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Romantic Books for People Who Hate Romance Novels

Here’s the thing: sometimes, you just want to read a good love story. Or at least, something with a little sex, a little passion, a few dramatic swoons. But a romance novel, per se? Nothing so gaudy or slapdash for you! You need real literature. Well, person who I’ve just made up (though I know you’re out there), here’s the answer: a selection of romantic books that will rev your motor (emotional or otherwise) but don’t fall into that taboo category of cheap paper and cheaper storylines. After the jump, 50 romantic novels for people who hate romance novels
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Call Me by Your Name
Call Me by Your Name
2
The Sorrows of Young Werther
The Sorrows of Young Werther
3
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
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The Chrysalids
The Chrysalids
5
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
Giovanni's Room (James Baldwin)
6
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
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Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
8
History of a Pleasure Seeker
History of a Pleasure Seeker
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9
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P
10
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
11
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
12
Tipping the Velvet
Tipping the Velvet
13
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD
14
To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
15
Lord of Misrule
Lord of Misrule
16
Nightwood
Nightwood
17
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
18
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary
19
Lucky Jim
Lucky Jim
20
Atmospheric Disturbances
Atmospheric Disturbances
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21
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
22
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story
23
The Lover's Dictionary
The Lover's Dictionary
24
All Is Forgotten Nothing Is Lost
All Is Forgotten Nothing Is Lost
25
Schematics a Love Story
Schematics a Love Story
26
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo
27
Griffin and Sabine
Griffin and Sabine
28
Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited
29
We
We
30
High Fidelity
High Fidelity
31
Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox
32
Swamplandia
Swamplandia
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33
The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides
34
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
35
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus
36
If on a Winters Night a Traveller
If on a Winters Night a Traveller
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The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
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The Lover
The Lover
39
The Virgins
The Virgins
40
Dune
Dune
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