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Top Ten Tuesday-Not Your Typical Love Story

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Love stories get a bad rep for being super predictable.  Boy meets Girl, Boy and Girl fall in love, some very dramatic twist happens but the two overcome it, and they live happily ever after.  Fortunately, if you’re an avid reader like us you get to experience more complex love stories that feature more than meets the eye.  This Tuesday, we’re giving you love stories with more than meets the eye!

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27362503It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

We have screamed about this book from the mountain tops because it’s one of our favorites at ST&BR, and in true CoHo fashion it’s one of the most breathtaking love stories we’ve ever read.  However, if you’ve ever read this novel, you know it’s about so much more than that.  It’s a story of self-discovery and realizing your own self-worth.



32620332The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Yet another ST&BR favorite, the premise of this story is pretty apparent.  It’s about (drum roll please) the seven husbands of a classic Hollywood actress named Evelyn Hugo!  However, underneath this plot line, is a story of a young girl abruptly turned into a woman, trying to come to terms with herself even as it differs from everyone else’s ideals.



chaseThe Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

So often when we speak about “love”, we focus on romance.  What about love between family, or in this case, sisters?  Even though a few romances are included in this novel, the love between the sisters inevitably steals the show.




uglyAll the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

We read this in our book club, and it evoked so many feelings, both positive and negative.  It’s a very twisted love story that makes the reader question where love falls between “ugly” and “wonderful.”





Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

“I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly.  It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”  While the focus of Everything, Everything is the love story between Carla and Olly, it focuses on what makes a life worth living, and whether true love is worth risking it all.




furiesThe Heart’s Invisble Furies by John Boyne

The main character, Cyril, was literally born in the midst of punishment for showing ones true self, so it’s no wonder why his life consists of showing others the side of him that he thinks they want to see.  It’s heart-wrenching, it’s witty, it’s so incredibly lovely..and at the end of the day, the love story sits on the back-burner to a much more fascinating story of self-acceptance and discovery. Read our review here.



32969150Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

“If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes does break. But when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love.” Shocking in it’s powerful rawness, this book explores how cultural difficulties impact a marriage born from true love. Our full review on this gem is here.





The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

This book will definitely make you pause and think before judging the main characters. Should you bend your morals for those you love? Will you deny your conscious to protect your family? Putting yourself in this family’s shoes will surely make you think twice.




33574161Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

This is one of the strangest and deeply buried love stories out there, but trust us, it’s there. Timing is everything in a good love story, but so is letting a person be true to themselves. Beasts takes that sentiment and multiplies it by a thousand, but in the best way possible!




29422692Hate To Want You by Alisha Rai

Probably the steamiest book on this list, but Rai delivers characters with that feel relatable and raw. Yes, there are also some really REALLY sexy scenes BUT the story line has depth and multi-faceted characters that you don’t normally find in an erotic romance. The heroine is a badass, strong and independent woman who has inner demons and struggles with depression, and the author does an amazing job conveying how that impacts relationships of all sorts. Full review here.


Any books on the list that you’ve read and wanna chat about? What about any books we’ve convinced you that you should definitely read ASAP? Let us know, we’d love to chat!


Happy Reading!

Taylor   Kaylie

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday-Not Your Typical Love Story

    1. It was an uncomfortable read for sure but was beautifully written. Makes you question what makes a “good book”.

  1. I love All the Ugly and Wonderful Things! I enjoyed The Hearts Invisible Furies and The Light Between Oceans as well. Great books here! Thanks so much for sharing this post. <3

    1. All three are books that I keep shoving in peoples’ faces so we can discuss! I’m so glad you like them <3

  2. Love some of these, like Evelyn Hugo. And seriously Wavy and Kellen are one of my favorite developed relationships ever. I know it’s controversial but it just really hit me hard and stuck with me.

    1. Wavy and Kellen in any other book would have easily been my favorite fictional couple of all time, which I think is truly a testament to how incredible the writing and development was. It really builds on the question of, is there such a thing as real, true love, and if so, are there limitations? It was so powerful IMHO.

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