Valentine’s Day, celebrated on February 14th, is traditionally known for exchanging chocolates, flowers, and other romantic gifts with loved ones. However, did you know that it is also International Book Giving Day?

This year, let’s add books to the list of gifts we can give. To stick with the day’s theme of love and romance, why not consider giving a romance genre book to your book-loving partner?

Romance Recommendations 

Colleen Hoover, Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Beth O’Leary are some of the most popular romance authors at the moment, making them great choices for a loved one who enjoys a good cheesy romance! 

Book Recommendations: 

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans

Me Before You trilogy by Jojo Moyes

Many of their books are cutesy romance, but others do have darker aspects to them so please do read the trigger warnings before diving in! 

A different option for you might be classic romances by the likes of Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte and Jane Austen. And we cannot forget about Shakespeare’s romantic tragedies too! 

Book Recommendations:

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

We can’t forget the smutty romances either, these are also growing in popularity at the moment!  

Lauren Asher and Scarlett St. Clair are two of which I have read and would recommend if you are looking for a little bit of spice. 

Book Recommendations:

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

A Touch of Darkness/ A Game of Fate series by Scarlett St. Clair

The Fine Print Trilogy by Lauren Asher

Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L.James

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuisto

Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R.Ward

Willow Winters books which have many discreet covers if you’d like to keep your interest quiet!

But I get it, romance novels may not be to everyone’s taste. I myself like to read a mixture of genres.  

On that note, let’s talk Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Many of us love a good fantasy or Sci-Fi novel, and even better, a series. I could get lost in another world for hours with the right book. Sometimes that is exactly what a person needs, a place to escape. 

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Recommendations:

Divergent Series By Veronica Roth

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins 

Inkworld Series by Cornelia Funke

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi

Lightlark by Alex Aster

Harry Potter By J.K Rowling

The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien

Dune by Frank Herburt

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This list, like others, could continue on forever, but how about we step into another genre… 

A Hop into Horror

First recommendation for horror or psychological thriller will be Stephen King. He is a master of his craft and he fits this category to a T with his never-ending assortment of novels. 

Josh Mallerman, Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, Ray Bradybury and many others have a toe in this pond as well. 

Horror and Thriller Recommendations:

The Shining by Stephen King

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I won’t lie, I could give many lists of many genres to gift for February 14th. I won’t list them all though as there would be thousands of pages. 

My biggest tip is to ask what your significant other, friend or loved one likes to read and find something they may not have in their personal library.
If you are not a reader yourself, you could also ask their friends for some advice or even a book shop assistant – they are usually very friendly and helpful! 

If all else fails, a gift card, or a trip to a bookstore would go down just as well for any book lover. 

So, the question is, what kind of book would you love for Valentine’s day? 

For me the list is very long.

By Bella!

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