So I’m not a big romance reader, every so often I will read a romantic comedy, but for the most part I stick to Science Fiction and Fantasy. I’ve really been working to find more romantic comedies and romance led books that I love but I’m struggling. I like my romance to be sweet, innocent, and have a lot of great banter. Most of the books I’m going to mention aren’t really focused on romance but I love the way the characters interact and for me they represent really great relationships and awesome examples of romance. I am following the topics that were picked by Bionic Book Worm in her Top 5 Tuesday Post. If you want to check out the topics I’ll be discussing this month or are interested in knowing about future topics I recommend checking out her blog.
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I had to sneak at least one contemporary into this top five. I rarely read contemporaries, especially YA contemporaries, but I absolutely loved this one! I sat and read this outside on a picnic blanket next to the beach last summer and that was the perfect way to read it. The main couple in this book is adorable and Clark is easily one of my favorite love interests I’ve read in YA. (He’s a fantasy writer, are we really all that surprised he’s my favorite)
- The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson – Hear me out on this one. I know that a giant epic fantasy novel is not what most people expect to see when they open a post about romantic reads but I am a massive fan of one of the couples in this series. Shallan and Adolin are so cute!!!!!!!!!!! Their banter is great and every time they have a scene together I get so excited to learn more about their characters and watch them interact.
- The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal – I also had to sneak this one onto the list because Elma and Nathaniel are adorable. I love that this book shows a couple who is supportive and encouraging of each other’s ambitions. They truly want to support and love their spouse and their relationship is a breath of fresh air in the science fiction genre.
- A Million Junes by Emily Henry – This book is a fun book if you like magical realism. I’m a big Shakespeare fan (hence the name of this blog) and when I found out there was a magical realism book that was loosely inspired by Romeo and Juliet, I had to check it out. This book has a really great romance and really amazing friendships. I highly recommend checking this one out if you like YA contemporaries and magical realism.
- The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – I love this series but the first book has a wonderful romance! I loved following Kady and Ezra as they wrote back and forth from different ships! They are still one of my all time favorite couples in the YA science fiction genre! Just writing this little blurb is making me miss them which clearly means I’m due for a re-read of this series!