Here’s another card from Theclockworkbook. The top card is the blank card. The bottom is marked with my symbols. Brown X for read, Orange circle for have and want to read, and pink circle is for want to read, but don’t have yet. I did ok on this one, but could do better, I guess.
The above linked article tells of the best love stores from each of the fifty states. I have read many of these books, and, of those, I agree that they are great books. I look forward to reading the others.
Winston Groom, “Forrest Gump”
Eowyn Ivey, “The Snow Child”
Barbara Kingsolver, “The Bean Trees”
Bette Greene, “Summer of My German Soldier”
Isabel Allende, “Daughter of Fortune”
Kent Haruf, “Our Souls at Night”
Bill Clegg, “Did You Ever Have a Family”
Cristina Henríquez, “The Book of Unknown Americans”
Karen Russell, “Swamplandia!”
Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage”
Kaui Hart Hemmings, “The Descendants”
Wallace Stegner, “Angle of Repose”
Sandra Cisneros, “The House on Mango Street”
John Green, “The Fault in Our Stars”
Robert James Waller, “The Bridges of Madison County”
Langston Hughes, “Not Without Laughter”
Ann Patchett, “The Patron Saint of Liars”
Anne Rice, “The Witching Hour”
Anne Rivers Siddons, “Colony”
Anne Tyler, “A Spool of Blue Thread”
Erich Segal, “Love Story”
Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”
J. Ryan Stradal, “The Lager Queen of Minnesota”
Bret Lott, “Jewel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Rick Bass, “Where the Sea Used to Be”
Rainbow Rowell, “Eleanor & Park”
Tupelo Hassman, “Girlchild”
John Irving, “A Prayer for Owen Meany”
Philip Roth, “Goodbye, Columbus”
Leslie Marmon Silko, “Almanac of the Dead”
Truman Capote, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Charles Frazier, “Cold Mountain”
Louise Erdrich, “Love Medicine”
Toni Morrison, “Beloved”
Wilson Rawls, “Where the Red Fern Grows”
Gayle Forman, “If I Stay”
Nick Hornby, “Juliet, Naked”
Beatriz Williams, “A Hundred Summers”
Pat Conroy, “The Prince of Tides”
Nora Roberts, “Black Hills”
James Agee, “A Death in the Family”
Edna Ferber, “Giant”
David Ebershoff, “The 19th Wife”
Donna Tartt, “The Secret History”
Katherine Paterson, “Bridge to Terabithia”
David Guterson, “Snow Falling on Cedars”
Jayne Anne Phillips, “Lark and Termite”
Chad Harbach, “The Art of Fielding”
Annie Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain”
The above linked article shows what candy hearts would say if they were written by people in long term relationships. Some of them are funny. Most of them are accurate.
The above linked article suggests some starter books for those readers who aren’t normally into romances. I am not a big fan of this list, since most of these are way too “romancy” for my tastes. I agree with some of the comments though. Start with “chick lit” or sports romances. I really dislike the historical romances, and I don’t think they should be on this list at all. The suspense books are more along my tastes, and I could probably deal with the contemporary ones, but I feel there are better books out there to start with.
The above linked article tells several very short love stories. Most of them aren’t about romantic love, but they are love stories nonetheless. They are all worth reading and beautiful.
Just in time for Valentines Day, this list comes out. I have read a lot of these books already, but not as audiobooks. Most of the others are books that I have heard of, or are on my TBR list. I would recommend the ones that I have read, so I can only assume that the others would be good, too? Not necessarily true, but maybe?
The above linked article talks about new release romance books that were all recommended by romance novelists. I’ve read some. I own some. I have heard of some. It’s a beautiful list.
The above linked article talks about the lack of diversity in romance novels and the uproar that canceling the 2019 awards caused.
I am interested to know how this turns out. I hope that the diversity consultant they hire can help. Until today, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a diversity consultant, although it makes sense to me. You learn something new every day.