Since this is the week of Valentine's Day, I'm going to share Ten Books I Love About Love. Yeah. I know. Boring. Predictable. But here we are. What if I promise not to use the same old tired books I scream about all the time? Will that work? Ok. Now for some surprising books about love.
That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson Duchess of Windsor by Anne Sebba - The Crown Prince and heir to the British Monarchy gave up his crown for this woman. If that's not love, I don't know what is! I really liked this book. Wallis Simpson was an interesting character. I want to read more about this era.
**The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma - When her mother died, Alice's father promised to read to her every day. And he kept his promise. He read to her every single day before bed. When she went to sleepovers, they read before she left. In high school, they read when she got home from play practice. The last day was the day he moved her into her college dorm.
I Thought You Were Dead by Pete Nelson - This is about the love of a dog for her person. They speak to each other. She has a short memory, so every time he comes in the house, she says, "I thought you were dead." Warning: the dog dies in this one.
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz - The love this man has for his fiance is palpable. They are poor. He is a fry cook. Oh, also, he sees dead people. And he helps them resolve the conflicts they left unresolved when they died. It gets scary sometimes.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - In this story, the main character falls in love with a book (relatable, right?) and works to save it from extinction.
The Dirt by Motley Crue - Ok, so there isn't really a lot of love in this book. But I love Motley Crue.
Homer & Langley by E. L. Doctorow - This story is about two brothers who lived together their whole lives. This is based on the Collyer brothers who actually lived in NYC. One was blind and the other was affected by mustard gas in WWI. They were hoarders and after they died, city crews were astounded by what they found in their brownstone. Now I want to read this again.
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl - I'm crossing a fine line with this one: love/lust. I mean. I love this book. So that counts.
What are some books that define love to you?