Love is the force that moves the world. A timeless feeling that has nurtured much of the history of literature and some of the most mythical books in our bookstores. Impossible loves, others epic, some real but all unforgettable make up the following best love books in history .

The 10 best love books in history

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Considered one of the first literary romantic comedies , what is one of the pinnacle works of 19th-century English letters remains a timeless classic. The story of the Bennett sisters in search of the perfect husband not only becomes one of the most delicious stories in memory, but it transports us like few others to the world of English society of the time to immerse ourselves in that world of parties, furtive encounters and passionate dramas that would inspire Helen Fielding and her Bridget Jones books more than a century later .

Blood Wedding, by Federico Garcia Lorca

Inspired by a real case that occurred in the province of Almeria and written in 1931, Bodas de sangre was the only play by Lorca to be published in book format given its great success. Clouded by a tragic sentiment that appropriates all of Lorca’s symbols such as the horse or the moon, Bodas de sangre recreates the wedding day of The Bride, who refuses to marry The Bridegroom dragged by the inexplicable force that attracts her to Leonardo , a former lover. The play enjoys a timeless success that was reinforced with the 2015 film adaptation starring Inma Cuesta .

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

In the year that Charlotte Bronte published this novel, 1847, women writers were not as highly regarded as they are today. For that reason, Bronte published the work under the pseudonym Currer Bell . And her character, Jane Eyre, is, like the author, a young woman mistreated by life, anxious to find her place in the world, that “something” that, precisely, has made the work transcend into a hipster society. The work was an absolute success after its publication, uncovering the identity of Charlotte Bronte and a feminist current that would end up consolidating in the 20th century.

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Many consider it the greatest romantic work in history , and they may not be wrong. Written by Emily Bronte, sister of the aforementioned Charlotte, Wuthering Heights tells the story of Heathcliff, a boy brought into the Earnshaws’ home on the Wuthering Heights estate, becoming a special friend of Earnshaw’s daughter, Catherine. A story of revenge, hate and dark love, Wuthering Heights was rejected by critics after its publication in 1847 for its matryoshka -shaped structure , considered “immature” by general opinion. With the passage of time, critics would recognize the visionary character of the work, qualifying it as the great work that it is.

Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

The mythical love story between Scarlet O’Hara and Rhett Butler during the American Civil War was published in 1936. Throughout the Christmas period of that year, the book sold up to a million copies followed by the Pulitzer Prize for Mitchell. , who knew how to create the ideal atmosphere for what is one of the best love books in the history  of American literature . A classic whose potential was further exalted with the famous 1939 film adaptation starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable .

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Although One Hundred Years of Solitude is the work through which Gabo became one of the great writers in history, Love in the Time of Cholera is his most romantic novel. Recognized by the Colombian author himself as his favorite work , the love story of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, wife of the doctor Juvenal Urbino, in a town on the Colombian coast will go down in history for its subtlety, intensity and ending. that defines the very essence of the work. Inspired by the love story of Garcia Marquez’s own parents, the novel had a film adaptation in 2007 starring Javier Bardem .

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

Set during the Mexican Revolution, Like Water for Chocolate  became a hit upon its publication in 1989 thanks to Esquivel’s ability to combine a great love story with the right ingredients. The perfect recipe that reveals Tita to us, the youngest of all her sisters and, therefore, condemned to reject love in pursuit of her parents’ care while she cooks all the dishes that the family cook teaches her. , Nacha. A modern ambassador for magical realism , Like Water for Chocolate received a notable film adaptation in 1992.

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

A masterpiece of Russian realism , Anna Karenina is the character through which Tolstoy recreates the Russian high society of the time as the antithesis of a more virtuous and rural world. Circles in which infidelities, secrets and lies are chewed that overshadow a protagonist whose story begins after being invited to Moscow by her sister’s husband, Prince Stepan. Although at first it was criticized as a cold work on high society, Tolstoy’s compatriots such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Vladimir Nabokov were quick to describe it as a pure work of art. Without a doubt, one of the best love books in history.

South of the Border, West of the Sun, by Haruki Murakami

Some may disagree and lean more towards Tokyo Blues , but for me the most romantic Haruki Murakami story will continue to be South of the Border, West of the Sun. The story of the owner of a jazz bar, Hajime, whose life takes a 360-degree turn after reuniting with Shimamoto, his childhood best friend, is a simple but intense tale about a past that can always come back like a storm as warm as unpredictable. Pure oriental intimacy.

Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak

The story of the doctor Yuri Andreyevich Zhivago, assigned to the military front during the First World War where he falls in love with the nurse Larisa was published in 1957 in a large part of the world. However, the problem Pasternak encountered was pressure from the USSR both when it came to publishing his novel in Soviet territory (he did it in 1988) and getting the Nobel Prize for Literature that the author won in 1958.