It’s that time of year again… Valentine’s Day. Every year, I’ve had a Valentine’s Day-related post. I’ve talked about lovely love songs, nerdy valentines cards, and resources for Christian singles. Today, I want to talk about books. I’m surprised at myself for not having posted about this sooner, since this is a bookish kind of blog. But better late than never!
I’m not typically a romance-reader. I do enjoy a good romance every so often. In fact, sometimes I specifically want a Christian romance to read…but that doesn’t happen often. Most of the time, the books I read have romances embedded in them. I find that the romances are often so much sweeter if they’re not the center of the story.
Below, I have listed 15 hand-picked stories that would be good to read for Valentine’s Day. Not all of them are specifically romance-reads, but all of them do contain wonderful love stories. If you read these recommendations and think of any more I might enjoy, shoot me a comment!
1. Any Jane Austen book
This had to be included. Jane Austen is a mandatory read on Valentine’s Day. I can’t pick a favorite…maybe Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice or Northanger Abbey? I really don’t know. I might have to reread all of the books again before I decide.
2. Almost any Francine Rivers book
This Christian author writes the most fabulous romance novels. My favorites are her historical novels, Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind (which is the first in a series).
3. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Another classic. As with Jane Austen, you could always watch the movie if you don’t have time to read the book! They are so similar to each other, and they’re both entertaining!
4. The Anne of Green Gables series, by L.M. Montgomery
Anne and Gilbert’s love story must be one of my favorites…if not THE favorite. It’s an eight-book-long romance that goes through all of the ups and downs of life.
5. The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien
I know, I know. Do I really have to include The Lord of the Rings on every booklist? Well, no. But it has to be on this one. I love the story of Aragorn and Arwen (included in the appendix), but–more than that–I love the romance between Faramir and Eowyn. One of my favorites…
6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
This is such an adorable read! This story centers on the occupation of the Channel
Islands during WWII, but it also contains a cute and hilarious romance between two people who both love books and reading.
7. George MacDonald romances
George MacDonald had a great influence on authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He wrote children’s books, fantasies, poetry, theological works, and he also wrote some good old Scottish romances. For example: The Baronet’s Song and The Fisherman’s Lady. The cover art isn’t my favorite, but I love the stories!
8. Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
This read remembers the nineties–when emailing was still a new invention in the workplace. In this setting, an IT guy is hired to monitor employee messages…and ends up falling in love with one of the employees because of it. Such an adorable read!
9. Ross Poldark, by Winstom Graham
If you’ve seen the TV show, this first book in the series covers the first four episodes, which begins the romance between Ross and Demelza. I love it!
10. Austenland, by Shannon Hale
Have an obsession with Jane Austen? Want to live in her world for a few days? And want to get a laugh at the same time? Then read this!
11. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
I love the conclusion to this fantastical romance between an ordinary guy from a small village and a star who has fallen from the sky in human form. If you’ve seen the movie, there’s a big fight scene at the end and a lot of action. The book ending is different. Some might say it’s anticlimactic…but I think it’s more romantic. But I won’t spoil it!
12. The Widow of Larkspur Inn, by Lawana Blackwell
I picked this up because I was in the mood for a Christian romance. Strangely enough, it gives me the same feeling as The Boxcar Children, but it’s completely different. After losing everything, a woman and her family in 1800s England move to a small town and open up an inn. I guess I just love heartwarming stories where people creatively build up new lives from practically nothing.
13. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
The hype from the movie is over, but I do still love the romance in this series. I was just so annoyed that it took until nearly the last page to get the conclusion of the love story! But, in a way, that made it even sweeter.
14. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Oh, Mr. Rochester…need I say more? Such a unique and classic story.
15. Sonnets, by William Shakespeare
Don’t have time to read an entire book before Valentine’s Day? Then break open some of Shakespeare’s sonnets. If you’re lost, start with “Sonnet 116”!