Valentine’s Day is magic, a day connected to romantic love. Lovers exchange a valentine card and go out for dinner to a romantic restaurant. But at 24symbols we want to break down this cliché. Either if you have a significant other or if you are a happy single, we have selected the following titles to make your night very special.
The Real Food Cookbook
Couples can prepare a delicious dinner thanks to The Real Food Cookbook, where you can find more than 100 recipes of classic dishes. The dinner can begin with the starters, then jump to the center plate and finish with a dessert. Bon appétit!
The 12 Bottle Bar
To make the dinner even more pleasant, we recommend you to search the perfect cocktail for the occasion in The 12 Bottle Bar. Among 200 recipes of unique mixed drinks, it is impossible not to find your favorite cocktail.
The French Concession
For the after dinner, The French Concession, by Chinese writer Xiao Bai, can transport you to an espionage intrigue set in the Shanghai of the 30s. A Franco-Chinese photographer falls in love with Leng, the wife of an official of the Nationalist Party. Mystery, love, betrayal, revolutionaries and spies are the ingredients of this page-turner novel that has fascinated thousands of readers all over the world.
The Story of X
But if you are looking for a more risqué reading, you could read aloud some passages of The Story of X, by A.J. Molloy. In this erotic novel, an American student travels to Naples to live adventures, only to find herself immersed in a dark and seductive secret society. Are you ready to submit yourself to the shadowy real of dark desire?
Are you spending Valentine’s day alone? We have prepared a selection that will make your night unforgettable too. Let’s start for the dinner: is there anything better than a yummy dish of pasta? In Spaghetti Sauces, by Biba Gaggiani you can find your favorite Italian recipe to indulge yourself.
Another dinner idea can be to read any of the mystery novels of the series A Gourmet Girl Mystery, all of them featuring mouth-watering recipes. And an addictive plot!!!
The night continues and our editorial team has chosen two more books to make you enjoy it. First, you have Lethal Kisses, 18 tales of Sex, Horror and Revenge, by very talented and renowned authors as Jonathan Lethem and Joyce Carol Oytes. Then, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, by the queen of romance Julia Quinn. The first one is an anthology of 18 stories about the darkest corners of the human psyche.
Romancing Mister Bridgerton
We wanted to distance from the romantic cliché of Saint Valentine. However, we have not been able to resist to the bewitchment of Julia Quinn’s romantic stories. Romancing Mister Bridgerton tells the story of Penelope and Colin, two friends that confront their prejudices to each other and discover the love of their lives. It doesn’t matter which one you choose because entertainment is assured with any of them.
There are different ways to enjoy Valentine’s day with books… what’s yours?
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