20 Best Romance Novels to Add to Your To-Read List

Jan 30, 2018 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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We love, love, love romantic films. The flirting, the first kiss, the will-they-wont-they, the falling out, the climax (ahem) of the story. Whether it's classics like When Harry Met Sally or modern turns like Sleeping With Other People, getting to experience falling in love second-hand — without all the actual drama and insecurity it usually comes with — is one of the best feelings in the world. 

The only thing that's nearly as good? Romantic books. I mean, that's why so many of them get turned into films as it is, right? Whether you're looking for your own Mr. Darcy or you still get riled up over Team Edward vs. Team Jacob (uh, cleary we should all be Team Bella) or even if you still get a flutter when you hear 'If you're a bird, I'm a bird', we've rounded up the best romantic books of all time. And yes, before you ask: The books are always better than the movies.

A version of this article was originally published in February 2016. 

1 /21: 'Everything, Everything' Nicola Yoon

1/21 :'Everything, Everything' Nicola Yoon

2 /21: 'The Notebook' by Nicholas Sparks

2/21 :'The Notebook' by Nicholas Sparks

3 /21: 'Doctor Zhivago' by Boris Pasternak

3/21 :'Doctor Zhivago' by Boris Pasternak

4 /21: 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen

4/21 :'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen

5 /21: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by EL James

5/21 :'Fifty Shades of Grey' by EL James

6 /21: 'Outlander' by Diana Gabaldon

6/21 :'Outlander' by Diana Gabaldon

7 /21: 'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger

7/21 :'The Time Traveler's Wife' by Audrey Niffenegger

8 /21: 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë

8/21 :'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë

9 /21: 'The History of Love' by Nicole Krauss

9/21 :'The History of Love' by Nicole Krauss

10 /21: 'P.S., I Love You' by Cecelia Ahern

10/21 :'P.S., I Love You' by Cecelia Ahern

11 /21: 'Twilight' by Stephenie Meyer

11/21 :'Twilight' by Stephenie Meyer

12 /21: 'Gone with the Wind' by Margaret Mitchell

12/21 :'Gone with the Wind' by Margaret Mitchell

13 /21: 'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell

13/21 :'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell

14 /21: 'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

14/21 :'Me Before You' by Jojo Moyes

15 /21: 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

15/21 :'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green

16 /21: 'Just Kids' by Patti Smith

16/21 :'Just Kids' by Patti Smith

17 /21: 'Water for Elephants' by Sara Gruen

17/21 :'Water for Elephants' by Sara Gruen

18 /21: 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

18/21 :'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald

19 /21: 'Bridget Jones's Diary' by Helen Fielding

19/21 :'Bridget Jones's Diary' by Helen Fielding

20 /21: 'Silver Linings Playbook' by Matthew Quick

20/21 :'Silver Linings Playbook' by Matthew Quick

21 /21: 'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris

21/21 :'Dead Until Dark' by Charlaine Harris