15 Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, bookworms!

I’ve never hated this holiday. When I was little, it was a day of candy and overly decorated shoe boxes, ready for valentines. My mom always made it about her love for all of us, surprising my brother and I with cards and fuzzy socks and magazines when we came downstairs for breakfast.

As I got older, its magic changed. Senior year of high school, I happened to discover my boyfriend’s promposal on that day (it was in a book he lent me. I know, very me). I was at rehearsal for the winter play and was using some downtime to sit backstage and read when the book jacket slipped off and I discovered three post-it notes: “will you go,” “to prom with,” & “me?” Safe to say, I said yes (we didn’t end up going, but that’s a long story for another time).

Senior year of college, my roommate of all four years of school and I treated ourselves to a movie and brunch at our favorite spot in Durham. Through some fluke, we ended up having our meal completely comped by the restaurant. And the movie was silly but we loved it. Whether it’s been a meaningful night with a guy, a box of valentines from CVS and a day of crafting with mom, or an evening of wine and friends, I’m here for you, Valentine’s Day.

So, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite love stories – some picture perfect, others not. Organized by mood, of course!

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6 Books to Read if You Can’t Get Enough of the Grammys

Calling all Music Lovers!  Obviously music is a huge part of my life – it’s how I store my memories, how I get through the work day, how I get (and stay) excited about, well, life. And I’m a sucker for a music story – movies (Begin Again, A Star is Born, School of Rock, Almost Famous, Across the Universe), musicals (Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Jersey Boys), and obviously books!  Here are some of my favorite stories that celebrate creating music.

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February Book Club: 84, Charing Cross Road

TO REVIEW…

Welcome to the NYC book club!  Please note: you do NOT have to live in NYC to participate.  We will be hosting all of our discussions over instagram!

So, here’s how it will work.  Each month, I’m choosing a book for us to read together.  This is a book I also haven’t read yet.  I’ll be posting about my progress in my instagram stories and then we’ll discuss on instagram at the end of the month.  You can share your progress with me using the hashtag: #readwithbookgirl.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

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7 Books You Can Read (and Finish) During the Super Bowl

Ok, I’ll admit it.  I am not the biggest football nut.  Shocker, I know.  I have been known to bring a book to the couch as everyone gathers to watch the game – I like being surrounded by my friends and family and I like the excitement, but I like to have a little literary comfort as well.  If you’re in the same boat, here are seven books best read in one sitting.  Pick one up of these at 6.30 PM tonight and you’ll be done by the final touchdown.  Now, that’s my kind of Sunday!

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Frosty Feels: The February Playlist

It’s February. It’s bitterly cold. Summer feels so far away, it might as well not exist. Winter has come and it is going to be here for a while, so let’s embrace it. Curl up by your fireplace (whether it’s on Netflix or the real deal), grab a huge blanket, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and pick up a great book. Turn these tunes up and tuck in for the night. Sleep, work, eat, repeat.

Thank you so, so much for your suggestions! Curating these collaborative playlists has become the most fun part of my month.

January 2019

My January 2019 in books! Recommendations by mood & a bit about how I felt about each read (& why).

  • For those of us who have always dreamt of being Eloise: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • For the one to fill your heart: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • For the short stories that blend the supernatural with the smashing of the patriarchy: You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian
  • For the essays and stories that come back to mind over and over: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • For the one to give you the heebie jeebies: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
  • For the one where you’re going to need to talk about the ending with someone else: Adèle by Leila Slimani
  • For the protagonists you’ll love and hate all at once: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
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Holiday Book Haul

A realization: people are intimidated to give me books. I totally understand why – the odds of handing me something I already own are not in their favor. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting books as presents, like the one that struck my heart this year or the beautiful vintage Dickens volumes my brother gave my last year (pictured below). And I give books as gifts like there’s no tomorrow.

But this year, I received more bookish gift cards than books themselves. And I was thrilled. So I got to work! Both at Barnes and Noble and our local independent bookstore, I added to my shelves a collection of books I can’t wait to dive into. Here’s what made the cut and why!

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