Good morning Sunday Saloners! I hope that everyone enjoyed their week. Mine was exceptionally busy. Every year I organize the Starlight Dance for the students. It's a "dress to impress" evening dance and they totally get psyched. (Think a mini prom for 6th - 8th graders!) But, between ticket sales, coordination, staying up wide awake making mental lists because I'm anal and get stressed, and all the other regular work day requirements I read very little. This week should be more reading productive (especially because I'm in the middle of an awesome book, The Girl with Glass Feet).
In my state of being totally unoriginal, I thought my Sunday Salon post today would focus in on novels with romance.
I don't normally read romance novels as a genre, but do love novels that incorporate and explore romantic relationships. There is a difference! I'm a character-driven gal and adore watching characters grow, but a book whose sole purpose is hooking two people up rarely interest me. There are, of course, exceptions as with everything.
I wanted to create a post that explored my top ten romantic books, but can't seem to do it. Not that many come to mind, so here's five instead:
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - I read this book my freshman year in high school and was awe-struck with Sydney Carton's life sacrifice. (side note: the cool thing is I have my copy for HS with all notations still!)
Love Story by Erich Segal - OK. So you know how I said that there's exceptions to everything, like two seconds ago? Well, Love Story is the exception to the "I don't read books whose sole purpose is a relationship". But dude, really, that's because Love Story is just that incredible and awesome. And with it being under 150 pages, it's a nice novella to read on a cold morning with a cup of hot coffee and a snoring cat on your lap!
Blankets by Craig Thompson - I believe this is my favorite graphic novel. Thompson truly captures the experience of falling in love for the first time.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan - Really?! I mean, really?! This one gives me the warm fuzzies every time I think back to it. Two young boys meeting and falling in love, dealing with high school life, ex boyfriends, and wonderful friends. If you're in Amanda's GLBT challenge and haven't read this one, I highly recommend picking it up.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - There is a reason why Darcy is one of the most desired male characters in literature.
I would love to read more books that make my heart patter so if you have any recommendations please comment.