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Favorite Literary Love Stories

Description: In honor of Valentine's Day 2014, the rest of the staff and I got together and compiled a list of our favorite love stories from literature. See our blog post for descriptions, and feel free to add yours!

Members: 91 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
60,666 members, 1,089 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 stars)

Lists: Suzanne_Reed (1), Clarityz (1), uath (1), iggyjreilly (1), ahef1963 (1), DRHuber (1), ex--libris (1), anglemark (1), seasonsoflove (1), starfishian (1), eowynfaramir (1)18 more, madeleine71 (1), merrystar (1), amandameale (1), hailelib (1), Artymedon (1), norabelle414 (1), Diane-bpcb (2), AnnaClaire (2), Miela (2), ablachly (2), Tafadhali (3), Fjola (3), lkmiller (3), cbl_tn (4), lorannen (6), amanda4242 (8), thecoroner (12), rarm

Thumbs down: aulsmith, ShelfMonkey

Score: 98.94

2
44,460 members, 734 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: redheadish (1), varielle (1), Clarityz (2), uath (2), iggyjreilly (2), seasonsoflove (2), starfishian (2), ahef1963 (3), Diane-bpcb (3), madeleine71 (3), tess_schoolmarm (3)6 more, lorannen (4), AnnaClaire (5), rainpebble (8), Fjola (10), thecoroner (17), rarm

Thumbs down: amanda4242, aulsmith, Nickelini

Score: 45.54

Explanations:

Nickelini (0): Great book, but doesn't belong on the list of great love stories.

3
7,686 members, 70 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: Tafadhali (1), Diane-bpcb (1), Miela (1), kjgormley (1), ahef1963 (2), madeleine71 (2), hailelib (2), AnnaClaire (3), foggidawn (4), lorannen (5), ablachly (6)5 more, hipdeep (8), Fjola (11), thecoroner (27), Myyst, rarm

Thumbs down: aulsmith, Friederike.Geissler

Score: 44.53

4
18,601 members, 443 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (1), amanda4242 (1), lorannen (1), lkmiller (2), uath (3), seasonsoflove (3), hailelib (3), Merryann (3), hipdeep (3), ahef1963 (4), kgodey (5)5 more, katemcangus (5), Tafadhali (8), merrystar (9), ablachly (9), BookWallah (12)

Thumbs down: aulsmith, casvelyn, linlef

Score: 41.89

5
20,638 members, 203 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Friederike.Geissler (1), flying_monkeys (2), eowynfaramir (2), lahochstetler (2), Clarityz (3), thecoroner (5), Diane-bpcb (5), starfishian (5), madeleine71 (6), ahef1963 (7), hailelib (7)2 more, ssiegel (7), Myyst

Score: 37.64

6
37,839 members, 547 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Rubenwiering (1), thecoroner (1), vwinsloe (1), tina1969 (1), tess_schoolmarm (1), Friederike.Geissler (2), DRHuber (2), rainpebble (3), starfishian (3), uath (5), ahef1963 (16)1 more, Myyst

Thumbs down: aulsmith, Tafadhali

Score: 36.04

7
34,260 members, 1,152 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (1), srtsrt (1), lkmiller (1), wester (1), PaperbackPirate (2), anglemark (3), uath (4), madeleine71 (5), rainpebble (6), ahef1963 (6), BookWallah (7)1 more, starfishian (7)

Thumbs down: linlef, kgodey

Score: 33.94

8
21,435 members, 424 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: Fjola (1), holly_golightly (1), AnnaClaire (1), cbl_tn (1), Diane-bpcb (4), starfishian (4), madeleine71 (4), Tafadhali (5), ahef1963 (5), merrystar (5)

Score: 32.51

9
4,307 members, 112 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: casvelyn (1), aulsmith (2), Tafadhali (2), merrystar (2), varielle (2), cbl_tn (2), jen.e.moore (2), hailelib (5), ahef1963 (8)

Score: 29.24

10
22,052 members, 319 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Luisali (1), SqueakyChu (1), ACComayagua (2), lorannen (2), varielle (3), longway (4), starfishian (6), ablachly (7), ahef1963 (9)

Thumbs down: linlef

Score: 25.92

11
18,320 members, 376 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (1), rainpebble (2), dara85 (3), libelulla1 (4), tina1969 (4), tess_schoolmarm (5), varielle (6), Fjola (8), amanda4242 (9), thecoroner (23)

Thumbs down: shearon

Score: 25.81

12
17,715 members, 316 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: LLoLaguayasaminaj (1), BookWallah (3), Rubenwiering (3), DRHuber (3), Friederike.Geissler (4), rainpebble (5), varielle (8), PaperbackPirate (8), uath (9), Fjola (17)

