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Books We Love About Love

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"Modern Lovers" by Emma Straub; "Normal People" by Sally Rooney; "Royal Holiday" by Jasmine Guillory.

You never forget your first…favorite love story. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or you just want to feel the love tonight, these Skimm Reads will get you in the mood. You had us at chapter one.

Normal People
"Normal People" by Sally Rooney

One part love story, one part genius writing, one part 20-something author...stir for a book with a lot of buzz. It's about an Irish boy and girl who meet in high school and develop a deep connection in university and beyond. Warning: reading may require tissues.

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The Light We Lost
"The Light We Lost" by Jill Santopolo

This one's all about two people who meet in college on 9/11 and cross paths over the years. He goes to war zones as a photographer, while she starts a career in NYC. This read is "One Day" meets "Me Before You" meets your weekender bag.

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"Royal Holiday" by Jasmine Guillory
"Royal Holiday" by Jasmine Guillory

This one follows a 50-something woman who accompanies her daughter on a work trip to the UK. While her daughter is busy styling the royal family, she falls for a private British secretary. The catch? She’s leaving on New Year’s Day and they only have limited time with each other.

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"Lie With Me" by Philippe Besson
"Lie With Me" by Philippe Besson

Originally published in French, Molly Ringwald translated the book for English audiences. There’s a love affair between two teenage boys in 1984 France and it's perfect for anyone who loved "Call Me By Your Name." No peaches here though.

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“One Day in December” by Josie Silver
“One Day in December” by Josie Silver

This book is about a woman who locks eyes with 'the one' on a bus. After searching for him, she finds him...on the arm of her best friend. Happily ever complicated. PS: add her new book, "The Two Lives of Lydia Bird," to your list for another irresistible love story.

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“Love Her or Lose Her” by Tessa Bailey
“Love Her or Lose Her” by Tessa Bailey

Cuffing season’s about to get disrupted. This is the not-as-devastating version of “Marriage Story” that reads like a rom-com ready for the big screen. It follows a couple who are fighting to save their struggling marriage. They’ve been together since high-school, and after their hippie marriage counselor helps them move forward, a big secret drops threatening all the progress they’ve made. 

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"Modern Lovers" by Emma Straub
"Modern Lovers" by Emma Straub

College bandmates end up on the same Brooklyn block decades later. There are hipsters, love triangles, a shady yoga guru, and a big-time Hollywood producer. Skimm’ologist says: pair with this dry, fruity rosé and...a loved one.

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"All We Ever Wanted" by Emily Giffin
"All We Ever Wanted" by Emily Giffin

The “Something Borrowed” author is back with another one of our faves. It's set in Nashville, TN—home of fried chicken, country, and the bourbon-drinking elite. When the son of a wealthy family gets involved in a Snapchat scandal, all hell breaks loose, y’all.

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"Eleanor and Hick" by Susan Quinn
"Eleanor and Hick" by Susan Quinn

Meet Lorena Hickok. Maybe you know about her—maybe you don’t. She was a reporter and a VIP to First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. And together, their relationship made the history books. This book documents the duo’s relationship over thirty years—from a friendship and professional advisor, to lovers, and more.

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"Emergency Contact" by Mary H.K. Choi
"Emergency Contact" by Mary H.K. Choi

It’s all about an awkward meet-cute that turns into more. You’ll watch a couple’s relationship develop over text as they become each other's emergency contacts. Very millennial, very timely, and very technological

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Find Me
"Find Me" by André Aciman

Book clubs and wine go together like “Call Me By Your Name” and peaches. Yes, we went there. Just in time for the sequel, which picks up 15 years later. Elio’s in Paris with a new love, Oliver’s in New York and miserable, and Elio’s beloved father is divorced and on the mend. Fingers crossed for a grand reunion but we’ll leave it to you to "find" out.

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"Along the Infinite Sea” by Beatriz Williams
"Along the Infinite Sea” by Beatriz Williams

Star-crossed lovers told in flashbacks. What more could you want? You’ll be as hooked as the first time you watched “The Bourne Identity,” and you’ll cry as much as the first time you watched “The Notebook.”

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“To All the Boys I've Loved Before” Jenny Han
“To All the Boys I've Loved Before” Jenny Han

This one's a read we picked up after we watched slash fell in love with the movie on Netflix. Indulge your inner Tiger Beat and get ahead on the next two of the three-book series: “P.S. I Still Love You" and "Always and Forever, Lara Jean."

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"The Regrets" by Amy Bonnaffons
"The Regrets" by Amy Bonnaffons

This is a story about a girl named Lucky...just kidding. Her name's Rachel, she’s a librarian in New York, and she’s in love with a ghost. Her man is stuck in a purgatory of sorts, and their relationship is up against time. This sounds weird (it is), but it's also sexy and worth it. It will make you think hard about life, death, and love. Perfect, since V-day is next week.

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"Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes
"Evvie Drake Starts Over” by Linda Holmes

This is how you make a meet-cute even cuter. In this book, a widow with a complex past establishes a friendship with a former MLB pitcher. The friendship, yep, you guessed it, turns into something more.

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“Love & Ruin” by Paula Mclain
“Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain

About a 28-year-old journalist in Spain who unexpectedly falls in love with Hemingway. As in, Ernest. And she has to decide between her job and her relationship. The struggle is real.

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“When Katie Met Cassidy” by Camille Perri
“When Katie Met Cassidy” by Camille Perri

This one will have you on your toes. Katie is a 20-something from Kentucky who gets dumped by her fiance...and finds herself into Cassidy, her new co-worker in NYC.

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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase it, theSkimm may get something in return. Thanks.


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