My Favorite Love Stories

I really wanted to do a post on love stories this week, and yes, that is what this post is about, but going through my Goodreads shelf, I realized I don’t really read many love stories. It surprised me because a good love story is pretty much my #1 criteria for tv shows, movies, and even songs sometimes, but I did some digging and here’s what I came up with — unconventional love stories, which definitely cannot be classified as romance 😉 . (If you don’t get the wink check out my Who I Am as A Reader post.)

My favorite love story 😉 My boyfriend and I on our cross country road trip last year

Presidents

Ignoring our current president (because that makes me want to throw this topic out the window), a presidential love story is one of my favorites. Non-book related, I loved the romance with Fitz in Scandal, and one of my favorite movies growing up was The American President. Now I need to watch that again.

Deadwake by Erik Larson

Deadwake is my number one nonfiction book suggestion when anyone asks for a narrative nonfiction reccomendation. One of the things that stands out to me about it, is the way Larson was able to describe Lyndon B. Johnson’s love story as part of the overarching WWI and Lusitania storyline. It’s a love story for the ages, so if you enjoy narrative nonfiction with a hint of love, this one is for you!

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Another nonfiction choice, this one of our 44th president, Barack Obama. Becoming is Michelle Obama’s memoir that I absolutely adored (you can find my review for that here), but one of the great parts about it is how she talks about her love story with Barack. I love so many things about it – from the way they met, to how they communicated throughout their time apart, to the sacrifices that were made behind the scenes on both sides. One of the best parts about this book is that it is Michelle’s story, and I don’t want to take that away from her at all, but I love their love and wanted to share that here.

Love When You Need it the Most

You guys know I am a sucker for these next two titles. There’s nothing more satisfying to read about than someone getting exactly what they need to be happy in life. That’s not always a relationship, but in this case the love stories told are really special and I think so important for the people involved.

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

This one is certainly controversial – it involves the daughter of a drug dealer and an employee of said drug dealer. The age difference is huge, and some (most) may say inappropriate. But a love story has never hit me to the core like this one did. This one made me want to scream LOVE IS LOVE (and not at all in the usual context for that statement). This book is an all time favorite of mine.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

There are many relationships in this book – not all of them healthy and loving – but there is one that really sticks out to me, and that is between Leni and her classmate Matthew. Leni’s home life is complicated and precarious at best, and her finding a supportive and loving companion is one of the most beautiful parts of this story. I highly recommend it!

Friendly Love

Enchanted Islands by Allison Ahmend

This book is truly unique, and in my opinion, beautiful. Set in World War II in the Galapagos Islands, Frances is hired by the military to be Ainslie’s wife and act as a spy on the Germans who they suspect are also using the island as a military base. Their set up requires them to live off the land and depend so heavily on each other for so many aspects of life. What develops is a beautiful friendship and relationship. This book is a bit of a slow burn, but if you can’t tell I think it’s one of the most well done books, and this is a relationship not to be missed!

That’s it for now — as promised, these books are not your traditional feel good rom coms, but they’re all wonderful romances within even better books. If you’re looking for a love story to round out your February TBR, I hope you’ll give one of these a try!

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