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February 11: Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon

What makes you swoon in a book, really? I suppose a really sweet relationship, where you’re glad the characters get together. Definitely romance, right?


11Q84; Haruki Murakami. When you’re making improbable promises to your love, did you swear to cross alternate realities for them? Someone make that a song!

abundance of katherines

2An Abundance of Katherines; John Green. A story about a boy who has only dated Katherines, and they’ve all broken his heart. What happens when he decides to change his life up a little?

anna french kiss

3Anna and the French Kiss; Stephanie Perkins. A well handled ‘he’s dating my friend’ romance, which is pretty rare.

cry wolf

4Cry Wolf; Patricia Briggs. Charles and Anna have so many issues it’s not funny, but they work so well together.


5Fire; Kristin Cashore. You could argue whether the couple in Graceling is cuter than Fire and Brigan, but I quite admire  their ability to make their individual weirdness work.

flat out love

6Flat Out Love; Jessica Park. A new college student who ends up tossed into the complicated life of a whole family. The way she bonds with the younger kids is really sweet.

love afternoon

7. Love in the Afternoon; Lisa Kleypas. I like the whole Hathaway family this series is based on, but shy, animal rescuing, pants-wearing Beatrix is my favorite.

pride and prejudice

8Pride & Prejudice; Jane Austen. Because Darcy and Elizabeth are perfect for each other, even if it takes them a while to realize it.

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9. Saint’s Astray; Jacqueline Carey. Book 2, so I can’t say too much about the couple without giving things away from book 1. They’re rebels, and so adorable together.


10. Shadowland; Meg Cabot. When I read these books, and I finally got to the last one, I was impressed that the romance actually worked.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

8 responses »

  1. lynnsbooks says:

    I really enjoyed Graceling and Fire – for some reason I’ve had Bitter Blue sat on my shelves for ages and not picked it up – no logical reason at all why not!
    Lynn 😀

  2. I think every list I’ve looked at has had a Stephanie Perkins book! Great list!

  3. Anne says:

    I haven’t read anything outside of the first two Kushiel’s trilogies by Jacqueline Carey. I think I should fix that! Great list!

    • caitlinstern says:

      She’s written a lot more books than that–they’re certainly not for everyone, but I think the Saint’s Astray series is a little less dark, and more accessible.

      And, you know, it has werewolves.

  4. I loved Meg Cabot’s Mediator series (I’m not sure if that’s the name of the series, but it was amazing!)

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