Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week's theme is just in time for Valentine's Day. I read a lot of books that have romance in them, but not a lot of true romance novels, so I'm going to stick with just my top five today.
2. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen -- This is one of my favorite stand-alone novels. It's much more than just a romance, but the romance is so darn good. Jacob & Marlena are probably my second favorite book couple of all time. And yes, I know they get together while Marlena is married, but I really don't care. Come to think of it, Claire is technically married in Outlander when she meets Jamie, too. Oh what the hell, they're BOOKS people, not real life.
3. Before I Die, by Jenny Downham -- This is another one that is much, much more than just a romance -- it's a truly heart-wrenching, beautifully written novel. Don't think this book won't make you cry buckets, 'cause it most certainly will. Tessa's first and only relationship is tender and sweet and as unforgettable as it is heartbreaking.
4. Alphabet Weekends, by Elizabeth Noble -- Girl wants to marry guy she's in a so-so relationship with. Guy breaks it off and girl is devastated. Girl's best friend who's secretly in love with her proposes they go on a date for each letter of the alphabet to prove they belong together. It might seem a little silly, but it's such a lovely, light romantic novel. I really must remember to read the rest of this author's books.
5. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer -- I honestly don't care how messed up or lame or terrible people think this book is, I like it. I like it a lot and that's just the way it is. I also like a lot of other "better" books, so I can have this guilty pleasure if I want to! (I also think the movies were a big contributor to the escalating Twilight-hate, but that's a whole other discussion.)
What books make your heart go pitter patter?