Valentine’s Day is creeping up and the gals from The Broke and the Bookish have offered up a Valentine’s themed freebie topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, I’ll own up to it. I dig love stories with impossibly ridiculous premises in my movies… And in my books. Let’s talk literary rom-coms, shall we?
- I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (review)- Suspension of disbelief is absolutely essential with this novel, but once you’ve committed to the singing telegram and the lost and found cell phone, you can’t help but enjoy yourself.
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (review)– How can you not love Don and Rosie? One of the most charming and quirky love stories of all time. Plus Australia. Be still my heart.
- The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert (review)– This is a super cute romantic comedy with a foodie twist. It’s set in Milwaukee, so the Midwestern aspect had me double smitten. I mean, there are cheese curds, for heaven’s sake.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding– I read this book for the first time when I was in high school and I have adored it ever since. Bridget is the quintessential hot mess who finds love in spite of herself. Timeless. Adorable. Someone get me some vodka. And Chaka Khan.
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (review)- Awww yeah. Falling in love through eavesdropping, as one does. Lincoln and Beth are positively delightful.
- Delicious! by Ruth Reichl (review)- What’s this? Another foodie rom-com? Heck yes! No cheese curds, but it’s still pretty… Delicious. (Yep, I went there.)
- The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (review)- Holy macaroni, I laughed so dang hard reading this. Sophie Kinsella, what have you done to me? High powered lawyer goes undercover as a housekeeper. Hilarity ensues.
- The Royal We by Heather Cox & Jessica Morgan- I haven’t officially reviewed this one yet, but holy smokes. For a book that is basically Prince William and Kate Middleton fan fiction, it was clever, quippy, and downright charming. I unabashedly loved this book.
- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (review)– Awww yeah. A sweet little romance novel. Also a lot of food in this one. Apparently I find food romantic?
- The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (review)- Yaaaaaaaaas more food! Also magic. You really can’t go wrong with Sarah Addison Allen as a general rule, but often her writing doesn’t necessarily fall into rom com territory. Rom, yes. Com? Less so. This might be a minor stretch, but it’s my list and I like breaking rules. RAWR.
In making this list, I realized I need more romantic comedies in my reading. Talk to me, Bookworms. What are some of your favorites?
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Sarah's Book Shelves
YES – The Royal We!! I’m not generally one for romance, but I did love this one…if it can even be categorized as a romance!
Have you read any Meg Cabot? You might like Boy Meets Girl by her.
Valentine’s is the perfect time to talk about Bridget Jones. Ah, the great fight between bitter singletons and smug coupleds never really ends, does it?
I’m not super into the romantic/chick lit/whatever you want to call it genre… BUT Sophie Kinsella is preeeetttttty great (except I don’t like her Shopaholic books). I’ve read The Undomestic Goddess countless times, and like you, it never fails to make me laugh out loud.
Bridget Jones’s Diary forever!!!!
I adore rom com & The Rosie Project and Attachments are two of my faves! And yes! The Sugar Queen! 🙂 My TTT
Jenny @ Reading the End
Would you accept a rom-dramedy? Cause if so, I highly recommend Marisa de los Santos’s Love Walked In. It’s very very lovely, and I reread it all the time.
I LOVE Bet Me and not just for the Krispy Kremes!
Andi M. (@estellasrevenge)
Haahaha, you and Sarah’s Book Shelves had exactly opposite ideas today, but I love both posts. I have special places in my heart for these rom-com types AND angry terrible disastrous relationships alike. Of this list I’m especially excited to get to The Royal We, The Sugar Queen, and Delicious! I own them all. I was a little turned off Delicious! for a while, but the fact that you like it speaks to me.
I read I’ve Got Your Number. I think that was my first book by that author. Good pick for your list. 🙂
Ah, I have to be in JUST the right mood for rom-com novels…usually they are a little to cutesy for me. But, a good Sophie Kinsella is the perfect choice at those times! 🙂 I am actually dying to read The Royal We, though that’s more because I spent my tween years pining for Prince William, and am fully obsessed with Kate MIddleton.
Kissing Cousins by Tegan James is a rom com set in Australia. You might enjoy that.
Sometimes I just crave a light, fun read and I’ll have to make a note of the handful of books on your list that I haven’t read yet. “The Undomestic Goddess” was my first Sophie Kinsella book years ago. So funny!