Picture-perfect love stories, courtesy of Amazon
Once you find a story you love, don’t you want to experience it over and over again? So do we. That’s why we're pairing our books and movies by genre from now on. First up? Romance. We have ten inspired book-and-film pairings for you, all of which are perfect for a girls’ night in, a movie night with your sweetheart, or an all-day reading and movie-watching marathon.
Add a touch of romance to your entertainment thanks to Adrian Liang, senior book editor at Amazon, who has provided Southern Living with the ideal book pairings for ten of the most-streamed romance films on Amazon.com. Take notes, and you’ll have plenty of picks to fill your reading list—and your Amazon Prime Watch List—with love stories for the foreseeable future.
Take a spin through ten of the most popular romance films streamed on Prime Video over the past 6 months—how many have you seen? If you liked these popular films, you should add their paired books to your reading list as soon as possible. The book blurbs Amazon has provided are sure to pique your interest…
1. If you liked Cafe Society (2016), you should read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
“Brimming with old Hollywood glamour and stuffed full of secrets, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid will immerse you in stardom and scandals...and the passion that fuels both.”
2. If you liked Gone with the Wind (1939), you should read An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole.
“Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union takes a different view of the Civil War as a former slave partners with a Union spy to undermine the Confederacy in this tale of a love that must stay hidden at all costs.”
3. If you liked The Choice (2016), you should read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.
“If you loved this movie based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, try Sparks’ The Longest Ride, in which second chances are given to wounded hearts.”
4. If you liked The Escort (2016), you should read Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren.
“Workplace romances gone wrong don’t get much more heartfelt or funny than Christina Lauren’s Dating You / Hating You.”
5. If you liked Me Before You (2016), you should read After You by Jojo Moyes.
“Read Jojo Moyes’ follow-up novel, After You, to discover what happens after the film ends, and how life stumbles on.”
6. If you liked The Age Of Adaline (2015), you should read The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger explores with tenderness a marriage under pressure when the husband is affected by Chrono-Displacement Disorder and slips into other moments in time.”
7. If you liked Stardust (2007), you should read Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts.
“Stars of Fortune from Nora Roberts mixes magic and romance in a timeless love story.”
8. If you liked American Beauty (1999), you should read Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
“This story of a man seeking a new life and falling into an obsession for a much younger girl pairs well with a rereading of Nabokov’s Lolita.”
9. If you liked Heaven Is Waiting (2011), you should read Hannah’s List by Debbie Macomber.
“In Debbie Macomber’s sweet romance Hannah’s List, a widower receives a letter from his wife, Hannah, on the anniversary of her death in which she urges him to find love again and suggests three women who she thinks could be right for him.”
10. If you liked What If (2014), you should read I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Laybe.
“When Jackson’s ex-wife’s younger sister moves to Manhattan and needs a place to live, Jackson opens his apartment, and then his heart, to the one girl who always saw him for who he was, in Lauren Layne’s friends-to-lovers romance I Wish You Were Mine.”
Excited about these pairings? Get to know recommender Adrian Liang: “Adrian Liang is a senior book editor at Amazon and one of the fortunate few who has parlayed her English degree into a paying gig. Liang reads and selects books for Amazon.com’s Best of the Month program and writes regularly for the Amazon Book Review. Liang has been working in the book world for more than twenty years, which makes her feel both a tiny bit old and very, very lucky.”
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What books and movies will you be pairing this season? Let us know if you’ve seen or read any of the romance-filled picks above!