Saturday, February 14, 2015

Swoony Books for Valentine's Day

Looking for something to read all day long today? (I promise I won't ask why) But if you are, you've come to the correct place! Obviously you could do a re-read of Stephanie Perkins' magical series or stick with a classic like Fangirl, but if you're looking for a little more under-the-radar swoony books, here's several you could give a try.


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
full review

This is a classic Southern Belle story of a girl figuring out how to manage her boyfriend, school, cotillion, and oh yeah, becoming a Paladin. Turns out she's in a long line of ancient guardians tasked to protect a family. And the guy she has to guard is not exactly on her radar for awesome.

This was a quick read for me (so it's like 400 pages, but I read it in one sitting), and I cannot wait for #2, Miss Mayhem, which is due out in April, so you'd be catching up and prepping for the sequel. It's a funny, action-packed book perfect for binging all day long.


As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
Release Date: August 25, 2009
full review 

Let's talk about cutest genie story line ever. Main character Viola accidentally summons a genie after being heartbroken about her breakup with her boyfriend. She's scared to wish at first because she doesn't want to make a mistake, so instead, her and Jinn (the genie) develop a good little friendship. Before long, it's turning into something else, and now Viola is scared to wish, but for entirely different reasons.

This one goes all the way back to my first year of blogging (I read it more recently because I got SO many books when I first started, it was impossible to keep up). If you're looking for the happiest, campiest, cutest story, this one is it. There's definitely some insta-stuff going on, and it's a little bit younger than some mainstream YA, but overall, it's got my thumbs up for being a quick and adorable read.


The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
Release Date: May 6, 2014
full review

Holly just wants to honor her Grandpa after he dies, and he leaves his Vegas wedding chapel to her. He also leaves her a letter with instructions that she's running the business, and to ask for help from Dax, the son of another chapel owner, who, coincidentally, is the family's enemy.

Let's be honest, this book was basically made to be read on a day like Valentine's Day. It's about weddings! I also genuinely love Leavitt's writing, and she makes the story so real and funny that I felt like this crazy wedding chapel family was my own. We never really think about the people that live in Vegas dealing with the tourists who come in and get married. This was such a fun side of that dynamic, and there's definitely a swoony little romance that happens, so you won't be disappointed!

What are you reading today? (Or for those of you that aren't, what are you doing?) Have you read any of these before? Let's talk in the comments!


  1. THE CHAPEL WARS YES! Loved this book something fierce!

    1. RIGHT?! I'm so glad! I feel like not enough people talk about it for my liking. Her other book, Going Vintage, was super adorable too. She's one of my auto-read authors now because her books are so great :)


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