Emily Henry’s Favorite Romance Books 

Author Emily Henry has become one of the most popular rom-com authors in the past few years. She grew up on rom-coms and is now being read by millions of readers. We decided to look at Emily Henry’s favorite romance novels to see which books inspire her! 

How Emily Henry became a Fan of Rom-Coms

Henry became a fan of rom-coms to escape reality. “I started reading rom-coms at a time when the world felt particularly dark and volatile,” she writes on Goodreads. “Reading had always been my favorite escape, but nothing I picked up seemed to distract me from real-world stressors, and some of my tried-and-true favorite genres only seemed to amplify my worries.” 

“Romance is as wide-reaching a genre as any other, and the characters likewise fall across a spectrum. But when you pick up a romance novel, there’s an implicit agreement to hope. You set aside your cynicism and self-judgment to watch people do one of the most miraculous, strange, embarrassing, intoxicating, and terrifyingly vulnerable things: You watch them fall in love. And in so doing, you choose to believe that, no matter the state of the world, love is a worthy venture. Joy is a worthy venture.” 

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

You can check out her picks of her favorite romance novels below! 

 Emily Henry’s Favorite Romance Books 

Why Emily Henry Chose These Books 

The list means a lot to Henry. She wrote why she chose these books. I love reading why people chose a book to include on a list. Sometimes the reason is something small and other times, the novel is life changing for the author. 

Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke 

“This delightful pseudo-romance is a charming tale of two people caught within one another’s orbit since childhood, though struggling to find their way to one another. The language is warm, sweet, and fresh. (I think fans of Amy Reichert would love this, and vice versa.) Reading Star-Crossedwill have you feeling like you’re strolling down a sunlit street, stopping to smell the flowers. There is also an adorable and very quarantine-friendly form of communication between the leads if you’re looking for a new way to bond with your neighbors!” -EH 

One Day In December by Josie Silver  

“This book is one of my all-time favorites. It reads as Bridget Jones’s Diary’s more melancholy cousin, though there are plenty of sweet, happy moments, too. The romance is deliciously slow-burn for a love-at-first-sight narrative, but the real love story here is one between friends. This read will transport you to warm, cozy pubs and the crowded city buses we’re all starting to appreciate a little more. Bonus points for a wintry setting as we approach summer in the northern hemisphere!” -EH 

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher 

“Andie J. Christopher is doing something I absolutely love: taking early 2000s film rom-coms and flipping them on their heads. Not That Kind of Guy is, at face value, a redux of the 2009 Sandra Bullock film, The Proposal, but this novel shines all on its own. Christopher has a way of writing thorny, realistic, and ultimately lovable heroines, while her heroes are soft and gentle in the absolute best way. Badass state attorney Bridget Nolan and secretly lovestruck legal intern Matt Kido are no exception. Pick this one up if you’re a Jasmine Guillory fan. (And let’s be real: Who isn’t?)” -EH 

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella 

“I’m recommending this Sophie Kinsella novel in lieu of just listing out every one of her many novels, but really, any of them will do. Kinsella’s books are my ultimate happy place. They’re frothy, light, silly, fun, and romantic. Her heroines are universally plucky, with a penchant for getting themselves into hilariously awkward situations. Remember when we were able to get ourselves into uncomfortable social situations? Those were the days. Pick this one up to bask in the glow of a new crush and giggle yourself into stitches.” -EH 

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert 

“Brimming with fizzy, playful prose, this book has a lot more going on beneath the surface. Chloe has fibromyalgia, and her social life has taken a serious back seat. Meanwhile Red Morgan, the handyman of her apartment building, is learning to trust himself again after a toxic relationship. When Chloe decides she’s ready to venture back out—or ‘get a life’—she enlists Red’s help to expand her world. A perfect read for fans of Helen Hoang, balancing a lot of heart with serious spice.” -EH 

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren 

“There are oh so many Christina Lauren novels you could escape into, but this one is particularly funny, sweet, and sexy. Josh and Hazel are two complete opposites who form an unlikely friendship when fate conspires to force them into temporary cohabitation. Both struggling in their respective dating lives, the two friends agree to set each other up on a series of dates with mixed results. So not only do we get the electric tension of two people in close quarters, but we also get to vicariously experience dates! Bars! Restaurants! Parties!” -EH 

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore 

“This book reads like you took a Jane Austen novel, aged it forward to the Victorian era, and added a lot of steam. Our heroine, Annabelle Archer, is a fiercely independent realist from a poor family. Having determined that marriage is not in the cards for her, she’s turned her attention to pursuing an education. While studying at Oxford, she works with a group of suffragists to win over influential men to champion their cause. Enter Sebastian Devereux, Duke of Montgomery, a cold (and handsome) man with a wit and intellect to rival Annabelle’s own. The sparks that fly are brilliant and white-hot.” -EH 

Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson 

“When four brothers lose their foster-turned-adoptive mother, the fate of her local knitting shop is thrown up in the air. Determined to save the shop, Jesse enlists the help of childhood friend Kerry to learn the ins and outs of the business. Kerry’s always had a thing for Jesse but keeps him at arm’s length because of his playboy reputation. As they work closely, things between them start to change. With a combination of a charming neighborhood spot, complex family dynamic, and friends-to-lovers romance, this book is exactly the kind of heart-swelling escape we need right now.” -EH 

Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner 

“This debut is a delightful reversal of the fake-dating trope. Jo, a showrunner at the top of her game, and her assistant, Emma, are photographed laughing together on the red carpet. The result? A gossip-site-worthy shot wherein the two look totally in love (cue media speculation). But they’re just friends. And coworkers. Seriously. As rumors fly and every corner of Jo and Emma’s lives are affected, they grow closer and closer until they’re forced to question whether the paparazzi was really so off base. This banter-filled, slow-burn romance whisks you off to a world of glamour and swooning.” -EH 

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson 

“A gorgeous, romantic fairy tale in the vein of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Spinning Silver. (Really, this is my sneaky way of including all three books on this list.) The story follows Isobel, a talented portrait artist much sought after by the Fair Folk. When she’s hired to paint the Autumn Prince, Rook, she makes the mistake of painting human sorrow in his eyes and is whisked off to his land to stand trial for the crime of insulting him. The writing is gorgeous, the romance slow to build yet rapturous. If you want to escape our world entirely, this is the perfect way to be swept away.” -EH 

The Marriage Game by Sara Desai 

“When Layla Patel moves back to her family home in San Francisco, her doting father sets her up with an office upstairs so she can start a new business. He also takes well-intentioned meddling to another level by arranging a series of blind dates for her. Now add the fact that she’s actually sharing her home office with Sam Mehta, the infuriating CEO of a corporate downsizing company. The two butt heads instantly, but their attraction is nearly as immediate. An enemies-to-lovers romance that’s not to miss!” -EH 


That is all for Emily Henry’s favorite romance novels. Are you a fan of the author? What did you think of her list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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