The season of love is upon us, and for all of you book nerds out there who appreciate a good romance to read while feeling tired, horny and all alone at 2 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, I have some recommendations for you.
1. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
Now, I know what you are thinking: The language in this book is too flowery and it is also about straight people being very straight. Trust me, I hear you, and I get it. However, this book is romantic in that “enemies to lovers” kind of way that we all secretly crave. Just read Mr. Darcy’s speech near the end of the book and then we can talk, because you are literally about to be transformed.
2. “The Song of Achilles” by Madeline Miller
This book is a beautiful and tragic retelling of the relationship between Greek figures Achilles and Patroclus before and during the Trojan War, but with way more kissing. I suggest reading this one at nighttime while listening to sad music because it really takes the experience to a whole new level. (Just try to refrain from throwing the book at the wall in a melancholic rage at 4 a.m. like I did).
3. “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
I read this book for the first time last February, and have since then reread it twice. This book is, well … hot. The TV show? Also hot. I would recommend this book to people who are feeling aggressively single over Valentine’s Day weekend because it will definitely keep you distracted from your crippling loneliness — but in a cute and sexy way, so yay!
4. “Red, White, and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston
This book is surprisingly risqué and also very gay, which I was not expecting in a story centered around American and British politics. If you are way too into the royal family and/or love queer young adult fiction, give this one a go. It is definitely a gem.
5. “Carry On” by Rainbow Rowell
If you spent the whole of middle school reading “Drarry” fanfiction, this is the book for you. It is another “enemies to lover” story with lots of magic, wizards and petty feuds to keep you interested for over 500 pages. Also, there is a gay vampire, so do with that information what you will.