Top Ten Tuesday 8/15

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Like Tragic Romance.

This week was a free topic so I decided to explore the genre of tragic romance. I had a discussion with someone recently about how I like this genre and I'm not sure why. Probably because I'm a bitter asshole. But there are some really amazing novels within this category that I'd like to give a shoutout to: 

1. Atonement by Ian McEwan: This novel (and movie) is amazing but will absolutely crush you. However, it's worth it.  

2. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert: This novel was always interesting to me because it shows the dangers of having fantasies about life and romance to the point where you can't enjoy your actual life and relationships. 

3. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham: Set in the middle of a cholera epidemic you know it's not going to end well, but you're still not prepared. The movie adaptation is really amazing too. 

4. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: It's been a while since I've read this one but I remember it being really good and really sad.  

5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin: The protagonist can't catch a break. Marriage (and life in general) sucked for women in the 19th century.  

6. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway: The ending! Augh! I love the scene in Silver Linings Playbook where Bradley Cooper's character reacts to the ending of the novel. 

7. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Old school tragic romance. There have been studies that have said the novel inspired copy-cat suicides (coined "The Werther Effect").  

8. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier: Another absolutely crushing novel (with an awesome movie adaptation). It's set during the Civil War so you know it's probably not going to end well, but damn.   

9. Serena by Ron Rash: This is an interesting one because it's not outside forces acting upon a hapless couple but rather jealousy and revenge taking hold. It's complicated and dark. 

10. Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon: Ok, so this one is a little weird to have on the list because it eventually works out in the following book for the couple. However, the end of the novel where Claire and Jamie are forced apart and with Jamie heading to certain death is heartbreaking. The episode where this takes place is heartbreaking. So, even though the two are reunited later, I was still emotionally devastated for a time period; therefore this book makes my list.

Feel free to comment with your favorite tragic romances!   


  1. I haven't read ANY of these titles. Oops?
    The only tragic romances I can think of don't feel like "real" romances to me because there was a lot of issues with the couples. Like Romeo and Juliet. Tragic? Yes. Romantic? Nah. Phantom of the Opera? Same. Wuthering Heights? Maybe a little bit more romantic than the others, but man, their relationship was a trainwreck.

    Thanks for the recommendations. Apparently I need to read more REAL tragic romances.

    My TTT:


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