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Top 5 Books with Valentine in the Title

Hey y’all!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and mine if looking a little different this year: we just got a puppy over the weekend, so we’ve been focusing entirely on her, and are definitely not going out tonight!

I was also thinking about dressing up my Valentine’s day this year with some themed reads. Admittedly, I didn’t think there would be many books with the word Valentine in the title, but I was quickly proven wrong! I was proven even more wrong when I (happily) discovered that they aren’t all erotica, either. An impressively wide range, actually! So take a peek below at some of the most popular books with the word Valentine in the title!

5. Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Chick lit, romance, Italy, contemporary, family

2 Sentence Summary:
Shoe-maker’s-apprentice Valentine is hoping to help save one of the last local business in busy New York City. She travels to Italy to find the answers they need to up their game, and maybe find love along the way!

Have I heard of / read this before?
Definitely haven’t heard of this one before!

Do I like the cover?
Okay, I’ll admit, I chose an edition with a cover I do like, because the one for the more common cover is really weird to me. It makes it look like a light erotica, and it sounds like it’s more of a warm-hearted coming of age kind of story. So I like *this* cover, but not this one.

Will I read it?
I mean, maybe? I’m certainly not rushing off to pick it up, but it does have travels in Italy, and I’m always down for a story that will take me elsewhere. It sounds like it would be a cute read, maybe something I’d take to the beach in the summer! If nothing else, it’s a good “V” title, right? 🙂

4. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
young adult, mystery, paranormal, horror ghosts

2 Sentence Summary:
Hannah’s best friend died at the hands of a serial killer a few months ago. And if that weren’t tough enough to deal with, now her friend’s ghost is hanging out in Hannah’s bedroom, working with her to identify — and stop — the serial killer who’s targeting other girls, as well.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have not heard of this one!

Do I like the cover?
LOVE IT. What a gorgeous and moody cover! I had no idea what it was about, but between the title and cover I was immediately ready to find out.

Will I read it?
Actually, maybe? I’m a little lukewarm on it, because crime / murder stories don’t usually pull me in too much, but something about the vibe of it sounds dark and entrancing.

3. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and People who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
nonfiction, memoir, food, cooking, biography

2 Sentence Summary:
A famous chef reflects on his life as a chef. This involves some self-professed rants, confessions, and interviews with other chefs (that seem like they’ll have a lot of opinionated commentary!).

Have I heard of / read this before?
I’ve vaguely heard of the guy, but not the book.

Do I like the cover?
Not sure this is a cover that would be liked or disliked. It’s fine?

Will I read it?
Almost certainly not. Zero interest in chef stuff / cooking, and also from the blurb he sounds kind of like a douche whose thoughts I don’t care to listen to. I have a slightly negative impression of the name, though not sure why — so maybe he’s been in some kind of negative situation I heard about briefly once.

2. Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods 5.5) by Melissa de la Cruz

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
Vampires, young adult, paranormal, romance, angels

2 Sentence Summary:
A series of 3 short stories looking into the lives of some of the vampires from the series so far. Probably the kind of content that isn’t needed for the rest of the story, but is a little extra treat for people who love the world or characters.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I haven’t heard of this specific title, but I read the first book in the series as a young teenager and I remember being preeetty unimpressed.

Do I like the cover?
It’s fine, but not particularly unique.

Will I read it?
Likely not. Not only would I have to get through FIVE books since this is the fifth in the series, but I didn’t like the first one, and that was years ago when my palette was less refined. I almost certainly wouldn’t be impressed now when I’ve read so many. xD

1. Valentine by Elizabeth Whetmore

Top 5 genre tags for this title:
fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, adult, crime

2 Sentence Summary:
1970s Texas sees its own brand of justice in an oil town. When a teenage girl is beaten nearly to death, the town splits to simmering tensions that may erupt in violence.

Have I heard of / read this before?
I have not heard of this one!

Do I like the cover?
Not really? It’s okay I guess, but the first look was kind of bland.

Will I read it?
Actually… yeah, this one sounded pretty good! I’m already curious about what the story will end up being for the resolution of this one. And in the theme of the day, it does occur on / after Valentine’s day!

And that’s it for the top 5 books with Valentine in the title! Have you read any of these or have any others that could be on this list?

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all 🥰

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