Thumbs down: madeleine71

Score: 25.66

13
10,959 members, 239 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: linlef (1), Crotchetymama (1), libelulla1 (2), uath (6), seasonsoflove (8), madeleine71 (8), starfishian (9), ahef1963 (23), thecoroner (26)

Score: 24.58

14
8,370 members, 111 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: lahochstetler (1), rainpebble (1), Whisper1 (3), eowynfaramir (4), BookWallah (5), thecoroner (6), Fjola (12), rarm

Score: 23.71

15
2,394 members, 71 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: jen.e.moore (1), SigmundFraud (2), Merryann (2), Nerilka (2), Linkmeister (2), hailelib (4), kgodey (4), Tafadhali (6)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 23.67

16
14,618 members, 131 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (3), Friederike.Geissler (3), Miela (3), matthewmason (3), AnnaClaire (4), seasonsoflove (7), uath (10), ahef1963 (21), thecoroner (30)

Score: 23.27

17
54,407 members, 913 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: longway (1), Rubenwiering (2), LLoLaguayasaminaj (2), ACComayagua (3), thecoroner (4), seasonsoflove (5), ssiegel (6), PaperbackPirate (6), ahef1963 (11), rarm

Thumbs down: aulsmith, amanda4242, ShelfMonkey

Score: 23.04

18
17,324 members, 465 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (5), hailelib (6), kgodey (6), madeleine71 (7), amanda4242 (7), hipdeep (9), lorannen (9), rarm (11), ahef1963 (18), Myyst

Thumbs down: linlef

Score: 22.02

19
9,477 members, 141 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: TillyTenchwiggle (1), ShelfMonkey (1), Fjola (4), Diane-bpcb (7), BookWallah (10), varielle (10), rarm (14), ahef1963 (17)

Score: 21.82

20
28,434 members, 392 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: iggyjreilly (3), cbl_tn (3), Clarityz (4), seasonsoflove (4), Diane-bpcb (6), lorannen (8), ahef1963 (10), Fjola (14), rarm

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 21.45

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Mr. Knightly could have done much better.

21
22,215 members, 569 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: libelulla1 (1), TillyTenchwiggle (2), norabelle414 (2), holly_golightly (3), ablachly (5), lorannen (7), starfishian (14), ahef1963 (15)

Thumbs down: shearon

Score: 21

22
6,069 members, 120 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: tess_schoolmarm (2), KimarieBee (3), amanda4242 (4), lkmiller (5), BookWallah (9), rainpebble (9), ahef1963 (14), Fjola (16)

Score: 20.59

23
5,067 members, 130 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: anmaka (1), katemcangus (1), anglemark (4), eowynfaramir (5), varielle (7), hipdeep (10), amanda4242 (12)

Score: 20.36

24
2,192 members, 77 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: libelulla1 (3), Luisali (3), ShelfMonkey (3), norabelle414 (4), ablachly (4), seasonsoflove (6), uath (8)

Score: 19.71

25
2,619 members, 52 reviews
4.41 stars (4.41 stars)

Lists: Merryann (1), Nerilka (1), Linkmeister (1), kgodey (3), Tafadhali (7), merrystar (14)

Score: 19.57

Explanations:

Merryann (1): This was the first Bujold book I ever read and I found it delightful in so very many ways. The love story was deeply satisfying to me and the humor just right.… (more)

Linkmeister (1): Miles Vorkosigan woos Ekaterin in his own way. The book leans heavily on the form created by Georgette Heyer. It's even DEDICATED to "Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy." A true comedy of manners.… (more)

kgodey (3): I don't think this one would be as good if we didn't have tons of books preceding it where Miles fails to acquire his Lady Vorkosigan (and rightly so). But I can't add the whole series to the list, so this will have to do.… (more)

26
2 members, 1 review
2 stars (2 stars)

Lists: dara85 (1), Whisper1 (2), chairless (2), flying_monkeys (3), rainpebble (4), tess_schoolmarm (4)

Score: 19.42

27
11,520 members, 215 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: ShelfMonkey (2), ssiegel (3), libelulla1 (5), Whisper1 (5), uath (7), ahef1963 (20), rarm

Score: 18.56

28
10,682 members, 244 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (3), SigmundFraud (4), Fjola (5), holly_golightly (5), thecoroner (7), Diane-bpcb (8), merrystar (15)

Score: 18.09

29
10,983 members, 990 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (3), lorannen (3), KimarieBee (4), foggidawn (7), ablachly (8), ahef1963 (12), starfishian (15)

