7 Books Every Hopeless Romantic Should Read

The age of technology has definitely created many cynics when it comes to love. Dating apps or "hookup apps" have become our go-to sources for making connections. But romantic books and hopeless romantics still exist in the world, despite those Debbie Downers. A hopeless romantic is someone who recognizes their ability to love deeply. It doesn't always include a ridiculous vision of a knight in shining armor. To be a hopeless romantic is to simply believe in the joy of companionship and romance. There's nothing wrong with being a self-proclaimed hopeless romantic. Often, it means you have an endless capacity to enjoy romantic songs, movies, television, and books.

The romance genre has many sub-genres including chick-lit, contemporary, erotic, historical, and fantasy. Beyond the stereotypical Fabio book covered novels, there are many options to choose from. The romance genre is the second most popular category of fiction in the United States. Here is a list of various love stories to entice the hopeless romantic in you. You'll become just as invested in these couples as you were for those classic television couples such as Ross and Rachel, Luke and Lorelai, Jim and Pam, and Carrie and Mr. Big.

1. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Read this book with a box of tissues nearby. Despite being classified as science fiction novel, The Time Traveler's Wife stands out for its love story. The novel is full of love, longing, and loss.

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park is the absolute sweetest young adult love story. The story follows Eleanor and Park, two outcast teens living in Omaha, Nebraska in 1986. After the school year ends, when the two go their separate ways, and you can only hope they meet again later in life.

3. Atonement by Ian McEwan

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Atonement is known for its suspense and mystery. However, the passionate love story of Robbie and Cecelia is unforgettable. Throughout the novel, every reader is hopeful that the two will finally be united.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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Outlander is about a 20th century nurse who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland and finds love and adventure. The steamy encounters of Jamie and Claire will leave you breathless.

5. High Fidelityby Nick Hornby

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The narrator of this book, Rob Fleming, is helplessly in love with his ex-girlfriend Laura. After she leaves him for another man, he decides to re-examine his failed relationships. Nick Hornby's High Fidelity is a hilarious journey through a male thirty-somethings love life.

6. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Americanah tells the story two Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, who fall in love at an early age. Ifemelu leaves Nigeria to study and work in the United States. The novel follows the tumultuous relationship of these star-crossed lovers.

7. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

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Super Sad True Love Story is a compelling love story set against the backdrop of an American dystopia. The love story is told through Lenny's diary entries and Eunice's social media exchanges, and it will move you to your core.

Get ready for all the feels.

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