Valentine’s Day means something different to everyone. Maybe you like planing and decorating for the holiday, or maybe you’d rather avoid it. For some people, February 14th is synonymous with is fancy, romantic dinners dinners, while others prefer cocktails with friends. And almost everyone has spent at least one Valentine’s Day pining away, munching on all the heart-shaped chocolates they can get their hands on.
In honor of Valentine’s day, we’ve created a collection of Valentine’s Day reads that range from romantic to funny to touching to nostalgic. No matter what stage of love you’re in this year, we bet at least one of these books will sweep you off your feet!
Single and ready-to-mingle? If you seem to be dating around these days, Very Valentine might be the book for you. Adriana Trigiani transports her readers from New York to Italy in this upbeat adventure about self discover, family-heritage, and of course, some good-old-fashioned amore.
For anyone in the “honeymoon phase” of a relationship, we get it – all you want is more reason to swoon and think about love. Moonface is that kind of book. Adapted from Angela Balcita’s memorable Modern Love column in the New York Times, this “true romance” is all about finding love in the unlikeliest of times and places.
Here’s one Valentine’s Day tradition that will aww you: for 20 years, Ellen Greene kept a “Sweet Things List” of all the loving things her husband did and gave it to him on Valentine’s Day. Remember the Sweet Things: One List, Two Lives, and twenty Years of Marriage is the kind of book that will tug anyone’s heartstrings – whether or not you’re married.
We all know that mending a broken heart takes time, tears, and quite often a few good laughs. Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak contains literally hundreds of miniature, yet touching insights into roller coaster of romance, and is one of our favorites for anyone trying to combat heartbreak. If you’re feeling a slightly more Sex and the City vibe, check out Ilene Beckerman’s truthful, but ultimately optimistic What We Do for Love.