5 Books to Embrace for Valentine’s Day

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What a fantastic coincidence that V-day falls on a Monday this year! I’m sure a number of people are out celebrating a long weekend of festivities that started with disappointing presents on Friday night and moved on to unwrapping heart-shaped bouquets this evening! For us married folks it’s just BAU – business as usual!

I read mainly mysteries and humorous novels in addition to a sprinkling of nonfiction, but on occasion I do pick up a romance novel. It’s the most relaxing and fun to read. Here’s five that I love and always return to!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The ultimate in romance novels and my probably favourite book ever! I have made no secret of how much I love this book and it’s accompanying series that released in 1979/80. It is available on Youtube in its entirety, which I found to my pleasant surprise last year! I read and watch this every year without fail. Another close favourite is Sense and Sensibility, both the book and the movie starring Hugh Grant and Emma Thompson.

Cotillion (or really any Regency Romance) by Georgette Heyer

I’ve blogged about this author also before. I love everything she’s written including her detective novels. My other favourites of hers include Frederica, Venetia and The Unknown Ajax. Her books feature an amazing mix of sweet romance and humour, and whenever I’m down in the dumps, any one of her books helps perk me up again!

The Time-Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This book became a widely regarded bestseller when it was released and I came to it much later, not sure if it would interest me or not. But it knocked my socks off. The time-travel part is important, sure, but it’s the romance that is really central to the plot. Clare and Henry are characters that live with the readers long after they’ve turned the last page of the book.

Boy Meets Girl (Boy, #2) by Meg Cabot | Goodreads by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is more widely known for her Princess Diaries series and Heather Wells series, which are YA, but I love her trilogy of hilarious romance novels for adults. This one is the second, but all three are standalone featuring different main characters with some of them recurring. I also love The Boy Next Door  and Every Boy’s Got One.

The Mating Season

Can any list of romance novels be complete without the greatest humorist of them all? PG Wodehouse penned any number of Jeeves novels, but this one has a soft spot in my heart because it’s the first one I read and the one I found the funniest.

Those are the five books I plan to curl up with this week! What are your favourite romantic reads or movies? Let me know in the comments.

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