Feminist-Friendly Romance Novels – I’m not much of a Romance fan, no matter how Feminist; however, if you’re looking for a love story or two to read this month, you may want to give some of these a try.
13 Times Books Perfectly Described Heartbreak – If you’re like me, and Romance isn’t your thing, here’s an entirely different list of books. Maybe you recently had your heart broken, or you’re so head over heels that you want to remind yourself that not everyone is so lucky. Either way, the books on this list and the quotes that go with them are perfect.
Word for Word: Bookshops– Where Love Stories Begin – I know this to be true since I became 100% sure I wanted to go on a second date with the Boyfriend after we stopped by a bookstore near the end of our first. We discovered that not only did we own and love many of the same books, but we also despised the same author and everything she ever wrote. We don’t always agree about books, but we do about the important ones.
Bookish Boozing: 5 Literary Wine Labels – Do you know what’s the perfect beverage for Valentine’s Day (and most other days, too), regardless of your relationship status? Wine. You know what’s even better? Bookish wine.
My original plan was to share the few favorite “love” quotes from various books I have copied down in my book journal, but then I remembered that I’ve never written a “Wednesday’s Words” about The Princess Bride by William Goldman. While these quotes aren’t all my favorites (there’s too many to list), they are my favorite love-related ones.
“Is this a kissing book?”
You know me. I’m not big on Romance. When I get a book recommendation from someone who I know loves the kind of Fantasy that is more Romance than Adventure, this is the question, in the exact same tone, I want to ask.
“This is true love — you think this happens every day?”
The confidence in this line is what gets me. Every once in a while, the Boyfriend says something about our relationship with that kind of assuredness. It makes me weak in the knees, and my stomach does that weird little flip thing.
“She loves you,” the Prince cried. “She loves you still and you love her, so think of that–think of this too: in all this world, you might have been happy, genuinely happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, not really, no matter what the storybooks say, but you could have had it, and so, I would think, no one will ever suffer a loss as great as you.”
This quote reminds me of a scene in Gilmore Girls when Lorelai’s Father ends up in the hospital, and Emily demands that she gets to die before he does because she couldn’t handle losing him. I don’t believe in soul mates, but I do believe in the kind of love that when one of a couple passes away, the other can’t go on living.
“There have been five great kisses since 1642 B.C…(before then couples hooked thumbs.) And the precise rating of kisses is a terribly difficult thing, often leading to great controversy…. Well, this one left them all behind.”
This month’s discussion for the Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge is supposed to be about our Book Boy/Girlfriends. However, I don’t have any. I was going to bow out of posting anything this month, but then I read one of Terri’s posts over at Second Run Reviews. It was about her lack of a Book Boyfriend because her Husband already possesses the qualities she admires in Jamie Fraser. After that, I saw this week’s Five Fandom Friday topic was OTPs. I didn’t (and still don’t) have enough OTPs to participate in FFF, but it did give me the idea to write about my favorite Ships in place of a Book Boyfriend.
♥Jamie and Claire♥ – Like Terri, if I were going to have a Book Boyfriend it would probably be Jamie Fraser. However, I’ve already got an IRL man that has many of the qualities I admire in Jamie. Also, the Boyfriend is a Scot from a well-known clan with a verra long history. So, I think I’ll keep him instead of pining for a fictional man. Besides, Jamie belongs to Claire, and they’re perfect for each other. Their marriage is the kind of marriage I hope to have, and before meeting the Boyfriend, Jamie and Claire gave me hope that it’s possible. I don’t ever want them to lose each other.
♥Eleanor and Park♥ – While I loved the book by the same title for more reasons than E and P’s relationship, this is young love at it’s finest. I hope that their love for each other blossoms into the kind of relationship that lasts a lifetime, but even if it doesn’t, the time they have together in the book is full of those moments that any of us who experienced our first romance in high school will never forget. I shipped them so hard I started reading the book a second time as soon as I finished it because I just couldn’t handle the book hangover. I also now have an E&P playlist chalk full of the Cure, the Smiths, and so many other great bands and songs the two of them listen to together.
♥Ceony and Emery♥- While I haven’t yet read the third book of the Paper Magician trilogy by Charlie N. Holmberg, I already know that these two get each other on a level that a lot of couples never reach. I have difficulty writing about them without getting all spoilery, so I’m just going to stop there.
Why do I only have three Ships? My “Read” shelf on Goodreads is a pretty good indication that I rarely read books involving a romance. When I do, they’re usually not major parts of the story. So, while Harry and Ginny’s relationship resulted in marriage and kids, it wasn’t developed enough before the epilogue to make much of an impression. Ron and Hermione’s relationship is a little more developed, but they spend more time arguing than anything else, and Ron was never my favorite. Other series with the potential for a major Ship are ones that I’ve only read the first book, and so the relationship hasn’t grabbed a hold of me yet.
What are your Ships? Are there any books or series I must read so I can add more Ships to my list?
Yep, that’s right! The photo above of my bookcase is my TBR mountain for Feel the Paper Love February. Why? Because, with the exception of three books I want to read this month, I don’t have a plan. It depends on the weather, my mood, and how quickly I get through the other three books.
What are those three books?
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon – I started it on the 1st of the year but kept getting distracted by other books.
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith – I borrowed this from the Boyfriend’s Mom’s Husband when we went to visit for Christmas. I don’t know how it will work out, but the plan is that we will exchange books when the Boyfriend’s Mom comes down to Austin every couple of months. Since I don’t know when she’ll be in town next, I want to have the book finished, a note with my thoughts about it written, and a book of mine ready to send with it.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio – This is an ARC that I’ve had on my shelf for far too long.
One thing I did decide is that, since I’m choosing to read nothing but physical books this month, but I usually listen to audiobooks when I’m in the car, I’m going to catch up with the ridiculous number of podcasts I’ve been neglecting instead. They’re not books, so I’m not breaking my commitment to the printed page. I’ll return to my audiobooks next month.
Litha over at Victorian Soul Book Critiques is hosting the Feel the Paper Love February reading challenge! I’m joining in because if there is any section of my TBR mountain I need to concentrate on, it’s clearing some space on my physical bookshelves. As most, if not all of you know by now, I live in a small apartment with the Boyfriend, and between the both of us and our book collections, there just isn’t enough space to display all of the books we own. At least half of my books are in storage, and the ones I’ve never read are residing in a floor to ceiling bookcase that, to put it frankly, is overstuffed. I’ve lost count since the last time I updated my Goodreads shelves and have since added more, but there are at least 150 physical books I have never read.
The rules are simple: participants have to either read nothing but physical books -or- set a goal number of physical books to read during the month of February.
I’m going with the first option. I don’t know how many books I’ll get through, or even which books I’ll read, but they’ll all be sniffable 🙂
Are you participating in the Feel the Paper Love February challenge?