February Book club meeting
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Being still under the influence of the pheromones of Cupid, we devoted our today meeting of the book club to the theme of love. We talked about books with love stories that melt our hearts, we reminded love couples that crepted into our soul deepest of all, lovers who amazed us.

Together we searched for answers to such eternal questions as:

- Is it true that the best love stories are the classics?
- Should it always be a happy ending?
- Do you prefer sweet snot or life-affirming confessions?
- Does toxic love have a right to exist?
- Writers of which countries saying more poignant about love?
- Should our children read books about love today, when there is so much literature about self-development around?

After a passionate discussion, we have broken many stereotypes and established our Top IWCM love books of all times and peoples.

Classics list:
- “Pride and Prejudice” novel by Jane Austen;
- “Anna Karenina” novel by Leo Tolstoy;
- “Gone with the Wind” novel by Margaret Mitchell;
- “Wuthering Heights” novel by Emily Bronte;
- “Angelique and the King” by Anne Golon and Serge Golon;
- “Hello Sadness” by Fransuaza Sagan;
- “Assol” by Aleksander Grin;
- “Letters to the stranger” by Andre Morua;
- “Dear Friend” by Guy de Maupassant;
- “The Night in Lisbon” novel by Erich Maria Remarque;
- “Love in the Time of Cholera” novel by Colombian Nobel prize winning author Gabriel García Márquez.

Contemporary list:
- “Homework” novel by Moldavian writer Nicolae Dabija (2009). This is also the most read book in the past 40 years in Moldova. The novel is about the sufferings of the Bessarabian deportees.
- “The Time Traveler's Wife” novel by the American author Audrey Niffenegger (published in 2003).
- “Redeeming Love” is a historical romance novel by Francine Rivers set in the 1850s Gold Rush in California. Movie based on this novel is coming on spring 2021 directed by Caruso.
- “See How Much I Love You” by Luis Leante - winner of the 2007 Alfaguara Prize for Fiction.
- “Where the Crawdads Sing” novel by Delia Owens (2018). It has topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2020 for a combined 32 non-consecutive weeks. As of late January 2021, the book has spent 124 weeks on the best seller list.
- “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books” by Iranian author and professor Azar Nafisi. Published in 2003.
- “The Marriage of Opposites” by the American writer Alice Hoffman (2015).
- “The Far Pavilions” is an epic novel of British-Indian history by M. M. Kaye, published in 1978.
- “My Brilliant Friend” Neapolitan novel by Elena Ferrante (2011).
- “Sweet Salt Bosphorus” by Azerbaijani novelist Elchin Safarli (2008), till now only in Russian.
- “Of yesteryear” poetry by Australian poetess Lauren Eden (2016).
- Books of poetry by Russian modern poetess Ah Astahova.


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