30 Books for Every Valentine's or Galentine's Mood

 

Valentine's Day is great excuse to read a sappy love story. But if you're not in the mood for that, I've got you covered. Here are 30 fantastic books to read for Valentine's (and Galentine's), recommended by mood.

 

American Royals by Katharine McGee. For glitz, glam, and multiple couples to ship.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. For a love story that traverses decades and crosses continents.

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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. For a brutally honest and nostalgic look at the life-changing friendships of teenage girls.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan. For a heartbreaking story of a blossoming romance cut much too short.

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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. For a story that proves love blooms in the most unlikely of places.

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson. For epic adventure, misplaced love, magical creatures, and self-discovery.

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. For the self-conscious romance novel that’ll make you fall in love with romance novels.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. For a sexy queer romance set in a quirkier version of Hogwarts.

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker. For the classic tale of the  unbreakable bonds of female friendship.

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Emma by Jane Austen. For lovers who make each other better.

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Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. For palpable sexual tension and a story of second chances.

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. For a he said / she said that will have you looking at relationships in a whole new light.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. For an open door enemies-to-lovers romp set in a publishing house.

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. For the female friendships that are both profoundly life giving and devastatingly destructive.

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. For a steamy magical realism romance alongside an entire recipe book.

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Normal People by Sally Rooney. For the dark millennial love story that just may become a modern classic. 

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes. For a truly depressing story about how the wrong first love can ruin you.

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The Other’s Gold by Elizabeth Ames. For four unlikely friends who stand by each other through some earth shattering mistakes.

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Persuasion by Jane Austen. For a second chance at love.

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Possession by A.S. Byatt. For a literary mystery and parallel stories of irrepressible passion.

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Auseten. For the original enemies to lovers novel.

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A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Elliot, and Woolf by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney. For the literary Galentines bonds you never knew existed.

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Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick. For all the reasons having a forever Valentine is overrated.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. For the original epic turned epic love story.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. For the sweetest little YA romance you won’t be able to put down.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. For a YA trilogy that’s as much about sisterhood as it is about first love.

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We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill. For a true royal love story that’s stranger than fiction.

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory. For the book that will leave you craving a steamy makeout, donuts, and a cheese platter.

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanan. For a creepy Valentine’s Day read with lots of twists and stalking.

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Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. For a gender-bending story of love, loss, passion, and pain.

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