3 Must Read Books About Love
Books about love in some shape or form are among my favorite ones to read. Whether it be love for friends, family, country, or love for humanity, love permeates everything about being human. I’d go so far and say that, along with art, our capacity to love in even selfish ways is what makes us human. So, of course, I had to do a list featuring my personal top 3 must-read books about love.
It is in no way the definitive list of its kind, but I hope it proves useful.
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If you’re looking to dip your toes into the Romance pool, you could not pick a better book. First in a series called A Charm of Magpies, The Magpie Lord tells the love story of two men in a fantasy version of Victorian Britain. Lucien Vaudrey, Lord Crane, and the common-born Magician, Stephen Day, who meet after someone tries to kill Lucien one too many times with magic.
It is impeccably researched and I often felt like I was in the story itself while reading. All the characters, even the villains, were also very well done. But perhaps my favorite thing was the writing itself. Charles’ writing is out of this world.
At the end of the day, though, this novel is not a good fit for people who don’t want to read about gay relationships. Avoid it if that disturbs you and give it a try if you think you’ll enjoy it. You won’t regret it.
I consider The Lord of The Rings to be a perfect example of both the love people have for their friends and the love they have for their nation/the world. Without either the story would be dead in the water.
The Gondorians, Rohirrim, Dwarves, and Elves would not have gone to war to protect the world without it. And on the friendship side, the Dwarves and the Elves would not have put aside their hostile view of the other without the deep and abiding friendship that developed between Legolas and Gimli. Nor could Frodo have made it to Mount Doom without the platonic love and devotion shown by Sam.
But a word to the wise, this story is a long one! I have the One-Volume 50th Anniversary Edition and the story alone takes up 1,031 of the 1,178 pages. It a great book/series, but definitely a time investment not everyone would be willing to make.
Yes. I know. Pride & Prejudice seems out of place as part of what has, until now, been a list focused on Fantasy. But the zombie apocalypse version notwithstanding, I can say that this is my absolute favorite book because it focuses on both familial and romantic love.
You may be rolling your eyes, but think about it. Elizabeth is just as much invested in her sister, Jane’s, romance as she is her own. And both characters share a strong emotional bond forged by being the eldest of their parent’s child. On the other hand, Darcy obviously loves his sister. And even better, he loves Elizabeth so much that, when her family is touched by scandal, he mediates a solution without even caring whether he gets credit for fixing things. And, to me, that says something that just adds to the magic of reading this classic novel.
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