A Swoon-Worthy Love Story For Every Genre

Give me a slow-burn, forbidden love story, and it could be about two literal pieces of garbage and I’D BE ALL OVER IT. I don’t know what it is, but that is my jam to the max. For those of you who feel like reading about love during this most romantic time of year, read on to see my compilation of a swoon-worthy love story for every genre.

If you like a little sci-fi with your romance try The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

the host

I read this one forever ago, and I am not ashamed to say that I loved it! Such a fun story and definitely a fun romance.

If you prefer your love stories tossed with a little horror, try Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

warm bodies isaac marion

The level of obsessed I was/am with this movie and book is probably more than I should share. When this movie came out I not only saw it a gazillion times in theaters, but I listened to the soundtrack nonstop for the entire month, and then, of course, I devoured the book. I have NO CLUE why a love story between a human and a zombie appealed to me, but it did, and I WISH THERE WAS MORE!

If you prefer to stick to a classic tale of love you should read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

jane eyre charlotte bronte

This is probably my favorite classic (and I’m sure the fact that it’s a love story contributes greatly to it’s #1 spot).

If you like your love stories set in a world of magical realism, then you should definitely read Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang.

beasts of extraordinary circumstance

I was surprised by how much this story captured my heart (especially since I’m not usually a fan of magical realism). Read my review here!

If you want your love story to be set in a soul-crushing historical time, then you must read The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.

the bronze horseman cover

This book remains one of my favorite books and is DEFINITELY one of my favorite love stories of all time. It KILLED ME when I read it in 2016 and I still find myself forcing it on people two years later! Read my review of it here!

What love story do you recommend? Or, if you hate love stories, what Valentine’s Day read would you recommend?

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  1. Awesome post! Speaking of classics, I’m ALWAYS telling people that they should read Pride & Prejudice and am quite disgruntled when they refuse. I may be a Scifi, Fantasy, and Horror Junk(TM Pending) but I it is at the top of my favorites lists just above Octavia Butler’s work and Tolkien’s work respectively.

    It has melodrama, it has family dynamics and familial love, it has romantic and platonic love! I get why people may not be able to get into the more distant writing style but it really does fulfill the requirement many have that a book not be just about the capital-R Romance. And that people refuse to acknowledge that really just makes me sad.

      1. Yes, it is a bummer, especially since they’re not all created equal. I have some classics I love and some I hate – just like modern books! No one should write off an entire group of books just because they have a reputation (: