With Valentines creeping closer we’re taking up some suitably romantic weekend reading as recommended by Practice Mentor Amanda – Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd.
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
Who made the eyes but I?
Happy Valentine’s Day! Whatever your plans are with that special someone, or if you’re hoping to get the attention of the object of your affection, there’s always time for a little spot of reading amongst the chocolates and flowers…
Delve into A Little, Aloud with Love and you’ll find all kinds of literary illustrations on romance, all handily sectioned by theme for wherever you might find yourself in the world of loving encounters.
- Feeling the first flush of love? Try ‘Love so sudden and so sweet’ with one of literature’s most-famed couples
- Need some courage in winning the heart of the one your admire? Take advice from Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Campbell on being ‘So daring in love’
- Taking a risk by declaring your Valentine? Have a look at ‘I know not if I sink or swim’
- Perhaps the day has left you feeling dejected and a little in despair – know that you’re not alone by reading ‘Why do I love?’
- Already loved-up and looking to the future? Skip along to ‘Hand in hand we’ll go’
And that’s just a small selection – there are tons more choices inside to take your fancy.
Of course love isn’t only to be celebrated for one day alone, so if you haven’t got your copy of A Little, Aloud with Love then you can snap one up and keep the loving feeling going throughout the year.
To give you that loving feeling, here’s a collection of loved-up literature lists from the internet that should warm your heart and perhaps help to woo the (other) book lover in your life…
Top 50 most romantic lines from literature (Stylist.co.uk)
The greatest works of literature are chock full of sentences to make you swoon and also stay within your soul once the chocolates have been eaten and the flowers have wilted. This selection includes beautiful lines from books and poems such as Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Wuthering Heights, Stop All The Clocks by W.H. Auden, and even Winnie the Pooh.
What is the Best Portrayal of a Marriage in Literature? (NY Times)
Writers Charles McGrath and Leslie Jamison give their take on what they believe to be the best fictional representations of matrimony in literature. Though not always the happiest of tales, they offer a number of recommendations including the Palliser series by Anthony Trollope.
The path of true love never did run smooth, and tragic love stories can seem to be more common in literature than those that are blissful (take Romeo and Juliet as a prime example…), and it could be argued that it’s the tales of heartbreak and loss that resonate with us the most. Flavorwire presents a heartwrenching choice of literary love destined to go unfulfilled (no matter how many times you read them), while The Guardian presents stories that are full of romantic obstacles for any number of reasons, such as Pride and Prejudice and Noughts and Crosses.
16 Hilarious Dating Profiles of Famous Fictional Characters (Hodder and Stoughton)
Even wondered what it would look like if certain characters decided to sign up for online dating? Well, wonder no more, as some of the most well-known have had their profiles created. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day they remain something of a mystery – could you figure out who ‘Trimalchio17’ and ‘meek_and_mild82’ are?
And if all of this romance talk has left you rather forlorn, then remember that there’s always a place where you’re guaranteed to find love… (photo courtesy of @nationalbook)
Today is the day of love in the calendar, and at The Reader Organisation there’s nothing we love more than sharing a poem or two. Reading is a wonderful way to show someone you care, so whether you’re hoping to woo a secret admirer or want to demonstrate your long-term affection, here’s a couple of TRO-favourite poems for you to share this Valentine’s Day, but they’re equally good to read at any time of the year.
Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! She did depart!
Soon as she was gone from me,
A traveller came by,
He took her with a sigh.
My Love Is Like To Ice
My love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat?
Or how comes it that my exceeding heat
Is not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,
But that I burn much more in boiling sweat,
And feel my flames augmented manifold?
What more miraculous thing may be told,
That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice,
And ice, which is congeals with senseless cold,
Should kindle fire by wonderful device?
Such is the power of love in gentle mind,
That it can alter all the course of kind.