As it’s Valentine’s Day this week, I thought it would be an opportune moment to start a new segment on my blog: “Your Favourite Bookstagrammers’ Favourite Books” and start with the theme of romance. One thing I love about the bookstagram community is chatting to everyone about the books they love, and then perhaps picking them up too (if they sell them well enough!) I’m always intrigued about which books everyone loves, so this new segment is a great way to find that out! Romance is my favourite genre, so I’m excited that we’ve started with this one! I hope there’s at least one book on here which piques your interest, and if not, then make sure to let me know in the comments if there are better romance books for you!
Romance isn’t my go-to genre, but I do enjoy contemporary stories that feature romance. When Amy asked me what my favourite romance is, two of my fav queer books sprung to mind. I know I’m meant to be picking JUST one, but I can’t. Sorry not sorry!
The first one is such a sweet LGBTQ+ middle grade story about a girl who realises she likes girls – and that is Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake. I would have loved to have read this when I was 13, and the fact that more and more middle grade books are featuring positive LGBTQ+ stories makes my heart so happy.
The second is one of the first books I read with a bisexual character (and let me tell you, I am sooooo here for it.) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren is about a bi boy called Tanner and his friendship (and developing relationship) with his Mormon friend, Sebastian. It does the fluffy happy stuff so well, but also delves excellently into what it means to be bisexual, how religion plays into your sexuality, and so much more.
Boy oh boy. Please read both of these books!
Hels (@thehelsproject) – The Flatshare
I’m not usually a huge fan of romance novels but The Flatshare immediately became one of my favourite books when I read it last year. There was a lot of hype surrounding the book, and for good reason. The genre is a mix of things, mainly romantic comedy but it is so much more than a typical rom-com. It’s like a big, cosy hug and I think it’s the kind of uplifting, heartwarming book that everyone should read. Brilliantly written, the story has so many different layers to it. I immediately fell in love with the main characters, Tiffy and Leon, finding them relatable and personable, and I loved following their story and seeing how their relationship developed.
Laura (@whatshotblog) – Where Rainbows End
Nothing hits me in the feels like a love story cursed with missed chances and bad timing. My very favourite romance book of this kind is Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern. It’s one of very few romance books that I can read again and again. It’s an epistolary novel told through the letters and emails of Alex and Rosie. They’ve known each other since they were just seven years old but their complicated love story spans decades. Each near-miss (and trust me, there are plenty!) had me outwardly groaning and then frantically flipping the pages to find out how and when this pair would finally get together. This is one for those that believe in soul mates and childhood sweethearts. – www.whatshotblog.com
Megan (@the_spines) – Vision in White
I have always loved romance books and sprinkle them in heartily with whatever else I’m reading, so to pick one is a definite challenge. But, I’m going to go with my original favorite and one that I’ve read many many times over: Vision in White by Nora Roberts. I firmly believe that Nora is queen and this book is the first in a series of four about four best friends who run a wedding business together. The series is the most romantic but it also is a story about love between best friends and about creating your own family. If you love weddings, old romance, and a strong girl gang (or if you’ve never read a Nora), you’ll fall in love with this series!
Ellen (@stackedshelves) – Daisy Jones & The Six
My favourite romance would have to be Daisy Jones and the Six! This may seem like an unusual choice but I’m not a huge of fan of romance novels because I often find them too cliché. What I loved so much about this book is that the romance was so raw and real. Sometimes romance isn’t a happy topic, and sometimes it’s about following your head rather than your heart – and I love that this book captures that so perfectly, because I think it is under addressed in literature
Abbie (@britishbookreader) – Pride and Prejudice
I can’t think of a better romance than Pride and Prejudice. The passion, realism, and agonising build-up between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy is so enchanting I must have read this book five times by now!
Jane Austen is also a flawless storyteller, I think people assume this book will be stuffy and old-fashioned but in reality it’s funny, witty, and extremely captivating! The characters are so vivid and real, with a clever, confident heroine – this is definitely my favourite romance of all time.
Beth (@booksnest) – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I’ve suddenly panicked and realised I read barely any purely romance focused books, but for this category I would have to pick The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is so much more than a romance, but at the heart of the story is Evelyn’s struggles with love, and justice within her relationships and how she has to hide her true self. She doesn’t have it easy and often doesn’t end up in the position she wants, but her romances are vital to making her who she is. I loved exploring her story, seeing her become the person she is by the end of the book and reading about her romances along the way.
Me (@amysbookshelf) – The Fault in Our Stars
Well, as romance is my favourite genre, this is a hard one for me! There are loads of romances I’ve fallen in love with over the last few years, but I like my love stories cheesy and unapologetic, and I feel like The Fault in Our Stars ticks those boxes nicely. If you haven’t heard of it firstly, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!?, and secondly, I suggest you immediately go get yourself a copy. This is the story of Gus and Hazel and their heart-breaking, and immensely touching relationship. What I love most about this book, is how much you love both the protagonists individually, as well as their story together. Green makes you journey with them, and while this story is ultimately a tragic one (sorry, spoilers!) it is also a illustration of how finding love, even fleetingly, can bring you more joy than a life time’s worth of happiness.