hi forever doing well my name is Katie and I make book related videos every single Wednesday and first I will say let me know if you think the lighting in this video is too bright and trying to play around with it because generally it's too dark I might have now gone too far I don't know but today I'll be talking about romance novels which you guys don't hear me talk about very much at all and a lot of these books a lot of people might not even consider romance novels but these are my kind of romance novels but so for number one we have Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Haruki Murakami is probably one of the most famous living Japanese authors this is the tale of a young man's first love he's living in Japan and it also does yield quite a bit with the topic of depression so just a heads up if you're not comfortable reading about that but this is a beautiful and sad story I remember finishing it at just eight or three months after so I highly recommend this and a few recommendations for which Haruki Murakami novel I should check out next please let me know next is atonement by Ian McEwan this takes place during World War two and the book kind of spirals off after a thirteen year old girl sees something she doesn't quite understand she makes a horrific decision based off of that and therefore the lives of a couple of other people are just torn apart and ruined so it deals with the aftermath of that it's also a really great historical fiction novels but it is fantastic and probably one of my favorite books of all time the movie is also wonderful and and I would say even if you've seen the movie check out the book anyway next we have a young adult vampire novel so not something you guys hear me talk about very much and that is companions of the night and this is a book that definitely was never popular it flew under the radar it's from probably maybe fifteen years ago but it's essentially about a girl who goes to a laundromat for I forget why I think it's because her brother little brother forgot his stuffed bear there and then she encounters a bunch of people who are kidnapping someone who may or may not be a vampire so she ends up trying to help this young man this is probably hands down my favorite young adult novel of all time I probably this six times I remember just being so obsessed with it when I was younger so definitely check that out next we have the Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Jenna DS who is also the author of Middlesex the Virgin Suicides now I know for a lot of people the Marriage Plot is their least favorite Geoffrey Jenna DS book and I would say yes it's my least favorite of his three books but I also still really enjoy it this takes place in college which I don't feel as if there are a ton of books out there that that's around college romances but this is sort of a love triangle but it's a good take on it because it doesn't feel sort of vapid when someone can do a love triangle that in my opinion is done well I think that says a lot then we have endless love by Scott Spencer now wait stop if you're thinking Kati that movie endless love that came out a couple years ago was horrible yes it was and Scott Spencer apparently read quotes online Kiki what he was even pissed off that it was technically kind of an adaptation and they chuck the title of the book and everything like that because the book is polar opposite from anything that happens in the movie the book is much more tale of Junge first love and obsession it's quite dark the writing is brilliant so yeah please just take that movie and let's love out of your mind it was trash it was horrible but this book is excellent then we have in my mind probably one of my favorite romantic couples which a lot of people but definitely not consider over romance novel and that is you by Caroline captain is I have a full review on this I'm not going to say much more about it yeah it's probably not technically romance I mean it's romance from one person's point of view but this is told from the point of view of a man who works at a bookshop who begins stalking one of his female customers so if you want a good psychological thriller this is definitely one of my top ones there's a reason that it kind of exploded and became so popular and finally we have a certain slant of light this is kind of a paranormal ghost romance I didn't even realize until I went and looked it up on Goodreads that it is technically young adult and I will say I read this years ago and so take this last note the grain of salt because there is that possibility I might go back and reread it now with fresh older eyes and not really enjoy it very much now it's very difficult for me to talk about this without giving away the sort of twist that happens at and they but all I'll say is it's paranormal romance and it is wonderful and very sad and very beautiful so I hope you guys enjoyed this video I apologize if it was really rushed but this week has just been nuts and I barely have time to film this video as it is I wish there was a way for me to edit it in class or during a meeting so I hope you guys are doing well please let me know if you have a favorite romance novel or if you've read any of the books I mentioned here today and I'll see you guys soon bye


  1. So I have been looking for intelligent recommendations. N also I keep seeing is bad young adult or adult romance novels. Thankyou for putting something smart.

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  3. Cheers for this, I have been researching "best romantic book ever" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Have you heard people talk about – Foonatah Omnipresent Magnification – (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my co-worker got great results with it.

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  5. Looking for a strong female protagonist? Look no further than Dragon's Gap. WOW what a read, loved it and can't wait for book 2….

