7 Books to Read if You’re Sick of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is here and some may be dreading it. Whether you’re recently heartbroken, completely over trying to find a partner, or just interested in reading a book that isn’t so sweet you get cavities after reading it, here are seven books to read today.


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 


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The New York Times #1 best selling novel Gone Girl is a chilling mystery perfect for some anti-love reading. It tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, and Amy’s disappearance on their fifth anniversary. As they investigate her disappearance, terrible secrets of the seemingly perfect relationship are reveled. According to the New Yorker, “Absorbing . . . In masterly fashion, Flynn depicts the unraveling of a marriage—and of a recession-hit Midwest—by interweaving the wife’s diary entries with the husband’s first-person account.”


2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott fitzgerald

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Tender is the Night is a modern classic that takes place in the south of France. It tells the tale of Rosemary Hoyt, and her complicated relationship with the alluring American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. The complicated nature of the couple unravels throughout the course of the novel. When it was released in 1934, it was one of the most talked about novels, and in today’s era, it still holds the same power.

3. This is how you lose her by Junot diaz 

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

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This is How You Lose Her tells the story of many failed relationships, all starring one man, Yunior. Yunior is a young man who’s desire for love and lust makes him loose it all, by being incredibly reckless. He falls for extraordinary women, but always falls short when it comes to keeping them. The New York Times book reviewer called the novel “Electrifying.”


4. me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl  is not your typical young adult romance. It follows Greg and Earl as they make mediocre films in order to face the reality of high school. Everything is going fine until Greg’s mom forces him to be friends with the girl with cancer, Rachel. This novel shows the change in Greg through the power of a dying girl. The novel was so well loved, it made it onto the New York Times bestseller list.


 5. Wedding Toasts I’ll never Give by Ada Calhoun

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The first non-fiction on this list, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, is all about the things the novels never tell you about being married. Calhoun talks about the challenges she faces in her own marriage, while examining marriage as a whole. The New York magazine says “By turns funny, melancholy, and profound. A thoughtful read of the monogamous, non-monogamous, and every relationship iteration in between.”


6. All About love: New Visions by Bell Hooks

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All About Love: New Visions aims to redefine what it means to love something. Hooks puts into question the typical ways people love, being both sexual and romantic. Through breaking down the way society views love, she provides a new way to love that is both healing and beneficial, not just for an individual, but for society as a whole.

7. THE PARIS WIFE by Paula McClain

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The Paris Wife is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. The novel follows the duo as they fall for each other and move to Paris, which is where Hemingway’s career takes off. McClain shows how Hemingway and Hadley’s once beautiful love story turns catastrophic as Hemingway struggles to find his voice, while Hadley struggles to hold onto herself. The Boston Globe says “[Paula] McLain has brought Hadley to life in a novel that begins in a rush of early love. . . . A moving portrait of a woman slighted by history, a woman whose . . . story needed to be told.”



So enjoy reading this Valentine’s day and maybe you will find love this holiday or love for a new book, which is really the best kind of love.


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