Top 10 Favourite Romances

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Top 10 Favourite Romances


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

1. Tristan & Iseult  by Jospeh Bedier

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Tristan and Iseult


I love the absolutism of this novel’s ardour and passion. If you want to read the epitome of the romance novel, Tristan & Iseult, is the book to refer to.

2. Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

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What I enjoy most about this book aside from its literary prose and its beautiful depiction of Canada’s North, is the strength, tenderness, and subtlety of quiet, but true and loyal love.

3.  The Body Artist by Don DeLillo

the body artist


The beauty of this book is found in its nostalgia that stems from emotional mourning and grief about undiscovered love.

4. Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

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The richness of this story is not only in its dramatic passion, but how such passion can easily evolve into love without discrimination.

5. The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy

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This book showcases Barbara Gowdy’s gift of prose and the poor judgement, helplessness, yet determination found in passionate, but young love.

6. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson

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This is a beautifully written novel about the romance G. Willow Wilson has with an Egyptian man, her Islamic faith, and Cairo.

7. The Door by Margaret Atwood

the door


Love isn’t bound by prose fiction, but can resound in poetry. Margaret Atwood’s collection of poetry, The Door, is rich with romantic love, love for children, writing, and the environment.

8. Away by Jane Urquhart



The love in this story is that between a young woman and the “ghost” of hope she’s haunted with of a man who she discovers from a shipwreck.

9. The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke

the hottest state


This surprising novel by Ethan Hawke, while not rich in literary prose, is rich instead with an honesty and passion found in the angst of teenage relationship.

10. Monsieur by Emma Becker



While this book could be easily be overlooked as erotica, its desperation, grief, and suffering is indicative of unrequited love.


Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly meme.

What romantic novels are on the top of your list?

Out of the books listed above, which have you read and enjoyed the most? Which of the above books would you be most interested in reading?


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