There is nothing quite like curling up with a blanket and a good book. Sometimes we understand ourselves and our relationships best through fictional stories that speak to various aspects of our humanity. If you’re looking for a fun book to read that includes at least one swoony love story, keep reading.
1. Habibi by Craig Thompson
This beautifully illustrated graphic novel takes the reader on an epic adventure through a fantasy world in which two star-crossed lovers endure hell, only to find each other in the end. Through themes of religion, power, and sex, Habibi will leave you feeling like your struggles are meant to lead you to the one you love.
2. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
If you speak Spanish, I definitely recommend the Spanish version. Regardless, Neruda knows how to make a lady melt with words. The collection of poems opens with “Body of a Woman.” Need I say more? One of the most iconic lines in the collection is “Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido” – loving is so short and forgetting is so long. True, and totally swoon-worthy.
3. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Interpreter of Maladies is a short story collection by the amazingly talented Jhumpa Lahiri. The book tells various tales of love in the most real way possible. The stories are heartbreaking, relatable, and sexy. In fact, one of the stories, called Sexy, tells the story of a woman who meets a married man in a department store and the events that follow are intricately told and completely heart wrenching.
4. Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This book is a throwback young adult favorite that turned into a not-so-popular movie starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. The truth is, this book is hot – two teenagers spend the night traipsing around New York City together getting into wild antics and having conversations that make your heart beat a bit faster.
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
You know the story of Gone Girl. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but basically this relationship is all sorts of twisted. However – I know it’s crazy, but after all that, he still loves her. Thoughts?
Love stories can appear in literature in a variety of ways. These books are gorgeous examples of the complexities of love as we feel it and can inspire us to have healthy and happy relationships, as is our goal here at thecouplegoals.com.