Swoon Staffers: Favorite Valentine's Day Reads
Valentine's Day is this weekend, and as you can imagine from a publisher called Swoon Reads, we sure do love it around here. It's the perfect time of year to curl up with old favorites and timeless stories. Here are some of our favorites:
"Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan! It's adorable, sweet, and super-short (you can literally read the whole thing in an hour, maybe two). And it just gives me the warm fuzzies all over. It's impossible to read that book and feel sad." —Ashley W.
"Honestly, I usually pick a random book or two from Harlequin's old Love & Laughter series. They were always short easy reads that were usually a ton of fun, by great authors. The first Jenny Crusie and Vicki Thompson books I ever read were both Love & Laughter titles!" —Holly W.
"To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins always make me think of Valentine's Day—and I actually had to make myself re-read To All the Boys this year. There's no better Valentine's Day date than Peter K. But I'd also say if you haven't read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, this is a great time to make that happen!" —Lauren S.
"I discovered that I have been a Nicolas Sparks victim for the past several years—I usually pick up whatever book that was made into a movie set to release around Valentine's Day. This year it's The Choice. His books are just really consistent reads that I fall for every time, and then I get to indulge in the movie. But it's never on purpose. This year I bought the book at a used book sale at my church before I even knew it was becoming a movie, and a week or so ago I was searching my shelves for something to read that wouldn't be too heavy but engrossing enough and there it was!" —Emily P.
"One of the most romantic books I've read in a while (aside from Swoon titles, obviously!) is The Rosie Project, which has an original take on a love story. In it, our hero decides to take an objective and scientific approach to finding the perfect mate, but ends up having his world turned upside-down by the lovable Rosie. And, of course, one of the few books I do re-read is Pride & Prejudice, which is the most perfect book and thoroughly romantic to boot." —Jen G.
"I've been thinking about re-reading Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl for Valentine's Day. I'm not prone to having book boyfriends, but the leading man in this one was just totally swoonworthy." —Kathryn L.
"Valentine's Day is typically more of a chocolate-eating holiday for me rather than a reading holiday. But if I did want to read something for the holiday, I would probably read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz if I was feeling something more upbeat, and Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh or Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash if I was feeling like I needed an angsty or nostalgic read." —Christine B.
"Honestly, if I don't spend the entirety of Sunday eating Oreos and reading Fangirl, I will be very, very disappointed." —Emily S.
"I really enjoy reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It's a fantasy book about a Victorian circus with magical realism and an eventual, subtle romance between two rival magicians. Be warned that it's slow moving and very detailed, but I found it so easy to get swept up in the beautiful writing and wonder of the circus." —Hayley J.
"Valentine's Day puts me in the mood to re-read old favorites: the Princess Diaries books, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and the like. I like to celebrate love with some of my first loves—and Mia's and Lena's and Bridget's..." —Kelly M.
"Chasers of the Light: Poems from the Typewriter Series by Tyler Knott Ferguson. I fell in love with Tyler's poems after discovering them on Pinterest. I'm a sucker for poetry that feels real and raw and almost uncomfortably relatable, and to put it simply, Tyler's words remind you of how it feels to love with everything you have, no matter the cost. That's a sentiment that I think is worth remembering every day of the year, not just on Valentine's Day." —Teresa F.
"Valentine's Day is when I drink tea and read Pablo Neruda's Love Poems and swoon all day long. My favorite is "The Queen." Here's my favorite part:
'And when you appear
All the rivers sound
In my body, bells
Shake the sky,
And a hymn fills the world.
Only you and I,
Only you and I, my love,
Listen to it.'
UGH BE STILL MY HEART." —Jo K.