Books to Read to Forget You’re Single on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015 Marianne's Thoughts 23

I don’t like Valentine’s Day. It’s become so comercialized and trivial nowadays. I feel like love should be shown every day, not one day a year. I also hate it because it’s the time of the year where all the couples around the whole world get extra lovey-dovey.

So, because books are the only companions that never abandon us, and there’s no better boyfriend than a book boyfriend, I’ve decided to list some books that’ll make you forget all about Valentine’s Day and that pesky thing about being in a relationship.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

 Angelfall is primarly about sisters. It features a romance with a rugged, muscled, beautiful badass boy, but just forget about it because Penryn (the protagonist of this story) is so entirely badass. She wants to save her baby sister from evil angels, and her journey is heartpoundingly amazing.

Sanctum by Sarah Fine

Forget about the super hot, super amazing love interest in this book (and also forget about his accent and his beautiful heart). What you should really focus on is Lela Santos. She is a badass girl who once tried to kill herself. Now it turns out her best friend has died, and is in a very dark and dangerous place in the afterlife. This book is all about friendship, and it shows that there are friendships so strong, that you’d go to hell and back for them! Sanctum is definitely one of those books you should read.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Want to cry about something that isn’t your love life? Look no further! The Book Thief is a poignant book about this 12 year old girl named Liesel who steals books. She lives in 1939 Nazi Germany, and books are her only comfort in this very difficult time. This story is proof that words can truly save us.

Stay by Deb Calett

You should read this book to realise that sometimes it’s better to be single. In Stay, Clara was in an abusive relationship with Christian, so she decides to run away from it. The problem is, she’ll realise that you can’t run from your problems forever…

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

You should read Graceling because when you can kick anyone’s ass like Katsa can, who needs romance?

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

In Burn for Burn we see that revenge is a plate best served cold. Romance? Ha! Nothing is more satisfying than sweet, sweet revenge. 

One Day by David Nicholls

Because if you can’t forget about your [non-existant] love life, then you should maybe read One Day; it’ll show you that sometimes you just really have to wait for it. It’s about Dex and Emma, Emma and Dex, two people who never seem to be in the right place or time to fall in love with each other. They’re destined to be, or, at least they’re supposed to be…

 The Merciless by Danielle Vega

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like reading a totally terrifying book! You’ve been told for the 10th time that you’re single? Don’t worry, just read this book and feel completely terrified of ever going outside again! But seriously, The Merciless is really scary, really gory, and really terrifying. A perfect combination.

To be honest…

This post was a bit of a parody, much in the style of my post last year for Valentine’s Day. I still don’t like Valentine’s Day (just… all the people and the couples and ugh) but I do like spending time with my friends who also dislike the whole Valentine’s Day dynamic.

Cant-Stand-Happy-Couples-Kissing

I hope you enjoyed reading this. Maybe you added a few books to your list? What are your feelings towards Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments! 

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • shootingstarsmag

    I do really want to read Sanctum and I’m quite curious about The Merciless too. I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, because love should be shown year round, and I’m single so that’s not fun. However, it can be fun if you celebrate with friends!

    -lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Lol! some of these books are definitely not for the romantics. Though they each have their moments. 😉

    • Yes… at least the moments are not as profuse as they would be in a normal romance book 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Joy!

  • Oh my gosh, that President Snow gif, I’m dying! Mostly because it’s so true xD I’m perpetually single so that’s why I dislike Valentine’s Day, ha. “Want to cry about something that isn’t your love life?” LOL. I actually have the Book Thief out from the library, it must be fate 😉

    • “Perpetually single” I think I’m going to use that one for when people ask me about my love life xD AND YES READ IT <3

  • AHAHAHAHA these are brilliant and a great way to spend V-Day I’d say. I actually don’t mind the holiday…some guys are just so unromantic so if they can spend one day a year trying to express their feelings then I say go for it! 😛 Still, I wouldn’t mind spending more time with my books hehe

    • That is true… I guess I’ve never seen it that way, haha. And spending time with books is always a good thing 🙂

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  • I must be the only person in the world who is in a long term relationship but still hates Valentines Day! I totally agree that you shouldn’t use just one day for an excuse to show your love, and it’s so terribly commercialized. Loved your book recommendations, lol about scaring the pants off yourself in The Merciless. This is a really great list!

    • I think I just hate it because it’s
      A) Commercialized
      B) Viewed as ONLY for couples
      It sometimes makes being single look bad and that shouldn’t be what it does. Thanks, Jeann 🙂

  • LOL. Valentine’s day is fine by me, really.. I mean, we love our mothers and fathers everyday, but there’s still a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day. Some people who are too scared to admit their feelings to people use this chance to confess because it’s a day to celebrate your love! So I’m not really against it. I only spend it with my family because it’s also my dad’s birthday at the same time ^_^ But I do agree that it has become too commercialized… it’s more than just flowers and teddy bears, people! And P.S. I plan to read Sanctum soon ^__^

    Faye at The Social Potato

    • Oh man, great point! I guess I hate Valentine’s Day a little less now 😉 It’s so cool that you get to celebrate your dad’s birthday! You always have something to celebrate! And YAY can’t wait to see what you think of Sanctum!

  • haha The Merciless for sure. That’s a good way to focus on something other than love day – reading about torture 😛

  • I totally forgot about Valentine’s Day this year, it didn’t register at all lol but I do have a few of these books on my TBR already 😉 I’ll have to get to reading them!

    • I had to work on Valentine’s Day so for all purposes I didn’t celebrate it, haha. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  • Lily

    LOL someone should definitely read One Day on Valentines Day. It has that “lovey dovey’ feel up until the end. If any one wants to be a sobbing mess on VDay look no further than One Day!

    • Yes. I remember staying up really late to finish it and ended up crying at like 2 in the morning. It was horrible hahaha.

  • I’m still laughing over the Snow gif. xD *dies* OH THAT IS PERFECTION. I don’t like Valentine’s Day just because of the negativity it places on being single. There is nothing wrong with being single. *stamps foot* but YES. Everyone should read The Book Thief and cry and despair and like just shriek because it’s so beautiful and devastating. Yes yes. Everyone should read it.

  • I loved Burn for Burn!! Eeeh I need to read Sanctum. Nick picks, hun <33

  • But there’s romance in Graceling XD hahah, everyone should read The Merciless on Valentine’s Day, why of course! You’ll feel the love and joy and friendship (lol). Honestly, I don’t ”hate” VD, but I wouldn’t mind it not existing 😛