So the original title of this blog post was “book” but I forgot to double check before taking pictures, so it has now been changed to Books. Thank goodness I only have to answer to myself.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I have pulled together a few of my favorite tales of love..
Who am I to recommend books to people, you ask? Well, I try not to brag about this often, but 5th grade Lorianna actually won the What Reading Means to Me essay for her entire elementary school.. so there’s that.
If you are an avid reader you have probably read most of these, but if there are any in this pile you have not read you should definitely make the time. I will not review them all but I will give you a little bit of backstory on how they ended up in this stack.
Pride and Prejudice & Jane Eyre: I’m grouping these because I was forced to read both of them in high school. The good news? They were wonderful. These are probably the only two in this stack that fit the typical mold of “love story.”
Rilke & Neruda: My two favorite poets! Fun Fact: If you are into painting or art, Rilke dated Balthus’s mom.
The Reader: Hello?! Who doesn’t love a good mixture of atonement and tragedy?!
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: I still cry when I think about this book sometimes. Yet, I felt very happy when I finished reading it? If that’s not love then I don’t know what is!
Mother of Pearl: Families are complex and come in many forms. Love and redemption are words that come to mind for this story, but they do no justice in summarizing this book.
The Pillars of the Earth: Generations of love (mixed with a lot of other emotions) all intertwined in art history and Gothic architecture.
My Antonia: Not your typical love story, but certainly still a tale of love. Actually, it’s just not a typical story at all. Are plots even necessary? Not for this book!