Despite what some say, most of the deeds people do are in the name of love. Sometimes it turns the world upside-down, changes it beyond recognition, affecting everyone; sometimes it changes the fate of individuals. In Afghanistan and sunny Italy, Germany and Argentina — all over the world, ordinary men and women suddenly realize that they cannot live without a certain person. Now they’re ready for everything, and each particular case is a drop in the ocean of changes.
The Bookish Buzz team is pretty sure that love is the greatest driving force. That’s why we collected 10 books explaining all about it.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Love is a great feeling. Hidden deep inside your soul, forbidden, secret, it’s still waiting in the wings. This book is about love and war, about self-sacrifice and devotion, and about the power of women. For all its seriousness, the book gives us hope as light as a feather; a hope that everyone will be okay — the characters, the reader, and all of us.
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
Once upon a time, there was a withdrawn boy and a lonely girl, suffering from anorexia. They lived their lives, and then they met. They understood at once that there’s an invisible, though strong thread that ties them up. The boy thinks that they’re prime numbers, lost and lonely; they stand by each other, but they can’t really touch.
The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque
In the difficult years after WWI, the main character sells tombstones in a provincial German town. He lacks money because inflation rules the country, and that’s why he moonlights in a hospital’s chapel playing the organ. He meets his love there in a psych ward. That’s Remarque, guys.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Is it possible that a person, having fallen in love in their youth, will carry it always and forever? Will this love guide all of the person’s actions? Yes, it will. Years will go by, the boarders will change, and you will still love her. Or him. Because there’s nothing more difficult — and at the same time easier — than love.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Here is a world in which love is forbidden. It’s a disease, the most dangerous amor deliria nervosa, and whoever breaks this rule will be punished severely. Every citizen at the age of 18 has to go through the procedure of release from memories of the past, carrying the virus of deliria. Lena’s got only a few months before the procedure, and she could live as any other person — if she hadn’t met a special guy.