Valentine's Day: Books and Romance

Books will always hug you back
Valentine's day is a great day for sharing your affection with your loved ones. Whether you consider it a Hallmark holiday, an excuse for flowers or the most romantic day of the year, there is always something for you to read. This Valentine's day I recommend you read a variety of books from classic to new releases.

Jane Austen

Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennet dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters.
Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books of all time, and for me, one of the greatest romance ever. One of the first true love-hate relationships, Austen has brought to us an amazing story of love transcending pride, prejudice and terrible first impressions.

Sevenwaters series 
Juliet Marillier

Juliet Marillier is the master of combining romance, adventure and historical fantasy in 300 pages. Each of her heroines, daughters of Sevenwaters, fall violently in love and must fight for the right to love 'happily ever after'. The series so far: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows, Child of the Prophecy, Heir to Sevenwaters and the latest instalment Seer of Sevenwaters.

Sibeal has always known that she is destined for a spiritual life, and is committed to it with all her heart. Before making her final vows, she travels to the northern island of Inis Eala to spend the summer with her sisters, Muirrin and Clodagh. 
But Sibeal has barely set foot on the island when a freak storm out at sea sinks a ship before her eyes. In spite of frantic rescue efforts, only three survivors are fished alive from the water, and one of them, a man Sibeal names Ardal, clings to life by the merest thread. 
As Ardal fights for his life, the island community discovers that there is something unusual about the three shipwrecked strangers. The beautiful Svala is mute and disturbed. Stalwart warrior Knut seems ashamed of his grieving wife. And Ardal has a secret he can’t remember … or won’t tell. When the astonishing truth comes out, Sibeal finds herself drawn into a perilous quest. At its end, she will face a decision that may break her heart.

The Host
Stephenie Meyer
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by an alien species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves: Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies, the host is a riveting and unforgettable novel that will bring a vast new readership to one of the most compelling writers of our time..

I enjoyed Meyer's Twilight series to begin with but as she churned out the books I found my interest waned. The love was too intense, physically and mentally, and too dramatic for me. The romance became too angst ridden and eventually corny. However, The Host present a different challenge for Meyer and I enjoyed the romantic conflict it presented.

Others you may enjoy:
Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I just realised that I don't read much romance. Any romance I have is just part of a larger genre of fantasy or adventure. Ah well, Happy Valentine's Day!


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