I’m not a big Valentine’s Day person. I’ll usually buy myself candy and watch some romantic movies at home, but my husband and I aren’t fans of the big day. We don’t go out and do something. We don’t celebrate our love since we do that on the regular. So Valentine’s Day is a day for me to chill out and read some love stories.
While I’m an occasional reader of romance, I’m a sucker for a love story. It doesn’t need to have a happy ending. It doesn’t even need to have the love story be the central part of the book. I love love stories because it combines love and real life. For that, I’m grateful to be reading these three stories this month in appreciation of the biggest day for love; Valentine’s Day.
I know there are a ton of love stories out there and I could have gone with, but these were on my immediate TBR and I can’t not read them now!
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
If you want both a book celebrating Black History month and a love story, then you might be interested in If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. This is the story of young love caught in the middle of injustice. Tish and Fonny love each other and Tish is about to give birth to Fonny’s child. While the couple wants their child to get the best, Fonny is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Mind you, this is also a time period where there was a lot of racial injustice. Funny how this book was written 1974 and the same issues are applicable to today. SMH. You can already imagine the kind of heartbreak this story will give you from the beginning to its ending. I’ve included the trailer for the movie in case you wanted to know more about it:
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
I’m currently on an Instagram tour with My So-Called Bollywood Life, but it was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019. I’m a huge sucker for books of representation. I will forever be promoting these books because people need books that have them as their main character. It’s about a young girl named Winnie who is destined (by the stars) to marry her boyfriend, Raj. But when she finds him cheating on her, how can she go against destiny? Then she meets the nerdy Dev who loves Bollywood movies as much as she does and he encourages her to find someone that isn’t written in the stars and written for her. I think this is going to be a fun one, for sure.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
My friend, @readwithkat, is reading this one this month for her online book club. Funnily enough, I also went to see an early screening of the movie and listened to an entire audience cry throughout the movie. It was one emotional rollercoaster so I know this book will be the same.
The story is about a young couple, Will and Stella, who both suffer from the same incurable disease; cystic fibrosis. Just like any YA novel, their personalities set them apart despite suffering from the same disease. They’re required to stay “five feet apart” from each other to avoid infection. How sad is that! Kat chose this book because she herself suffers from CF and she wanted to share this story with her followers. I was more than happy to read this one especially since it’s in support of a friend. Also, this book cover is exquisite with a pair of lungs shaped into floral vines. You can also watch the trailer for the movie below:
What kinds of love stories will you be reading on Valentine’s Day?