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Maggie Boyd
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Defining Love
Mankind has looked for the true meaning of love for centuries. Below are some quotes that offer a glimpse of what it means. Read 10,12 or 18 books that match the criteria within the challenge to complete it.
1. Love is friendship that has caught fire ( Anne Landers ) Read a friends to lovers romance.
2. Love is the answer, (John Lennon) Read a mystery/romantic suspense.
3. Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow. (John Lennon) Read a book about a landscaper, florist or farmer. Or about someone who works in the outdoors in some way.
4. Love is higher than a mountain (Bee Gees) Read a book that takes place in Montana or Colorado or any other area known for their mountains.
5. Love is deeper than water (Bee Gees) Read a book that takes place on a ship or that involves water in some way. (i.e. body of water in the title such as Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas)
6. Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. (Jules Renard) Read a time travel romance.
7. Love is stronger than death (Robert Fulghum) Read a vampire romance or another type of paranormal or read a romance that involves a significant death. (Ie married because it is required in a will such as in Mary Balogh’s Slightly Married)
8. True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld) Read a story with ghosts or spirits
9. Life is a game and true love is a trophy. (Rufus Wainwright) Read a sports romance or a book that involves a competition of some kind.
10. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. (Maya Angelou) Read an across the tracks romance or where the h/h overcome a significant barrier (class, religion, etc.)
11. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. (Maya Angelou) Read a medical romance or a romance that involves someone who works in the medical industry.
12. Love is a friendship set to music. (Joseph Campbell) Read a book where the h or h are musicians or read a novel with a title based on song lyrics/song title. (Earls Just Wanna Have Fun etc.)
13. Love is a better teacher than duty. (Albert Einstein) Read a book about a teacher/educator
14. God is Love (Apostle John) Read an Inspirational romance.
15. We are born of love; Love is our mother. (Rumi) Read a book about a single mother.
16. Love is an ice cream sundae, with all the marvelous coverings. Sex is the cherry on top. (Jimmy Dean) Read a book about a sweet maker (baker, candy maker, cook) or with sweet(s) being mentioned in the title in some way.
17. Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. ) Read a small town romance or a book where the h/h are forced to return home for some reason.
18. Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name. (Mignon McLaughlin) Read a book with someone who works with words for a living (writer, lawyer, reporter, TV host) or with a family name in the title (ie Nora Robert’s The MacGregors) or with a name in the title (ie: Searching for Irene, The Charming Lady Charlotte).
19. Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. (William Shakespeare) Read a firefighter romance or a book involving a fire in some way.
20. Love is not to be purchased, and affection has no price. (St. Jerome) Read a book with a wealthy h/h or where someone needs to marry for money.
21. Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. (Robert Frost) Read a “hot” romance.
22. Mature love is composed and sustaining; a celebration of commitment, companionship, and trust. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ) Read a book with an older h/h
23. Love is a battle, love is a war; (James A Baldwin) Military romance or a book that takes place during a war time period.
24. Love is a growing up. James A. Baldwin Read a YA romance.
25. Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.(James A. Baldwin) Read a book that involves a deception or dishonesty in some way.
26. Love many things (Vincent Van Gogh) Read a second chance at love story.
27. Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. (Voltaire) Read a book about artists or people who use their imagination in some way for a living.
28. Love is chemical (Lou Reed) Read a book with a scientist or involving science in some way.
29. Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke. (Lynda Barry) Read a lighthearted/comedic romance.
30. Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. (Saint Augustine) Read a beauty/beast themed romance.
31. Love is love. Read an LGBTQ romance.
32. Love is in the Air In the movie Strictly Ballroom the main couple dance to this at the end. Read a book that involves dancing in some way, has the name of a dance on the cover or that has a dancing couple on the cover.
33. Love is a Song – from the movie Bambi – read a book about a singer or a novel that involves animals in some way.
34. Love is (comic strip) These comics involved two often naked lovers telling us what love was/is all about. Read a book about a stripper, a writer, or someone who works with comics in some way.
35. Love is the absence of judgement (Dali Lama) Read a book about a judge or where h/h is involved with law enforcement in some way.
36. I want to know what love is (Foreigner song) Wildcard – any book you want.
37. Find your own quote about love that matches the book you are reading and share it with us!