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21 Romantic Books You Can Absolutely Lose Yourself In

Because books are the ultimate relationship.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the most romantic book they've ever read. These were the responses:

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.


3. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

"It’s the most epic romance I’ve ever read. I’ll just leave this quote from the book here: 'It surprises me, how a gesture so small can feel so very big. How sometimes you don’t realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it all out of you, like your entire body is exhilarating.'" —istoletheTV4life

4. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

"It really is a love story in the purest form; about a relationship that slowly comes to be. Favorite quotes include, 'When I think of you, I can’t find the air to breathe,” and 'For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.'" —aprill4bf6d259e

6. Persuasion by Jane Austen


"The romance between Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth is tragic and beautiful, as they were young lovers unable to marry because of outside circumstances. They meet again years later, and (spoilers) Captain Wentworth melts hearts with his letter to Anne at the end, professing his love." —Emma G


7. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

"Each book is basically a testament to lasting love. Jamie and Claire’s relationship lasts through numerous obstacles. No matter what comes their way, they manage to find their way back to one another, and their love grows stronger with each obstacle." —EJTMusic123

8. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

"I find most romantic stories cliché, and almost all of them tell similar stories. But I read this book — just because the cover and the title were interesting — best choice I’ve ever made. Everything about this story is perfect and magical." —Sarah Knight

9. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

"I first read it in high school and fell in love with all the characters. As time has passed, I love how accurate the progression of love goes. It makes you laugh, and think, and just feel good about love." —marye15

10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


"The relationship is built up very slowly over four books, but when they finally got together I was jumping up and down and praising the book gods." —hq073198


14. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

"Essentially the story of Achilles and Patroclus and their life together before they both met tragic ends—the story behind the myth, so to speak. This book is as much about love as it is loss, grief, and facing up to one’s future." —ceblythe


17. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

"It’s a gorgeous example of Latin American magical realism that takes place during the Mexican Revolution. The protagonist, Tita, expresses her emotions through cooking, and the descriptions of her process and food are breathtaking." —elizaw441d4d3cc


19. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

"Levin, the epitome of a hopeless romantic, is undoubtedly the most noble and admirable character of the novel. He is not the central character of this romantic novel and yet he’s far more generous and unyielding with his love than the leading characters." —leuhg44

20. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

"Not only is it an amazing coming of age book starting two characters who are LGBTQ and people of color, it also delves into the explicit complexities of life. It is romantic, subtle, and absolutely heartbreaking. One of the best books I’ve read to date." —rattlethestars

21. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

"A book about a Hungarian Jew going to Paris for college in 1937 shouldn’t really be romantic, but when I gave it to my friend 3,500 miles away after she broke up with her boyfriend—it helped her believe in love again.

I genuinely don’t think we’d be together now if it wasn’t for that book."—olearyc5

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