Ah Top Ten Tuesday, how you continually challenge and confound me! The Broke and the Bookish‘s weekly meme has been popular amongst bloggers for a fair while now and I understand why. In line with this, the most romantic of weeks, I must rack my brains for books that made me, and might make you, swoon.
Let it be known that I am not a particularly romantic individual and have *never* been known to swoon…
1. The Mummy, Anne Rice – this little number was the first ‘adult’ book I can remember reading, with good reason. Never mind swoon, shiver more like.
2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery – Unassuming concierge Renée is coaxed out of her lonely, bookish existence by new lodger Kakuro Ozu. A meeting of minds as well as hearts that will most definitely make you cry.
3. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – never mind Mr Darcy, Marianne’s violent passions are so very touching, as is her saviour Colonel Brandon.
4. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernières – Some Nicholas Cage-style soppiness almost ruined this book for me. Luckily I ploughed on through to discover a passionate tale and a superb author. De Bernières’ more surreal work is even better.
5. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë – Although I found this classic to be almost unbearably bleak and slow-going at times, the tension and unknown quantities that lie between Jayne and her Mr Rochester make their relationship one of the most well-known in literary history.
6. The End of the Affair, Graham Greene – Devastating.
7. On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan – McEwan is always hugely hit and miss for me. Although this isn’t my favourite of his novellas, the subtle tension and bare setting leaves way for a myriad of emotion.
8. The Song of Achilles, Madeleine Miller – so heartbreaking, so homoerotic.
9. The One Plus One, Jojo Moyes – this simple tale of one woman, one man, two kids and a dog on a road trip to Scotland and back became so much more than I expected. Full to the brim with affection and honesty. **Out on the 27th February 2014**
10. The Snowgoose, Paul Gallico – because I’m a stuck record.
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