Romance Awareness Month

When I think of August there are a number of images that come to mind…the beach, pools, sports, ice tea with sweat dripping down the glass, and ever since I was a teen the hope of a summer romance. Now you may be more practical, but I have been a romance reader since about the 5th grade, stealing my mom’s Grace Livingston Hill novels and finding a quiet nook to lean into a story that ended with a happily-ever-after. If this isn’t you, or you need a few suggestions, I have secured some book suggestions from the library staff and have created a list below!


  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare


  • Casablanca
  • Love Actually
  • Roman Holiday
  • The Princess Bride

The Fault in Our Stars is a favorite romance of mine. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember reading it during class in high school because it was so hard to put down! 

Enchanted by Taylor Swift is an all-time favorite romance song for me. It captures the feeling of first love so well that listening to it 13 years later I feel like I’m being transported back to my basement listening on repeat.

  • Anne of Green Gables & Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
  • Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
  • The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope
  • Green Rider by Kristen Britain
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diane Wynne Jones
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • With this Ring by Carla Kelly

A favorite of mine is Johanna Lindsey’s Malory books.

The series has recurring characters, a pirate, shipbuilding, aristocracy, and more, with settings in New England and England. There is lots of fun dialogue and intrigue.

These are a few of our favorite books. What are yours?

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