10 books about love to read on Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, why not read a book?

Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, why not read a book? Here are 10 books about love that are worth checking out.

#IndianLovePoems by Tenille Campbell

Tenille Campbell's romantic life was the inspiration behind her poetry collection. (tenillecampbell.com/Signature Editions)

Whether they're about long-term relationships or one night stands, these poems are full of intimacy, steamy romance and funny one-liners. The collection is inspired by the poet Tenille Campbell's experiences in dating as an Indigenous woman.

Nothing Like Love by Sabrina Ramnanan

Sabrina Ramadan is the author of Nothing Like Love. (twitter.com/Penguin Random House Canada)

Vimla is an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Trinidad wih a bright future ahead of her — until she is caught holding hands with  the village pundit's son. Vimla's life starts to unravel, especially when she learns that the boy she loves is set to marry someone else. Can Vimla reclaim her honour and a future with the one she loves, without betraying her family?

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love edited by Hope Nicholson & S.M. Beiko

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love is a collection of Gothic romance comics curated by Hope Nicholson (left) and S.M. Beiko (right).

With an emphasis on "gothic," this collection of comics is far from your average romance fare. The diverse set of stories includes a governess investigating her employer's shadowy behaviour, a student journalist who discovers that meeting your heroes is not all it's cracked up to be and encounters with charming ghosts in ball gowns. In this anthology of sinister romance, love is rarely true and the damsels are definitely not in distress.

Most Dramatic Ever by Suzannah Showler

Suzannah Showler is a Canadian poet and the author of Most Dramatic Ever. (ECW Press/suzannahshowler.com)

In Most Dramatic Ever, poet Suzannah Showler explains the magnetic pull of the reality television phenomenon The Bachelor. Showler, a poet and fan of the show, has created a detailed, funny and heartfelt analysis on why North America has embraced this game show love story.

Things To Do When It's Raining by Marissa Stapley

Things To Do When It's Raining is bestselling author Marissa Stapley's latest novel. (Eugene Choi/Simon & Schuster)

Mae Summers and Gabe Broadbent grew up together under her grandparents' roof. Their childhood friendship blossomed into first love, until Gabe abruptly left home and broke Mae's heart. After a decade apart, Mae and Gabe are reunited just as dark secrets about their families begin to unravel. Marissa Stapley's previous book, Mating for Life, was a national bestseller.

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jonny Sun

Jonny Sun is the author of Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too and is very popular on Twitter. (Alexander Tang/Harper Perennial)

Human emotions and human connection can be difficult to understand. In Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, an alien is sent to Earth to understand humans. What follows is a heartwarming and eye-opening look at what it means to live, love and lose. This graphic novel will warm anyone's heart — and help them feel less alone.

Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon

Glenn Dixon is the author of Juliet's Answer, a memoir. (Simon & Schuster Canada/Desiree Bilon)

Every year, thousands of letters from around the world arrive in Verona, Italy, asking for love advice from Juliet Capulet. These letters are answered by Juliet's secretaries. Glenn Dixon, a high school English teacher from Calgary, joined Juliet's secretaries in hopes it would help mend his own broken heart.

How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron

Mandy Len Catron's New York Times article "To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This" went viral. It is the basis of her new book. (Simon & Schuster)

Mandy Len Catron seeks to understand what it means to be loved after her 10-year relationship ends. In these essays, the Vancouver professor looks at the biological, literary, historical and social perspectives on love and tests a psychological experiment aimed at creating intimacy.

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time edited by Hope Nicholson 

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time features stories by writers like Cherie Dimaline, David A. Robertson and Richard Van Camp.

This collection of Indigenous sci-fi and fantasy stories features LGBTQ and two-spirit characters written by David A. Robertson, Cherie Dimaline, Gwen Benaway and more. The stories, which focus on several different kinds of love and self-love, range from a transgender woman transitioning to young lovers separated through time and space.

Body Music by Julie Maroh, translated by David Homel

Julie Maroh is the creator behind the graphic novels Body Music and Blue is the Warmest Colour. (Z. Viande 2013/Arsenal Pulp Press)

Julie Maroh's graphic novel celebrates the complexities of love and its many forms in 21 vignettes. Set in Montreal and translated by Quebec writer David Homel, the French author writes about the many stages of romantic love across a spectrum of gender, sexual orientation, race and age.


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