Valentine's Day Romance Reading List

On the eve of the commercial faux holiday that is Valentine's Day, I find myself sat at my laptop dreaming up this new romance-themed blog post. Having devoured my fair share over romance books over the years, many of which left something to be desired, I consider it my civic duty this year to recommend the perfect romantic stories for all you love birds out there.

 1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

This gem is of the YA genre, but it is unbelievably good. It's a sweet tale of first love, as a relationship develops between two high school misfits, who bond over comic books and music.

2)  The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Another YA read, this book broke my heart and pieced it back together again in this story of loss, first love, family and friendship. It's a a bit of a tear-jerker, but what's Valentine's Day without a few tears?

3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, you might recognise this title. That's because it featured in my Holiday Reading List for 2013 which you can view here. It's a magical story of passion, love and mystery.

4) The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous by Jilly Cooper

Valentine's Day isn't complete without a romp to end all romps. I could have listed any of Cooper's novels featuring the arrogant rogue Rupert Campbell Black, but this was the first of her novels that I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart. The hero in this adventure is Lysander, a kind-hearted, handsome, lovable Lothario, who has a knack for jumping into bed with other men's wives.

5) The Pact by Jodi Picoult

This tragic love story becomes a courtroom drama as one of the young lovers in this novel winds up dead, and her beloved boyfriend is found at the scene of the crime. This YA book is Picoult at her best, weaving intricate storylines with an abundance of twists.