Hop in, traveler!
Today is Valentine’s Day, and I know not everyone celebrates this holiday — I do not myself, but I wanted to take the day to celebrate love in all its forms, and to take care of myself! After all, self-love is the most important kind of love. I’m planning to treat myself to a nice dinner, take a relaxing bath… and read!
Whether you have a partner, or you are single, or that you’re not looking for a romantic relationship, love doesn’t stop there! There are many forms of love in our lives — familial love, romantic, friendly, or even the love we have for a hobby — and I want to take the day to celebrate those different kinds. So buckle your seat belt, we’re taking off for a recommendation list of books that celebrate love in all its forms!
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA
forms of love: romantic, found family
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages. [ read more ]
The House in the Cerulean Sea is the first book I read in 2021 and oh, what a kind book! It celebrates love in all of its kinds, from parental and sibling, to friendships, and, of course, romantic love. If you’re looking for a soft, cute book for today, then you should definitely consider this one!
FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA
forms of love: romantic, friendship, self-love
Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.
People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter. [ read more ]
Let me shoot my love for this book some more. I know I talked about it times and times over, but really, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega is the book on self-love and body positivity! It also features great friendships, an undying love for books, and one cute romance: the perfect book to celebrate love!
Related: Review: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
THE LOVE CURSE OF MELODY MCINTYRE
forms of love: romantic, hobby
Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything.
What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over. [ read more ]
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is one of my favorite books of 2020, and it features a sapphic love story between two teenagers in love with theater. Either to celebrate romantic love or one’s love for their hobby, this book is going to make you have a great day!
forms of love: friendships
It was all sinking in. I’d never had a crush on anyone. No boys, no girls, not a single person I had ever met. What did that mean?
Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never even had a crush – but as a fanfic-obsessed romantic she’s sure she’ll find her person one day. [ read more ]
I know that when you’re thinking of Valentine’s day, Loveless isn’t the first book to come to mind — and for a reason, its main character is aroace. But! Loveless is a great YA book about friendships and the immense love they can give us: and I find this so important. So, if you’re looking to celebrate friendly love, Loveless is the book you need!
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
Taylor Jenkins Reid
forms of love: romantic, family
From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. [ read more ]
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the sapphic romance. This book is about Hollywood sensation Evelyn Hugo and her numerous marriages and love stories — and the most important of them all, her life-long romance with her co-star Celia St James. Looking for a beautiful love story? Then grab The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (and some tissues)!
Related: My favorite books of 2020
THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR
Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
forms of love: romantic
Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future. [ read more ]
This Is How You Lose The Time War is a marvelous story and love and time. Don’t expect to understand the entire plot, but be sure this book will take you in a whirlwind of poetry and entrancing romance. Plus, it’s a short novel, perfect for today!
forms of love: romantic
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? [ read more ]
Looking for the softest of graphic novels? Heartstopper is for you, then! These comics are the perfect read for a cozy Sunday, and even better for Valentine’s Day. I promise you, you’ll fell head over heels for these two boys and their sweet romance! Three volumes are already out, and the fourth is to be published this year — but if you can’t really wait, the whole thing is available on Webtoon, Tapas, and Tumblr!
RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE
forms of love: romantic
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. [ read more ]
Red, White and Royal Blue was the first romance that I read and that I absolutely loved! To this day, it’s still one of my favorite books, and I can only recommend it for a day that celebrates love! And if you need more convincing: this is a rivals-to-lovers fake-dating LGBTQ+ and Latinx romance!
THE STARLESS SEA
forms of love: love of books
Far beneath the surface of the earth, upon the shores of the Starless Sea, there is a labyrinthine collection of tunnels and rooms filled with stories. The entryways that lead to this sanctuary are often hidden, sometimes on forest floors, sometimes in private homes, sometimes in plain sight. But those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them. [ read more ]
The Starless Sea is everything. This is my latest coup de cœur — favorite — and even if it features some romances, they’re not center-staged. What is, however, is an immense love for books and all kinds of stories, for myths and legends, for their characters, the symbols they hold… If you’re here, then you love books: do yourself a favor then, and read The Starless Sea.
I wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s celebrate love in all its forms — romantic, friendly, self-love, or even our shared love for books! Take care of yourself today, and your loved ones if you can, but most importantly: enjoy the day!
Let’s spread the love!
What is your favorite book celebrating love?