All posts tagged: romance novels

One of TV’s best slow-burn couples

One of TV’s best slow-burn couples

This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. Welcome back to The Daily’s Sunday culture edition, in which one Atlantic writer or editor reveals what’s keeping them entertained. Today’s special guest is Karen Ostergren, a deputy copy chief who has worked at The Atlantic for more than a decade. Karen is an avid runner who enjoys listening to other people talk about running—Ali Feller’s podcast is her favorite—and who recently visited an exhibit in New York about the sport’s history. On the other end of her content consumption spectrum, she likes tuning in to Abbott Elementary, escaping into the lush world of fantasy and romance novels, and watching football (and keeping up with the latest Jason Kelce memes). First, here are three Sunday reads from The Atlantic: The Culture Survey: Karen Ostergren My favorite way of wasting time on my phone: When Elon Musk bought Twitter—even before …

66 Best Romance Novels of All Time

66 Best Romance Novels of All Time

Romance novels offer readers passionate stories of fantasy, adventure, and of course, romance. Despite romance fiction often being dismissed as frivolous, these stories have resonated deeply for millions of devoted fans across decades, even centuries. Romance spans dazzlingly diverse settings and subgenres, from historical love stories to contemporary page-turners to sci-fi fantasies and beyond, capturing every shade of romantic experience. While narrow “best romance novel” lists do exist, even the most ardent romance readers recognize countless beloved titles and talented authors worth celebrating. So rather than claiming to present any definitive ranking, this overview features especially popular romance novels across romance styles and eras. Of course, with romance fiction’s rich history and extensive catalog, favorites here merely scratch the surface of the expansive, vibrant world of romance reading. From Pride and Prejudice to Outlander to recent hits like Beach Read and The Hating Game, the selected novels showcase romances spanning over 200 years of publishing history. Iconic stories mix seamlessly with modern hits still climbing the charts, highlighting romance’s remarkable staying power. Historical Regency picks …