The one thing all romantic comedies have in common? They celebrate the two things everyone wants in life—rom and com, of course. To honor that, we're devoting a whole week to the genre. More on the rom-coms we love, past and present, here.
It's normal to want to watch your favorite romantic comedies over and over again. Often there's something in these stories that appeals to our hearts, whether it's the allure of finding love with your best friend, meeting a stranger who changes your life, or just discovering something new about yourself. Romantic comedies remind us of the best parts of humanity—of achieving happiness and fulfillment, and doing it with an impeccable wardrobe.
And there's a whole subset of books that evoke the same feeling. That's right: Rom-coms aren't just for the big and small screens. They're also a booming novel genre that's only getting bigger. So if you've exhausted your catalog of rom-com movies but still want a fix, may I suggest scrolling Amazon for some good reads? These 12 books, below, are a great place to start. All of them will make you feel like you're watching a big, bombastic romantic comedy—just, ya know, in your mind.
Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein
Synopsis: A young jewelry shop owner manages to convince her Instagram followers that she's engaged—but instead of coming clean, she keeps up the charade. Buy on Amazon here.
Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Synopsis: After squashing their beef, America's first son, Alex, and the Prince of Wales, Henry, begin a secret romance that threatens to derail their families' political empires. Buy on Amazon here.
Crashing the A-List by Summer Heacock
Synopsis: After discovering a famous movie star's years-old secret, a down-on-her-luck editor finds herself in the middle of Hollywood's A-list—and a romance with said movie star ensues. Buy on Amazon here.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Synopsis: A 30-year-old who is living with Asperger's and has limited dating experience hires a male escort to teach her some romance ropes. Quickly, this logic-first millennial starts to realize love might be the only language that makes sense. Buy on Amazon here.
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Synopsis: A pediatric surgeon convinces a woman he's stuck in an elevator with to be his date for his ex's wedding. She agrees, and what originally starts out as just a fun night becomes something more. Buy on Amazon here.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Synopsis: Inspired by Kate Middleton and Prince William's love story, this novel centers on an American woman, Bex Porter, who travels to Oxford and falls in love with Nick, who just so happens to be the heir to the British throne. Buy on Amazon here.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
Synopsis: Following a breakup with her fiancé, a 28-year-old woman begins questioning her life and sexuality when she becomes attracted to a high-powered negotiator named Cassidy. Buy on Amazon here.
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Synopsis: A hopeless romantic who idealizes Tom Hanks snags a job working on a movie shoot in her town. It's there where she meets the lead actor, Drew, who couldn't be further from Tom Hanks, but a romance soon blossoms. Buy on Amazon here.
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Synopsis: Two rival dating-app creators don't see eye-to-eye on anything business, but they understand each other perfectly in the bedroom. This dynamic, as you can imagine, sparks some chaos. Buy on Amazon here.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Synopsis: After an entire wedding party gets food poisoning, a bridesmaid and groomsman who can't stand each other agree to go on the honeymoon that's now up for grabs. But soon pretending to be a recently married couple doesn't become an issue at all. Buy on Amazon here.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
Synopsis: An unlucky-in-love children's-party planner and a baseball player with a career-ending injury decide to up both their statuses by faking a relationship. But their hoax morphs into something very hot—and very real. Buy on Amazon here.
The Bromance Book Club (available November 5) by Lyssa Kay Adams
Synopsis: A Nashville baseball player's life implodes after two incidents: (1) His wife asks for a divorce, and (2) he finds out she was faking orgasms throughout their marriage. Determined to win her back, he turns to steamy romance novels to learn a thing or two about sex. And he reads these books in a secret, all-male book club composed of guys just like him. Buy on Amazon here.
Originally Appeared on Glamour