread it.

 Finally, on a different note, I love Love You Forever. It doesn't get much sweeter than that -- the part at the end when the son is rocking his mom? Gets me every time. I often say that line, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always" to Noel -- who just recently realized it's a book. He always thought I was quoting a country song! We own it in both French and English, and we're looking forward to reading to Eleanor when she's older.

Did you enjoy Love of Reading Week as much as I did? 
What's your favorite romantic read? 

*It's also Arizona Statehood Day! Happy 100th birthday Arizona!

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