Top Ten Tuesday: Beautiful & Often Tragic Love Stories




TTT, or Top Ten Tuesday, is a blog series created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. Stop by their blog if you want to participate or follow along!


It's romance time in the blogging world. To those of you who gag at all mentions of love and relationships around this time of year, I apologise but I do promise that this will be the only themed post for Valentine's Day. It's a controversial holiday, but I hope none of you have such a black heart as to dislike all love stories.


New and Classic Love Stories for Anyone with a Heart


Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Always my number one romance. If there ever was a perfect love story this might be it. I love Elizabeth and Darcy both. Their attraction feels so real and their journey to love is believable. Reading this book is always a joy. And every time I watch the 2005 film, I cry when Darcy and Elizabeth find each other at dawn. 


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The most beautifully tragic love story. I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say that this doesn't end happily, but sometimes that's just the right kind of love story. Sometimes love can be destructive.


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is by far my favourite teenage love story - it's bittersweet and messy and real. Eleanor and Park and their love story have climbed inside my heart and I love having them there.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green's most famous love story, The Fault in Our Stars, will always be a far-second to his first book in my estimation. This book is funny and heartbreaking. It's about a problematic love, but one that will be recognisable to many.


Just Kids by Patti Smith

This is a love story across a lifetime, unique and difficult and beautiful. Patti Smith and Robert Maplethorpe lived a great love story, but one that was a love story of friendship more than romance. It's the kind of love that comes around only once, and it can take many different forms.


By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

This may be the most beautifully written love story. The prose is heartbreakingly beautiful, especially when you keep in mind that Elizabeth Smart's love affair with the poet George Barker was a tragic one.


Possession by A. S. Byatt

This is one of those books that cannot be described easily - it tells a love story, a literary love story of poetry. It asks a lot of love - is love a kind of possession? 


The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

For Macy falling in love is a side-effect of learning to live again after her father's death. Her love story is also a family love story - finding solace and love in family even after suffering loss. It's a story that will ring true to so many teenagers and one that still rings true for me into adulthood as well.


Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

This is not a pretty love story - it's ugly and cruel. It's darkly fascinating. Cathy and Heathcliff's story is famous as a story of obsession, a very real part of love.


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maddy's love story is also a journey of learning to live life to the fullest. For most of her life the world was a dangerous place, but falling in love helps her to find new strength. Yes, it's a cute love story, but there is sadness and strength among the cuteness.


What are your favourite love stories?