It’s that time of the year again: Valentine’s day. If you’re a single romantic it’s a horrible reminder of the fact that you’ll be alone, but if you find the whole thing sickening you might be glad that you don’t have to celebrate. However you’ll be spending 14th February this year, you should always have a good book to go home to, and bedtime reads are also great for fuelling a healthy sleep! We’ve selected 8 of the best bedtime reads for you to choose from, in no particular order.
1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you haven’t already read it, you’ve probably heard of it or seen the film starring Julia Roberts. The book is Gilbert’s memoir of travelling through Italy, India and Indonesia after her divorce, and what she learned along the way. Hailed by the New York Times as ‘close to irresistible’, it is the ultimate break-up book that will guarantee to inspire and motivate you to move on.
2. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
If you love music, this one’s for you. Set in a record shop, the story follows Rob Fleming and his troubled love life. The Telegraph say ‘the book speaks to men with a level of emotional intelligence that is rarely replicated’, meaning this would be a brilliant read for single men. However, women shouldn’t disregard this as an amazing insight into a male protagonist’s mind and a nostalgic look back to the mid-90s.
3. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Bossypants is the autobiography of comedian Tina Fey. If you want to cheer yourself up whilst reading some hilarious anecdotes, this is the way to do it. Fey’s sense of humour is sarcastic and satirical and she never takes herself too seriously. In this book she talks about her life, including her work on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock with some super funny stories along the way. This would be a great read for anyone who fancies a good belly-laugh and the audio book is apparently even funnier.
4. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Beautifully written and extremely moving, this book follows the relationship between Clare and her time travelling husband, Henry. Despite the sci-fi nature of the story, it is written in a way which is so honest that we don’t question it for a second. Once you get your head around the dual timeline, the book is filled with love and loss, truth and humour. The Guardian says ‘Niffenegger uses time travel as a way of expressing the sense of slippage that you get in any relationship – that you could be living through a slightly different love story from the one your partner is experiencing’. Above all else, this book will make any relationship you’ve ever had seem easy, and any future relationship seem achievable.
5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Originally published in 1936, this book has probably helped your parents and maybe even your grandparents improve their lives. Offering practical life advice, the book has techniques on how to make friends, increase your popularity, become a better speaker and boost your enthusiasm. That might all sound very arrogant, but if you’re looking for a way to bounce back or reinvent yourself this year, Carnegie’s book can kick start the process. At the very least, it should give you a confidence boost.
6. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
One of the best selling books of 2016, this thriller will be truly hard for you to put down. Following the life of the unstable Rachel, and her unreliable encounters of life as she drinks throughout the days. Rachel’s life changes when the woman she once watched from the train on her daily commute ends up a missing person on the front of a newspaper. She takes it upon herself to try and find out what’s happened but ends up discovering a lot more along the way. The Guardian said ‘Hawkins juggles perspectives and timescales with great skill, and considerable suspense builds up along with empathy for an unusual central character who does not immediately grab the reader’.
7. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Next in our list of bedtime reads is this investigation into dating in the modern world. Comedian Aziz Ansari has teamed up with award-winning sociologist Eric Klinenberg to study dating cultures from around the world. It also discusses the history of dating within our own culture and how it has rapidly changed due to technology and the world we now live in. Barnes and Noble describe it as ‘A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation’s sharpest comedic voices’. With anecdotes from Ansari’s own life and stand up shows, it’s bound to be a fun read, if not helpful.
8. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Set in Brown University in 1982, the story follows Madeleine Hanna and her quest for the perfect relationship as she studies Jane Austen and George Eliot- the authors of the great marriage plots. Madeleine finds herself in a love triangle, with her at the centre. The book has an adolescent feel and takes us back to our own 18-year-old selves as we remember the struggles in tiny insignificant details that felt so huge at the time. It’s a nice reminder of how far we’ve come in terms of maturity, even if we don’t always feel it. The Telegraph reviewed ‘the book is immensely readable, funny and heartfelt, with instantly beguiling writing that springs effortlessly back and forth over the year’s events’.
What are your bedtime reads this Valentine’s day? Let us know in the comments!