Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Romances
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week is a 'Rewind' week where you can choose any topic that's been covered in the past - I used a random number generator to pick one because I had ZERO inspiration, and got 'Top Ten Romances'.
1. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald - I like my love stories dark and tragic, but will try to keep to mainly happy ones for this feature. Had to get this one in to represent the darker side, though.
2. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - Just wonderful - an amazing road trip and a beautifully developed romance.
3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - This, like Amy & Roger, gets into most of my lists. There's a reason for that - it's fantastic.
4. Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt - And completing the trio of my favourite contemporaries of the past 5 years or so is this heartbreaking tale of a girl coming to terms with her disfigurement in a car accident and a new romance.
5. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs - Mermaid story which is ridiculously cute and really awesome.
6. The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris - I've now read three really good self-published books this year! This is one of my very favourite contemporaries of the past year or so, with a superb love interest in hyperactive Zac.
7. When Skies Are Gray by Leigh Brescia - Heartbreaking short story from The First Time, the collection I reviewed yesterday. Utterly wonderful.
8. From Notting Hill With Love... Actually by Ali McNamara - It's like a romantic comedy film on the page. Fab stuff, and it's rare for an adult book to make their way into my top 10s but this definitely deserves it!
9. Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher - Oh look, another adult book! This is one I'd recommend to adults, teens, aliens from outer space... pretty much everyone ever. It's a coming of age story which is absolutely huge but I've still read it about a dozen times (to the point where my first copy fell apart and I've had to buy a replacement!) The romance is only a fairly small part of this, but is still awesome enough for it to make my top 10.
10. The Flappers: Vixen by Jillian Larkin - Bookending my list with Jazz Age stories, this is a teen novel which portrays an interracial relationship in 1920's Chicago really well.