“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love- Lao Tzu”
Love- I first understood the meaning of this most widely used word, when Jane Austen came into my life. The emotional upheaval of Elizabeth Bennet became mine and that was the first time I fell in love.
Fitzwilliam Darcy, the arrogant landowner with his haughty and obnoxiously offensive attitude, swept me off my feet. I, like a lot of young girls,did not want to be wooed with roses and compliments and dance dates. I wanted to be snubbed and discriminated against first and then have my Darcy fall in love with me for the very qualities that he found abhorrent.
This is the magic of books! Books, that bring to life emotions, that paint life with hues of expectancy, desire, dreams and most importantly hope.
From Jane Austen to Nicholas Sparks, from Rumi to Pablo Neruda, love transcends pages and comes alive as pages turn.
According to Neil Gaiman," Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”
So gift a book this month and show your loved one that you care.
Here is my list of ten love stories that made my heart skip a beat, brought tears to my eyes and more often a faint smile and that happy feeling!
1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Austen′s best-loved tale of love, marriage and society in class-conscious Georgian England still delights modern readers today with its comedy and characters.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault In Our Stars is a witty and touching story narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who falls in love with Augustus Waters, a 17 year old whom she meets at a support group which she is forced to attend by her parents.
3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveller’s Wife is a science fiction romance story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian.
4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Arguably the greatest love story ever told, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet continues to touch modern audiences.
5. Love Story by Erich Segal
Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon.
6. P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern
Everyone needs a guardian angel! Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her.
7. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
Theresa Osborne, while jogging on a beach, stumbles upon a message inside a bottle. She is intrigued by the note inside the bottle and decides to find the man who wrote that expressive message of love.
8. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Gone With The Wind is considered to be one of the most memorable tales about love and heartbreak. The story is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.
9. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera is a tale of limitless passion and strong love between Fermina Daza, Florentino Ariza and Dr. Juvenal Urbino.
10. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina is a classic novel written by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, and is regarded by him as his first true novel and by others as a work of art.
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