Would you like to find the perfect gift for a special someone in your life? Are you hoping to read something with a touch of romance come February? Here are a few wonderful reads that I recommend this Valentine’s Day!
Are you hoping to find something for a Harry Potter fan? Look no further than Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the first novel in Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. I attended a discussion a few months ago, during which Bardugo said the world of Shadow and Bone was inspired by Czarist Russia. AWESOME.
Valentine’s Day Bonus: There’s a very steamy love triangle…
If fantasy fiction with a dark edge is more your thing, try Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, a brilliant, spooky, and fun read that’ll keep you up and turning the pages late into the night.
Valentine’s Day Bonus: The love between the two main characters is sweet even in the face of danger and potential betrayal.
If historical romance is your scene, check out Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This lovely tale tells the story of two young lovers whose dedication to one another is strained by the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Valentine’s Day Bonus: Keep a box of tissues handy while reading this beautiful tale of long lost love.
For literary fiction with a twist, you can’t beat Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a sinister tale of a marriage gone terribly wrong.
Valentine’s Day Bonus: This is sort of a funny read for Valentine’s Day, but it’ll certainly make you appreciate each other!
There are so many wonderful non-fiction books to fall for out there!
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky: Confession: I haven’t read this one. BUT my best friend did and she LOVED it, and I think it sounds phenomenal. Here’s what Chris Lavers of The Guardian had to say: “Readers with a passion for cookery will love [Salt]…especially as Kurlansky once again litters his narrative with ancient and modern recipes garnered from all over the world.” Told you it sounded good!
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fun, fascinating look at Lincoln’s life and legacy. This amazing book was recently made into the blockbuster hit Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis.
Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook by Bobby Flay: I’ve eaten at Mesa more than five times, and I’ve had recipes out of this book (I gave it to my dad for Christmas last year). IT IS AWESOME.
Valentine’s Day Bonus: Cook a delicious meal for your loved ones with a touch of southwestern spice!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Lauren Spieller is a writer living in Los Angeles. She also works as an intern for a literary agency in NYC. Her current project, Sightless, is an urban fantasy novel for Young Adult readers. When she isn’t writing, Lauren works in fundraising for a university. She is also interested in interior design, reading everything she can get her hands on, eating, cooking, and yoga. Visit her website or connect with her on twitter: @laurenspieller.