Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I teamed up with a few bloggers to share our favorite romantic reads to put you all in the mood! Whether you like the holiday or not, if you like contemporaries and/or romance novels, I think you might find something to your taste in this list!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
For those of you who don’t really like contemporaries, I have the perfect read for you! This classic is well written and contains a lot of great characters. Pride and Prejudice is not only an amazing romance between Elizabeth Bennet (who kicks ass, might I add) and Mr. Darcy, but it’s also a great portrayal of the Victorian era! If you feel like traveling back in time, you’re going to love this book. Even if you already know the story because of the multiple movie adaptations or the mini series with Colin Firth, you should give this book a try because it might still surprise you! I already knew the story when I first read this book, but I ended up loving it anyways! I think I can honestly say that P&P is my favorite classic!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I discovered TALBILB only last year, but it’s now one of my favorite books of all times! Jenny Han came up with a great twist to this known concept of “pretended relationship”. I love how the characters are relatable and realistic. I could identify to most characters in the book! I loved seeing relationships grow. Peter and Lara Jean make a great pair, despite what they might think at first. Their chemistry adds a certain vibe to the book. Aside from the romance, the book contains deeper messages like the importance of family and that, sometimes, you have to grow up even if you don’t think you’re ready. Jenny Han also integrated a lot of Korean culture into her book, which I really appreciated! The book is most definitely girly, with all its baking and girly outfits, and will keeping you begging for more! Plus, the cover is gorgeous. (Just so you know, I recommended the book to two of my friends and they loved it!)
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I have already mentioned this book before in my Favorite Books of the Summer post, but I don’t think I could have written a romantic reads post without mentioning Colleen Hoover. She is the queen of dramatic, intense books so if you’re looking for something heart wrecking in the best way possible, she’s the one to turn to! Maybe Someday is a beautiful love story between two young people, bound by music. Their relationship has it ups and downs, but it’s amazing to see it grow. This book will sweep you off your feet – you will hardly be able to put in down, I promise!
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
If you liked To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and contemporaries of the same kind, this book is for you! A girl gets dumped by her college boyfriend in the parking lot before her prom and asks a random guy to fill-in for the night. Little did they know that this small lie would turn into something much bigger.
This story is addictive. It’s a fluffy, light read that is perfect to curl up in your bed with. The characters are probably the reason why this book was so enjoyable. All of them go through a character development that is amazing to see. It also addresses deeper themes that I could easily relate to. Even if it’s a bit overdramatic and predictable, I can assure you you’re going to love it!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
You feel like escaping a little? This book is perfect for you! Anna and the French Kiss, as you might be able to guess by the title and cover, takes place is Paris. And what city is more romantic than Paris? The story, with its characters, is simply lovely. Yes, it was predictable some times and very cliché, but it won’t stop you from loving it, I swear! Mix this with long walks along the Seine, little cafés and pâtisseries, wishes in Point Zéro, french kisses in Grand Bassin and the Notre-Dame, and you have the recipe to a perfect book!
Have you read any of these? What are your romantic reads for Valentine’s Day?