Love Stories: Six Titles For The Romantic Bookworm

Mal here! If there is one defining characteristic about me it is that I am a total bookworm, there are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and escaping reality for a bit. I will admit, I am not normally drawn to romance novels, but I have currently been on a kick lately. (Maybe love is in the air from all the weddings Meg and I have been working on?) Regardless, I want to share some of my favorite romantic books that I have read this summer. 

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I loved this book, I actually can’t stop recommending it to all of my friends. Olive and Ethan are enemies but through some weird turns of good (or bad -- you choose) luck they end up going on an all-expenses-paid vacation together. There is just one catch, they have to pretend to be married. I read this book in one sitting and I was genuinely entertained the entire time and even laughed out loud. This book is for those who believe in the not always obvious, but perfect pairings.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo 

Calling all fans of star crossed lovers! Lucy and Gabe meet on the morning of 9/11 and form a bond that lasts years. Through babies, marriage and careers they continue to cross paths both in thought and in person. This is for the hopeless romantics out there, but be warned you should grab your tissues!

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid 

If you are a Stevie Nicks/Lindsay Buckingham fan, this book is great. Daisy and Billy are brought together by producers to become the next big name in music circa 1960’s. They don’t always get along but the music they make together is undeniably beautiful. Full of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll this book reads like an E! True Hollywood Story and one that is certainly iconic. 

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Peter and Kate are next door neighbors and best friends. After a night of tragedy they’re torn apart and destined to find their way back to each other. With a story spanning over four decades Mary Beth Keane challenges what it means to be a family and the lengths we go to for redemption. 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff 

Fates and Furies is one of my all time favorite books. Mathilde and Lotto wed in their early 20’s after a whirlwind romance. This story explores perception in relationships and the lives we live before we’re loved. This is a book I think about constantly and it still takes my breath away when I think about the story as a whole. Definitely not your typical love story, but if you’re up for something different, it won’t disappoint. 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez 

So this blog post actually started out as five romantic books, then I finished The Friend Zone and I had to add it to my picks. Kristen and Jake are in love and they seem perfect for each other but Jake can’t get Kristen to commit. Kristen knows Jake wants a big family one day and it happens to be the one thing she can’t give him. This story navigates the complexities of infertility in dating and broke my heart and put it back together.

I would love to hear what you think and/or what you are reading these days in the comments below or over on our Instagram. Happy reading lovebirds!

xoxo, mallory

PS: Click on the book covers for their Amazon links, you’re welcome.