I primarily read romances, usually for the escapist factor, but this sounds like a great way to read fabulous books and to read other people's critiques as well. Excitingggg...
So, this is my list of Alice's Amazing Ten. Fear not, they're not all romances.. (though I was tempted, wouldn't that have been hilarious? No? Oh, okay....)
-contemporary romance. (This baby is a romance, but a great one at that.)
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
-fiction, love story, time traveling, amazing, will-be-released-as-movie-in-November (with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. I'm expecting fabulousity.)
3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
-fiction, very short (one hundred and twenty pages at most), fantasy, philosophical
4. Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
-sci-fi-ish, medical thrillers, a little graphic, outer space, love story, fiction, adventure
5. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
-thriller, love story, mystery, fiction
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-classic literature, love story, Mr. Darcy, witty, regency England, annoying moms
7. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
-saga, love story, WWII in Leningrad, war, intensely emotional
8. Like Water, For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
-book with recipes, love story, fiction, so good
9. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
-tearjerker, fiction, love story, sisters, revolution!
-classic literature, gothic love story, Heathcliff!
Okay, so maybe I lied. It looks like all of the books have a love story in it... though that may not be the purpose of the book. Hey, don't hate. Love is what makes the world go 'round.
I will edit and add what I am choosing to read later!
And the six books I chose to read from the other participants' lists: (I randomly chose my 'requirements' and made my own rules - you can just pick whatever 3 books you like)
From the most-starred books that I haven't read:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
2. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
Heard of but have yet to read:
3. Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes
4. The Goose Girl: Shannon Hale
5. Mort: Terry Pratchett
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks: E. Lockhart