How To Survive Valentine’s Day:
So if you’re anything like me you’ve kind of never liked Valentine’s Day. Couples making goo-goo eyes at each other and all the lovey-dovey stuff? Gag me now. Even though I’m not single this year my idea of a GOOD Valentine’s Day is still going to be curled up with a good book, a nice drink, and some greasy food. So in honor of all the people out there who find traditional Valentine’s Day celebrations as gag worthy as me I have come up with this list that I swear will help you survive this red heart holiday.
So step one to survival is pretty simple: What To Eat. In order to insure that you have the absolute best Valentine’s Day is to make sure you have the right food to eat. Just like after any break up you are going to want to be stocked up on ice cream (my favorite is vanilla and strawberry Haagen-Dazs, but the type is completely your choice), pizza is definitely something you will want to order in bulk, chocolates (I recommend Lindor), some good cheesecake and some orgasmic Chinese food. Trust me guys, this is definitely step one to having an awesome night. I personally plan to stock up on ice cream, eat a pizza for lunch and for dinner I will have takeout from my favorite Chinese place. Yep, I’m definitely going to have an awesome night.
Step two is very important, so be sure to get a jump on this one: What To Drink. Now this doesn’t just mean alcoholic drinks since I’m sure a few of you reading this are not legal. No, this step includes everything from smoothies to good wine to a nice cocktail. I truly believe that if you want your night to be as amazing as possible you will want to make sure that you have a wonderful drink in arms reach while you’re curled up with your book. If you aren’t legal or just don’t feel like drinking alcohol then I recommend you getting or making a nice smoothie, your choice of course, or if you want to make sure that you don’t fall asleep until AFTER you’ve finished your book then coffee is definitely your go to. I plan on starting my day off with a nice French Vanilla latte and move on to a delicious strawberry-banana smoothie by around lunchtime, but that’s just me. Now, if you do plan on drinking then your options are pretty endless. You can have a nice bottle of wine if you want a delicious buzz, a fun cocktail if you really want a buzz, or if you really want to forget this holiday and possibly the book you’re reading then there are always shots. My favorite wine is Arbor Mist, so I will be topping off my night by opening my bottle of Blackberry Merlot and enjoying my book, but it’s your night so it’s your choice.
Now for the most important step in our Valentine’s Day survival: What To Read. I have divided the list into two categories: Kickass Female Characters and Book Boyfriends You Wish Were Real. We’re going to start with Kickass Female Characters and the first on our list is: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’m sure you’ve all heard about this series, but if you haven’t read it then you definitely should. See, this series brings an interesting twist to the Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White fairytales with the bonus of all the women being completely kickass. They are NOT damsels in distress, they do NOT need a man to save them, and they are determined to save Earth from a psychotic Moon queen who has an inferiority complex. If you want a book that will make you cheer, cry just a little bit, and make you happy to be a woman then pick up the Cinder, the first in this amazing series. Another really good series to read that you probably haven’t heard about is the Dust Lands series by Moira Young. The dialogue of this series is interesting and the setting is America after it’s been ravaged by pollution and war, but the most important part of this series is how the main character, Saba, is so strong, willing to do anything to protect and save her siblings, and willing to die to protect her friends and innocent people from a tyrant. This series is full of action with a small amount of love and plenty of growth. I recommend reading this series if you want a kickass female who is all about her family and friends. There is an author I am going to recommend you look into if you want books that always deliver on kickass females and that author is Katie MacAlister. I absolutely love MacAlister and I read EVERYTHING she writes, from romances with smoldering dragons and soul-searching vampires to mortal men, which is all good, but the females she writes are truly exceptional. The women of MacAlister’s books are all fierce, sassy, and they have real body types. While some of her characters have powers, most of them are just mortal women who use their sassiness and intelligence to win fights and put their men in line. She does write romance novels, so there is some sexiness, but if you want to laugh out loud, cry from both laughing too hard and joy, and just have a fun read then I recommend going pick up one of her many books. If you want a series that is centered around teens who are trying to take down a terrorist group and have an interesting birth defect then you should check out Ripley Patton’s PSS Chronicles. The females of this series use their birth defects, which are blue glowing limbs (think ghost limbs) to protect their family and friends. The main character is able to pull things out of people and use those objects to protect people. These teens are on the run from a terrorist group and trying to save other PSS teens from being taken by the group for experimentation. If you want a read where the female is kind of goth, kind of sassy and totally kickass then you should check out this series. Now onto Book Boyfriends You Wish Were Real. Seriously, don’t we all read books where we wish with all our heart that the boys were real and ours? I know I’m not the only one, right? Well, if I am then here are the book boyfriends I wish were real and the books they’re in that you should check out. First up we have Jackal of Julie Kagaw’s Blood of Eden series. In the series vampires are real, they control cities and humans register to give blood to them in exchange for food and protection. The series is full of sexy men, both vampire and human, but my favorite is the vampire Jackal. So he’s kind of a jerk, a smartass, and full of himself, but he also has a caring side and he is loving. Maybe I like him so much because he is a bad boy, but I would like to believe it’s because he does have a hidden side that would make him the absolute best boyfriend. If you want a book boyfriend who could definitely use some love and compassion then pick up this series. Another series full of delicious boyfriends would be Marie Lu’s Young Elites series. Boys with powers who are also pretty sexy? Yes please, I’ll take six. This series is chocked completely full of potential boyfriends from the disgraced crown prince to the hauntingly beautiful consort with a pension for manipulation to a mysterious and snarky con artist to a delusional and aggressive Inquisitor. I personally want the Elite who can make storms to call my own, but that is just me and you will find while reading this series that there are some pretty great guys to choose from. If you want plenty of choices then pick up this series and get ready to write Santa with your boyfriend wish list. An author who has a strong grasp of book boyfriends would have to be Karen Marie Moning. While I love her books and she does have some good female characters, I felt they weren’t kick ass enough to include in the first category. Don’t get me wrong, some of the women are kickass, but I felt they were too prone to needing to be saved by a man to be included in the first one. Now book boyfriends? Holy Hell, Moning knows how to write a boyfriend that will make you see them in your dreams and wish that they were real and yours. Seriously, the men in her books are all ripped, dripping sexuality, too sensual without trying, and some have accents that will have you ripping off your panties with just one word. If you want a book boyfriend this Valentine’s Day then you need to pick up one of her books. Last but certainly not least would have to be Wendy Higgin’s Sweet trilogy. I have two words for you Kaidan. Rowe. Seriously, he is the son the demon that represents Lust, he is skillful with more than just a pair of drums sticks, and he is British! This series will make you sigh for Kai until you are gasping for air and need to be life lifted to the nearest ER. But Kai isn’t the only one worthy of being a boyfriend, all the guys in Higgin’s series is worth the title and they will all leave you happy.
So that’s the list to surviving Valentine’s Day, whether you’re alone or not. If you follow these simple steps I promise you will this will be the best day ever. So go grab your weight in ice cream, getting the best Chinese food you can find, be prepared to drink gallons of wine and curl up with a book that makes you cheer because the heroine is totally kickass or the man is so worthy of being Book Boyfriend. Happy Valentine’s Day loves, make it the best there could ever be.
Note: these are all my suggestions and you are more than welcome to tweak my choices.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
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