Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads

In the mood for a little soulful yearning? Or do you need some sweaty, pulse-pounding action? No matter your tastes, we've got some romance for you! In honor of Romance Week here at Goodreads, we combed through thousands of romance novels to find the top 100 romance novels of all time! You'll find trusted icons like Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell all the way up to current fan favorites Colleen Hoover and Sylvia Day, with all sorts of timeless, juicy, steamy love stories in between.

To help narrow the field, we limited our results to books aimed at adult audiences (sorry, Twilight) and books with at least a 4.0 average rating (sorry, Fifty Shades of Grey). We found that contemporary romance—especially erotica!—is read in the greatest numbers, but we also included results in popular sub-genres, including historical romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

What's your "number"...how many have you read? Tell us in the comments!
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The average Goodreads member has read 18 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?
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Comments Showing 1-50 of 110 (110 new)


~*Bhook-Junkhie~ 31:)


~☆~Autumn♥♥ 13 and at least half of those were truly horrible! I gave them one star as they were so very bad.


message 3: by Tracy (new)

Tracy 31 but can't wait to explore / read more.


message 4: by Ashley (new)

Ashley I've only read 3. And only about 4 on my "To-Read" list.


thesebooksiread 20 :-)


message 6: by Marijke (new)

Marijke 10 and lots of them on my to read list :)


message 7: by rhayne08 (new)

rhayne08 i have read 27


message 8: by Ewa (✿◠‿◠) (last edited Feb 11, 2015 03:48AM) (new)

Ewa (✿◠‿◠) 30 :)


message 9: by Jenni (new)

Jenni I've read 24 and 7 are on my tbr-list :)


message 10: by Jessica (new)

Jessica 14 but there are many I want to read!


message 11: by Jessie (new)

Jessie 38! And a few more on my TBR list


message 12: by Bo (new)

Bo Read - 26, To-Read - 15 :)


message 13: by Ghada (new)

Ghada Ahmed Very amasing .I long to read more and more


message 14: by Laci (new)

Laci 31 :P


message 15: by Karen (new)

Karen 32 read


message 16: by Jo-Anne (new)

Jo-Anne I have read 5 of these books.


message 17: by Claudia the Night Owl (last edited Feb 11, 2015 07:26PM) (new)

Claudia the Night Owl Surprisingly 15 :D


message 18: by Emma (new)

Emma Roth 36! Looks like I have some new reading material to catch up on ;)


message 19: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I've only read three! xD


message 20: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Craghead 20! Not bad.


message 21: by Virginia (new)

Virginia I have read eight of these books.


message 22: by Anne (new)

Anne 18. There are a few more I plan to read, and many that I will never read, on that list.


message 23: by Sonia189 (new)

Sonia189 I've read 29.
And some are on my list.
Also have some titles that I won't read of my on inniciative(unless someone gives them as gifts in which case I would read them). :)


message 24: by Anna (new)

Anna Kļaviņa 8/100


message 25: by Laura (new)

Laura 25


message 26: by Base (new)

Base 1


message 27: by Stephenie (new)

Stephenie Oxley I have read one...


message 28: by Sarah (new)

Sarah 12, but one of them I really didn't like.


message 29: by Mandy (new)

 Mandy Mellon 39 glad to add more to my list now! (:


message 30: by Mehsi (new)

Mehsi Only 3 for me... and looking at all the other books, I think it will stay 3. :)


message 31: by Lyndy Ann ♫ (new)

Lyndy Ann ♫ Read 16 but I have 13 on my to read shelf :-)


message 32: by Tatiana (new)

Tatiana just 7 :S


message 33: by Tala (new)

Tala  16:)


message 34: by MLE (new)

MLE  7.


message 35: by Hannah (new)

Hannah 33 - not too shabby!


message 36: by Mountaingoddess (new)

Mountaingoddess 35 not to bad!!!


message 37: by Fangtasia (new)

Fangtasia 12 - and none on my TBR.


message 39: by Francine (new)

Francine 20 de los cuales ninguno me gustó mucho, asi que no estoy tan interesanda en leer los demás *luna negra emoji*


message 40: by Denise (new)

Denise 51 but where the heck is Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels ??Lord of Scoundrels
There is a reason AAR has had it in the #1 spot for romances over and over with 4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 · rating details · 14,988 ratings · 1,091 reviews


message 42: by Jeanny (new)

Jeanny 7 & none on my TBR list.
This is a good opportunity to add some new books lol

BTW I love how all foe them list only books 1 in the series. That was imo thoughtful & useful.


message 43: by Wheng (new)

Wheng 4 books out of 100....i'll try to find and read some of the others,


♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ the Romance Bibiliophile ♡ 23 ... and still many on my to-do list are also in here :-D


message 45: by Peach (new)

Peach 33/100.. and a bit more on my TBR. Got to catch up!


message 46: by Shireen (new)

Shireen  Hakani 26/100 and more on TBR


message 47: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Cummings I've read 20. Now here's something interesting. Of all the books I read, the ones I read before I was 18 I gave 5 stars to. Of the ones I read post 18, they average 3 stars. Have I gotten more critical, or have the quality of the books published declined?


message 48: by Sabri Na (new)

Sabri Na 18/100 :)


message 49: by Pratibha (new)

Pratibha 24


message 50: by Mitsy (new)

Mitsy Wow. I've read 12. Most of these were read a long time ago. I don't read romance much, at all, anymore because they're all the same. At least they seem that way to me.


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