If you’re like me, nothing beats curling up with a good romance novel at the end of a long day. I’ve gone through my fair share of love stories, and today I’m sharing some of my favorites that range from sweet to intense. These picks are great whether you’re new to the genre or just looking for your next go-to read.
10“Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes (2012)
This book takes you on an emotional ride, exploring what happens when a small-town girl becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic man. It’s a tearjerker, but it also makes you think about what it means to really live.
9“The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne (2016)
Workplace rivalry turns romantic in this fun, fast-paced read. Lucy and Joshua are office enemies who find out they might like each other more than they’re willing to admit.
8“It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover (2016)
This one’s a bit heavier but so worth the read. It’s a raw look at the complexities of love and how it can turn toxic, showing that sometimes the hardest decisions are the right ones.
7“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han (2014)
High school romance gets complicated when Lara Jean’s secret love letters accidentally get sent out. It’s a cute, lighthearted story that will take you back to your own teenage years.
6“Normal People” by Sally Rooney (2018)
This one’s a coming-of-age story that explores how love can be both complicated and incredibly simple. It’s about two young people who can’t seem to stay away from each other, even when life pulls them in different directions.
5“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas (2015)
If you like your romance with a side of fantasy, this one’s for you. It’s got great world-building and a love story that will keep you hooked.
4“Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire (2011)
This book’s got all the highs and lows of a roller coaster relationship. Abby and Travis are polar opposites who can’t stay away from each other, even when things get messy.
3“Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon
Talk about a love story for the ages. Claire, a nurse from the 1940s, finds herself in 18th-century Scotland and meets Jamie, a dashing warrior. If you like a little history mixed in with your romance, this one’s a must-read.
2“The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo (2017)
This book takes a look at the paths love can take and the choices it makes us face. Lucy and Gabe meet in college but their relationship takes multiple twists and turns over the years, leaving you to ponder what could have been.
1“Beach Read” by Emily Henry (2020)
Need a lighter read? This book is about two authors stuck in a summer writing rut who find unexpected inspiration in each other. It’s funny, sweet, and a great pick for a lazy day.
So there you have it—my top picks for romance reads that offer a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into epic love stories or prefer something on the lighter side, I hope you find a book or two to add to your reading list. After all, who doesn’t love a good love story? Happy reading!