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.