Maybe it's the advent of spring, maybe it's string of boring non-fiction I've just plowed through but for some reason I got it in my head last week that I really wanted to read an engrossing novel that is just a basic love story. Something cheesy. Something simple. But something well-written. It's a hard balance to strike but here are some recommendations if you're in the mood for love, too:
A Room With a View. Genteel girl, social outcast boy. Will they, won't they, love triangle, Italy. This book has it all!
The Sky is Everywhere. A heartbreaker of a novel where a girl's sister dies and in the wake while dealing with the grief, the protagonist deals with the seemingly ill-timed first blushes of love.
The Marriage Plot. A love triangle set in the 1980s, with international travel, being in love with someone with bipolar disorder, and unrequited pining. All the good stuff with beautiful writing and super-real characters as only Eugenides can pull off.
Delicacy. A French love story in which a young widow finds an unlikely mate in a geeky guy at work.
The Lover. The modernist novella in which a young French teen in Indochina has a saucy affair with a Chinese man.
Justine. Basically a book set in bedrooms. Sold.