Top Ten Books That Will Make You Swoon


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 HedgehogMuriel 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 SensibilityJane Austen – never mind Mr Darcy, Marianne’s violent passions are so very touching, as is her saviour Colonel Brandon.


4. Captain Corelli’s MandolinLouis 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 EyreCharlotte 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 AffairGraham Greene – Devastating.


7. On Chesil BeachIan 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 AchillesMadeleine 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 SnowgoosePaul Gallico – because I’m a stuck record.

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