Love is a universal emotion characterized by positive emotions, commitment and passion. British writer C. S. Lewis has divided love into 4 categories- storge (empathy bond), Philia (friend bond), Eros (romantic bond), Agape (unconditional ‘God’ love). This broad distinction of the 4 types of love is enough to make us understand that love goes way beyond just a romantic attraction between a man and a woman.
Here is a list of books that will make you laugh, cry and assert your belief in love.
“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven't loved enough. ”
This book is a novel within a novel. It has the biography of two famous Sufi poets- Persian poet Rumi and his spiritual guide Shams of Tabriz. The bond of Ella with Aziz Zahara, and simultaneously, the unique friendship between Rumi and Shams will make you think over the idea of love that is taught to us. This book will transcend you in the valleys of the middle east. You will get a lot of soulful poetry and Sufi vocabulary in this book so make sure to steal one or two for your loved ones. It is one of the best love story books to read.
“For you, a thousand times over”
This book will break your heart in a million pieces. It is an unforgettable story of a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant. There is friendship, betrayal, redemption, lies, sacrifices. Set in Afghanistan, this novel also gives a glimpse of the country when it was going through crucial change and destruction. So keep your handkerchief ready before picking up this contemporary classic.
“To save one is to save the world”
Heather Morris retells the story of a Jew, Lale, caught up in the horrors of Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2. He falls in love with a fellow inmate- Gita. But will their love survive in a harrowing place where death is looming in every corner? It is a disturbing book as the details of the concentration camp will surely keep you awake at night. But wherever there is love, there is hope. It is best love story books of all time
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
This 1813 classic is one of the most popular novels of English Literature. The novel tells the not-so-romantic story of opinionated Elizabeth Bennet and proud Fitzgerald Darcy. The novel of full of twists and turns which will put any Bollywood saga to shame. This is a timeless novel, having several television and cinema adaptations. One of them has Aishwarya Rai Bachhan as the lead character. Do give it a read. It is one of best love story books in English.
“Men are sheep. Where one goes, the rest will soon follow.”
Netflix’s famous show ‘Bridgerton’ is an adaptation of this romantic novel based in the Regency era. The book is a romantic entanglement between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. The novel includes lies, fake courtships, ball dance and lots of gossips. This is a traditional love-hate relationship between the two protagonists and there is no reason why you shouldn’t read it.
“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.”
The Great Gatsby is the tale of wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan. This twentieth-century classic gives a glimpse of the Jazz Age. The novel is a critique of the ‘American Dream’, elite lifestyle and capitalism. But above and beyond all the social commentary, the novel is an unrequited love story of Gatsby. The book was adapted into a movie with the same name in 2013 where Lionardo Dicaprio played the lead character.
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