That’s right, people! It’s that time of year. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, there are roses at every turn, and chocolate goes on sale tomorrow.
Yup. It’s Valentine’s Day. Can you see the love hearts in my eyes? Valentine’s Day is my favourite holiday. I don’t care if its too commercialised and not really a holiday. It’s my favourite, and that’s that. It only felt natural to celebrate by sharing some of my favourite books that feature a lil bit of romance.
Be warned! This isn’t going to blow your mind. My choices probably won’t surprise you. Favourites are favourites for a reason, y’know?
It can’t be avoided. I have to talk about an Austen! I suppose Pride and Prejudice an obvious choice, right? But nope. Not for me. For me, Sense and Sensibility is where it’s at.
Focusing on the relationships of Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility is an enchanting that illustrates just how rough the course of true love can be. Marianne is consumed by romanticism and has her heart set on Willoughby, a Byron-esque hero who isn’t quite as he seems. Elinor is an overwhelming practical girl, but madly in love with Edward Ferrars. Alas, she hasn’t much to her name and Edward’s sister would never approve.
…am I selling it to you? Am I? If not, forget everything I’ve said and read it anyway. It’s worth it, I promise.
And let’s talk about another favourite: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Me Before You is a book that has put a strain on a couple of my friendships. Most of us love it. The others… well, they hated it. Don’t listen to those people, though. It’s a great novel.
It follows Louisa Clark, who’s a bit of a mess. Family life is hard, they’re always wanting for money, and she’s just gotten fired. Nevertheless, she’s a positive gal with a wacky sense of style. Enter Will Traynor. Born into a rich family, Will has lived his life adventuring around the globe. Now? Now he’s paralysed and Louisa is the lucky girl who gets to keep him company.
It’s a touching novel. It’s heartbreakingly romantic. It’s complex and beautiful and totally worth a read.
And, of course, I’ve got to a throw a comic in the mix. I’ve gone for Ms. Marvel, Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson. Right from the beginning, we’ve all known that there’s a lil something-something going on between Kamala Khan and her bestie, Bruno Carrelli. Or, at the very least, they really want something to be going on.
And you’ve guessed it! Crushed is where that all comes to light. A bit more light-hearted than the other two I’ve talked about, Crushed is all about two besties in high school who love each other. The twist? Kamala’s also superheroine, Ms. Marvel, and she’s not entirely sure that she’s ready for another complication in her life.
Come on. It’s fun. It’s action-packed. And who hasn’t had that heart-dropping realisation that they might feel just a little too much for a friend?
So there you have it! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! May you be both loving and loved on the most loveable day of the year.