Mandatory Valentines Post…

V-Day is over – rejoice! Or not, if you enjoyed Valentines Day and spent it being adored by your significant other(s), which I very much hope you did.

In recognition of put-a-heart-on-it-and-call-it-valentines day, Novel Darlings presents you with a love themed book post. Enjoy.

impromptu poll: literary couples edition

Andy conducted a poll in her office to find out who her office mates thought were the best literary couples.

Most hated

“Edward/Bella from Twilight” ~ said almost everyone


Being watched through the window while you sleep is romantic…right?

“Favourite AND most hated: Macbeth/Lady Macbeth from Macbeth. I mean, you wouldn’t want to stay at that gaff, would you?” ~ Wes

“Most hated is probably Nick and Amy from Gone Girl. I’m also [unpopular opinion] not a fan of Jane and Rochester.” ~ Rosie

Lisbeth and Mikhael from the Millennium Trilogy” ~Michael

“Least fav  – Walder Frey and any of his daughter wives, though marriage in Game Of Thrones is on the whole not recommended!!” ~ Matt

“Ana and Christian from 50 Shades of Grey. Hideously misogynistic, inaccurate BDSM and an abuser pretending to be a good romantic lead.” ~ Luna


Rose and Josef from The Amazing Adventures of Kavaliar and Clay” ~Michael

Bert and Ernie…though they are neither literary nor a couple so….” ~Matt

Orlando and Marmaduke Bonthrop Shelmerdine from Orlando by Virginia Woolf” ~ Rosie

“I do have a soft spot for Nick and Nora Charles from The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett because they spend the majority of the novel getting smashed in hotel rooms rather than solving the case. Relationship goals right there!” ~ Wes

“My favourite literary couple – Marko and Alana from Saga.” ~ Andy


Cath and Levi from Fangirl! Damn, that was a hard question.” ~ Luna


What did you read on the most (overrated) romantic day of the year?

Andy: I read Soppy by Phillipa Rice – an adorable graphic novel/compilation of comics about being in a couple and everyday love. It’s a bit soppy (and I loved it).


Luna: According to Goodreads I didn’t read anything on Valentine’s day because I was dying with flu for the second time in six weeks. However, I was in the middle of ‘Girl of Nightmares’ by Kendare Blake. What a great love story: boy meets girl, girl murders people, boy has to save girl from hell…. Valentine’s Day should always have an element of murder, in my opinion.

Books to fall into bed with (or: 50 ways to read your lover)

Andy: It’s a pun, Luna! A riff on song lyrics! They’ll get it, okay?

Luna: Uh huh, if you say so, sweetie.

Books from as many genres we could think of that also involve some form of romance. You’re welcome!


Andy’s choice: Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Luna’s choice: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson



Andy: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Luna: I have no idea if I have ever read anything historical.


Andy: Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Luna: The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix


Andy: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Luna: The Atlantis Grail series by Vera Nazarian



Andy: Cinder by Marrisa Meyer

Luna: Heartless by Marissa Meyer.



Andy: Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris

Luna: Anything by Karen Rose

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris!


Andy: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Luna: I got nothing for this one too.


Queer (LGBT+):

Andy: The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

Luna: I only have a YA answer for this but Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli.



Andy: ANYTHING OTHER THAT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY! But also Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.

Luna: I definitely do not have an answer for this unless it can be Drarry fanfiction.


Manga/Graphic Novel

AndyAngela Queen of Hel: Journey to the Funderworld by Margeurite Bennett

Luna: Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya


And there we have it. What did you think of our list? Did you survive V-Day through reading? If so, what did you read? Tell us!



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