Amazon Maps the 50 Greatest Love Stories by State

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Amazon has released a fun infographic to coincide with its list of the most romantic cities in the country. The annual list, which contains some repeat accolades for some cities but some new names on the list, was based on sales of romance titles, relationship help titles, DVDs and music, and sexual wellness aides. Knoxville, Tennessee, tops the list again, while Boise, Idaho, was the least romantic city based on consumers’ purchasing.

Along with the data from sales activity garnered over the course of the last year, Amazon’s editorial staffers brainstormed a map of the 50 greatest love stories, attributing at least one well-loved title per state based on the book’s setting. Several states had runner-up titles in addition to their top picks, based on support for the titles from the staff.

“With 50 Great American Love Stories, we wanted to pay tribute to all the ways love shapes our lives,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “From novels of romance and consuming passion, to twisted tales of love gone wrong, to portrayals of the complicated bonds between family and friends, these books  are  all, one way or another, about love.”

Amazon’s picks include stories of love of all kinds, romance and familial or friendship love included. From John Irving’s Cider House Rules to Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, the stories encompass so many of the tales that shape readers’ hearts and have defined the genre of great love stories. The complete list of beloved book titles by state is available at or by clicking HERE, along with the linked map to each book by its respective state. Amazon has also compiled a special list of treats for those readers looking for Valentine’s inspiration, available at

Mercy Pilkington (1982 Posts)

is a Senior Editor for Good e-Reader. She is also the CEO and founder of a hybrid publishing and consulting company.