Date or No Date, Fall in Love with These 6 Timeless Romances This Valentine’s Day
It’s going to be that time of the year soon- the day of overwhelming love, endless flower bouquets and mushy cards, and eating so much chocolate that you feel ill is just around the corner. Regardless of your relationship status- single, totally loved up, “it’s complicated,” or just pining for that stranger you see in the lobby now and then who smiles at you just right- Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to pick up a “swoon-worthy” romance novel and really get into the spirit of the holiday, in a literary sense. After all, watching a fictional couple you’re rooting for come together is a treat in itself. Thus, we’ve prepared a list of 6 romantic reads that you can lose yourself in and experience the true magic of love-
- Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
Call Me by Your Name is the tale of an adolescent boy’s unexpected and powerful infatuation with a summer visitor at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each feigns disinterest at first, unprepared for the implications of their attraction. Unrelenting underlying currents of intrigue and desire intensify their passion as they test the heated ground between them throughout the restless summer weeks that follow. André Aciman’s blunt, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human affection captures the psychological manoeuvres that accompany attraction like no other.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life- a steady boyfriend and a close family—who has scarcely ventured outside of their small community. She accepts a much-needed job working for Will Traynor, the former Master of the Universe who is wheelchair-bound due to an injury. Will is abrasive, irritable, and domineering, but Lou refuses to treat him like a child, and his happiness quickly means more to her than she ever imagined. She sets out to show Will that life is still worth living until she discovers that he has his own shocking plans. As feelings deepen, what awaits them both?
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
No list of romance novels is complete without mentioning this timeless classic. Set in Victorian England, it tells the story of Heathcliff and Cathy, whose passionate love transcends time, life and death itself. Lose yourself in the stormy moors that reflect the characters’ stormy moods and turbulent relationships. Bronte was far ahead of time, expressing lovers’ consciousness with unmatched skill. We promise you’ll rarely find a romance novel as memorable as this one since Bronte wrote it.
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- Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
This book teases a once-in-a-lifetime encounter between Tate and Sam, who initially meet when they are teenagers. Tate is betrayed by Sam, who reveals her biggest secret—who her famous father is—and the two don’t communicate for nearly a decade. Their next encounter will take place on a movie set, where Tate is the lead actor and Sam is the tormented screenwriter. Even through the pain of the past, their feelings for each other revive. Christina Lauren’s customary sensitive dialogue and intriguing characters are used to tell this charming and unique tale.
- The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A hilarious, often melancholy tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn’t stop drifting in and out of time? The Time Traveller’s Wife is the story of Clare, an art student, and Henry, an adventurous librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six years old and Henry was thirty-six years old. Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock resets periodically, and he finds himself lost in time, drawn to emotional high points in his life, past and future. This novel, which is both creative and innovative, tackles issues about life, love, and the influence of time on relationships.
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York, when society “dreaded scandal more than disease,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921. Newland Archer, a gentleman lawyer and heir to one of New York City’s most illustrious families, is looking forward to marrying the sheltered and lovely May Welland. Countess Ellen Olenska, May’s exotic, attractive 30-year-old cousin who has been living in Europe, appears, and he has reason to reconsider his choice of wife. Set against the backdrop of upper-class New York society in the 1870s, the novel has pleased romance lovers since 1920, owing to the author’s combination of powerful prose and a meticulously researched and accurate depiction of the period’s manners and style.
Whether you’re a lover of old-school romances or enjoy modern tales of finding romance in the equally confusing and exhausting world of dating apps and hookup culture, this list has got you covered for Valentine’s day. So whether you have plans for the day of love or not, grab one of these heart-warming stories and get prepared to celebrate love.
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