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Top 10 Books that Will Make You Swoon

A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic is a little bit of a tough one for me. (That is, assuming we're talking romance swoons, not fainting from fright.) You see, I'm not a big romance reader. I don't mind romance in books, but I generally like it to stay in the background; and it needs to be a slowly built relationship. NO insta-love.

But yeah, I don't really "swoon," unless severe dehydration is at work. So, for the third(?) week in a row, I will mess with the meme. Thus, I present:

Top 10 BooksRomances that Will Make You SwoonSmile
  1. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. The vain, cowardly wizard Howl and the stubborn, magically made old Sophie. Comedic and sweet. :D
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Prince Kai and cyborg mechanic Cinder. It's not a full blown romance (which is awesome, because it would be too fast and wouldn't make sense), and they have some great little awkward moments.
  3. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Prince Char and cursed-to-obey Ella. Remember those days when people kept touch through long, thoughtful letters?
  4. Beauty by Robin McKinley. I'll give you one guess at the two MC's names. ;) It's a slowly formed relationship that you can see deepening as the characters develop. And it has horses and books.
  5. Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. Had to throw the Queen of Regency in here, didn't I? Eleanor and Edward make me smile and frown and everything in between. They're so sensible!
  6. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Who doesn't love watching Lizzie and Darcy try to kill each other? But if you're in it for laughs more than smiles, watch the BBC adaptation (yes, the super long one); Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Collins and Lady Katherine--oh, my!
  7. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I didn't love love Scarlet and Wolf's Bisquik-fast attraction, but it has its moments. And I'm already running low on romance books...
  8. Written in Red by Anne Bishop. This is a recent read I liked partly because it had no romance. BUT, you will smile as all the Courtyard inhabitants make Meg their new pet, toy and friend. :D
  9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Killing machine Katsa and lord of the rings Po. I didn't love the direction this romance took, but there are still parts of it that made me smile.
  10. Beauty Pop by Kiyoko Arai. So, this is a flashback to my high school days when I read a TON of manga, but this series is still on my shelf because it's awesome. It's comedy, it knowingly mocks common tropes and cliches, and the "romance" makes you laugh, not faint. Score!


  1. This was a tough topic for me, too. I cheated; kinda changed the topic . . . . ;)

    1. I saw! Nothing to do with a topic like this but twist it into one for which you can actually make a list. :)

  2. I really need to read Beauty. I've been wanting to for ages, and just haven't been able to make the time for it! Great list!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    1. I can't recommend Beauty enough. The same with McKinley's other retelling, Spindle's End. And I know what you mean. I keep finding all these awesome titles from a couple years ago, but how to fit them in between all the recent releases, work, school, etc.? We'll make it happen one of these days. :D