Valentine’s Day is coming soon, but that doesn’t mean everyone is excited. Instead of a date night and flowers, others might be looking forward to a quiet night in with a book and a glass, or bottle, of wine. It’s not all roses for us single people, and it’s just a corporate holiday anyway, right? Here’s five books to read if you hate Valentine’s Day.
1) Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson
If you’re looking for a laugh this Valentine’s day, Lawson’s exploration of her battle with mental illness and other stories are both honest and hilarious. It isn’t a how-to guide on overcoming, but rather a look into how to cope while laughing at what curveballs life throws your way. What it lacks in romance, it makes up for in learning to self-love.
2) Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the Fairy Tale Endings by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Who else has had enough of the knight in shining armor riding in to save the princess? In this non-fiction novel are stories from all throughout history of actual princesses and their adventures. You’ll learn about their ruthless quests for power, their frightening beauty routines, and their warfare tactics, without the happily ever after.
3) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This classic by du Maurier captures all the drama of romance without it being over the top or mushy. When our narrator falls head-over-heels for widower, Maxim de Winter, her honeymoon is cut short when she is confronted with the ghost of his dead wife. Not a typical love story, but still haunting and beautifully written.
4) Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
Relationships aren’t always great. In Gaitskill’s collection of stories she captures the angst of the 1980’s through stories about isolation, longing, and disenchantment in relationships. It will really make you think twice about any past relationship.
5) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare’s most well-known works, this play is perfect for anyone feeling less than romantic this Valentine’s Day. What starts out as a grand romance between two young people of dueling families, goes horribly awry by its end. Our very dramatic, teenage protagonists learn the hard way that love at first sight doesn’t always mean a happy ending.