Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you get spoiled today and if not then you should totally treat yourself. One of my favorite ways to treat myself is with a glass of wine and a good book. If you’re interested in the books I’ve read, ones I’m currently reading, or what’s in the queue you can go to my Goodreads account here. I compiled a list of some of my favorite books about love in the spirit of the season.
Pride and Prejudice
This book is a true classic and it deserves every praise. It’s one of my favorite love stories and I can read it over and over again. The protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett, is stuck on a proverbial merry-go-round with her 4 sisters. Their mother is trying to find a male suitor for each of them. “Pride and Prejudice” is about how people can let preconceived notions get in the way of love. If you’ve never read this love story then give it a chance!
“Jane Eyre” is a story about an orphan who is treated poorly by her extended family. As a young woman Jane is hired to care for a girl named Adele at Thornfield Hall. She falls in love with the man of the house, Edward Rochester, but a dark secret in his past could jeopardize their future together. Jane Eyre is a brilliant heroine who knows what she wants and refuses to settle for less. In my opinion, this book was ahead of its time in terms of feminism. Bring your highlighter because Jane has some killer quotes.
Never Let Me Go
For all you Sci-Fi fans out there, “Never Let Me Go” is about what happens when clones fall in love. These clones were created with the sole purpose of organ donation but what happens if they want to pursue a life of their own? “Never Let Me Go” tells the story of 3 main characters and their love triangle from childhood to adulthood. This story poses questions about the ethics of cloning but also about the dangers of not being bold when it comes to love.
“Gone Girl” is about being crazy in love and not like in the Beyoncé song. Amy and Nick Dunne have a seemingly perfect marriage… until Amy is missing and her husband Nick is the prime suspect. Is she alive? Did Nick kill her? This one will keep you guessing and when the thread of lies is unraveled your mouth will be on the floor. “Gone Girl” totally screwed with me.
Eat, Pray, Love
Elizabeth Gilbert has just gone through a divorce and decides to go on a journey (spiritual and literal) to find peace. She travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia and chronicles what she learns and who she loves along the way. She describes depression and loneliness as men who are “detectives” set on tracking her down wherever she goes. She is open about her struggles which I respect fully. After reading “Eat, Pray, Love” you’ll want to book a plane ticket and go on a journey of your own. This is a must-read.
The 5 Love Languages
I enjoyed this book because it helped me understand my own relationship better. The theory goes that there are 5 love languages (i.e. acts of service, quality time, physical touch) and it’s important to know how your partner likes to be shown love. Maybe you think you’re doing great because you take the trash out but your partner actually wants to spend more quality time with you. The knowledge is easy to apply and can be applied to any relationship. Make sure to communicate what matters to you!
Have you guys read any of these books? What’s your favorite book about love? I’d appreciate your suggestions in the comments. I currently have “All About Love” by bell hooks and “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kaur on my “To Read” list.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I’m looking forward to my husband grilling me steak and to-die-for twice baked potatoes for dinner. I’m making homemade chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Make sure you get a treat at some point!
Until next time,