My Most Romantic Reads | Top 10 Tuesdays

Welcome back, it’s Tuesday, which mean’s it’s also Top 10 Tuesdays, which is now hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl, make sure to check her blog out!

This week was a Valentine’s Day/Love freebie, so I thought that for this Top 10 list I’d do my top most romantic reads. I’m not super big on Valentine’s day, I mostly celebrate Single’s Awareness Day, instead, but I do enjoy all the chocolates that are around.

However, I am a romantic and I love a good romance story, with lots of cute, squee moments that make my heart flutter. And so, as Valentine’s Day nears, I am here to list some really amazing, romantic stories for anyone who might be looking for something to read for the holidays.

Anyway, let’s get to it!

The Quantum Weirdness of an Almost Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I LOVED IT! This book is so, so cute and I fell in love with the characters. This book is full of heart-fluttering moments. If you love the friends-to-lovers trope, then this one is for you! I have heard the author say that she based the two leads off of Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables. I can totally see that. I highly recommend this book.

| Related Post: The Quantum Weirdness of an Almost Kiss // ARC Review |

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This is another book I just read and it’s so cute! I love it and I went out and read the second book, too. I’m eagerly awaiting reading the third. The two leads are so funny and interesting and the book is full of really sweet, squee-worth moments. It’s also a graphic novel, too, and the artwork is amazing! I’m really looking forward to reading more from Oseman.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

I’ve talked about this book on my blog before, but it is one of my go-tos for romance. Christina Lauren write such excellent romantic tales, with lots of humor and really cool characters. Josh and Hazel are really awesome and I love reading from their perspectives. This is also a friends-to-lovers story, and it’s super sweet. It also gets pretty steamy, too, so if that’s your thing, definitely check it out!

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

I really enjoy this new adult, contemporary romance. Both the characters are so relatable to me – there are a lot of awkward moments, lots of introspection. This book really utilizes social media as a romance function, which is super contemporary, but it really reflects modern love. This book is full of squee moments as well!

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

I recently wrote up my review for this book and I have to include it on this list because it’s super romantic! It’s got that multiple-pov going and a “warring families” subplot, which makes the love story even more dramatic! I also love how food plays such an integral part to the story. It’s just a really sweet, simple romance with many interesting subplots to go along with it.

| Related Post: A Pho Love Story // ARC Review |

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

I debated on putting this book, or the second book The Bride Test, on here, because both are great and I love them equally! I decided on Kiss Quotient because I read it first and it’s just so different from the romance stories I’ve read. I love the neurodivergent main character and I also enjoy the diversity! This book is super sweet and steamy and it makes me feel all kinds of emotions. I definitely recommend it!

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

I was recommended this book by a friend due to our shared interest in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and she was definitely right, I did end up loving it! It’s got serious “Buffy” vibes – vampires, fighting the undead, and romance. The characters are spunky and competent and I really enjoy the banter. It’s also super steamy. The romance is the best thing about it, but Frost builds a really cool story around it, so it’s more than just a typical trashy romance.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

I had to throw another graphic novel in here! This book is so, so cute! The romance is very sweet and it’s set against a backdrop of an amazing fall-themed carnival. It’s the perfect cozy, autumnal romance that you never knew you needed. I wanted the story to go on forever! The two main characters are so funny and their friendship is one of the best things about the book.

| Related Post: Pumpkinheads // Mini Review |

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Another food-filled romance! I read this book last year and really enjoyed it! I’d been hearing so many good things about it that I had to give it a try. It’s got such a strong, powerful female main character. She’s a single mom in high school, but she proves herself, time and again, to really have a handle on her life. The romance in this is a slow-burn and it’s very sweet and I was rooting for them the whole way!

| Related Post: With the Fire On High // Hot Take Review |

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Lastly, I have to talk about The Downstairs Girl! An historical-fiction story about a young Asian-American woman who wants to make it in journalism. The romance is only a sub-plot, but it’s just so perfect! The two main characters have such great chemistry and their budding romance is one of my favorite things about this book. Come for the strong, female heroine, stay for the cute romance.

| Related Post: The Downstairs Girl // Review |

How about you?

What are some of your go-to romance books? Have you read any of the books on this list? Are any on your TBR for this year? If you’re not a romance fan, let me know why and what your go-to genres are. Any anti-valentine book recommendations out there? Let’s chat in the comments!

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