This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a Valentine's Day freebie choice. I decided to list the top ten books with romantic themes that I haven't read yet. I know the title sounds a bit awkward...but these aren't necessarily "romance novels." So I chose to call them "romantic themes." Just to be extra confusing....lol. Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day, however you choose to spend it!
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- consistently listed as the best novel of all time...it's on my Classics Club list as number 1.
2. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak- I've seen the movie numerous times and love it, but I should probably read the actual book.
3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte- I enjoyed Jane Eyre but never got around to this one. Everyone recommends it so it must be good.
4. The Bride by Julie Garwood- I don't generally read these types of romances but I've seen it on top ten lists for years now so I'm intrigued.
5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen- Still working my way through Austen novels and this one is a must read.
6. Border Bride by Amanda Scott- Another more recent romance novel but I love her books and this is one of her earlier ones.
7. Redeeming Miss Marcotte by Martha Keyes- I love promoting this author. She is fairly new to the scene but quickly becoming very successful. She writes sweet, wholesome books and this story is a retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
8. Poldark by Winston Graham- I have watched this show on PBS Masterpiece Theater twice now and never get tired of it! Ross and Demelza, George and Elizabeth, Doctor Enys and Caroline.....wonderful couples to revisit and I need to get started on this series!
9. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens- This may seem like an odd choice for romance but I recently watched the mini-series and I found it to be a sweet, romantic story at heart.
10. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough- An epic that has been recommended to me many times. I'm sure it has to be fantastic.