With all this snow fall it doesn’t seem spring is coming any time soon. But we have some books that will warm you all over. Question of the Month is What is your all-time favorite book with a love theme? It can be any kind of love: romantic, friendship, love for animals, or a self-help book that teaches you to love yourself. Here are some recommendations from WNBA-NYC members.
“The first book that came to mind was THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN (HarperCollins) by Garth Stein. I adored how the author crafted this novel with the beloved dog as narrator. There is so much love pouring from the pages of this wonderful story and not only a human’s love for his dog. Enzo’s emotions are so human the reader can’t help but want to cuddle up with this canine and pet his long, soft fur. Even people who are not dog lovers will enjoy this heartfelt story and not want it to end.
ME BEFORE YOU (Pamela Dorman Books/ Viking) by Jojo Moyes: the beautiful love that grows between two completely different and unsuspecting characters. The love Will Traynor has for the young woman, Lou Clark, is so strong it gives him even more impetus to continue with his unorthodox and disturbing decision to end his life. I don’t want to spoil a beautiful story so I won’t say anymore.”
Scarlett O’Hara never figures out that sardonically sexy Rhett Butler is The One, even though he’s RIGHT THERE!! This famously unlikeable badass female protagonist is always front and center, demonstrating foolishness, naïveté, strength and bravery against a sweeping Civil War epic backdrop. Despite the appalling racism in the novel, it still remains the greatest romance novel ever.”
“My most recent favorite book with a love theme is ELEANOR AND PARK (St. Martin’s Press) by Rainbow Rowell. John Green worded it well in his review, that it ‘reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.’ I don’t remember the last time I read a YA novel that catapulted me so thoroughly back into the warm first-crush glow of my youth. Rowell is a true nostalgist and a deep sympathizer with the pure and passionate human teen experience. I loved every adorable, fumbling step that Eleanor and Park took, both toward and away from each other.”
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