Valentine’s Day is a pile of bullshit, really, whether you’re in a relationship or not. I’d much rather celebrate a personal anniversary than a random day that has some weird sort of romantic significance to the retail outlets and card makers of today. But yet, Valentine’s Day is a thing, that happens.
If you’re like me, and you’re indifferent to the occasion, or if you’re an outright hater of the day, then I have a series of books that I can recommend to you to forget that Valentine’s ever existed.
These are books that either show the dark side of romance or are so dark and twisted that you’ll forget that you’re capable of love whilst reading them. So, without further do, these are some books for people that hate Valentine’s Day, to read on Valentine’s Day.
n.b. yes, I know this is late
The Shining by Stephen King
I don’t think, for a book that has entirely monopolised the horror genre since its publication, you can get better than The Shining for your perfect anti-Valentine’s read. It does feature a married couple, but it has enough twisted horror and terrifying moments, and a drastic enough ending (no spoilers here!) that you’ll forget the very slight romantic part incredibly quickly. But don’t read with the lights off.
Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
I will admit, I have not read this (yet), but it’s certainly not what you want to remind you of your Valentine’s Day. A book about Donald Trump is certain to banish any thoughts of romance or love away, as sentient oranges don’t tend to stir lustful feelings. After all, politics is sure to put a damper on any dinner date. Try opening your next date with the words “yes, yes, now what do you think about the current state of the English political system?”. It is sure to be a winner.
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Death, capitalism, confused relationships and a play format. You can’t get better than this. To be fair, though, I did enjoy this when I read it, and even though I haven’t read it recently, and have therefore forgotten most of the plot, I remember it being very depressing. Which leads me to my next pick…
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
I feel like I am one of 5 people in the entire world who enjoyed Of Mice and Men. It has such a bad rep in the literature world – mainly from jaded students who find the plot twist scrawled across the cover of their borrowed school copies of the novel – for being both boring and depressing. I agree with the latter point. Place two men in the midst of the Great Depression, and you have a depressing book that is a perfect read for any anti-Valentine’s Day.
There you have it! Four recommendations of books I recommend you read on Valentine’s Day, or any day in which couples are constantly in your vicinity. Possibly four of the least romantic books I could think of. Let me know what you’re reading/have read in the past few days!