Read These to Get in The Mood for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s fun to have some themed reading to get you in the mood for the holiday. To help you out, we’ve curated a list of books that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Some are about love and relationships, while others focus on the classic themes of longing and loss. To keep things interesting, we’ve thrown in a few books that are perfect for Galentine’s Day – those classics that celebrate the beauty of female friendship and the joy that comes from platonic relationships.

13. Call Me by Your Name – André Aciman

André Aciman’s coming-of-age romance Call Me by Your Name is one of the hottest, most romantic books ever published. Lucky for you a movie adaptation just came out, so you can supplement your reading with the cinematic interpretation.

The story follows a teenaged boy named Elio who falls in love with his father’s summer intern – an older student named Oliver. Set in Elio’s family villa in Italy, their summer of intense feelings hidden behind a veneer of indifference will make you long for romance, fruit, and all things Italian.

12. Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin

This pick is for people who are looking for validation that love, while beautiful, can also be a powerfully destructive force.

Giovanni’s Room is a seminal gay novel set in Paris in the 1950s. It tells the story of David, a young American man who is unable to choose between a conventional life with his fiancée or Giovanni, a bartender that he’s fallen in love with. The readers are let into David’s inner turmoil as he tries to decide where he wants his life to go. The short novel has lots of twists and turns in its 160 pages that will keep you reading voraciously until the very end.

11. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

The Fault in Our Stars, which is classified as young adult fiction, has been read by people of all ages and appreciated by those who enjoy reading love stories that are a little more complicated than usual. The main characters, Hazel and Augustus, meet and fall in love in a cancer support group for young people. The book tells their story with the perfect mix of sweetness and melancholy. This book is great if you want to enjoy the sweet release of an ugly cry this Valentine’s Day.

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