Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Top Ten Tuesday: Romance
Then I grew up a little, and graduated to Emma and Mr. Knightly, and Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Still later I delved into disillusionment with Madame Bovary, The Wings of the Dove, and House of Mirth. It seemed I would never read a romance novel again with the same kind of wishful belief. But in honor of Valentine's Day, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, here is my list of top ten romantic reads:
1. 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda. Lush and sensual love poems by the Chilean poet.
2. Sonnets of William Shakespeare. Copy out a love sonnet and give it to your beloved. I love Sonnet 116 in an unabashedly sentimental way.
3. My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain. O'Faolain died much too young. I think her writing is under-recognized; this novel is one of my favorite books of all time, about a journalist who investigates a divorce case from the 1850s in Ireland. Lyrical, honest, gorgeous.
4. Possession by A.S. Byatt. Another book that spans centuries; I found this novel and My Dream of You to be similar.
5. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. A lesbian coming of age story set in Victorian England.
6. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. A cleverly plotted tale of love and deceit.
7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's all an illusion and a dream, but what a beautiful dream.
8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
9. Persuasion by Jane Austen.
10. A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer.
Do you have a favorite romance?