There is nothing better than getting under a fluffy blanket, having some hot chocolate or tea in hand, and reading a good romance book. I have read countless and countless of romance books, but it isn’t too difficult to pick my favorite five. These are the kind of books I wish you could go back and read for the first time, but that doesn’t stop me from re-reading them over (and over) again. Without further ado, here are my favorite five.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I’m usually not the kind of person that liked the books we had to read in school. However, Jane Eyre was a completely different story. I could not put the book down. I finished it weeks before we were supposed to have finished. The chemistry between Mr. Rochester and Jane immediately pulls you in. There is nothing better in a book than to have complicated characters and Jane and Mr. Rochester certainly fit the bill. An old-fashioned version of the boy meets girl, they break up, and get back together storyline, but yet it departs the cliche in so many ways. You follow Jane through her thoughts and doubts and where her heart pulls her. The ending is a heart melting, tear-jerking moment that I wish I could read for the first time again. If you haven’t read this, you better stop reading this blog post and go get it now! If you have, read it again because there is always something you missed the first (or hundredth) time.
2. The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass
This book is a big jump in time from Jane Eyre, but you will not be able to sleep without finishing these three books. I read all three in one week. This book is a mash-up of the Hunger Games and the Bachelor (I know, it is as good as it sounds!). However, this dystopian novel is not shallow in any sense of the word. This book will have you screaming into the book, crying, laughing, and every emotion in between. The relationship between Maxon and America is a roller coaster like you have never experienced, but one you will find to be so real amidst this made-up world. If you want a book that makes your heart leap, stomach drop, and teeth clinch, then this is the one for you. It is one of those books that you create an emotional connection to and never want to let go.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Some might be wondering why this book didn’t take the first spot on the list. Although the third spot is nothing to frown at, it is there because of its movie counterpart. I know you cannot judge a book by its movie, but it is hard not to. The movie Pride and Prejudice is by far and away my favorite movie (but that is for another Friday). However, the book doesn’t quite measure up to the chemistry that Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen have in the breath-taking movie. However, the book does contain the same enthralling love story and plot between the wonderful Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. The book will have you falling in love with the Bennets even in all their quirks and faults. However, nothing will compare to the love you will feel with Mr. Dracy and his tumbling emotions with Lizzy Bennet.
4. Breathe by Abbi Glines
Breathe could be considered a cliche, but it is the combination of all the best cheesy romantic movies, cliche books, and high school love plot lines put together. It is THE romantic easy-read novel. It has the movie star, the girl that isn’t overwhelmed by his fame, the best friend, the nosey media, and then add a pregnant, troubled mom and a couple of hospital visits, and you have Breathe. I still do not understand why this has not been made into a movie yet, but alas it will have you swooning over Jax and rooting for him and Sadie to make it. The beginning is sweet and then in the middle, the book picks up where you do not know what you’ve been doing and the book is over and its morning.
5. The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines
Obviously, Abbi Glines does not disappoint by having two in the top five. This was the first book of hers that I read that got me hooked on romance novels, so maybe it holds a soft spot in my heart. Nonetheless,you can read this book like candy. The love triangle between Ashton, Beau, and Sawyer will have you wishing and hoping for so many different things. Beau is the town bad boy while Sawyer is the town good boy, and the drama just between them is heated. The two boys fight, couples falls in love, and then there is the back of Beau’s truck. Enough said ;). Read this book, and then go read everything else Glines has written because they are all the perfect “candy” romances. The perfect books to escape reality and not have too strain your brain.