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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: 93 participating members (show all)

All members' list: [1] 2Sort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
59,646 members, 1,082 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
43,689 members, 723 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
7,515 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
18,200 members, 435 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
20,178 members, 202 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
37,256 members, 541 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
34,059 members, 1,150 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
20,999 members, 417 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
4,222 members, 109 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
21,747 members, 313 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
18,025 members, 370 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
17,256 members, 313 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
10,838 members, 238 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
8,238 members, 111 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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

Score: 23.71

15
2,379 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
14,298 members, 133 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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
53,468 members, 899 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
17,069 members, 457 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
9,302 members, 137 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
27,960 members, 388 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
21,982 members, 563 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
6,017 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
4,961 members, 123 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

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

Score: 20.36

24
2,196 members, 78 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
2,595 members, 51 reviews
4.42 stars (4.42 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, 0 reviews
2 stars (2 stars)

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

Score: 19.42

27
11,362 members, 216 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
10,490 members, 241 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
10,699 members, 978 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Score: 17.93

30
7,885 members, 315 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

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

Score: 17.92

31
10,706 members, 157 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
16,171 members, 1,285 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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

Score: 16.56

33
5,263 members, 196 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Score: 16.07

34
17,095 members, 780 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
12,320 members, 190 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
8,571 members, 158 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
3,024 members, 49 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 14.09

39
by Ovid
9,467 members, 74 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 13.35

40
1,727 members, 49 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 12.59

41
12,043 members, 266 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 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
5,100 members, 179 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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

Score: 12.42

43
2,737 members, 110 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

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

Score: 11

44
2,619 members, 29 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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

Score: 10.01

45
17,156 members, 826 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

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

Score: 9.87

46
5,993 members, 165 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

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

Score: 9.72

47
9,554 members, 212 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 9.65

48
1,492 members, 30 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 9.5

49
3,325 members, 37 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

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

Score: 9.45

50
5,556 members, 450 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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

Score: 9.4

51
6,594 members, 136 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 9.17

52
14,582 members, 441 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
263 members, 2 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 9.13

54
2,063 members, 77 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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

Score: 9.06

55
3,636 members, 174 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

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

Score: 8.93

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

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

Score: 8.57

57
2,800 members, 209 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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

Score: 8.54

58
3,370 members, 41 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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

Score: 8.08

59
4,926 members, 75 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

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

Score: 7.95

60
5,449 members, 53 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

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

Score: 7.91

61
14,746 members, 202 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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

Score: 7.62

62
12,971 members, 234 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
4,931 members, 66 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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

Score: 7.21

65
3,969 members, 82 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

Score: 7.08

66
23,734 members, 1,076 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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

Thumbs down: SigmundFraud, Nickelini

Score: 6.75

67
1,599 members, 15 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

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

Score: 6.7

68
12,631 members, 844 reviews
4.34 stars (4.34 stars)

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

Score: 6.6

69
4,003 members, 41 reviews
3.74 stars (3.74 stars)

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

Score: 6.59

70
3,416 members, 114 reviews
4.32 stars (4.32 stars)

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

Thumbs down: amanda4242

Score: 6.5

71
5,387 members, 479 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: katemcangus (2), sduff222 (3)

Score: 6.4

72
1,704 members, 93 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (2), Nerilka (4)

Score: 6.19

73
11,025 members, 385 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
17,049 members, 187 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
3,183 members, 128 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: TempleCat (1), SigmundFraud (12)

Score: 6.15

76
7,935 members, 108 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

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

Score: 6.08

77
13,508 members, 336 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

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

Score: 5.99

78
487 members, 31 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Lists: kgodey (2), anglemark (7)

Score: 5.82

79
544 members, 5 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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

Thumbs down: karamazow

Score: 5.74

80
5,848 members, 85 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: longway (2), thecoroner (9)

Score: 5.67

81
1,304 members, 30 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: karamazow (2), amanda4242 (10)

Score: 5.61

82
4,655 members, 270 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Lists: linlef (3), aulsmith (7)

Score: 5.5

83
3,755 members, 88 reviews
3.79 stars (3.79 stars)

Lists: hipdeep (2), SigmundFraud (15)

Score: 5.4

84
11,739 members, 337 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: anglemark (2), ahef1963 (31)

Score: 5.06

85
1,362 members, 46 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Nerilka (5), merrystar (8)

Score: 5.05

86
781 members, 146 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (3), starfishian (17)

Score: 5.01

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

Lists: soraki (3), merrystar (17)

Score: 5.01

88
1,637 members, 39 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: Longshanks (2), ahef1963 (37)

Score: 4.99

89
28,261 members, 395 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: Clarityz (6), merrystar (12)

Score: 4.71

90
1,986 members, 26 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 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
467 members, 5 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: hailelib (9), matthewmason (9)

Score: 4.62

92
4,898 members, 135 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: iggyjreilly (5), uath (20)

Score: 4.57

93
553 members, 22 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: soraki (6), merrystar (18)

Score: 4.5

94
14,468 members, 234 reviews
3.62 stars (3.62 stars)

Lists: iggyjreilly (6), uath (19)

Score: 4.47

95
786 members, 26 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: soraki (7), merrystar (19)

Score: 4.38

96
2,894 members, 24 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: foggidawn (5), ahef1963 (40)

Score: 4.27

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

Lists: hipdeep (5), ahef1963 (41)

Score: 4.26

98
3,925 members, 96 reviews
3.49 stars (3.49 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (9), uath (18)

Score: 4.25

99
1,622 members, 61 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: aulsmith (11), amanda4242 (15)

Score: 4.23

100
1,803 members, 104 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: PaperbackPirate (10), uath (17)

Score: 4.22

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