Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is a Valentine’s Day/Love freebie!
I really enjoyed this one! I tried to approach it not just from a romantic perspective, but in a way that includes many different types of love. Mother-daughter love, sisterly love, the special love between a dog and its owner, love of a place or activity, and more! There are many different kinds of love, something which many languages other than English do a better job of differentiating linguistically. English only has one word: love. You can say you love your mom and that you love chocolate and we can use context to determine which kind of love we mean. But in Spanish, there are entirely different verbs to represent these two kinds of love. So interesting! I love to geek out over Spanish grammar, but I’ll stop (for now). Instead, let’s check out my top ten choices for books with a love motif!
1. “Then She Was Gone” by Lisa Jewell
Surprisingly, this was one of the first books I thought of for this prompt! This definitely isn’t a romantic book, and it’s probably not the first one you think when you think about love. However, the mother’s undying love for her daughter really shines through in this book. She won’t give up or move on until she’s discovered what happened to her, and to me that’s really a testament to the love that many mothers and daughters share.
2. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
3. “Hachiko Waits” by Leslea Newman
Genre: Historical Fiction
Hachiko waits is inspired by a true story about a dog, Hachiko, who would always wait for his owner at the train station until he returned home from work. One day, the owner dies while at work and never returns home. The dog is so loyal, however, that he continues to return to the train station and wait for his owner every day for the rest of his life. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also a wonderful portrayal of the love between man and man’s best friend. I know for me, the love I’ve had for my dogs over the years is something so special.
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of Hachiko Waits HERE.
4. “The Meaning of Birds” by Jaye Robin Brown
Genre: YA Fiction
This is such a wonderful story about first love and loss. However, it’s also about the value of platonic love, and the importance of finding your passion in life; the hobbies and activities you love and that give your life purpose. I love how much love there is in this book! You can check out my review here!
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of The Meaning of Birds HERE.
5. “Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World” by Ashley Herring Blake
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Middle Grade)
Another great story about first love, as well as the enduring love of family! It also portrays platonic love and the ups and downs of adolescent friendships. A great addition to any classroom library (grades 5 and up)!
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World HERE.
6. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
Genre: Historical Fiction
A heartbreaking but also uplifting story about love and loss, but especially the special love shared between sisters. Through all of their ups and downs, these sisters never stopped caring and fighting for each other. There is also romantic love and father-daughter love portrayed in this novel, but the sisterly love really takes centerstage and makes this story special.
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of The Nightingale HERE.
7. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl
I can’t believe I didn’t read this one until I was an adult, especially considering how much I’ve always loved the movie. This is actually one of the rare instances in which I think the movie was better! I chose this book for this list because of Matilda’s love for books and learning. She’s constantly fighting for that love throughout the story, and that passion is something I’ve always related to.
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of Matilda HERE.
8. “Essays in Love” by Alain de Botton
Genre: Essay Collection, Fiction
I read this for an English course in college. I think it actually had something to do with love and literature? The class itself wasn’t all that memorable, but what I do remember is how much I ended up enjoying this book when I wasn’t expecting to. I rarely read essay collections, and I remember the narrator of this one kind of irritating me at first. However, it provides such a unique perspective on love and relationships, and it was really eye-opening for me. I wish I could remember the details more clearly, but I guess that just means I’ll have to re-read it at some point!
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of Essays in Love HERE.
9. “The Kiss Quotient” by Helen Hoang
This is the only book on this list that I actually haven’t read yet! I almost never read romance novels, but this one sounded really cute. I can’t wait to read it!
You can find the Goodreads synopsis of The Kiss Quotient HERE.
10. “Sundays at Tiffany’s” by James Patterson
I read this one in high school and I think it was one of the first romance novels I had ever read. At the time, it swept me off my feet! I remember it being so romantic and dramatic, so I think it’s the perfect way to end this love-themed list!
You can find the Goodreads synopsis for Sundays at Tiffany’s HERE.
Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?
Let me know in the comments!