Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentinesy Lovey Reads

In honor of February and St. Valentine, let's talk love stories! So here we have it, folks. The great YA-ish love stories of our time. The requirements for this list: the book has a hero and a heroine who, after a series of challenges, end up loving each other. That's it. Oh yeah, and happy endings are important. This is Valentine's Month, after all.

Have any to add? Let us know!

  • Pride and Prejudice (and all other Austen novels), by Jane Austen. Not strictly YA, but who's counting?
  • Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer
  • The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
  • East, by Edith Pattou
  • Constance, by Patricia Clapp
  • Daddy Long-Legs, by Jean Webster
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Wildwood Dancing, by Juliet Marillier
  • The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman, by Louise Plummer
  • Crown Duel, by Sherwood Smith
  • A Countess Below Stairs, by Eva Ibbotson
  • Bewitching Season, by Marissa Doyle
  • A Posse of Princesses, by Sherwood Smith
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
  • Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande
  • Lorna Doone, by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Cybele's Secret, by Juliet Marillier
  • Book of a Thousand Days, by Shannon Hale
  • The Princess and the Hound, by Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Austenland, by Shannon Hale
  • Anne of Green Gables series, by L. M. Montgomery
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Orczy
  • Pollyanna Grows Up (sequel to Pollyanna), by Eleanor H. Porter
  • Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster


  1. I just wanted to add two books to Ashley's list, which, by the way--I LOVE!!!!!!! and totally agree with. It seems that we must have the same type of taste in literature. So here are my additions, though I know I am a little late.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

    The Anne of Green Gables books--Anne and Gilbert have to be one of my all time favorite couples.

  2. Fabulous additions. I haven't actually read "The Scarlet Pimpernel," but I love the old 1980s movie with Jane Seymour in it. If you haven't seen it, find it and watch it. It's hilarious. Though I don't know how it'll compare to the book. And as for Anne of Green Gables ... how could I have forgotten it? Terrible oversight. Thanks for adding it for us.


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