Amazon Maps Out America’s Greatest Love Stories
Looking for an epic romance novel to cozy up to this Valentine’s Day? Amazon makes the search easier than ever by mapping out the greatest American love stories set in every state of the union, handpicked by Amazon editors. Click on any state on the map to see the complete list. Some states even have more than one novel listed, which gives avid readers plenty of options.
The novels listed represent a solid timetable of popular romance novels through the years. There are great American classics like “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, “Love Story” by Erich Segal, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck and “These Happy Golden Years” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are also newer classics that have been adapted into films including “The Cider House Rules” by John Irving, “The Bridges of Madison County” by Robert James Waller, “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks and “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” by Fannie Flagg.
Finally, there is also a solid selection of modern romance novels that have just recently topped the charts. Among these popular choices are “The Host” by Stephenie Meyer, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy and “Life Among Giants” by Bill Roorbach. Amazon’s editors have handpicked the selections themselves, so there is plenty of variety for all age groups.
These novels are not all pure romance, either, which is excellent for any reader who is on the lookout for a new book this month. All of the novels involve love connections, but romance is not always the main component. Novels like “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain appear on this list, which are not strictly romance novels, but do feature love in one form or another. Some of the selections are quite a surprise, which makes Amazon’s interactive list a fun feature to explore and compare with your list of favorite novels.
There is a perfect story for every bookworm on this list. Besides the great classics and a solid selection of modern, mainstream fiction novels featuring love stories, there are LGBT books, young adult books, graphic novels and love tales that delve into history, science, science fiction, paranormal fantasy, theater, war, humor and a fantastic variety of other subjects. Whatever your interests may be, you are sure to find a novel or two on this list that tickles your fancy.
Pick a book—any book! What is your favorite love story, and why? How does this list compare to your current list of favorites?