Let me be completely honest here. Valentine's Day, for the duration of my life, has been nothing more than a day where I can go to the store and buy as much chocolate as I want without getting any weird looks. I was never a hopeless romantic growing up. I just wanted the candy. Yes. I guess I should apologize to the sixth grader who gave me a Valentine chock-full of unrequited love back in the day. It may or may not have been lost in my candy stash.
Sorry, sir. It was chocolate or nothing.
And hey. I was only twelve.
As I got older, it became apparent to me that while I was still stuck on the chocolate factor of Happy Hearts Day, my peers were interested in real Valentines. As in, boys.
For me? No. Still the chocolate.
Even presently, Valentine's Day is more of a National Candy Day to me than anything else.
But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate romance. I like sweet text messages, teddy bears and late night phone calls from that special someone as much as the next girl...and I especially love books that have a romantic element. Here are my top four Valentine's Day novels - just for fun!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Call me crazy, but not only is Jane Eyre my favorite fictional novel of all time, it's also my favorite romance story. To say nothing of the fact that Charlotte Bronte is one of the female writers that I admire most in this world, right up there with Mary Shelley and Jane Austen. And by the way, Jane Eyre is a new adult book - just because it was written a long time ago doesn't mean it doesn't deal with many of the common themes popularly found in NA fiction.
Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead. I have to say, I'm not a vampire chick. I'm not a big fan of the whole concept, but every once in a while, somebody takes the idea and makes it unique. I read Rachelle's entire series over vacation when I was in High School, and it's got some of the most intense, swoon-worthy romance in YA novels that I've ever seen. Yes, I'm talking about Dimitri. To this day I'm amazed at Rachelle's sassy characters and awesome plot twists. And there's the fact that although these novels are YA, I would only recommend them for New Adult readers.
Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck. If you know me at all, you know how much I love tigers, and therefore this entire series by Colleen. I've talked about it before (probably way too much), and I'm just saying this: the romance is very sweet and very appropriate. Two Indian princes that double as tigers?
Yes. Definitely yes.
And because the main character, Kelsey, is a college student...you guessed it. It's a New Adult novel, too, even though it's classified as YA.
Defect by Ryann Kerekes. I read this book, loved it, and subsequently interviewed Ryann afterward because I was so excited. The romance between the two main characters reminded me very much of Four and Tris in Divergent. It's an action-packed novel with a great love story behind it.
I have to admit, I've been a little behind on my reading this year! I've been busy, and finding the time to sit and read has been a challenge. But fear not! I will rectify the situation soon enough. If there's a new adult romance series or standalone novel that you think I'd like, let me know. I'm always looking for new material!
Happy Valentine's Day - may you have lots of chocolate! Because chocolate is what ultimately counts...right?
(most of the time, anyway)