February 3, 2010

Valentine Reading List

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It's Valentine's season and what will you read?

Not any old love story will do. It has to be a Luv Story. It has to be epic for Valentine's Day. Here is my recommended reading list:
  • The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye. At first it doesn't seem like a love story but keep reading. Ash, an English boy raised as an Indian, meets Juli, an Indian princess with Russian ancestry, and he risks his life to save her.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is the first and best in the Outlander series. The rest are just gravy. In book one, Claire and Jamie meet and begin their epic romance, despite being from different centuries.
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. Most people have relationship issues to overcome and obstacles to conquer but how about a spouse who spontaneously travels through time? Poor Henry up and disappears without warning and ends up in another time and place. Kind of makes life challenging for Claire as well.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You could put any Jane Austen on the list but Pride and Prejudice is probably the best known of her work. If you've seen a romantic comedy, you're familiar with the plotline.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Victoria Holt and Harlequin Romance have been ripping off this story for years: poor plain girl marries her rich boss.
  • Silas Marner by George Eliot. Okay, stay with me here. This isn't a romantic tale but one of parental love. Silas must make a difficult choice in regards to his adopted daughter. Grab the Kleenex.
 Thar's my list of favorite Luv Stories. How about yours? What books would you include on the list?

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10 comments :

  1. I'm not a big love story type of person, but, yeah, TIME TRAVELLERS WIFE is great.

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  2. LOVE this list! Great choices. I'm especially fond of your Silas Marner pick. I need to re-read that book this year!

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  3. Maybe I can squeeze The Time Traveler's Wife in this month!

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  4. Very good choices all! Although I really need to read Time Travelers Wife - I don't know why I haven't picked it up yet! But it really sounds like something I'd love.
    Go Jane!

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  5. great choices for valentines....
    haha......The Time Traveler's wife is utterly fantastic!!! Awesome!!! I raed It twice already and i can have enough of it!!! yeah!!!

    my update: http://coffeecrackers.blogspot.com/2010/02/3rd-on-my-wishlist.html

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  6. Great list! P&P is on top for me and then maybe Outlander. I do love that book... :-) For me, I would also add Sense & Sensibility - it does end with a marriage!

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  8. Lenore & cj'alhafiz- TTW was a favorite of mine a couple of years ago. It was an amazing story.

    Kathy- You have to read it!

    Andi- It's my favorite George Eliot novel.

    Michelle- Yes, go Jane!

    Amy- Austen knew how to write love stories.

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  9. I love the comment that if you have seen a romantic comedy that you know the plotline of Pride and Prejudice.

    P&P has been my favorite novel for close to 15 years and I must say that I agree.

    Such a great reading list!

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  10. I read Sense and Sensibility in honor of Valentines Day this year! P&P still wins as most romantic but I enjoyed it.

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