Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Top Ten Favourite Love Stories (that had Goodreads quotes easily accessible)

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This one's coming up a bit late, but I've been crazy busy and am currently procrastinating on real life which is the only reason this post is going up.  (Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted in a week.  More on that another time!) 

Pride and Prejudice

 Pride and Prejudice will always be the ultimate love story for me.  

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) 

This book makes almost all of my TTT lists.  This should tell you something about how amazing it is.
“I will love you for ever, whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again…”

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3)

This is my most recent read that I have fallen CRAZY head over heels with as far as ships go!  I'm not actually going to put the quote that makes my heart do back flips because it is crazy long, but if you head to my review, it quotes the whole beautiful thing there!

Memoirs of a Geisha (Random House Large Print)

This book is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read.
“At the temple there is a poem called "Loss" carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.”

Ella Enchanted

I grew up with this book.  It's barely holding it together, and while for me the book is more about Ella overcoming adversity, I will always love her with Char.

“But what I really long to know you do not tell either: what you feel, although I've given you hints by the score of my regard. You like me. You wouldn't waste time or paper on a being you didn't like. But I think I've loved you since we met at your mother's funeral. I want to be with you forever and beyond, but you write that you are too young to marry or too old or too short or too hungry---until I crumple your letters up in despair, only to smooth them out again for a twelfth reading, hunting for hidden meanings.” 

The God of Small Things

This writing style might not work for everyone, but just as with Memoirs of a Geisha, I think it is one of the most exquisitely written books I've ever had the pleasure of encountering.

“Being with him made her feel as though her soul had escaped from the narrow confines of her island country into the vast, extravagant spaces of his. He made her feel as though the world belonged to them- as though it lay before them like an opened frog on a dissecting table, begging to be examined.”  

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)

Ok who here did not spend their childhood shipping Anne and Gilbert? And the movies totally count too!
“For a moment Anne's heart fluttered queerly and for the first time her eyes faltered under Gilbert's gaze and a rosy flush stained the paleness of her face. It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities. Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one's life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one's side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps. . . perhaps. . .love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath. ”  

Skip Beat!, Vol. 01

I have made no secret that I ship Ren and Kyoko as much as I shipped Darcy/Elizabeth (which is an insane amount, just so you know.  My heart starts racing every time I get to their confession scene even after a billion rereads!).  So it's obvious this makes the list, even if manga isn't particularly quotable.  If you are thinking about dabbling in manga, I honestly couldn't recommend this more for anyone regardless of whether shoujo is your thing or not.

Hana-Kimi, Vol. 1 (Hana-Kimi, #1)

I've also made no secret that I am madly in love with the gender bender trope.  Well, folks here go - this is gender bender at it's absolute best!  (Although Yoshiki Nakamura has another manga which features gender bender which is also awesome)

Ahhh this love story is so awesome!  Kanoko is just as oblivious to Tsubaki's attentions as Kyoko is to Ren's...BUT unlike Kyoko, Kanoko is sly and scheming and basically totally awesome.  (Not that Kyoko isn't awesome too!)

Ok, so this one isn't like a typical love story for me.  I'm not including it because I love Tiger Lily/Peter Pan...I'm including it because of how much I love all the relationships in this book - particularly family.  If you haven't read this, you are really, really missing out!

“I'm not myself," she offered, guiltily. She softened around Tik Tok, and when she did she was, for those rare moments, girlish.
He smiled. "You can never say that. You're just a piece of yourself right now that you don't like.” 

Wow, I have a surprisingly diverse audience selection in these books - I'm pretty much evenly divided between Adult, Young Adult, and Manga haha!  What about you?  Leave me a link to your list in the comments!


  1. Stupid Real Life - gettin' in the way of stuff. Hope things slow down for you soon! For being busy you came up with a great list. Anne and Gilbert are one of my fave couples of all time. I also love the relationship in Ella Enchanted. Good swoonworthy stuff.

  2. Meeee too, although with a recital I've got to start preparing for, it's not looking good haha. I really want to reread Anne of Green Gables because <3. And I reread Ella Enchanted yearly, so I've practically got the book memorized by now haha

  3. Yeah I'm terrible with quotes so I'm lucky Goodreads so conveniently stores loads of them!

  4. Yes! Me too. I have to use Goodreads for quotes as well. I'm also super terrible with names...especially secondary characters.

  5. I'm the WORST with names! When I was teaching the middle school band I must have had close to 600 students and I never learned all their names...(which by the way will totally devastate a kid if they find out. I felt terrible!)

  6. Pride and Prejudice IS the ultimate love story!! Seriously, even in modern day works my favorite romantic plot lines are always the ones where the couple starts out hating each other and learns to love each other.

  7. It's definitely the standard I hold all my romances to. There's a reason why 10 Things I Hate About You is one of the best chick flicks of all time haha

  8. Aww! Fun list! I love that you included quotes.


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