I have forever been in love with the written word for its exclusive ability to take readers into a transcendent experience of love and longing. But even for those less mushy than I am, there are books for couples to read together that can serve as the foundation of a special bonding time.
It is also the best activity to do together as a couple for there is nothing more romantic and emotionally fulfilling than reading your favorite love story to your partner and experiencing the warmth together. Here are some of the best love story books you can read together or gift to your bibliophile partner:
Popular Love Stories Books To Read As A Couple
A couple reading together today is a rare sight since everyone has their noses buried in their phones. If you are one of those rare couples – or want to be – there are some great books for couples to read together that you and your SO can explore together. It will nurture the spark in your relationship and add more romance to your bond.
Romance is a popular genre, and there are more relationship books for couples than we can count. So to make things easy, we have listed 5 of the best books for couples to read together.
1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García-Márquez
“Courage did not come from the need to survive, or from a brute indifference inherited from someone else, but from a driving need for love which no obstacle in this world or the next world will break.”
It’s a classic story of love and passion. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fell in love in their youth but had to part ways. Then fifty years, nine months and four days later they found their way back to each other.
A classic tale of forbidden love, this masterpiece is one of the best books to read as a couple, because it will make you realize the value of freedom and being able to spend as much time as you want with each other.
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2. Dreamology by Lucy Keating
“It surprises me, how a small gesture can feel so very big. How sometimes you don’t realize the nervousness or sadness you were holding deep inside until the touch of someone you love lets it all out of you, like your entire body is exhaling.”,
Alice had dreamed of Max and they had been in love hopelessly, for as long as she could remember. But when she found the real Max at her new school, he was nothing like her Dream Max. It’s when her lifetime of dreams merged into reality, love threw new challenges and we got this epic love story.
With a unique storyline and offbeat plot, Dreamology is one of the best books to read with your partner. The story is like no other, where Alice’s dream merges into reality as she helplessly struggles to find her way through a complicated love life, high school drama and her far-fetched dreams.
3. Little Man, What Now? by Hans Fallada
“And so it had been going on week after week. Month after month. That was what was so discouraging, that it went on so endlessly. Hadn’t he once believed that it was all over? The worst thing was that it went on. And on, and on, with no end in sight.”
Since its first publication in 1933, this novel is considered a classic in the genre, and one of the best romantic novels to read. Marriages are complicated in any case, but imagine surviving marriage in the face of German economic collapse just before Hitler’s rise to power.
It’s an inspirational love story that focuses on old-school, unconditional love and paints an accurate picture of post-World War 1 Germany. It’s a perfect blend of historical fiction and timeless romance, a classic in both genres, making it one of the most timeless books for couples to read together.
4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Marukami
“I’m looking for selfishness. Perfect selfishness. Like, say I tell you I want to eat strawberry shortcake. And you stop everything you’re doing and run out and buy it for me. And you come back out of breath and get down on your knees and hold this strawberry shortcake out to me. And I say I don’t want it anymore and throw it out the window. That’s what I’m looking for.”
It’s a difficult love story that will take time to sink in if you haven’t read Murakami before. This is the story of Toru and Naoko, who have come closer after the death of their mutual friend Kizuki. It talks about loneliness, whirled-up mental state and frustration, and shows us a coming-of-age hopeless romance.
The book highlights important topics such as depression and suicide, with an intricate storyline that deals with survivor’s guilt. Based in Japan, Murakami has perfectly described the complications of modern love, making it a classic in the genre.
5. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
“But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way. In any case, while it is all very well to talk of ‘turning points’, one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect.
Naturally, when one looks back to such instances today, they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial, precious moments in one’s life; but of course, at the time, this was not the impression one had. Rather, it was as though one had available a never-ending number of days, months, years in which to sort out the vagaries of one’s relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding.
There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable.”
This 1989 novel by Nobel Prize-winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro talks of fascism, world wars, through an unusual love story between the protagonist Stevens, a butler, and his housekeeper. It delves into the fact that you need to fight for your love despite the common relationship problems, and that nothing in life comes easy.
If you’re looking for books to read together as a couple, one that deals with more serious issues and has a historical background, this book is definitely the one for you.
Romantic novels have a way of bringing people closer. Are you constantly looking for books for couples to read together, and did this article help? How many of these have you read so far? Let us know in the comments below!
Couples should read classic romantic novels such as ‘The Remains of the Day’ and ‘Norwegian Wood’ together. Reading these together is a cute date idea that will bring you and your partner closer to each other.
We have all heard of the classics, Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock and Irene, but these offbeat books recommended above offer a unique plot and a different sort of love story.
Gift him romantic novels like Love in the Time of Cholera and Dreamology so that the both of you can read them together.