Have you ever read a book that you loved so much you swooned?
One that, upon turning that final page and closing the cover, you wanted to flip it over and start again?
I have. And while it doesn't happen all the time, it's happened enough for me to make a list. So here are some of my swoonworthy books (some even with swoonworthy boys) and why they make me swoon:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - REVIEW TO COME
I literally just read this one and adored it. Anna, Étienne, Paris...all of it is so swoony it hurts. I read it in one sitting and wanted to turn it over and start again. The Parisian setting comes to life and feels so real, as do the characters. I swear I could live in this book it's so good.
I miss Paris, but it’s not home. It’s more like . . . I miss this. This warmth over the telephone. Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place? ~ pg. 250
Not exactly a happy book, but definitely not a sad one, The Lover's Dictionary is a book to read and reread. I have so many favorite parts, favorite words, that it's impossible to name them all. I often walk by this on my shelf, pick it up, read a few pages, then read a few more, and then a few more.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough. ~ pg. 120
Hilarious, heartfelt, and full of music! This is another one that I read in a flash, but wish I savored more. The main character, Seth, is so against love, but his realizations throughout the book are inspiring. The writing is chock full of pop culture references and witty humor. Just writing this makes me want to read it again.
I loved my ex - heck, I still love her - but back then the love felt different. At first it was like floating, soaring through the clouds, a total rush. After a while, it changed. I'm not sure how or why, but it changed. It got duller, but deeper. It was there like the wiring of a house is there. You don't see it, you don't think about it every day, but it's there and it works. pgs. 128-129
In case you didn't know, I'm in love with Sarah Ockler's writing. And while I enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, I was head-over-heels in love with Fixing Delilah. This book has humor, angst, familial issues, and a swoonworthy boy. I had about a million favorite parts and couldn't get enough of it.
Instead of graying and vanishing, my thoughts multiply, intensify, run together like tributaries in a stream, meandering and braiding and ending up always in the same inevitable river – that kiss. ~ pg. 149
I'm going to stop now, but there are so many other books that I think I'll have to do another one of these in the future. So what about you? What books do you swoon over? Share below and I'm sure I'll be adding a bunch to my wishlist.