Score: 17.93

30
8,027 members, 325 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (1), soraki (1), casvelyn (2), merrystar (11), ahef1963 (24), Myyst

Score: 17.92

31
10,839 members, 160 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: ex--libris (2), TempleCat (4), KimarieBee (5), libelulla1 (6), starfishian (8), BookWallah (11), ahef1963 (22)

Score: 17.85

32
16,757 members, 1,309 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: sduff222 (2), Whisper1 (4), kjgormley (4), Friederike.Geissler (5), SigmundFraud (6), Tafadhali (9)

Score: 16.56

33
5,391 members, 194 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: Fjola (2), SigmundFraud (3), Tafadhali (4), iggyjreilly (4), libelulla1 (8), ahef1963 (36)

Score: 16.07

34
17,335 members, 789 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: flying_monkeys (1), Whisper1 (1), srtsrt (2), katemcangus (3), holly_golightly (4), Fjola (9), ahef1963 (13)

Thumbs down: amanda4242, linlef, ShelfMonkey

Score: 15.65

35
127 members, 2 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: ACComayagua (1), thecoroner (2), anmaka (2), libelulla1 (10), matthewmason (10)

Score: 15.23

36
12,741 members, 198 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: casvelyn (3), BookWallah (4), katemcangus (4), uath (11), seasonsoflove (11), Diane-bpcb (12), ahef1963 (29)

Thumbs down: shearon

Score: 14.96

37
8,715 members, 163 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: holly_golightly (2), amanda4242 (5), BookWallah (8), merrystar (10), ahef1963 (19), thecoroner (24)

Score: 14.39

38
3,079 members, 50 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (1), ssiegel (2), gsc55 (2), amanda4242 (2)

Score: 14.09

39
by Ovid
9,678 members, 75 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: timspalding (3), aulsmith (4), varielle (4), matthewmason (11), rarm

Score: 13.35

40
1,743 members, 49 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: gsc55 (1), kjgormley (2), aulsmith (5), anglemark (6)

Score: 12.59

41
12,116 members, 267 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: Jamz (1), linlef (2), SigmundFraud (5), PaperbackPirate (7)

Score: 12.5

Explanations:

Jamz (1): There's been a romantic story that's stuck with me through the years like this one has.

42
5,187 members, 180 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (1), Nerilka (3), merrystar (4), Friederike.Geissler (6)

Score: 12.42

43
2,759 members, 111 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: soraki (2), Merryann (4), merrystar (6), rarm (10)

Score: 11

44
2,672 members, 28 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (2), cbl_tn (5), varielle (11), ahef1963 (26)

Score: 10.01

45
17,548 members, 837 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: ablachly (1), srtsrt (3), lkmiller (4)

Score: 9.87

46
6,159 members, 168 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: Artymedon (2), BookWallah (6), aulsmith (10), ahef1963 (44)

Score: 9.72

47
9,674 members, 213 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: BookWallah (2), starfishian (10), uath (14), libelulla1 (17)

Score: 9.65

48
1,502 members, 31 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (1), ssiegel (4), varielle (5)

Score: 9.5

49
3,400 members, 39 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: matthewmason (4), AnnaClaire (6), varielle (9), ahef1963 (27)

Score: 9.45

50
5,787 members, 469 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: dara85 (2), tina1969 (2), Clarityz (5)

Score: 9.4

51
6,657 members, 137 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: TillyTenchwiggle (3), Diane-bpcb (11), starfishian (11), ahef1963 (28)

Score: 9.17

52
14,945 members, 452 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: sduff222 (1), tina1969 (3), seasonsoflove (9), ahef1963 (25)

Thumbs down: k8_not_kate

Score: 9.14

Explanations:

k8_not_kate (0): If this is a great love story, I'm opting out of relationships for good.

53
275 members, 2 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: matthewmason (1), ssiegel (5), SigmundFraud (7)

Score: 9.13

54
2,094 members, 83 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (3), libelulla1 (9), merrystar (16), ahef1963 (30)

Score: 9.06

55
3,686 members, 176 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: BookWallah (1), cbl_tn (6), hailelib (8)

Score: 8.93

56
426 members, 16 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: chairless (1), rainpebble (7), uath (13)

Score: 8.57

57
3,086 members, 233 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: norabelle414 (3), ablachly (3), rarm

Score: 8.54

58
3,306 members, 40 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (11), Fjola (15), libelulla1 (16), thecoroner (22)

Score: 8.08

59
5,013 members, 77 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (2), tess_schoolmarm (6), uath (15)

