Book Club Reads: Great Love Stories

February 26, 2015

Book Club Reads

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.

What are your favorite love stories? Share your picks here!

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  • Reply Beth S. February 28, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I know a charming young man of French heritage (and manners) whom I have been after to write books for some time now. He is a very good writer. I’m not sure what is holding him back. Maybe I should have you send him a note; that would probably work!

    “We are in…rather a Champagne mood.” ~ Franz Marc

  • Reply emily | shell chic'd March 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    What a sweet post! How cliche am I for saying Pride & Prejudice is my favorite?! 😛

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