Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you’re looking for some reading to get you into the mood, I’ve got you covered. Below are my top 5 Valentine’s recommendations from each of the following genres: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and thrillers!
Top 5 Contemporary Romance
These are some of my favorite adorable rom-coms that make me feel all the feels!
1. Well Met by Jen de Luca
Enemies to lovers at a Renaissance Faire? Yes, please! This book kept me smiling, laughing, and crying the whole time.
2. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Another enemies to lovers! This time about sworn enemies who end up on an all-expenses-paid honeymoon trip to Hawaii after the bride & groom get food poisoning. Plenty of hilarious and heartbreaking moments in store.
3. Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
One more enemies to lovers for you, this time between the First Son of the United States and the Prince of England! Their relationship was sooooo cute, and the story had me ridiculously invested in imaginary politics!
4. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
After Lina’s mother dies, she travels to Tuscany with her mother’s old journal to meet her father and learn about her past. There she finds love, gelato, and so much more. This book will have you laughing through your tears.
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
After Lara Jean’s old love letter to Peter Kavinsky accidentally gets mailed (as well as letters to all her former crushes), they start fake dating to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. You will fall in love with Lara Jean as he juggles her family, friends, baking, crafting, fake relationship, and very real feelings.
Top 5 Science Fiction & Fantasy
If you prefer the romance to play out in the background to an epic adventure, these are the perfect Valentine’s Day books for you!
1. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas
RHYSAND. Need I say more? A Court of Thorns and Roses is good, but A Court of Mist and Fury is WHERE. IT’S. AT.
2. Defy the Stars (Constellation #1) by Claudia Gray
Abel is Earth’s most advanced mech. Noemi is a soldier fighting for freedom for the planet Genesis. THIS SERIES IS EVERYTHING, Y’ALL!
3. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
A witch and a witch hunter are forced into marriage. The juxtaposition leads to some truly hilarious moments, plus this book has an interesting magic system, a great cast of supporting characters, and life-or-death stakes.
4. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Romeo & Juliet, but R is a zombie.
5. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
This series is full of relationship goals! I adore all 4 main couples in this series of sci-fi fairy tale retellings.
Top 5 Thrillers
Would you rather read about dysfunctional, messed up, twisted couples? Here are some anti-romance domestic thrillers for you!
1. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
This is one of the most out-there thrillers I’ve ever read about a woman having an affair with a man and befriending his wife, but it’s so twisted and good. The ending made my jaw drop!
2. Verity by Colleen Hoover
This book is dark, creepy, and disturbing. A writer is hired to complete the works of successful novelist Verity Crawford, who has become incapacitated. While sorting through Verity’s notes, she begins to fall for the husband and discovers some dark truths about Verity herself.
3. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
Jack and Grace’s marriage is perfect from the outside, but it’s a completely different story behind closed doors. This is super dark and twisted, but it’s a favorite.
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The model for modern domestic thrillers! When Amy goes missing, her husband Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance, but there’s more to this case than meets the eye.
5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
If you thought Amy and Nick’s relationship in Gone Girl was messed up, wait til you see what this couple does for “date night.”
Have you read any of these? What are your recommendations for Valentine’s Day?