9 Books on Love That Expand The Idea of Romance

In an attempt to truly honour ‘love’ and the many forms in which we are graced by its presence, we have curated a list of profound, tender and endearing books that promise to charm you as they effectively widen your definitions of ‘romance’, ‘soul mates’ and ‘true love’.

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

A beautifully illustrated picture book, with softly-shaded watercolour and deeply affecting graphics, Luyken’s “My Heart” is a tender tale that intelligently portrays the complexity and resilience of the human heart. Through evocative imagery and spare, lyrical text, the book explores the myriad emotions and experiences that shape our lives, from joy and wonder to sorrow and loss, making “My Heart” a poignant and uplifting meditation on the human condition.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a beloved classic novel that follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—as they navigate the trials and tribulations of growing up in Civil War-era Massachusetts. Through their adventures, joys, and heartaches, the sisters learn about love, friendship, and the importance of staying true to oneself, making “Little Women” a timeless tale of sisterhood and resilience.

Flush by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf’s Flush is a whimsical and imaginative novel that follows the adventures of Flush, a cocker spaniel, and his endeavours to rescue his beloved owner, renowned poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from the captivity of chronic illness and loneliness. Narrated through Flush’s perspective, Woolf offers a witty and insightful exploration of loyalty, love, and the special bond between humans and animals.

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Harris’ delectable novel transports its readers to the charming French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where Vianne Rocher opens a chocolate shop and begins to stir up both controversy and enchantment among the townsfolk. Through Vianne’s magical confections and the transformative power of indulgence, Harris explores themes of temptation, tradition, and the celebration of life’s simple pleasures.

Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

Shafak’s is a mesmerizing novel that weaves together two parallel narratives—one set in present-day Istanbul and the other in 13th-century Persia—as they intersect through the lens of love, spirituality, and self-discovery. Through the stories of Ella Rubinstein, a middle-aged housewife, and the mystic poet Rumi, Shafak explores the transformative power of love and the universal quest for meaning and connection.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Written as a letter from a son to his illiterate mother, Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous traces the protagonist’s journey from Vietnam to America, weaving together memories, reflections, and poetic observations to create a poignant and unforgettable narrative. A lyrical and deeply moving novel, it shines through in its liquid and evocative exploration of identity, family, memory, and their place in the immigrant experience.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

From famed stand-up comedian and actor Aziz Ansari, comes a witty and insightful exploration of contemporary dating culture in the digital age. Drawing on research, interviews, and his own experiences, Ansari delves into the nuances of modern romance, from online dating algorithms to the role of technology in shaping relationships, offering humorous observations and practical advice along the way.

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto is a captivating novel that follows the lives of two young women—Mikage and Yuichi—as they navigate love, loss, and the search for meaning in contemporary Japan. Through their shared experiences and encounters with grief, Yoshimoto explores themes of resilience, connection, and the transformative power of food and community.

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

A tender and atmospheric tale, Kawakami’s Strange Weather in Tokyo follows the unlikely romance between Tsukiko, a lonely office worker, and Sensei, her former high school teacher. Set against the backdrop of Tokyo’s bustling streets and tranquil izakayas, Kawakami’s lyrical prose captures the bittersweet moments of connection and longing as Tsukiko and Sensei navigate the complexities of love and companionship.

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