It's that day again. That one where there are flowers everywhere and pictures of shiny new engagement rings flooding your news feed. I know the world looks like it's nothing but couples and love poems, so I've come up with some plans for the perfect Single Girls valentines day.
If you're looking to escape romance completely why don't you try:
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
It's got ghosts and a little boy being raised in, you guessed it, a graveyard. Adorable, and just the right mix of adventure and growing up with minimal kissing!
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski.
Chances are you've heard of House of Leaves. The book about the house that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside? it's strange and a little creepy. The effort of reading it alone should keep your mind completely occupied.
Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
The first book in A Song of Ice and Fire is just as bloody as everyone has warned you it is. Try this if you, like me, have had a Kill Bill Valentines day marathon in the not to distant past.
If you're in the mood for a sappy romance:
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
What? You thought I could do a Valentines Day post without mention the mother of all RomComs?
Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding
If you're ready to laugh and swoon and think "this book is really about me" but don't feel like reading a classic
The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
There's this girl, Claire, and she's in love with this guy, Henry, who travels through time. It's all warm fuzzies and heartbreaks.
If you're in need of a good cry:
One Day by David Nicholls
It's not all a sob story but i promise you that by the end you'll be sobbing.
The Book Thief by Mark Zuzak
This one you will cry all the way through. A little girl learning to read during the holocaust? Buy tissues.
Of course, if you're like me and are having a particularly trying Couples Awareness Day and need some retail therapy there is always make up inspired by some pretty cool books, cuddly fleeces that display your literary tastes, and necklaces that let you wear your favorite words near your heart.
Have a great Valentines Day!