Critical Linking: The Top 100 Romances


Back in June we asked you to tell us about your favorite romantic reads, and you responded in droves. (We had to shut the poll down early after more than 18,000 nominations flooded in!) Once the votes were tallied, we turned to our expert panel, reviewers Bobbi Dumas and Sarah Wendell, and authors Sherry Thomas and Michelle Monkou, to help us break down the categories and shape the final list into a love story for the ages.

Probably as comprehensive a selection of the Top 100 Romances as you are going to find. Dig in.


According to the report, this won’t be your great-great-grandmother’s Little Women: Instead, it’ll be a “hyper-stylized and gritty” retelling of the classic tale, which will see the four Marsh sisters “[banding] together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia and unravel a conspiracy that stretches far beyond anything they have ever imagined.” 

Do words have meaning? Can you just say anything and say that it is a version of Little Women? I am so confused.


Principal Lee Runyon pulled the book from the freshmen Honors English I summer reading list after a parent complained about the novel’s dark and explicit content.

“In looking at the situation and circumstances and timing, we felt like we needed to try to accommodate the parent’s concerns, which had some validity, and make a common-sense decision,” Runyon said. “I think we could likely make a better choice.”

One parent can get a book pulled from a reading list. One.


Bill Clegg, Anne Enright, Marlon James, Laila Lalami, Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Andrew O’Hagan, Marilynne Robinson, Anuradha Roy, Sunjeev Sahota, Anna Smaill, Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara are this year’s Man Booker “Dozen”, longlisted for the £50,000 prize.

It’s here: the most prestigious longlist in all literary awardland.

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