This week’s Booking Through Thursday prompt asks “Whatâ€™s the most romantic book youâ€™ve ever read?” I’m tempted to be snarky and say Passion by Jude Morgan because its about the Romantic poets Byron, Shelley, and Keats, but I know that’s not what the question’s asking about, especially because Valentine’s Day was Monday.
I had to think about this one. I would not say the most romantic book I’ve ever read was a romance novel. Those are OK, but they don’t really do it for me. If we’re talking about a couple in in a novel I’d hold up as the most romantic couple, it’s probably Jamie and Claire Fraser from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. What a romance!
On the other hand, the first book that came to mind when I read this question, and the one that seems to be my best answer to it is Possession by A.S. Byatt. I find it romantic for all the following reasons:
- The relationship between Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte was romanticâ€”a meeting of the minds.
- It was the first book my husband ever recommended to me. He might not know that, but I’m pretty sure it was. (Aw, mushy!)
- Victorian poetry. “Natch,” as the kids say. All that repressed passion.
- The love affair with academia, books, and poetry.
- It has a gorgeous cover, The Beguiling of Merlin by Edward Burne-Jones.