8 Romantic reads to get you through social distancing


By Brent Taalur Ramsey

8 Romantic reads to get you through social distancing

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


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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


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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


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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


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