TSS - Happy Valentine's Day

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.


  1. I haven't read those first two but the last three are all wonderful! I don't read a lot of romance because I feel all too often it's destroyed by gratuitious stuff, but I did really enjoy Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton and Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos.

  2. I loved A Tale of Two Cities (though not as much as Great Expectations) and also Love Story. My fave love story would have to be Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera.

  3. Just so you know, it's very hard to see the "Post a comment" text with that light blue color. Not sure if it's just me?

    I am excited to see your thoughts on Girl with Glass Feet! I read that last year and really enjoyed it.

  4. Ooh everyone seems to be reading The Girl With Glass Feet at the moment. I must get that one.

    I haven't read any of your romantic novels, though I am half way through Pride and Prejudice.


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