I’m not really one for Valentines Day (mainly because I’ve never celebrated it) and at the moment I just want to read books where the hero/heroines journey isn’t dictated by their dependence on a love interest. Save yourselves! I’ve been really struggling with this topic this week, hence why it’s so late, but I thought I’d do a Top Ten of good Valentines Reads. This doesn’t mean they’re romantic, necessarily, more uplifting.
As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
- Nimona, Noelle Stevenson – because it’s about a solid, if complex, friendship through testing times.
- Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell – because even though it does have a romance, it’s mainly about learning to be ok with yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone.
- I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson – because it’s about familial love and while it may be complicated, the strength that lends you.
- Emma, Jane Austen – because it’s my favourite Austen and it’s more about Emma’s development as a person than it’s about her romantic life. (Just, you know, everyone else’s.)
- Just Listen, Sarah Dessen – despite having a focus on a traditional romantic relationship, for me Annabell and Owen’s relationship in Just Listen focuses more on how they both develop as people with each other’s guidance rather than their romance.
- Graceling, Kristen Cashore – Most of the romantic conflict in Graceling stems from Katsa’s fear of dependence and losing a part of herself, and the novel goes on to develop her as a character that manages to retain her independence whilst being in a relationship.
Ok so 6 isn’t so bad. Do you have any you would recommend? I’d also really love to hear about any books you know of that has a central bisexual or lesbian relationship (I tried to think of any good ones that I’d read and only came up with the Colour Purple, which is a bit heavy to call an uplifiting book.)