VDAY comfort reads, no matter what state of love you’re in.

February 14, 2011 § 3 Comments

Books to read when you’re in looooveee:

Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers.
Yes, I did just write about this one.  But Christian or not, this book is steamy.  And because it has actual substance, it puts romance novels to shaaaame.  (Not that I’ve actually read a romance novel….)

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.
This book may be from the so-called stone age, but Austen is one of the best 19th century writers who can write novels that us 21st centurions find page-turning.  You probably know the plot line already, but it’s the age-old “he loves me, he loves me not, no she loves me, no she doesn’t love me, oh when will she know I love her, now I know I’m actually in love with him,” story.  And the main character’s love saga is inter-weaved with the love stories of minor characters that are just as compelling as the main narration all interspersed with Austen’s sarcastic wit about the economic times of the 1800s.  But, don’t dwell on that part.  Read it for the loverliness.

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.
Hello, love so strong that it perseveres through death?  Oh yeah, a love read for sure.

Atonement, by Ian McEwan
Two thumbs up for McEwan because this book is filled with beautiful writing and a wonderful display of how to string two words together to create an image.  It’s got an eerie twist at the end, but it doesn’t ruin anything.  It’s as much about how to tell a story as it is about preserving one’s love.  And how if it’s your love story, then you can tell it any way you want to.

The Twilight Saga and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, by Stephenie Meyer and Maggie Stiefvater, respectively
Say what you want, but Twilight is full of moans and groans about Edward’s beautiful jaw lines and beautiful diamond sparkly body and beautiful blah blah blah.  Basically a teenage romance novel–without the sex–but if you’re in that sappy mood, go for it.  Just skip over the part where the vampires start to kill each other.  The werewolf books (Shiver and Linger) are better about the “this love is more than lust and is going to last forever” stuff, and is way more entertaining as far as the plot line goes.  Actually, any YA book is generally a good way to vicariously live out your love life through words.  And they’re usually fast reads.

Books to read if you’re not in love, don’t want to think about love, never want to be in love again (although, of course, you’re still planning your wedding in full detail):

Jude the Obscure, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the D’Urbervilles or any other book by Thomas Hardy
His stories are engaging, intriguing, and good.  And you will never be disappointed by the tragic, so very tragic, ending.  Lots of death, despair, and oh woe is mes.

The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling
I say these books because they’re so intense in the good vs evil and kids learning witch and wizard spells that it’s so engaging that when you put the book down you’ll wonder why there are no revolving staircases and singing portraits and food that magically appears out of nowhere and no evil warlord trying to kill you.  If you’re going through a bad break up or a terrible case of single awareness, this series is for you.  Just start at the beginning, because you don’t want to read about Harry and Ron snogging girls all over Hogwarts.

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
It’s about a girl that slowly spirals into depression.  What’s not to like?  And the upside is, Plath totally killed herself, too, so it’s all riddled with the author’s own depressiveness.  Although, it might not be a good idea, depending on your state of mind.  If you aren’t sure, don’t read it.

The Diary of Anne Frank, by, well, Anne Frank.
Need I explain this one?  (Is it, like, politically incorrect to put this on the list?  It’s one of my favorite autobiographical diaries, though.  And maybe the tragic real life ending will shock you into realizing there are a lot more terrible things in the world than being sorry for your own poor, misguided lovelife.  You know, like Nazis.  And violent wars.)



§ 3 Responses to VDAY comfort reads, no matter what state of love you’re in.

  • I love your list. Except for “Jude the Obscure.” That book is way sad, yo! Also, I wasn’t in love with “Atonement,” but it’s still a great read. But you forgot to put “Love in the Time of Cholera” on here. And every Nicholas Sparks novel ever : ) Finally, check out AS Byatt’s “Possession.” If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. It has a great “Atonement” like twist at the end.

  • Some great picks. Wuthering Heights is right up there at the top of my favourite books of all time. It is so atmospheric and romantic. What about Jane Eyre? Maybe an obvious choice but that has a beautiful love story in it

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