Top 10 Books to Gift to a Girl on Valentine’s Day 2018

 

The season of love is upon us. A feeling of love and ecstasy has engulfed us all. Unknown lovers are revealing themselves. Lovers all over, are showering their ‘special ones’ with gifts of endearment. Guys are legit thinking day and night on how to woo their girl with the best gift. Surprise proposals, engagement rings, flowers, chocolates, cute cards are popular choices. Not to undermine the effectiveness of all these, but how about we break this age-old cliché this year? Why not bestow your girl with a romantic book? A book is a great gift plus the kind of book you give her says a lot about you. I assure you, the right book will definitely bump up your chances with her. I know, I know, now you’re worried about which book to buy. Well, no need to scratch your brains because guys, we’re here to put you out of your misery. Given here are top 10 books to gift your ladylove on Valentine’s Day. Thank me later!

 

Pride and Prejudice

Set in the British Regency period, it is the story of a young protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett who shows haste in making judgments about people and about how she comes to fall in love with a wealthy and excessively conceited man named Darcy. It is a classic opposite attract each other. The story develops as the two main characters grow and realize their secret love for each other.

Read it For:
It is a light-hearted comedy that shows the superficiality of the society through humor and much-needed sarcasm. The book is a great entertainer and also is a budding romance between Darcy and Elizabeth.
Don't Read it For:
The only drawback I could find was that the language was a little archaic which can be a bit of a problem for people in this day and age. But after reading some pages into the novel, this also subsides.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a timeless literary work of fiction. Touted to be Jane Austen's best, it is a romance novel that takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions with seeming ease.

The Notebook

This book is an epic love saga which traces the love story of two star-crossed lovers, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson. It starts off like any other love story. Allie Nelson and Noah Calhoun meet each other and fall in love, but their worlds are too different to merge which causes conflicts between them leading to a separation. But will this be the end? Or is there more to their love story than a simple meet once and part forever?

Read it For:
This book will make you fall in love with love itself. The story between the two main characters is so beautifully woven in a tale of endless love, passion and pain.
Don't Read it For:
The storyline and the dialogues may seem sappy in some parts of the novel, but it adds to the spark of their union.
What makes this book stand out?:
This Nicholas Sparks novel is a must read if you're a fan of romance novels. It is worth reading and will surely make you want to fall in love with someone deeply and passionately making it one of the top 10 books on valentine’s day.

Emma

Another compelling read by author Jane Austen, this is a tale of a girl named Emma Woodhouse in the fictional town of Hartfield. The book focuses on the relationships between the characters and their internal dilemma and inner turmoil. Like always, Jane Austen addresses issues like social hierarchy, marriage, and other social evils in a subtle yet decipherable manner.

Read it For:
The storyline is full of witty, fun and humorous dialogues. It is certainly an engaging novel, and you will be impelled to read it till the end.
Don't Read it For:
The focus on the rift between the social classes is so great that the entire plot of the book is overpowered by this theme.
What makes this book stand out?:
The protagonist of the book, Emma Woodhouse is a complex character. The book explores all the shades and tones of the character as she unveils herself throughout the book.

The Fault in our Stars

This is an unusual love story which revolves around two teenagers, both of whom are physically impaired. The girl, Hazel Grace Lancaster is fighting with cancer and the boy, Augustus Waters is a leg amputee. They meet at a support group which is basically therapy to help all those suffering to cope. They are instantly attracted to each other and converse and bond over time. Their bond gradually turns to unconditional love for each other. What follows is a tale of love unbound by worldly considerations and goes on to reach an achingly tragic end.

Read it For:
A passionate story of two teenage spirits who live far more in a short period of time than most people do in a lifetime.
Don't Read it For:
The morbid end of the story may not be liked by some readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The emotional connect of the story with the readers will strike a chord, and a slight philosophical angle lends integrality to the novel.
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Little Women

A book about four sisters– Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy; it traces their life from childhood to adulthood. Even after living in utter poverty, a common thread of love and care runs throughout the family. All the four sisters have distinguishing marks giving an individual identity to each one. Each sister has her own story, a set of things going for her and her own struggles. As they figure out ways out of their individual hardships, they develop into 'little women'.

