People love, love. When we have someone special in our loves, something romantic confirms what we have. When we are on our own, we get the kick of those love endorphins and feel love almost like we’re in it for real. To assemble this list, we asked our friends and readers for their recommendations of their favorite books and movies that spur romance.  We think they came up with a mighty fine list! 


Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver – Passionate and complex.

Griffin & Sabine Trilogy Boxed Set – On the pages, open up physical letters and postcards to read the mysterious correspondence between two people. Take turns reading the correspondences out loud to each other. It’s very romantic and powerful. 

Love Letters in the Sand: The Love Poems of Khalil Gibran – We were told, “You can’t beat Khalil GiRomantic Booksbran for his wisdom regarding the matter.”

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Sonnets from the Portugese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Absolutely classic. To think, people wrote like this all the time, way back when. 

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel  by Rachel Joyce – We were told reading both of her books listed here makes for a well-rounded, romantic experience.

The Memoir of Cleopatra by Margret George

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce – Three people told us they love this book. “An amazing, subtle love story,” said one.

Vox by Nicholson Baker described as “really saucy.”



Cuban Fury – Fabulous music, a sweet story and great dance moves. 

De-Lovely – A very passionate romance that’s not exactly what you’d expect. 

Kissing a Fool – A romance that’s happening during another romance.

Pride & Prejudice – So proper. So beautiful. Such restraint – it’s delicious!

Sabrina – Harrison Ford’s restraint is rather sexy in this remake.

Something’s Gotta Give – The truth about romance for multiple generations.

The Holiday – Maybe it’s Jude Law’s blue eyes that make this a dreamy movie.

While You Were Sleeping – Sure, we’d watch anything with Sandra Bullock but the chemistry between her and Bill Pullman is palpable.

Woman on Top – A funny, sexy, food-themed movie with a Latin touch.


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