I’ll be honest: I kind of hate Valentine’s Day. I’m not a fan of pink or hearts (the shape of which was originally modeled after female anatomy or ancient contraceptives – and yes, I ruin a lot of things with history #sorrynotsorry). And I don’t like a holiday that gives couples unreasonable expectations and single people a reason to feel bad. It’s just not my thing.
But I DO like romance and rom coms, and I guess it’s okay to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to enjoy them. Last year, I finally came to terms with my romance novel love and read A LOT of them. So, this month, I thought I’d share some of my favorites. In case your Valentine’s Day plans consist of staying home with a good book (which sounds like the ideal date to me).
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I’m pretty sure this is the only contemporary romance novel I’ve ever given five stars. I loved it so much. It’s so fun and relevant. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters. This was more of a traditional rom com, complete with the cutest little girl. Who is probably one of my favorite child characters in any book, ever. I just really loved this book.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca. I love historical fiction and contemporary romance. This is a contemporary book set at a renaissance fair, so it’s kind of the best of both worlds. Add in some angsty romance, and I’m sold.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. This list would not be complete without Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. This will always be my favorite. Even though Persuasion comes close – that’s a good pick if you don’t want to read Pride and Prejudice for the sixth time. Also, Northanger Abbey. Just read Austen.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This book has one of my favorite romantic lines OF ALL TIME. It’s right up there with Darcy’s speech in Pride and Prejudice. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. If you’re looking for historical romance, I highly recommend this one. Bonus: the Netflix adaptation is also excellent.
It was so hard to pick actual romance novels, and not just books with really good romances in them (that’s a whole other list that could go on forever – let me know if you’re interested, because I’m more than happy to put that together). But I did it! And I’m really happy with this list. These are all books I would read over and over again.
What are your romance recommendations? I can always use more!