Be Still, My Heart: These Are the 20 Best Romance Novels to Read

Sometimes we all need to break our routines with a romantic rendezvous of the fantasy variety. Whether you're in a relationship or looking for love, there's nothing quite like an amorous tale to make your stomach flutter and set your heart on fire. Or perhaps you're more of a holiday cynic and would rather curl up with a page-turner full of passion, heartbreak, and tragedy rather than fairy-tale romance.

Since we happen to appreciate both kinds of novels, as long as the stories are compelling and the language beautiful, we created a list that features all sorts of romantic books. From a coming of age masterpiece like Call Me by Your Name (my personal favorite) to the rock 'n' roll memoir Just Kids by legendary artist, Patti Smith (I highly recommend the audiobook), there's something for everyone and every romantic notion. Fall in love with all 20 of the best romance novels below.