14 Books to Read for the Hopeless Romantic

January is officially over and the month of red and pink hearts is upon us with the slowly warming weather. Whether you’re in a relationship or not—one old or new—one simply can’t help but feel romantic around this time of the year.

In celebration of this season of love, check out this list of 14 Books to Read for the Hopeless Romantic

1. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Book cover of A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Set in the late 1950s, Landon and Jaime are high school students and couldn’t be more opposite. Despite the many differences in their personalities, they manage to find love and endure through the hardships of love and loss. 

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Book cover of  Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The debut novel of Nicola Yoon is the story of Madeline Whittier, an 18-year-old that suffers from Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), better known as the “bubble baby disease.” As a result, Maddie is stuck living in her LA home with her mom and nurse. Her world opens up when a new family moves in next-door and she befriends and eventually falls for the son, Olly. 

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book cover of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Inspired by her own experience of writing long love letters to boys as a teenager, Han tells Lara Jean’s story of the ups and downs of teenage romance. The novel’s big-screen adaptation is coming later this year! Han has two sequels, P.S. I Still Love You (Book 2) and Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Book 3).

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Book cover of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rowell’s 2013 young adult novel tells the story of Eleanor, a full-figured, redhead, and Park, a half-Korean American. The plot centers around the relationship they build from the moment they meet on Eleanor’s first day of school to the love story sparked by their shared interests of comic books and 80’s music.

5. LGBT Love: 10 Queer, Trans, Bi, Lesbian and Gay Romance Stories by Giselle Renarde

Book cover of LGBT Love: 10 Queer, Trans, Bi, Lesbian and Gay Romance Stories by Giselle Renarde

Ten romance stories by award-winning queer author Giselle Renarde. The anthology features stories of diverse characters in search of unconditional love. Renarde’s fiction stories have appeared in well over 100 short story anthologies.

6.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book cover of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars is a story about two teenage cancer patients, Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. The story is told from the perspective of Hazel and is sure to make you cry—much like the film. Be sure to keep those tissues handy!

7. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Book cover of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

A romantic science fiction story. Henry, who has a strange genetic disorder falls in love and builds a life with Clare, the woman who has loved him her whole life. Another beautiful story that has been adapted for the big-screen.

8.  Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Book cover of Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Sydney has a perfect life. She’s in college, works a steady job, and lives with her best friend. But when she’s betrayed by her boyfriend, she loses all hope until the mysterious man, Ridge, helps her find an outlet through writing music.

9. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book cover of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

In the first book of the Outlander series, Gabaldon tells the story of Claire Randall, a former WWII nurse. While reunited with her husband after the war, Claire gets transported back in time to 1743 where she meets the Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser. He shows her a love so pure that she must choose between fidelity and desire. 

10. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Book cover of Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Shteyngart’s third novel takes place in the dystopian New York of a not-so-distant future. In a totalitarian world that is driven by consumerism and political suppression, stuck in the past Lenny and materialistic Eunice share a love story that is fraught with frivolity and political discord. 

11. The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Book cover of The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride is probably best known for its film adaptation in 1987. Goldman’s abridged and annotated version of the original book by S. Morgenstern is a mix of fantasy, comedy, action, and romance. 

12. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book cover of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The first installment of another book series paints the dark portrait of King Khalid who takes a new wife each day and commands her execution at sunrise. After 16-year-old Shahrzad’s best friend falls victim to the king, she swears to avenge her death by becoming Khalid’s next wife and ending his reign of terror. Only the king is different than she expected and Shahrzad finds herself falling in love.

13. Persuasion by Jane Austen

Book cover of Persuasion by Jane Austen

One of Austen’s lesser known works, but a beautiful and timeless love story nonetheless. Anne Elliot is a woman whose family is looking to decrease their debt by renting out their home to an Admiral and his wife. It turns out that the wife’s brother was previously engaged to Anne. Now they meet again, both single, and have a second chance for love. Sometimes fate has its way of finding you when it comes to true love. 

14.  This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Book cover of This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Remy doesn’t believe in love so when it comes to matters of the heart, she has rules and high standards that seem impossible for any man to live up to. That is until she meets Dexter. The only problem is he breaks every rule in her book. Despite that, she can’t seem to stop thinking about him and she starts to consider the possibility that it might be time to see what all those love songs are about.

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