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This week is Valentine’s Day week for Top Ten Tuesday! I’ll admit that I am completely indifferent to Valentine’s Day. I just don’t care about it at all. A lot of this probably comes from the fact that I was born and raised in Australia and was never exactly exposed to Valentine’s Day as an actual holiday. For me, it was always just something that was featured on American movies. But now that I’m growing up a bit and more people keep mentioning it as an thing that people actually celebrate (what?) I kind of have to live with its existence. So I let it be. Like I said, indifferent.
So after that little rant, here are my Top Ten Books I think you should make your date this Valentine’s Day. Stay in with a cup of tea and a warm blanket, you’ll probably have more fun reading these than having a last minute date with some guy (or girl) from tinder!
(Side note: this is obviously just a list of books I love so I’m wholeheartedly recommending these! My favourites!)
1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This one was one of my favourite books of 2015. I’ve always been a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing style, but when she ventured away from contemporary in 2015 with her first fantasy novel Carry On I fell head-over-heels in love. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. And it might just be my #1 pick as my book-date this Valentines.
2. The Martian by Andy Weir. If you haven’t read this book what are you doing? This is a hilarious novel about a man stranded alone on Mars. Incredibly funny and an absolute page-turner, I definitely recommend this one if you need a pick me up!
3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, another Rainbow Rowell book! If you can’t tell, I love this woman! Fangirl is a novel that hit pretty close to home for me when I read it. The main girl in this novel is a freshman in College who is famous online for writing fanfiction. Wonderful. Great. Plus, the male-lead in this book? Levi? Absolutely swoon-worthy!
4. Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I only recently read Vicious however it was such an intense and captivating read that I couldn’t help but imagine myself curled up on a couch full on loving this book. It was so great. Instantly one of my all-time favourites and definitely worth a read.
5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. If you feel like reading a story over Valentines Day that will absolutely break your heart? Read this. This story follows a 26 year old woman, Lou, as she becomes a home carer for a young quadriplegic, Will. It absolutely broke me. Completely. I can’t recommend this book enough – and that’s coming from someone who very rarely reads adult rom-com/contemporary.
6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Ha ha ha. Can you believe it. Another Rainbow Rowell book. It’s hard for me to rank Rainbow Rowell’s books, however I think it’s safe to say that Attachments is PROBABLY my favourite of them all. This is her first novel but wow I loved it. It’s set in the 90s and follows Lincoln who works as an internet security monitor – aka someone who reads through company emails and checks no one is being inappropriate. When Lincoln stumbles across Beth and Jennifer’s emails (two women who don’t take the email monitoring seriously) he finds himself falling in love with Beth – someone he’s never met. Highly recommend. 10/10. Please read this one!
7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sánez. This one slips my mind quite often, but when I start thinking about books that made me swoon and that make my heart all warm and tingly, Aristotle and Dante immediately pops into my head. This book is a beautifully written, coming-of-age novel about family and friendship and everything in between (that also focuses on some LGBT+ themes). Highly recommend as a Valentines read!
8. Wonder by R. J. Palacio. If you feel like changing it up and reading a book about family and no-romance this Valentines Day, I definitely recommend you pick up this one. It’s a story about August, a 10 year old boy who was born with a facial deformity. It is one of those books that will absolutely change your life and I really hope you pick this one up!
9. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). When I think of curling up with a good book I always think of mystery novels. I’ll admit I am not that aware of what’s going up in the mystery genre and I haven’t read that much mystery, but when Robert Galbraith’s (*cough* J. K. Rowling) first novel was released in 2013 I immediately became interested and fell in love with mystery all over again!! I’m also currently reading its sequel The Silkworm.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. I don’t recommend this one as a Valentines date unless you’ve already read it. That may sound weird, and of course I recommend you start reading this series ASAP if you haven’t read it already. But if you are at home with no date on Valentines and you’re feeling a bit down, pick this one up and remind yourself of the magic. I bet you won’t regret it!
Phew. Well that was probably the longest Top Ten Tuesday that I have done in a while! Do you agree with what I’ve said? Let me know down below! X