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rose-1642970_1920Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Whether you are spending the day with your significant other, or spending Valentine’s Day buying boxes of chocolates for yourself, there are many ways to celebrate. Why not read a romantic novel worthy enough to captivate the heart of any hopeless romantic. Here is my top 10 books to read on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

If you want romance, then look no further than Jane Austen’s novels. Each novel is a timeless romance novel with witty dialogue. While Austen’s novels are all amazing, Pride and Prejudice is the perfect book to read on Valentine’s Day. If you’re not very fond of classic romance novels, and prefer something with more zombies, you can always read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith. There’s nothing more romantic than the line: zombies

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith

Or

“There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.”
“And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”
“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is wilfully to misunderstand them.” – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

2. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

chinese-717113_1280A brilliant novel about a young girl who aspires to become a geisha in order to be with the man she has fallen in love with. If you like Japan and Japanese culture, this is the perfect novel for you. It is like stepping into another world.

I don’t know when we’ll see each other again or what the world will be like when we do. We may both have seen many horrible things. But I will think of you every time I need to be reminded that there is beauty and goodness in the world” – Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

3. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

headphones-424163_1280Oh the joys of first love! Eleanor & Park are two ordinary teenagers who meet in the most ordinary way, on the school bus. Their love is anything but ordinary. But… can first love last? A perfectly sweet novel for the romantic at heart.

What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible” – Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

scotland-1761292_1920Passionate and destructive, Wuthering Heights is a classic that is anything but tame. On the moors of the north of England, an orphan and a wealthy girl fall in love. Their love destroys everything in their paths, including their sanity.

Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!” Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

5. Delirium – Lauren Oliver

rain-930262_1280In this society, love is forbidden. Lena can’t wait until she is given the cure for deliria nervosa (the disease of love). That is until she meets Alex, a boy who has escaped the watchful eyes of Lena’s city. A love story and a dystopian novel all wrapped up into one.

Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That’s what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.” – Delirium, Lauren Oliver

6. Me Before You – Jojo Moyesrose-670447_1920

Romance + doomed love = lots of tears. Yes, this book will probably make you cry if you have a romantic bone in your body. But what is Valentine’s Day without a few tears?

All I can say is that you make me… you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you – even the you that you seem to think is diminished – than with anyone else in the world.” Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

7. Fanfan – Alexandre Jardin

paris-843229_1920If you like romantic gestures that are off-the-wall, this is probably a great novel for you. In Fanfan, Alexandre Crusoe vows never to loose his passion for romance. His solution: to always keep his lover on her toes.

8. Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side – Beth Fantaskey

pair-633684_1280Oddly enough, this is one of my most favourite books of all time. Not only is it a vampire romance (radically different from Twilight, no sparkles here), it is a coming-of-age story about an insecure girl and how she learns to accept herself.  Also, it’s hilarious!

Lucius paused, turning on his heel to face me. “I grow weary of your ignorance.” He moved closer to me, leaning down and peering into my eyes. “Because your parents refuse to inform you, I will deliver the news myself,and I shall make this simple for you.” He pointed to his chest and announced, as though talking to a child, “I am a vampire.” He pointed to my chest. “You are a vampire. And we are to be married, the moment you come of age. This has been decreed since our births.”

I couldn’t even process the “getting married” part, or the thing about “decreed.” He’d lost me at “vampire.”

Nuts. Lucius Vladescu is completely nuts. And I’m alone with him, in an empty barn.

So I did what any sane person would do. I jammed the pitchfork in the general direction of his foot and ran like hell for the house, ignoring his yowl of pain. ”  – Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side,  Beth Fantaskey

9. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

broken-549087_1920For a retelling of Beauty & the Beast, Cruel Beauty is anything but sweet and gentle. It is a game of cat and mouse, of mystery and intrigue, and romance (of course!)

You deserve all that and more. It made me happy to see you suffer. I would do it all over again if I could.’ I realized I was shaking as the words tumbled out of me. ‘I would do it again and again. Every night I would torment you and laugh. Do you understand? You are never safe with me.’ I drew a shuddering breath, trying to will away the sting of tears.

He opened his eyes and stared up at me as if I were the door out of Arcadia and back to the true sky. ‘That’s what makes you my favorite.’ He reached up and wiped a tear off my cheek with his thumb. ‘Every wicked bit of you.” – Cruel Beauty, Rosamund Hodge

10. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

This is probably the most romantic novel of all time, if not the greatest novel of all time (in my humble opinion). Not only is it romantic, it is spooky with gothic elements and secrets in the attic!

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I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Until Next Time,

-Alice

 

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