Tuesday September 30th 2014

Five Classic Love Stories Everyone Should Read

Pride and PrejudiceSummer is quickly approaching, which means that many of us will be perusing the bookstands for some beach reading. Instead of numbing your brain with the latest grocery store checkout throwaway, why not reach for a romantic classic? It will tug on your heartstrings, as well as enrich your mind.

Many of us read these classics in school, but it doesn’t hurt to revisit them. In fact, these stories evoke more emotion and inspire more creative imagination than contemporary romance novels.

Below are five love stories everyone should read. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë
Regarded as one of the finest romantic novels every written, Wuthering Heights is a passionate narrative about the love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff. Like most good love stories, this one leads to doom and tragedy.

Doctor Zhivago

by Boris Pasternak
This classic is set during the Russian Revolution and tells the story of a man torn between two women. Famously made into a film, the book should not be bypassed.

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen
Yes, many of us were forced to write a high school essay on this one, but you might be surprised at how much you enjoy the novel as an adult. Witty, complex and passionate, Pride and Prejudice is arguably Jane Austen’s finest work.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

by DH Lawrence
If you just have to take a steamy book to the beach with you, opt for DH Lawrence instead of Danielle Steel. The book was released to great scandal in the 1920′s, as it contained some very graphic scenes for its time.

Far from The Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy
This was Hardy’s most successful book. It covers the many loves and trials of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, who seems to enrapture every man she meets. If you have some extra time this summer for some reading, the above classics are sure to offer some refined escapism. Truly, everyone should read these five books at some point in their lives and there is no better time than now.

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Heather Johnson regularly writes on the topic of best dating websites. She invites your questions and writing job opportunities at her personal email address: heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.


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  • Lisa Pawlowski

    Thanks Heather,

    I just added some more books to my list this summer.

  • Baron Von Turdly

    I was very disappointed to find that Pride and Prejudice was not set in any of the Southern states. I think a monologue about the statements “Heritage, not Hate” and “The South Will Rise Again” would have made this book much more enjoyable.

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  • manuela

    what about gone with the wind!!!!! how could you not put that book it’s my favourite romance novel and a classic

  • kit

    i do protest! what of romeo and juliet?

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    I just want to point out that since New Year’s Day, more than 900 people have searched for “classic love stories” on search engines and arrived at this article. Perhaps a sequel is called for?

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    Believe it or not, this article was our most visited and read article of 2009, despite having been written in May 2008. I did some checking, and this page ranks #1 on Google for “classic love stories”. Well then. That explains it. :)

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  • Kiran

    Iam happy that it includes Wuthering Heights…it is the most passionate love story ever.

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