There’s something about romance novels that is so comforting - it makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In a world where we are struggling to believe in the concept of a ‘happily ever after’, these stories instill hope in us. So, here are Top 15 romance novels (not just Mills and Boons) that we at POPxo love, and we are sure you will too! Even if you are not a hopeless romantic, give these a read.
1. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan
Sonali Pawar, Beauty Writer & Editorial Coordinator‘I absolutely love this book because it’s a light-hearted romantic story (with loads of drama), that makes your toes curl. This novel will make you grin like a fool and is perfect for when you want to read something light.’Price: Rs 180. Buy it here.
2. Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot
Nitya Uppal, Assistant Editor‘The amount I love a book always boils down to the delicious characters an author creates. Kate Mackenzie (the protagonist of the book) is a twenty-something girl who cares about making the world a better place, can’t stand her current boss, is trying very hard to get rid of her good-for-nothing ex-boyfriend and falling in love with her gorgeous lawyer. Could her life be more relatable?’Price: Rs 175. Buy it here.
3. Chicken Soup For the Romantic Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Mark Donnelly
Apoorva Poonia, Trending Writer‘With extraordinary stories from celebrities and ordinary people, this book is for everyone who feels romance is not just for certain occasions. This heart-stirring collection brings some brand new inspiration to expressions of love!’Price: Rs 650. Buy it here.
4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Srishti Gupta, Senior Lifestyle Writer‘If you’re one of those who thinks that there’s a perfect person out there for you, you need to read this book. The love story of Don, a genetics professor who sets out to find a ‘perfect’ wife for himself, and Rosie, a bartender who matches none of his criteria, will help you see love in a new light.’
Sayunkta Jain, Editorial Coordinator‘“If people were like rain, I was like drizzle and she was a hurricane”. There are books that you read and then there are books that read you. John Green's idea of that tingly little feeling called love is so relatable! This book will leave you looking for your own "hurricane"!’Price: Rs 204. Buy it here.
6. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
Srishti Sabharwal, Fashion Writer‘I’m a sucker for novels that make me believe in unconditional love. Not only does the book make you hopeful about true love, it also emphasises on the importance of moving on, in order to maintain the balance of life. I cried like a baby when I read PS I Love You!’Price: Rs 167. Buy it here.
7. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Ankita Maheshwari, Partnerships Manager‘"I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen". A thought which keeps me going after reading this beautiful book. It’s about how two high school kids who hate each other, eventually fall in love. From taking long peaceful walks and discussing life to being there for his love, while she fights a terminal illness, this book gives you hope and restores your faith in love.’Price: Rs 236. Buy it here.
8. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
Akanksha Sharad, Social Media Manager‘This novel introduced me to Mr Darcy. He's noble, admires his woman for who she is, treats her as an equal and is the 'all or nothing' kind of a man. The slightly badass vibe about him makes him even more attractive. Thanks to this book, I have unrealistic expectations from my dream man!’
Manika Parasher, Lifestyle Writer & Copy Editor‘How often do you read a romance novel that moves you to tears, quite literally? An unforgettable and heart touching tale of two teenagers fighting for their lives, battling illness and falling in love with each other.’ Price: Rs 231. Buy it here.
10. A Bend In The Road by Nicholas Sparks
Manasvi Jaitly, Senior Wedding Writer‘The story is about finding love a second time. After his wife dies in a hit and run accident, Miles is left wounded for life. But love happens and it is beautiful to take that journey a second time.’ Price: Rs 216. Buy it here.
11. 2 states by Chetan Bhagat
Shivani Chatterjee, Social Media Manager‘If you're looking for a book with total desi drama, this romantic story is perfect for you. We all know how tough inter-religion marriages are in India, this book shows us how two states can come together and fight for love!’Price: Rs 96. Buy it here.
12. Love Story by Erich Segal
Bhavya Badola, Community Manager‘"Love means not ever having to say you're sorry". Love Story by Erich Segal makes you believe in that forever kind of love. If you're someone who believes in destiny, this book is definitely for you! And just in case you don't, it will surely make you believe in it.’
Anusha Raheja, Growth Lead‘I read this book when I was 16 and it still is one of my favourites. Spread over 20 years, with a Jew-loves-a-Christian twist, this story has all the drama you need in a good read. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and you’ll fall in love. If you are a hopeful romantic like me, this book will not disappoint you.’Price: Rs 243. Buy it here.
14. Willing Victim By Cara Mckenna
Akanksha, Product Manager‘When girls talk about eroticas, sadly, they think that it’ll be straight up pornography, filled with BDSM (credit goes to Fifty Shades of Grey). Willing Victim is so much more than that! It’s a book which will get you excited, make you squirm and leave you wishing that it was all happening to you!’Price: Rs 608. Buy it here.
15. One Day by David Nicholls
Amrita Paul, Senior Lifestyle Writer‘If you love the idea of best friends falling for each other, then this one is for you. It’s the story of two friends, Dexter and Emma, who struggle with shitty jobs, heartbreaks, lost dreams and broken marriages. I found this book to be funny, sad, and poignant.’Price: Rs 314. Buy it here.Which one are you reading first?