Saturday, February 15, 2014


I'm not much for sappy or mushy lit particularly, but these stand outs are just plain ol' good books (with or without the romance) that I think even the most hardened Dr. Perry Cox of us all can enjoy. 

{from top to bottom}

1 // “We decided that it was no good asking what is the meaning of life, because life isn't an answer, life is the question, and you, yourself, are the answer.” 
Ursula K. LeGuin primarily writes sci-fi, so a teenage romance novel is quite the drastically different genre for here. You wouldn't be able to tell, because frankly Very Far Away From Anything Else is a slim but lasting novel that never seems to condescend teenage romance.

2 // “Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.” 
Think of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt as Twilight without vampires and with more dissection of the implications of immortality (don't let that deter you, Twilight-haters!). The descriptions have a gentle, whimsical feel and this charming Young Adult read is something that I think everyone should pick up at some point. 

3 // A book told in letters, One Day, by David Nicholls, is a novel written with such wit and humor that you barely even realize it's about to crush your heart and dreams.

4 // "Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece.” 
I recognize that Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, is not the world's most original pick of love novel. No, this book (and the controversy it created!) is legendary. It's the classic boy (old man) meets girl (young child) story. The writing is graceful, elegant in a way that you would hardly expect for such a crass topic. It raises interesting questions, like whether love can ever truly be "wrong."

5 // “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” 
  Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez may as well be one long epic love poem. It is really a tale about the determination of love to triumph over all else. 

If those don't give you warm fuzzies, you might be a lost cause and it become time to break out this mug! Do you have any book recommendations? I'm really looking forward to reading this next.

{check out some "coping with valentine's" links and recommendations for you inner crotchety cat lady here}

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