Indeed we do! I know there is always a bit of backlash against Valentine’s Day; what of all the single people out there, it’s become so commercial, if we really love someone there shouldn’t need to be one day a year where we express it…blah blah. But come on, who, hand on heart, doesn’t enjoy a little romance every now and again. Whether that be a real life romance or experienced vicariously through a good book or film. I know I do. I normally get my love story fix over the Christmas period, but hey, anytime will do. Now, I love a trashy rom-com as much as the next girl, but there is nothing like a beautifully described love story that has you turning the page, willing the protagonists to get together, knowing they are right for each other even if they don’t, gulping at every misjudged word or deed, cursing every mistake they make along their journey to discovering each other and (hopefully) finally being together.
So, if you fancy a little bookish romance in your life, you may like to try one of these:
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
- Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
- Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
- One Day – David Nicholls
- Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
- Brokeback Mountain – Annie Prouix (strictly speaking, a short story, but who cares)
- Trumpet – Jackie Kay
P.S. The list is not exhaustive!!