Read it For:
The enthralling and one-of-a-kind tale of four sisters with beautifully penned dialogues and engaging storyline.
Don't Read it For:
The slow-moving plot of the book may be bothersome for readers
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an acclaimed American classic and hits the right spots and makes for an interesting read, making this the best valentine’s day gift to girl.

The God of Small Things

This book is based on the life of two twins, set in the backdrop of Kerala's communal life. The book swings back and forth between different time periods. The book is a combination of complex plots and difficult and trying circumstances that draw out unanticipated actions from the characters. The book explores how restrictions on small things dictate terms of an individual's happiness and freedom.

Read it For:
The unique issue is addressed by the author in the book in a subtle and sophisticated manner.
Don't Read it For:
The book has a lot of twists and turns which makes it hard for the readers to follow.
What makes this book stand out?:
The innovative and clever narrative and the impressive style of writing.

Wuthering Heights

The novel follows the wild and overwhelming love story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. As circumstances and plot evolve, misunderstandings crop up and lead Heathcliff to be left humiliated and get the wrong impression that Catherine does not share the same feelings of love for him as he does for her. Disgraced and shattered, he leaves and comes back to town only to exact revenge for his past humiliation and insolence.

Read it For:
Emily Bronte's flair in writing and conception of a gripping plot. It is really a page-turner. It is an exciting tale of love and revenge.
Don't Read it For:
The story contains play of supernatural elements which may be baffling for modern generation readers. So if you are looking for books to gift to girl, pick this up.
What makes this book stand out?:
This exclusive literary work of Emily Bronte is an extremely powerful script and is rightly called an epic.

The Diary of a Young Girl

As the name suggests, this is an autobiographical account of a young girl, Anne Frank during World War 2 when Hitler became the dictator of Germany and preached Nazism. Anne and her family went into hiding in their own country land because of the racial discrimination of Hitler and his supporters against Jews. The diary begins on 12th June and has the last abrupt entry on 1st August 1944. For two years, Anne's family and another live in hiding, live in fear of being hunted down and executed– sent to the gas chambers. Even after living in such hellish circumstances, Anne's character is cheerful and content. Her book contains her penned down thoughts on other people, her feelings and struggles.

Read it For:
The first-hand account of a little girl trapped in a Secret Annex with no connection, whatsoever, with the people outside and no liberty to sneak outside the hidden compartment during the rule of Hitler in Germany.
Don't Read it For:
This is not a typical novel. It is a diary of a teenager set in the arduous circumstances of the Nazi epoch.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a one-of-a-kind book which details the life of Jews at the time of Hitler's dictatorship when Nazism was preached and the awful and sorry state of affairs at that time.

Gone with the Wind

'Gone with the Wind' is a novel that narrates the tale of a young lass named Scarlett O'Hara in the pre, during and post-Civil War period. Scarlett is not your typical quintessential protagonist. She is not ideal and flawless. At the beginning of the novel, she is an ill-tempered selfish teenager living with her family in Georgia. As the novel progresses, we witness the various ups and downs in the life of the protagonist as well as the after-effects of the tragic Civil War and the destruction and anarchy that follow in the life of the American people.

Read it For:
Scarlett O'Hara's unceasing optimism in the backdrop of the American Civil War is certainly laudable.
Don't Read it For:
The book is pretty long. If you're a novice in the world of novel reading, this won't be a popular choice for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The portrayal of an eccentric and unusual protagonist Scarlett O'Hara.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The story is set in Afghanistan and revolves around two female protagonists, Mariam and Laila. They are two underprivileged girls who journey from childhood to womanhood in search of their own identity in a male-dominated society where males oppressed females in the form of their wives, daughters and so on. This is an extraordinary story which is about empowering yourself and surviving in the worst of times with relentless fortitude and going against all societal norms and attaining freedom. They dared. Will you?

Read it For:
The message of hope that the book offers. Its message rings loud and clears that no matter what you are going through, you can survive and there is always hope for a better tomorrow.
Don't Read it For:
If you're looking for a rosy, picture-perfect story with sappy dialogues and romantic storyline, this is not for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The portrayal of two seemingly similar yet bipolar female characters who go from being docile and submissive to taking matters in their own hands and writing their own destiny. This book is one of the best best-selling valentine’s day books.

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