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Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romance! Whether it’s an enemy-to-lovers novel or a story about a sweet meet-cute, here are 10 lovey novels that will have you hooked:
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney
This book is not only about secret love but also the adventure one must take to love oneself. Taking place in Ireland, two teenagers struggle to find a time and place for their love.
“The Friend Zone” by Abby Jimenez
From friends-ish to lovers, the slow-burn romance between the two main characters will keep readers guessing. This book highlights relatable topics, such as women’s health and the growth required to put oneself before anyone else.
“The Happy Ever After Playlist” by Abby Jimenez
This book follows up “The Friend Zone,” and readers can expect to experience the beginning sparks of a love story after a terrible tragedy. This book is all about opening up to love, even after life has been turned upside down. Using song names as chapter titles, readers can listen to the music as they read and feel as though they are eavesdropping on the character.
“Life’s too Short” by Abby Jimenez
The last of the series, this read may make you feel like you are living a dream…and then a nightmare. Navigating life’s ups and downs along with the characters will put readers in the agonizing position of wanting to make decisions for the characters.
“Beach Read” by Emily Henry
This is a FUN read! From neighbors to lovers, these two characters hide their feelings until they’ve had enough. This sweet, flirty slow-burn may make you want to drop everything and move in hopes of living next door to your future soulmate.
“People We Meet On Vacation” by Emily Henry
If you love to travel, this is the book for you. Two best friends travel all over the world and discover that maybe they are more than friends after all. Their adventures and real-life struggles will make readers feel like they are right alongside them for every step of the journey.
“The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(TW: Toxic/abusive relationship)
The story of Evelyn Hugo is one you might never expect: she hides details about several relationships for her entire life, until one day, she decides to tell the world everything. The struggle of being a woman in a society where one is often only desired because of one’s features made this read extremely relatable and may just help readers learn to love themselves before allowing others to.
“Writers & Lovers” by Lily King
Set in Boston, this read will plop readers directly onto Harvard’s campus. Working as a waitress, Casey struggles to succeed in her writing and needs to learn to love herself before she and her writing can take off and be successful.
“9 days & 9 Nights” by Katie Cotugno
Another quick travel/love read, this book would be perfectly paired with a coffee in a Parisian cafe. This cute book is sweet and to the point, with some added European flair.
“Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney
On the personal, deeper side of things, this book is all about the struggles of life and how to overcome them by caring for yourself and those around you. Through topics such as struggling with health and finding one’s sexuality, this read will remind readers that life should not be taken for granted.