8 Romantic reads to get you through social distancing

8 Romantic reads to get you through social distancing

Romantic escapism through the pages

Text: Brent Taalur Ramsey

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From ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to The Extraordinaries', here's a list of romantic reads to keep you company

Romance is such a beautiful, diverse genre. It can be heart-warming, tear-jerking, or even painfully cringy. However, one thing is certain: We’re total suckers for a good love story. (Yes, even the unrealistic, cheesy ones.) We’ve gathered eight of our favourite romances, from classics to young adult, to fill your free time—and your hearts.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

If Bridgerton left you looking for more love and happiness in London high society, you may be surprised to know that it was inspired by Julia Quinn's bestselling novels. The Duke and I is the first book out of nine, and the influence for the first season of what is now the site’s most-watched original series. This read will have you set for any regency-era romance craving you might have.

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A classic tale of when a boy meets girl, boy then travels back to visit the girl throughout various points in her childhood. This bestselling read is full of star-crossed love appeal and explores how far one must go to protect and pursue the chance for unconditional love.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

The source for the movie that made Timothée Chalamet the perfect Internet boyfriend, André Aciman’s highly acclaimed novel offers a sizzling summer of love and angst in the idyllic Italian countryside. This read does a perfect job at diving into the mindset of a curious 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy as he discovers new depths of himself in 1980s Italy.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The OG of romance novels, and easily one of the most popular, this masterpiece returns us to Regency England with the quintessential love affair (and elegant-mannered sparring) between the quick-witted, vivacious Elizabeth Bennet and the stoic Mr. Darcy. Truly, a classic love story like no other.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Returning to the 1980s, Eleanor and Park takes us back to what it means to be young and in love with out high school crush. Told from the perspective of two star-crossed 16-year-olds who knew their love wouldn’t last, this read will make you want their romance to flourish—and embarrassingly overinvest in it all the way through.

The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

This heartfelt romantic comedy follows fake fiancés, Daisy Patel and Liam Murphy, as they set out to silence family expectations and fulfil inheritance contingencies with a decoy relationship. Of course, it’s not a good rom-com if the step-by-step plan they’ve carefully set aside doesn’t risk falling apart when the sparks begin to fly.

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

What happens when the perfect fiancés become the worst of enemies, and that whoever ends the engagement has to cover the lavish wedding bill? That’s the idea behind this hilarious romantic comedy debut by Sarah Hogle. This read is filled to the spine with pranks, sabotages and full-fledged emotional warfare—and the beauty of what emerges when two people can finally be themselves.

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

In this coming-of-age story of fandoms and superpowers, a boy meets the superhero of his dreams, and discovers that some things aren’t as they appear. A quirky, young adult debut by T.J. Klune, this read is perfectly awkward and non-stop adorable from start to finish, with a recognisable nod to classic superhero tropes (if that’s what you’re into).