9 Valentine’s Day reads to give you all of the feels

For the romantics of us, Valentines Day is one day in the year where you get to express in the gushiest of ways how much those we love mean to us. For everyone else, it’s a commercialised mess of saccharine sentiment, too much chocolate and teddy bears that will be relegated to the loft come the 15th February.

I fall somewhere in the middle. I’m not averse to the idea of Valentine’s Day, but by no means do I want stuffed toys (unless its this cuddly Buckbeak, obvs) and I think its silly to dedicate just one day out of 365 to expressing affection for those that we love the most, whether that’s a partner, a friend, a relative or even a pet.

To celebrate this divisive little day, I’ve got two swoon worthy lists for you. For anyone who can’t get on a good ship fast enough, or wants to snuggle down with a fluffy, tingly YA romance then this list is your bae. For everyone and anyone that feels mildly nauseous at the thought of slow dancing under the stars or sharing spaghetti, check out my alternative list of Valentines Day reads, coming next week! 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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Featuring a romantic relationship that is in turn totally cute and utterly realistic, A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a love story that is totally fit for the 21st century. I defy you not to fall in love with Rhys and Steffi as they navigate their lives, their disabilities and their relationship.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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Packed with sparkly writing, gorgeous metaphor and two love interests to faint for, Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun is as swoon-worthy as they come.

Haunt Me by Liz Kessler 

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Ghosts, bullying, grief and drugs. Sounds romantic, right? Seriously though, this book manages to balance powerful subject matter and great character development with the sweetest paranormal romance. Think Ghost for the Instagram generation.

How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2) by Holly Bourne

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Holly Bourne tells it how it is. Amber is a British girl at a summer camp in the USA who falls for a quintessential American dude. It’s touching, slow-burning and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James

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Lauren James really had her work cut out with this one. A mash-up of the historical and sci-fi genres, The Next Together is a sweepingly romantic adventure set against the backdrop of major historical events and futuristic technology. In a fun twist, you can even find out what time period from The Next Together you should really live in. Thanks, Buzzfeed. We love you.

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren James

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If you like your love stories with a dystopian flavour, then Delirium is a good place to start. In a society where people are ‘cured’ for life of being infected with ‘deliria’ aged 18, one girl does the unthinkable: she falls in love.

Noughts and Crosses (Noughts and Crosses #1) by Malorie Blackman

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Noughts and Crosses is one of the original and best YA dystopia books. It also features one of the most heartbreaking, soul-shattering, beautifully rendered love stories I’ve ever come across. This THE book to read if you’re a) a fan of the most powerful writing and social commentary and b) (on a more Valentines Day-friendly note) if you’re a fan of forbidden romance in a big way.

The Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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The Bone Gap isn’t obviously romantic at first glance, but the writing and the development of the relationships between the main characters is so heady that you can’t help but become invested. Finn and Petey’s romance isn’t conventional, but it is beautifully and achingly realised.

The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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SWOON SWOON SWOON. Cassandra Clare, Queen of Ships, brings another two ultimate book boyfriend candidates to the table in The Infernal Devices series. Torn between her love for two very different boys, Tessa must decide to which her heart truly belongs whilst y’know, saving the world and slaying demons and being a general book-loving badass. If there was such a thing as a perfect love triangle award, this would win every time.


What are your favourite romantic reads? Is there anything that is crying out to be included in this list? Give me your swoon-inducing, book boyfriend/girlfriend-creating recommendations in the comments!

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28 thoughts on “9 Valentine’s Day reads to give you all of the feels

  1. Cute post, Sammie! I haven’t read any of these, except for the Infernal Devices (BLESS YOU for mentioning that series) and Delirium. I like Valentine’s Day for the most part, but mostly because chocolates are on sale and they usually play my movie The Holiday LOL XD Excited to see what the other list includes! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks, Azia! πŸ™‚ Oh man, how could I not? Will and Jem would have been greatly disappointed in me and you know how I hate to disappoint my fictional boyfriends. Hahaha yes! Great reasons – have to look at the silver linings here and discounted chocolate is definitely a big one! Oooo if you have any recs let me know – I’ll pop them in. πŸ™‚

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      • Ah yes, I’m sure they would have been LOL. Good thing it’s hard to forget those two πŸ˜‰ Recs for movies or recs for books? Because I only have recs for movies LOL. As for books…..maybe something with a lot of action and secondary romance? Like….Six of Crows or…Maze Runner…or…The 5th Wave….or….or….I got nothin’ LOL

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  2. These are all great picks for Valentine’s Day reads Sammie. I haven’t read them all myself but I really loved I’ll Give You the Sun, and I completely agree with you on The Next Together. A story about love that transcends time and death is definitely a perfect pick! πŸ˜€
    Bone Gap is an all-time favourite of mine, and I think although it’s not a typical pick like you mention it still has two amazing relationships to make it a book I’d recommend for Valentine’s Day as well! πŸ™‚

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  3. I haven’t read any of these books! Fail! I typically don’t tend to read books where romance in one of the main themes, but rather a small sub-plot. Some of my favorite “love stories” would have to be in The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.

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  4. Love this post! I too kind of lay in the middle about Valentine’s Day but I do love reading all these romances! I’ve only read one book from the list which means all the more to choose from to read! (Also, more books added to my mountain TBR AHAHAHA!)

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  5. I love the whole idea of this post, Sammie!! I think I’m with you on falling in the in-between when it comes to Valentine’s Day because I don’t completely love it but I also don’t hate it. I’ve only read three on your list – I’ll Give You The Sun, The Infernal Devices, and Delirium but several of the others are on my TBR. I would so add P.S. I Like You to this list and maybe even Fangirl. They’re both such cute books and would definitely put me in the Valentine’s Day mood. 😁

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