Romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts: Classic Romance Books

Romantic Valentine’s Day Gifts: Classic Romance Books

Discover a wonderful list of books perfect for new partners, long-time lovers, friends, family members or even if you want to show yourself some love, these gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re after a sensual gift for a lover or a classic romance novel for those who simply love love, this list of romantic gift ideas is sure to get you in the good books this Valentine’s day.

Classic Romance Books

Beautiful tales of forbidden and secret love, these classic romance novels are wonderful gifts for hopeless romantics on Valentine’s day.

Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre – By Charlotte Brontë

One of the all-time classic love stories, Charlotte Brontë’s 1874 novel Jane Eyre follows the romantic story of the titular character Jane and the brooding Mr Rochester. The intense love story is emphasised through the two lovers not being able to express their feelings due to the nature of their forbidden love. Factors such as class divide, differences in age keeping the pair apart, silly mistakes and misunderstandings further emphasise the suspenseful romance. It’s an absolute classic that is now regarded as one of the best love stories ever written.

Madame Bovary

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Madame Bovary – By Gustav Flaubert

First published in 1856, the plot revolves around the titular Emma Bovary, an attractive farm girl raised in a convent, who marries a virtuous but unexciting doctor. When married life turns out to be less of an adventure than she had hoped, Emma turns to sentimental romantic novels for her thrills. In an attempt to bring some excitement into her life, she acts out her romantic fantasies and becomes embroiled in an affair with a local landowner by the name of Rodolphe. What follows is a tragic spiral into ruin and despair that she will eventually pay the ultimate price for.

Romeo & Juliet

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Romeo & Juliet – By William Shakespeare

Set in the town of Verona, amidst the two feuding houses to which they each belong, two “star-crossed lovers” meet by chance, and, transcending the rift between their families, fall in love. Beauty and innocence collide with hate and violence. The families unite in sorrow. Romeo & Juliet is highly renowned for its poetic use of dramatic structures and marks Shakespeare’s talent for interspersing comedy and tragedy. First printed in 1597, it was one of the most popular plays of Shakespeare’s lifetime and remains one of the best-doomed love stories around today.

Pride & Pejudice

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Pride & Prejudice – By Jane Austen

Master of the Victorian Romance novel, Jane Austen’s beautiful book revolves around Elizabeth Bennet, a 20-year-old English woman and the turbulent relationship she endures with the infamous Mr Darcy. The pair must navigate societal expectations and overcome the sins of pride and prejudice for their romance to blossom. Full of enduring tension and stolen looks, this classic romance set the pattern for many modern love stories.

Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina – By Leo Tolstoy

This fantastically intricate novel in eight parts is widely considered to be one of the greatest literary works ever produced. It chronicles the lives and relationships of over a dozen characters and deals with such themes as marriage, faith, fidelity, betrayal, Russian society, and desire. The story revolves around Anna and Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky, whose illicit love affair creates a scandal in Saint Petersburg which necessitates the couple’s flight to Italy in search of happiness.

Sensual Reads

These titillating reads are gifts that keep on giving. Explore our top sensual books to amp the passion up this Valentine’s day.

The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana

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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana – By Richard Francis Burton

One of the most iconic erotic books of all time, The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, is a perfect present for valentine’s day. Believed to have been written between 400-300 BCE, Richard Francis Burton’s English translation of the “Kama Sutra” – an ancient Indian text originally written in Sanskrit that deals with eroticism, sexuality, and emotional fulfilment.

Writer’s On… Sex

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Writers On… SEX – By Amelia Carruthers

This book of quotes, poems and literary reflections provides a dramatic window into some of the most influential author’s relationships with copulation. It encompasses extracts from clandestine correspondences to the loudest of public proclamations and contains some of history’s most enduring meditations on fornication, procreation and sensuality. Vacillating between all-consuming passions and rational, cynical, even comical analyses, this collection offers an intriguing overview of that most universal of activities – Sex.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover – By D. H. Lawrence

Famously controversial over its salty language and explicit depictions of sex. D. H. Lawrence’s 1928 erotic novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is the story of the former Constance Reid (Lady Chatterley), a young woman married to an upper-class baronet who was left with lower-body paralysis as a result of his participation in the Great War. Both physically and emotionally distant from her husband, Constance begins an extramarital affair with the gamekeeper. The revolutionary novel was banned for many years for its outrageous depictions of sex and use of then-unprintable four-letter words until Penguin Books won the right to publish the uncensored version in the 1960s.

Little Essays on Love and Virtue

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Little Essays on Love and Virtue – By Havelock Ellis

A collection of fascinating essays on the subject of love and sexuality. Originally aimed at adolescents, these essays explore such topics as the moral value of sexual pleasure, reasons for marriage, and the advantages of understanding sexuality from a scientific perspective.

Romatic Poetry

Whether you’re looking to get in the good books, or even stay there, romantic poetry can do little wrong. From pocket-sized editions to little essays on love, these wonderful books are perfect for loved ones on Valentine’s day.

Songs of Love

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Songs of Love – By Sarojini Naidu

This pocket-sized collection of Naidu’s most moving romantic poetry is the perfect gift for those who love reading on the go. Brimming with charming love poems, Sarojini Naidu’s lyrical language paints magically romantic pictures through words.

Writer’s On… Love

Writer’s On… Love – By Amelia Carruthers

This book includes extracts, from secret letters to romance stories and famous love sayings, and contains some of history’s most enduring meditations on the subject. Vacillating between all-consuming passions and rational, cynical, even comical analyses, this collection offers an intriguing overview of that most human of emotions – Love.

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