Score: 7.95

60
5,534 members, 56 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: thecoroner (3), aulsmith (9), Myyst

Score: 7.91

61
14,963 members, 203 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: Fjola (13), libelulla1 (14), thecoroner (19), ahef1963 (47)

Score: 7.62

62
13,238 members, 244 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: libelulla1 (12), thecoroner (18), Fjola (19), ahef1963 (43)

Score: 7.57

63
57 members, 0 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: matthewmason (2), aulsmith (6), ahef1963 (38)

Score: 7.53

64
5,039 members, 70 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: Fjola (7), thecoroner (11), Myyst

Score: 7.21

65
4,073 members, 84 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: Luisali (4), aulsmith (8), thecoroner (21)

Score: 7.08

66
24,045 members, 1,088 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2), PaperbackPirate (5), libelulla1 (7), seasonsoflove (10)

Thumbs down: SigmundFraud, Nickelini

Score: 6.75

67
1,649 members, 16 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: matthewmason (6), amanda4242 (13), thecoroner (15)

Score: 6.7

68
12,991 members, 877 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (10), amanda4242 (11), uath (12)

Score: 6.6

69
4,076 members, 42 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: matthewmason (5), Diane-bpcb (10), ahef1963 (33)

Score: 6.59

70
3,530 members, 117 reviews
4.33 stars (4.33 stars)

Lists: Fjola (6), libelulla1 (11), seasonsoflove (12), ahef1963 (39)

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Score: 6.5

71
5,608 members, 498 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: katemcangus (2), sduff222 (3)

Score: 6.4

72
1,763 members, 96 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (2), Nerilka (4)

Score: 6.19

73
11,097 members, 392 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (8), rarm (12), seasonsoflove (13), ahef1963 (46)

Thumbs down: eowynfaramir

Score: 6.17

Explanations:

eowynfaramir (0): This book is not worth reading. The characters are not believable.

74
17,314 members, 189 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: amanda4242 (6), varielle (12), thecoroner (25), ahef1963 (34)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 6.15

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): I never really felt he loved her, just that she was convenient.

75
3,236 members, 130 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (1), SigmundFraud (12)

Score: 6.15

76
8,066 members, 108 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (13), libelulla1 (15), Fjola (18)

Score: 6.08

77
13,718 members, 336 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: SigmundFraud (9), libelulla1 (13), ahef1963 (42)

Score: 5.99

78
497 members, 31 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: kgodey (2), anglemark (7)

Score: 5.82

79
576 members, 5 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Luisali (2), Diane-bpcb (9), SigmundFraud (14)

Thumbs down: karamazow

Score: 5.74

80
5,999 members, 89 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: longway (2), thecoroner (9)

Score: 5.67

81
1,333 members, 31 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: karamazow (2), amanda4242 (10)

Score: 5.61

82
4,709 members, 274 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: linlef (3), aulsmith (7)

Score: 5.5

83
3,820 members, 89 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), SigmundFraud (15)

Score: 5.4

84
12,006 members, 350 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2), ahef1963 (31)

Score: 5.06

85
1,351 members, 46 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: Nerilka (5), merrystar (8)

Score: 5.05

86
781 members, 146 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (3), starfishian (17)

Score: 5.01

87
440 members, 40 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

Lists: soraki (3), merrystar (17)

Score: 5.01

88
1,675 members, 39 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 stars)

Lists: Longshanks (2), ahef1963 (37)

Score: 4.99

89
28,713 members, 401 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: Clarityz (6), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.71

90
2,024 members, 27 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (6), merrystar (7), ahef1963 (32)

Thumbs down: aulsmith

Score: 4.7

Explanations:

aulsmith (0): Not as good as the first book, Eight Cousins.

91
475 members, 5 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: hailelib (9), matthewmason (9)

Score: 4.62

92
4,963 members, 136 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: iggyjreilly (5), uath (20)

Score: 4.57

93
564 members, 22 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

Lists: soraki (6), merrystar (18)

Score: 4.5

94
14,639 members, 235 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: iggyjreilly (6), uath (19)

Score: 4.47

95
759 members, 26 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: soraki (7), merrystar (19)

Score: 4.38

96
2,960 members, 25 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (5), ahef1963 (40)

Score: 4.27

97
743 members, 9 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (5), ahef1963 (41)

Score: 4.26

98
3,943 members, 95 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (9), uath (18)

Score: 4.25

99
1,577 members, 62 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (11), amanda4242 (15)

Score: 4.23

100
1,875 members, 103 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (10), uath (17)

Score: 4.22

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