Category: Valentine’s Day

Which Romantic Declaration are You?

Everyone wants a love declaration straight out of a classic romance. Now you can have one.

 


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5 Quotes About Love For Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s day is definitely a holiday that elicits mixed feelings from individuals–which makes sense. I tackle this holiday from a literary standpoint. For me, I view this holiday as the opportunity to share beautiful poems and quotes with other people. If those things happen to be about love, then that’s all the more thematically effective!

Here are five quotes about love from five famous authors.

 

1. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”―Ursula K. Le Guin

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2. “I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart”― Alice Walker

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3. “Who, being loved, is poor?”―Oscar Wilde

 

4. “Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”―NEIL Gaiman

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5. “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”―Zelda Fitzgerald

 

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5 Love Poems to Read on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is typically known as a couple’s holiday – a holiday which inspires gifts of roses, chocolates, and even marriage proposals. For me though, and maybe it’s the English major in me, this is a day that makes me want to read love poems. I know, I know. It’s extremely corny to say that. Call me a romantic, but there is something about reading a poem and knowing that it was crafted for someone that the poet loved that just makes me want to sit with those words. Poetry is hard to write. Sometimes, a five line poem can take hours, or even days, to craft. So a love poem, to me, isn’t just a handful of sweet words–it is one of the most powerful ways to express one’s affection.

All of my mushy rambling about love poetry aside, here are five love poems that you can read on Valentine’s day.

 

 

1. Harold pinter’sit is here

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What sound was that?
I turn away, into the shaking room.

What was that sound that came in on the dark?
What is this maze of light it leaves us in?
What is this stance we take,
To turn away and then turn back?
What did we hear?
It was the breath we took when we first met.

Listen. It is here.

 

2. E.E. Cumming’s[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

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i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling) (read more)
(Cummings has a very interesting way of formatting his poetry. The absence of capitalization and absence of spaces between parentheses and the rest of the line is fully intentional)

3. Pablo Neruda’sIf you Forget me

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You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me. (read more)

 

 

4. Spiritwind Wood’sLet’s Grow old Together

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Let’s sit underneath the open sky
and watch the night just pass us by
let’s me and you dream of the now
and don’t worry about tomorrow
you know we will make it somehow

Let us talk about our plan
two lover’s hand in hand
and let’s grow old together (read more)

 

 

5. Christina Rossetti’sI loved you first: but afterwards your love

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I loved you first: but afterwards your love
Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song
As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.
Which owes the other most? my love was long,
And yours one moment seemed to wax more strong;
I loved and guessed at you, you construed me
And loved me for what might or might not be –
Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong. (read more)


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Best in Romance this Week!

It’s the week of love! Valentine’s Day is this Friday and what better way to celebrate than by reading some great romance novels. These five books are the perfect read for anyone in the mood for a great steamy love story to kick off Valentines Week.

  1. Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey

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Love Her or Lose Her, follows married couple Rosie and Dominic Vega  used to be the perfect couple. They were high school sweethearts and the best of friends, but now ten years have passed and the spark just isn’t there. So, what better way to bring the spark back than by going to marriage boot camp. Rosie is encouraged by her friends to open her own restaurant and to want more out of her marriage, and Dominic is a great man that provides for them but it’s just not what it used to be. Rosie didn’t think Dominic would agree to this marriage boot camp, but he’s all in and during their assignments Rosie learns she also plays a part in their rocky marriage, and as they continue down this marriage boot camp journey the spark starts to ignite again, but then Rosie learns a secret about Dominic that can damage all the work they’ve done.

 

 

2. A Favor for a Favor by Helena Hunting

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A Favor for a Favor, follows a man who joins the NHL expansion team, and as much as he’s excited for it everything great thing seems to come with a price. He meets his new neighbor as she tries to sneak into his captain’s apartment after midnight, and his captain just happens to be married, and he’s not married to her. Then, he gets an injury and the person to tend to him just happens to be her, and it turns out his captain isn’t having an affair with her, because that’s his sister. So, he agrees to let her nurse him back to health, and he hopes he can keep his hormones under control.

 

3. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, follows Lydia as she copes with the loss of her husband of over decade, Freddie.  Lydia believed her and Freddie’s love was indestructible, but then a tragic car accident took Freddie’s life, and all Lydia can do is hide out in her apartment and cry. With the help of her best friend Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she tries to put her life back together because she knows that’s what Freddie would have wanted. Then something happens just as Lydia is about to take a step out into the world again, she’s pulled back into her past with Freddie, and she’s constantly in and out of her life with Freddie and her new life without him. As much as Freddie still owns her heart, there is someone new in her life that wants her to stay in the present.

 

 

4. You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

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You Were There Too, follows Mia Graydon, who has a great life. She has a loving husband, a nice house, and she’s about to start a family. However, Mia keeps dreaming about a man and these dreams keep happening and it’s always the same man. Then, when Mia and her husband move to Pennsylvania she finds herself face to face with the man, and it just so happens the man has been dreaming of her too. So, Mia starts to look for understands to wonder why this is happening, and she can’t help but wonder, what if?

 

5. Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

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Almost Just Friends, follows Piper who is about to finish renovations on the lake house her grandparents left her. She grew up raising her siblings, and now once this lake house is finished she’s free. However, a storm hits and enters dark handsome stranger, Camden Reid shows up, along with her two siblings. Piper tries to ignore them but Camden pulls her into deep emotions she doesn’t quite understand but didn’t wants it. While her siblings need each other and have secrets of their own. Then when the secrets come out everything Piper thought she knew about her family and even Cam changes. Now she must try to run from her demons or start the new life that may have already started.

 

 

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Galentine’s Book Picks To Share With Your BFF

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spoil your significant other, but its also the perfect day to spoil your BFF! Everyone has their favorite things to do for Galentine’s Day, so why not add some awesome books into the mix? Here are five recommendations to share with your bestie!

 

Little Women- Louisa May Alcott

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An undisputed classic, Little Women tells a story with incredibly strong women and timeless themes. A perfect addition to this Galentine’s Day!

Since You’ve been gone- Morgan matson

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Since You’ve Been Gone tells the story of best friends Emily and Sloane as they make their way through an unconventional summer. If you have a best friend that constantly encourages you to be the best you can be, you’ll connect with this one.

 

The unexpected Everything- morgan matson

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Clearly, we’re loving Morgan Matson this Galentine’s Day! The Unexpected Everything has it all: friendship, romance, ice cream, and dogs. Tons of dogs. What could be better? You’ll definitely enjoy reading about this quirky group of friends as they navigate their summer with some unexpected twists.

 

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS- khaled hosseini

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This heartwarming book tells the story of two young women, Mariam and Laila, as they share life experiences while living in Afghanistan. A Thousand Splendid Suns beautifully explores the precious nature of life and will definitely inspire you.

 

 

sisterhood of the traveling pants- ann Brashares

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Another classic here! The friendship between Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby is surely something extraordinary, and you’ll definitely want to share these special girls with your own group of besties. This book makes us wish we had a magical pair of jeans!

 

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