Top Ten Romance Novels

In honour of Valentine’s Day this Thursday (and The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top 10 topic this week), I’ve decided to compile a list of some of my favourite romance novels! While none of these novel’s are hardcore Harlequins, they each have a cute and/or engrossing love plot! Narrowing down this list to just ten books ended up being a lot harder then I thought it would be! Without further ado, here are my top ten favourite romance novels!


The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
Funny, cute, and charming, The Boy Next Door focuses on a gossip columnist living in New York. When a little old lady in her building is nearly murdered, Mel starts paying closer attention to her neighbours, including the cute guy that moves in next door. Told entirely through email correspondance, I couldn’t put this delightful chick lit down!

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One Day by David Nicholls
While this love story had me bawling my eyes out at the end, it was still a fantastic read! The novel focuses on one day in Emma and Dexter’s life over the course of twenty years. Readers will become hooked as these two friends grow close, drift apart, and finally fall in love. Avoid the Anne Hathaway movie adaptation at all costs. It is absolute trash compared to the book!


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is probably one of the best YA romances that I have ever read! When Anna moves to Paris to go to boarding school, the first person she meets is Etienne St. Clair. Sweet, charismatic, and handsome, Anna falls for Etienne almost instantly. The only problem is that Etienne has a serious girlfriend. Will the two end up together? You’ll have to read it to find out!


Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
Emma has a few secrets. Secrets that she would never tell anyone, that is until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane when she thinks it is going to crash. While Emma may have survived her nerve-wrecking flight, her worst fears are realized when the handsome stranger turns out to be none other than the CEO of the company that she works for! Sophie Kinsella’s chick lit books are always good for a few laughs, and this one is one of my favourites that she has written!


Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Yes. This book is about aliens. But did I mention that they are super sexy aliens? While the plot of Obsidian may sound strange, it is also super addicting! The tension between Katy and Daemon is intense, and readers will be sucked into their strange chemistry from page one.


Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding 
I think most people are familiar with the ever loveable Bridget Jones from the movie adaptation starring Renee Zellweger. Even if you have seen the movie, I highly recommend reading the book! While the movie is amazing on its own, the book is even more fantastic! It’s absolutely hilarious and I couldn’t put it down!

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This Is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson
“Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else.” I think this quote from the cover of the book sums up This Is A Love Story pretty well! I couldn’t stop reading it, hoping against all odds that Sienna and Nick would finally get together in the end. Do they end up together? You’ll have to read it to find out! You’ll have plenty of laughs along the way!


Arranged by Catherine McKenzie
I actually reviewed this book on  my blog a few months ago! The novel focuses on Anne Blythe, an accomplished woman who just can’t seem to find Mr. Right. When she finds a business card on the street one night, Anne’s life is changed completely! Next thing she knows, Anne is on a plane to Mexico to have an arranged marriage to a man that she has never even met! Funny and cute, I fell head over heels in love with this book!


Austenland by Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes is so obssessed with Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice that she heads off to a Regency themed vacation resort, hoping to meet the man of her dreams. Complete with flirtatious actors and empire waist gowns, Jane’s wildest Austen fantasies come to life. But is life in Regency England all that its cracked up to be? Being an Austen fan myself, I devoured this book, and loved every single moment of it!


The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Yes, this is a tear-jerker, but I couldn’t resist putting it on the list because the romance that blooms between Hazel and Augustus is just so heart-warming! I can’t even find the words to describe how great their relationship is! I think everyone who has read the book knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Update: Check out my Top Ten Romance Novels Part Two! 


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Romance Novels

  1. I totally forgot about Sophie Kinsella! I love her! I really needed to read Anna and the French Kiss AND Austenland. Great choices though – you have a great mix of romances, and I have to agree with Fault in our Stars and Obsidian 😛 (obviously, hehe!)

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  3. Great list, Natalie! I too loved Can You Keep a Secret (one of my favourite Kinsellas), and Meg Cabot’s ‘boy’ series!

    I STILL need to read Anna and the French Kiss; I’ve heard so many good things about it! 😀

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  5. Thank you for these great suggestions! I am a bit of a romance novel addict 🙂 I look forward to checking these out. I know you said it was quite difficult to narrow down your list to just ten books in this category but I think you MUST add Shanghai Love, by author Layne Wong ( next time you have a love story genre list! It is an unlikely love story between a Chinese herbalist and a Jewish refugee looking for safety from Nazi Germany. The herbalist, Peilin, was betrothed to a man who was killed before their wedding but tradition and honor forced the marriage along anyways. She is sent to Shanghai to manage his family’s herbal shop. Shanghai is also Henri’s destination as he has graduated from medical school as Hitler is rising to power. He flees to Shanghai where he’s befriended by Ping, Peilin’s brother. Through her kindness, Henri becomes fascinated with Chinese herbs as well as the exotic culture surrounding him. It is such a gripping story and I absolutely adore a romance novel that allow a relationship to slowly blossom and one that takes time before the two can ultimately be together 🙂 I hope you will give it a read!

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