Oh, “Wuthering Heights.”
I don’t remember how old I was when I first read Emily Brontë’s novel, but the dark, tortured story of Heathcliff and Catherine — full of obsession and revenge, set on the remote moors — spoke to my melodramatic schoolgirl heart.
It’s one of 16 books that librarians from the Austin Public Library have selected for their Battle of the Broken Hearts. Starting Jan. 31 and until Valentine’s Day, staff members will narrow the list down in head-to-head literary battles, until one title remains as the champion of love. You can follow their progress on the library’s blog.
The list is a great mix of classics, modern young adult novels and even “Fifty Shades of Grey” — because love means different things to us all.
What’s your favorite book about love? Maybe it’s a romance like “The Notebook.” Maybe you read “Guess How Much I Love You” every night to your child and tear up just thinking about those two bunnies. Maybe your love of food keeps drawing you back to the works of MFK Fisher.
Patti Cook, regional youth services manager for the Austin Public Library and one of the librarians behind the Battle of the Broken Hearts, shared one of her favorite tales of love: “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks,” by E. Lockhart. “This probably isn’t your typical Valentine’s Day recommendation, but it might be the one you need! Frankie is just a girl in a boys’ world who is tired of being underestimated and swept aside. So she sets out to do something about it. And if that means she’s got to take on her boyfriend’s male-only secret society? So be it.”
So, what’s your favorite book about love? Send the title and a brief description about why it speaks to you to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 7. We’ll share those stories in print on Valentine’s Day.