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The Top 50 Most Romantic Novels According to Us ...

By Neecey

It’s so glorious to curl up and lose yourself in the pages of a romantic story. We’re swept away by love as it brings forth drama and romance, comedy and tragedy, loss and gain, sorrow and joy. I’ve picked out the 50 romantic novels I think every girl should read.

Table of contents:

  1. Gone with the wind – margaret mitchell
  2. Wuthering heights – emily bronte
  3. Anna karenina – leo tolstoy
  4. Romeo and juliet – william shakespeare
  5. Jane eyre – charlotte bronte
  6. Love story – erich segal
  7. Emma – jane austen
  8. Atonement – ian mckeown
  9. Rebecca – daphne du maurier
  10. Love in the time of cholera –gabriel garcia marquez
  11. The great gatsby – f. scott fitzgerald
  12. Captain corelli’s mandolin – louis de bernières
  13. Cold mountain – charles frazier
  14. The bridges of madison county – robert james walter
  15. Sense and sensibility – jane austen
  16. The sky is everywhere – jandy nelson
  17. The sound of waves – yukio mishima
  18. Possession – a.s. byatt
  19. The thorn birds – colleen mccullough
  20. The other boleyn girl – philippa gregory
  21. The end of the affair – graham greene
  22. The time traveler’s wife – audrey niffenegger
  23. Anna and the french kiss – stephanie perkins
  24. The princess bride – william goldman
  25. The truth about forever – sarah dessen
  26. Pride and prejudice – jane austen
  27. Like water for chocolate – laura esquivel
  28. Doctor zhivago – boris pasternak
  29. The english patient – michael ondaatje
  30. Norwegian wood – haruki murakami
  31. Bel canto – ann patchett
  32. Water for elephants – sara gruen
  33. The french lieutenant’s woman – john fowles
  34. A room with a view
  35. Les liaisons dangereuses – pierre choderlos de lascios
  36. The notebook
  37. Madame bovary – gustave flaubert
  38. The year of magical thinking – joan didion
  39. Far from the madding crowd – thomas hardy
  40. Lady chatterley’s lover – d.h. lawrence
  41. Eleanor and park – rainbow rowell
  42. The african queen – c.s. forester
  43. P.s. i love you
  44. Bonjour tristesse – françoise sagan
  45. The post birthday world – lionel shriver
  46. The well of loneliness –radclyffe hall
  47. The weather in the streets –rosamond lehmann
  48. The good luck of right now – matthew quick
  49. Bridget jones’s diary – helen fielding
  50. Le grand meaulnes – alain-fournier

1 Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell

An epic love story set in the American Civil War.
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2 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Passions run high on the wild and windy Yorkshire Moors.
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3 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Adulterous love set in a backdrop of the historic social changes that swept Russia during the late 19th century.
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4 Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare

The world’s most famous love story – a tale of star-crossed lovers.
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5 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

The life and times of Governess Jane and her growing love for Mr. Rochester.
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6 Love Story – Erich Segal

The heartbreaking tale of Oliver and Jenny. You will cry.
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7 Emma – Jane Austen

Follow the matchmaking ministrations and meddling of Emma Woodhouse.
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8 Atonement – Ian McKeown

A towering story of betrayal and forgiveness set before and during World War II.
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9 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

The eerie tale of the second Mrs. De Winter, married to a man and a house haunted by the first wife.
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10 Love in the Time of Cholera –Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Florentino Ariz’s love for Fermina Darza spans nearly 60 years. Is there a happy ever after?
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11 The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Love, passion, and partying in the Jazz Age – with a dose of tragedy.
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12 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernières

Can love blossom between enemies in wartime? A sweeping romance between an Italian soldier and a Greek girl in World War II.
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13 Cold Mountain – Charles Frazier

Another epic romance set in the American Civil War. Can Confederate soldier Inman make it home to his beloved Ada?
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14 The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Walter

A tale about a free-spirited photographer and the one true love of his life.
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15 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

The Dashwood sisters - one sensible, one sensitive - find love and happiness
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16 The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

Who will Lennie choose? Toby or Joe?
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17 The Sound of Waves – Yukio Mishima

A timeless story of first love set in a simple Japanese fishing village.
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18 Possession – a.S. Byatt

Join two researchers as they embark on a journey to uncover the lives and loves of two Victorian poets.
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19 The Thorn Birds – Colleen McCullough

A tale of forbidden love and dark secrets in the Australian Outback.
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20 The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

We all know the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, but what do you know about Henry and Mary Boleyn?
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21 The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

The tale of the love to love-hate relationship between Maurice Bendrix and Sarah Miles.
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22 The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

A touching love story set in an intriguing science fiction concept.
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23 Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

A year of romantic misses and a crush thousands of miles away.
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24 The Princess Bride – William Goldman

True love and high adventure captured in engrossing storytelling.
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25 The Truth about Forever – Sarah Dessen

Comedy, tragedy and a heroine we can all relate to.
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26 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Laugh and cry as you become deeply involved with the trials and tribulations of the Bennet sisters as they try to find love and a good marriage.
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27 Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

There’s much love and wit to be found in early 20th Century Mexico.
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28 Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak

You’ll find yourself deeply lost for hours in the story of Zhivago and his love for Lara, set in the turmoil and upheaval of the Russian Revolution.
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29 The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

Don’t be fooled by the movie – there’s more to this tangled tale than the English patient and the woman he loved.
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30 Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami

A delightful coming of age and love story inspired by the main character hearing the titular song by The Beatles.
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31 Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

A story of love where the only common language is music.
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32 Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

A page turner telling the story of Jacob Jankowski and his time at the Benzini Brother’s circus where he falls in love with married Marlena.
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33 The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

A period piece that goes beyond being a social commentary on love in Victorian England.
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34 A Room with a View

Lucy Honeychurch sees beyond her prejudices to see where her true passion lies.
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35 Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos De Lascios

More seduction, scandal and scheming than romance but a thoroughly good romp.
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36 The Notebook

Gripping story of love that endures.
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37 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Love is ultimately the undoing of the seductive and sensuous Emma Bovary.
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38 The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

A tribute to an extraordinary marriage.
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39 Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Bathsheba Everdene is lucky to attract three suitors. Who will win her heart and will there be a happy ending?
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40 Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence

Oh, the scandal as Lady Chatterley takes her gardener as her lover.
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41 Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

Poignant tale of love and fitting in at high school.
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42 The African Queen – C.S. Forester

Even in wartime, love conquers all.
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43 P.S. I Love You

A delightful story that unfolds beautifully as Holly unfolds every note.
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44 Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan

A sultry, lyrical novel about a girl meddling with others’ romantic affairs with disastrous consequences.
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45 The Post Birthday World – Lionel Shriver

How can so much rest on a single kiss?
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46 The Well of Loneliness –Radclyffe Hall

A timeless and classic portrayal of lesbian love.
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47 The Weather in the Streets –Rosamond Lehmann

The passionate and overwhelming story of an affair between a young woman and a married man.
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48 The Good Luck of Right Now – Matthew Quick

Words can’t describe this! A grief counselor, an emotionally damaged librarian, an alien-believing housemate and a maverick local priest all in a story written in the form of letters to Richard Gere.
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49 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Rejoice as Bridget overcomes her (many) personality faults to find love.
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50 Le Grand Meaulnes – Alain-Fournier

A magical and sentimental tale of lost adolescent love.
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I can’t wait to hear what would have made your list.

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