It is possible to have too much of a good thing. When February rolls around, there's love in the air and Valentine's Day takes over everything.
This list is a few recommendations I have if you'd rather not be bogged down by romances or if you simply need a break from that lovey dovey stuff (not that there's anything wrong with that...sometimes).
1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Literature. A detective that can go into and out of books. Thursday Next is my kind of girl.
2. xXxholic by CLAMP
There is a slight crush going on in the series, but no huge love themes that I remember. It's an eerie series full of magic, supernatural elements, and some really good lessons (lying is a bad habit, Internet addiction, etc.).
3. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
I don't remember if there's love in this book besides that of a father and son, but I don't think so. It's a gorgeous book that goes between black and white drawings and great prose sections.
4. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
It's got mystery and crazy people and a reclusive author and just all sorts of insanity that make it a worthy read. Any love that might be in here is not the lovey kind you'd expect of Valentine's. It is warped and amazingly nuts.
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