This winter has been a long one. Though spring is on the horizon, there’s still time to snuggle up under the covers with a good book and a cup of tea (or glass of wine). Need a reading recommendation? Why not get cozy with something a little romantic. Here are some of my favorite love stories of the moment that are sure to make sparks fly.
Book Club Reads: Great Love Stories
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez. A magical book.
Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza are the central characters in this passionate tale about love at first sight. However, their story is unique in that it spans half a century and continues on into, well, forever. Along the way, there are relationships, affairs, tragedies, and poetic lines bursting with magical realism and fervor. Love in the Time of Cholera not only explores the intense account between two lovers, but also delves deep into different interpretations of love. Love, as portrayed in this powerful novel, can be dark or innocent, respectful or shameful, and sexual or emotional.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. An oldie, but goodie.
D.H. Lawrence is known for his passionate way with words–and this pick packed with racy dialogue is no exception. A married woman with an upper-class husband engages in a fiery affair as she struggles to find what she wants from life. While Lady Chatterley’s Lover explores classic themes like forbidden love and temptation, it also presents interesting views on the social context of the time.
Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan. A charming short read.
Published when the author was only eighteen, Bonjour Tristesse follows Cécile during her vacation along the French Riviera with her father and latest mistress. Young, naive, and self-absorbed, she spends the summer plotting her own romantic adventures while also devising a plan to keep her father’s new love interest from entering her life. A short and delightful little read, the descriptions of her holiday home and the picturesque beaches just outside of Paris will keep you daydreaming until the warm weather arrives.
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