Top 5 Romantic Reads | Top 5 Tuesdays

Hooray! It’s April! And that means a new month of Top 5 Tuesday prompts! For a list of this month’s prompts, check out Shanah @ the Bionic Book Worm – and also make sure to check out her lists, while you’re at it!

This month, we’re starting off with the Top 5 Romantic Reads. For me, this was a bit tough, because there are so many Ships that I support! I love a good love story, so narrowing down the list to just 5 was sooo hard! So I made it a bit easier on myself and I’ve only chosen books that I consider specifically “romance” books (now, not all of them are from the “romance” genre; a few of them are YA, but the main gist of the story is the forming of a relationship).

Now, let’s get to the books!

1. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott

Cover of Rachael Lippincott's "Five Feet Apart"

So, I’m still not sure which really came first – the book or the movie. I read somewhere that they were pitched simultaneously, but I’m not sure if the resultant book is exclusively written by Lippincott, with minor additions from the two screenwriters, or what, but I loved the book (I have not seen the movie yet), and I had to put it on this list.

It is sooo romantic and beautiful. I loved the two main leads and I think it’s such an important story, diverse, and really touching. It’ll definitely make you cry.

2. Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating – Christina Lauren

Cover of Christina Lauren's "Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating"

I just read this book a month ago and I loved it! This is probably my favorite kind of book from the “romance” genre – contemporary and relationship-focused. I liked this book particularly because Josh and Hazel are just friends to begin with. In fact, they’re very adamant about how they are unsuited for each other and should definitely NOT date. But of course they do and it’s such a sweet, really romantic story about two friends falling in love with each other.

3. Emergency Contact

Cover of Mary H.K. Choi's "Emergency Contact"

This is a really cute YA romance about two people who bump into each other at a very low moment and form a connection. I love how unique the story is – the two main characters mostly interact with each other via text/phone calls. It’s also a new adult story, which is really hard to find in YA. It’s really an adorable story about two misfit young adults that fall in love with each other. Definitely check it out.

4. The Kiss Quotient

Cover of Helen Hoang's "The Kiss Quotient"

I know there was a ton of hype surrounding this book last year, but I didn’t get around to reading it until this year – and I’m glad I did! It definitely lives up to the hype. This book was super romantic – and even a bit steamy! I loved the two main characters and the relationship was unique, too – a woman hiring a male escort to teach her how to be romantic and desirable. It was really diverse, too, which I greatly enjoyed. I learned a lot while reading this romance book, which I appreciated. I also loved how deeply and caring the main characters were to each other. It was really beautiful.

5. This Lullaby

Cover of Sarah Dessen's "This Lullaby"

How can you have a Top 5 romantic books list without a little Sarah Dessen? I read her books religiously when I was a teen and I was obsessed with each of the couples in her books. I have to say, looking back, that This Lullaby definitely had my favorite pairing. I love Remy and Dexter. I think because they seem so mismatched – Remy is so by-the-book and organized and Dexter is an all-over-the-place goofball who never takes anything seriously (except his band and his relationship with Remy). It’s a cute story and if you haven’t read it, you really should!

Honorable Mentions:

So, I had to have an honorable mention section because, like I said, it was so hard to narrow this list down to 5! So below are books that I seriously almost put on this list, and you should check them out too, if you haven’t already 🙂

  1. Summer Days and Summer Nights: 12 Love Stories
  2. The Fault in Our Stars
  3. Outlander
  4. Anna & the French Kiss

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