Valentine’s Day Book Recommendations

Emily Gott, Staff Writer

Every Valentine’s Day, I always spend it under the covers reading a romance novel or watching Disney Princess movies with my cat. Always the same every year, but it never gets old. I always tend to get lost in the books I read, and dream of being in that fantasy especially on the one day of the year where romance is its primarily focus. I love to read romance novels because the spark between the main characters is something I’ve always wanted. The chemistry between the 2 love interests gets even more entertaining with every page I flip. While, I have read many romance novels, these are a few of my favorites. I even had my best friend give me some of her favorites as well, so we can find even more books to enjoy during this time of year! ?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of my absolute favorites. I am also in love with the movie and have watched it endless of time. The book follows Elizabeth Bennet who meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy at a ball, who she thinks is arrogant and conceited. He feels nothing to her good looks, and suffers from a social awkwardness that makes him look prideful. She later discovers that Darcy has gotten into a troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her sister Jane. Because of this, she dislikes more than she ever has before. However, they continue to bump into each other and opens herself up to the idea of a romance between them. I adore this book, and recommend it wholeheartedly. It’s one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read, and I would live in the book if I could. ?

One Day In December by Josie Silver is an adorable romance novel in time for the holiday season, and can be read anytime!  The book follows Laurie, who believes that love at first sight only exists in movies. She sees a man who she knows is the one. Their eyes meet, but then her bus drives away. Laurie spends a year going to every bus stop and cafe in London to find him. Unfortunately, he’s nowhere to be seen. They end up reuniting at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah introduces her new boyfriend to her, and it turns out it was the man from the bus. This book is one of my favorite slow burn romances. I love slow burn relationships because it allows me to see more chemistry between the characters. This book also reminds me a lot of a Hallmark Christmas movie, and I always watch them with my family, so I knew I would love this book! ?

Better than the Movies by Lynn Painter is a very cute  young adult romance novel.This book follows Liz Buxbaum, who was in love with Michael a long time ago and haven’t seen each other since he moved away. Now that he’s back in town, Liz will do anything for him to notice her. Wes is her annoying next-door neighbor, but Wes and Michael are hitting it off, which means Wes is Liz’s in on Michael. Later on, she’s shocked to discover that she likes being around Wes. And as they continue to grow closer, she must reexamine everything she thought she knew about love and discover who she really loves. I found this book absolutely adorable and it reminds me so much of the many romance movies I used to watch as a kid. This book also reminds me of many Taylor Swift music videos for some reason, and as a swiftie myself, I love that! ?

While this book is historical romance classic, Emma by Jane Austen is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels. It was the first classic book I’ve read and I love it. It’s about Emma Woodhouse, 21-year-old women who has a hobby for matchmaking. She tries to bring Harriet Smith and Mr. Elton together, but then realizes she loved another man the whole time. Along the way, Harriet starts to fall for Mr. Knightly, the brother of Emma’s brother-in-law. Then she starts to fall for him herself, which makes her conflicted on leaving her father to go with Mr. Knightly. This book is abundant with balls and romantic misunderstandings, and I love it. The movie with Anya Taylor Joy is very good as well, and I love coming back to it. Clueless is also a modern adaptation of Emma, and it’s very good. Although reading a classic may sound challenging, Emma is certainly worth it and a great one to start with.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Series By Jenny Han is a cute young adult romance series for those who are excited for summer. While I have not read the books yet, My best friend is currently on the third book and she loves it. I have watched the series on Amazon Prime though and I loved it. It’s about a girl named Belly who go to her mom’s best friend house in Cousins Beach every summer. Susanna, the mom’s best friend has 2 sons Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly has been in love with Conrad since she was a kid, and has been waiting for the moment he will love them back. Romantic tension brings her and the siblings close together, and now she has to decide who she loves more. While I have never read the books, I did absolutely love the show, and I will be reading the books when I can get my hands on them. My best friend told me the books are getting her excited for summer, and that it’s an adorable summer romance with many surprising plot twists.

I know what I am be spending my Valentines Day doing, reading a cute romance novel and imaging I’m in the book. I will probably have homework, but there is no better day to read romance novels than on the day that is all about love. I hope this will give all of you something fun and relaxing to do on this holiday, that for some, may not be fun! ?