Like so many people, our birthday has us reflecting on where we’ve come from, and in this case that means thinking about all the amazing romances we’ve read and loved over the years. So we got together and compiled a master list of the 100 romances we believe you absolutely must read before you die–these are the titles and authors we couldn’t imagine not sharing with fellow romance fans!

Are you a romance expert? How many of these are on your keeper shelf–and which of your missing favorites should have made our list?