A Single Gal’s Top 14 Reads This Valentine’s Day

Here’s the thing: although I’ve never had a date on Valentine’s Day, I’m not actually opposed to the concept. I absolutely love love, and corny as it is, a day devoted to celebrating whatever that means to you and your significant other isn’t a bad thing! We could all use a little more love in the world!

But if you, like me, find yourself without plans this February 14th and want to mark the occasion anyway, what better way to do so than by picking up a romance novel? 

The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn

This one might feel like a no-brainer, especially with the Netflix series propelling this charming series right to the tops of everyone’s TBR piles. But for those still hesitant about embarking on an eight-book journey, let this list be your encouragement to take the plunge.

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Cora Carmack is an underrated gem of a romance author. Though contemporary new adult romance dominates the genre nowadays — or at the very least, is much more readily available — her book Losing It, as well as the two follow-ups Faking It and Finding It, came out in the early 2010s, when these things weren’t quite so mainstream.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of 1001 Nights, one that pays loving tribute to the region of the world where the story originates. It’s not a bland, Orientalist vision of the Middle East, but one with enough organic notes sprinkled in throughout that it feels something like home to those of us who hail from that region. 

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory has made a name for herself with swoony romances that center on high-powered, extremely busy professionals who strive to balance personal aspirations with the sudden upheaval that only new love can bring. Each of her books delicately blends the best tropes — from rivals to lovers, to fake dating, to workplace romance — together with a grounded style that she does so well.

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