Monday, February 15, 2010


We've been on hiatus over the holidays, but the Online Book Club is back with a new theme for February/March, Heart. Yesterday was Valentine's Day, also known as Library Lovers Day. One way or another, February 14th means 'love' to millions of people around the world, so this month, pick up a book with the theme of love or the heart. It doesn't have to be a typical romance, most books have a romance as a subplot. Read one of the Romantic poets. If someone shows great courage, don’t people say the person “has heart”? Maybe you want to read about legendary lovers, fictional or real. Perhaps you want to give a vampire book a try? There's plenty of blood and romance there! Or simply read an author or a topic that you love. There are lots of ways to think about the heart, be creative!

Romance Authors:
* Cecelia Ahern
* Catherine Coulter
* Cynthis Harrod-Eagles
* Marian Keyes
* Stephanie Laurens
* Nora Roberts

Classic Romance:
* Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
* Emma by Jane Austen
* Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
* Atonement by Ian McEwan
* Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
* Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

"Heart" titles:
* Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
* Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
* Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
* The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
* Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
* The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe


Starfire said...

The biggest love story at the moment has got to be the Twilight series. Sure there's vampires and wolves but it's ultimatly the love triangle of Bella, Edward and Jacob. As my favourite series of the moment, I admit to Bella being needy, but wouldn't we all love to have 2 men fighting over us? Also to find someone like Edward... we all deserve one but unfortuneatly, I don't think we ever will.

Kate said...

Yes Bella is very needy! Twilight is definately not my favourite romance lol. I'm not much of a romance reader, but there is an element of love in pretty much everything you read. My favourite novel is Jeanette Winterson's "Written on the Body". It is a love story, written from the perspective of a genderless narrator. It is a fascinating and beautiful book. Jeanette Winterson's writing is very poetic. Anyone who hasn't heard of her, I would recommend to look her up!

Readergirl said...

I have to agree with Kate, I am more a Sookie Stackhouse fan than Bella, from the books by Charlaine Harris. Sookie is very big hearted with no shortage of male suitors, although none of them are human. My favourite Jeanette Winterson book is The Passion which is set in one of the most romantic cities on earth - Venice. It's a wonderful story but it's Winterson's prose that makes it so beautiful.

tinman said...

Seeing as love and heart go hand in hand I would like to suggest any and all of Jill Mansell's books. She has a quirky format to her romance novels that keeps you wondering who ends up with who right until the last page. Hard to put down, although obviously not as deep and meaningful as Twilight or Sookie Stackhouse books but some "light hearted" reading that can be polished off in a week or less and leaves you wanting to get the next Mansell book.