  6. Can someone recommend a romance novel where people who hate each other but then realize they have intense physical attraction to each other?

  7. Well… my Murakami recommendations aren't romance… but… I really love Kafka on the Shore & Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Thanks for the romance recommendations! You sounds really interesting 🙂 Happy reading!

  8. I love A Certain Slant of Light… did you know the author came out with a companion novel called Under the Light. both very good

  9. Here is my favorite romance novel if anybody cares lol https://www.amazon.com/My-Boss-Billionaire-Stepbrother-Romance-ebook/dp/B01N5D1EZV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481942102&sr=8-1&keywords=quinn+keller

  10. Vivian Vande Velde wrote my favorite YA novel, too! I'll have to check out your recommendation, since I've loved "Dragon's Bait" for years and haven't really been able to find more from her.

  11. Now I will have to see how Scott Spencer felt about the original 1981 adaptation. Interesting. I didn't realize it was a book!

  12. hahah i definitely wouldnt have picked YOU for this vid but i get it (it's in my halloween recommended reads!)! 😛 norwegian wood sounds really interesting!

  13. Great recs!!! I did not know Endless Love was a book and now I must check it out!! A couple of other books you mentioned are on my TBR 😀

  14. For Murakami I would recommend you Hard Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World. His kind of "cyberpunk" book. It was the first I read and it still remains my favorite.

  15. Norwegian Wood is my absolute favourite book, it's just exquisite. I loved it. I would definitely recommend South of the Border West of the Sun, if you like Norwegian Wood. It's another one of his beautiful romance novels. Sputnik Sweetheart is also very good, bittersweet yet touching. I also recommend Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage. It's lovely magical realism. Sorry, went a little nuts. XD Obviously, he's one of my favs. :3

  16. Atonement is one of my favourites too. There's so much about humanity within the book and that always wins me over haha

  17. Hi Katie: I still think the best — in my opinion, of course — "romance" novel is Love Story by Erich Segal, and, naturally, I can't go past D. H. Lawrence's "The Virgin and the Gypsy". I was reading the latter at school (in England), under the desk during every other lesson, and was caught out and the book confiscated by my teacher. I went out and bought another copy. At the end of that year my teacher returned the book he had "stolen" from me and said: "Bloody good book, what!"

  18. Ive read a certain slant of light and loved it too. Have you read the sequel Under the Light, it's on my list but not read it yet x

  19. Hahaha I love your version of romance novel – very different to mine ;). But these recommendations are great! I've got Norwegian Wood and The Marriage Plot waiting on my shelves to be read soon so it's always lovely to hear nice things about them

  20. Norwegian Wood is one of my favorite Murakami books, I love him! You should definitely check out Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage next. Not so much a romance, but has some of the same elements.

  21. I've only read Norwegian Wood and it was DEPRESSING. I borrowed it from a friend because I wanted to read something light on my vacation. I should've guessed her choice knowing how she is. I could barely read 100 pages throughout the trip. I didn't really love the book, but I did like it and thought it was really atmospheric and I was visiting the mountains to catch my first snow, and the story has kind of stayed with me. I would love to read some more such books, especially books set in Japan now.

  22. Endless Love (the book) is so good! One of my favorite "young love"books, and I am not a lover of Romance in general.

  23. I DON'T read romance novels but when I do (by accident) they are incredible reads. I think titling this book a romance will narrow its readership and simplify its literary character. The book is "Love in the Time of Cholera", by Márquez. Love from the tender age of 14 until the overripe age of 80. Depressing (life is short / death / ageing / etc.) but I really enjoyed it.
    I've read "Atonement" but the end left a hole inside me. . .

  24. great video as always. I already put half of these into my never ending TBR list. x) And ya, the video does seem a bit too bright.

  25. My fave love stories are Gone With The Wind & Wuthering Heights. I have heard that they need a happy ending to be called 'romance', but who knows? xxx

  26. The lighting is great. I never thought you would do a romance novel video but I really enjoyes it. As for my favorite romance novel I sadly don't have one but do enjoy those paperback ones that you can find just about anywhere.

  27. A certain slant of light was my favorite book in high school! They came out with a sequel which is not as good as the first but still a good read

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