Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

 

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“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” One of the most memorable first lines in literature followed by a haunting, beautifully written novel that the author has referred to as his love letter to the English language.

For more stunning fiction by Russian authors, check these out:

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

*PS–The audiobook of Lolita (read by Jeremy Irons) is phenomenal. FYI. 😉

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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The celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.

For more nontraditional love stories, check out these three titles:

Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Landline by Rainbow Rowell