First off, let me begin by saying Happy Valentine’s day to all of you book nerds! I hope your dates all get you a book, or take you to the bookstore or a library, because let’s be honest, that is the perfect Valentine’s date for us book nerds.
(or maybe that’s just me) And since today is Valentine’s day and love is in the air, I decided to make a blog post that goes with today’s special event.
Today, I’m going to be talking about books that made me fall in love with falling in love! Did that even make sense? Basically, I’m going to tell you guys all about the books that made me yearn for love, books that made my heart swoon, books that made me see all these different kinds of love, books that taught me so much about love. So if you’re looking for your next read and you’re up for something romantic and fluffy, or just all around lovely, read on!
1) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
My Rating: 5 stars
Okay, so, most of the time I am not fond of the love-at-first-sight trope. It just doesn’t seem realistic enough for me. However, Autoboyography showed just how beautiful and exhilarating it can be. I loved how it wasn’t the typical love-at-first-sight route. I mean, yes, there was instant attraction, that much is true. But Sebastian and Tanner’s love story was more of a journey. It wasn’t this picture-perfect, unicorns-and-sunshine love story and I appreciated that.
2) Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 5 stars
If you guys happen to follow me on bookstagram, you would know that I love everything about Six of Crows Duology and that Leigh Bardugo is my queen. However, one thing in particular that I really love about this duology is how well-written Kaz and Inej’s relationship is. Both Kaz and Inej went through traumatic experiences and I love that the author recognized that and she didn’t rush their story whatsoever. Kaz and Inej’s relationship taught me that love really does take work and it takes time, and that is completely okay.
3) Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 4 stars
I had the opportunity to read Five Feet Apart in advance last year and I loved it! Stella and Will’s love story was hard and frustrating, but for me, it was also very hopeful. Their love story showed me that sometimes love is not enough—it really isn’t. It takes discipline and sacrifice as well. This book also showed me that going with your heart is not the way, you need to try and think clearly, too. Now, I really can’t wait for the movie and see Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse bring this story to life!
4) Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating is written by the same author who wrote Autoboyography! This time though, it’s an Adult romance novel, instead of YA. This book is fluffy, steamy, and lovely all at the same time! Hazel and Josh’s love story was a beautifully-written friends-to-bestfriends-to-lovers trope, and I am a sucker for that kind of story. This book showed me that you’re going to find someone that will really fit with you and every part of your personality. Not just someone who tolerates you, but someone who accepts you whoever you are. And that’s exactly what love is.
5) Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 5 stars
Eliza and Her Monsters definitely has a special place in my heart. The relationship between Eliza and Wallace was just so good. It was fluffy and cute, and it really made my heart swoon. I also loved it because Eliza was able to find someone that really understood her—her insecurities, her doubts, her feelings. And that for me was really beautiful. Also, the book showed that mental health should be prioritized. If you love someone, you try to understand that tough situation. And no matter how much you love someone, your mental health should matter first.
And there you have it! Those are 5 books that really made me feel like falling in love! (and somehow they taught me a thing or two!) These books are great and I definitely recommend these books to everyone.
How about you guys? Got a particular book in mind that made your heart feel all kinds of things? Comment down below!