Thursday, February 14, 2013

Books and movies for Valentine's day

In Norway we don't really have a tradition for celebrating Valentine's Day even though it has been more focus on it the last few years. Personally I'm not really a fan of this day but I am big fan of  making lists and recommendations and although I don't always like to admit it I really enjoy a romantic movie and book once in a while. So here are my recommendations for you and I have mostly focused on the fun and cute romantic stories because that's what I prefer though there are some more dramatic ones on the list as well:

                             
                                  (Photo: Flickr : DonnaGrayson)
YA-books:
1. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles: the second book about the Fuentes-brothers that I actually enjoyed more than the first one. The girl in this story was more likable to me than Brittany.
2. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally:  The female protagonist in this is a bit different than I'm used to. She's a football player, tough and get's treated as one of the guys on the team but what happens when she actually falls for one of the guys?
3. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong: this paranormal trilogy has one of my favorite teen romances.
4. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: a beautifully written and emotional story about a girl falling in love while she's grieving her sister. I have already written about this book several times because it was my favourite read last year.
5. A Match Made in High School by Kristen White: in this charming book a high school decides that every senior has to participate in a Marriage program where the students are paired up for a whole year and our main character Fiona is not happy at all with her new husband. A lot of fun dialogues and situations in this made it a very entertaining read.

                                      A Match Made in High School

A couple of adult books:
6. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding: I am a fan of Bridget. She is so clumsy and not at all behaving like she's expected to. She feels real and I think most girls can identify with her one way or another.
7. Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes: one the leading ladies of chiclit has written a fun and cute book about three different women in Dublin in search for love, success and happiness.

                                      Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)

Movies:
1. La Vita E Bella/Life is Beautiful: a very sad but beautiful and funny love story between both a man and woman, and between a father and his son. One of my favourite movies of all times.
2. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: this is one of my favourite chick flicks about a woman (Kate Hudson) trying to find the best tricks to make a guy break up with you for an article she's writing for a women's magazine.
3. Bridget Jones's Diary: I really liked this one both as a  movie as well as a book. It is funny and refreshing.
4. Ever After: a Cinderella Story: a movie based on the classic fairy tale but with a new take.
5. 10 things I hate about you: based on a Shakespeare play but set in a modern day high school. Prom is coming up and the younger sister Bianca only gets to go with a date if her older sister Kat does the same and she is known to have strong aversions to dating.
6. She's the man: it might sound a bit goofy about a girl pretending to be her brother so she can play on the soccer team but it's actually quite charming.



What are your  movie and book recommendations for Valentine's Day?

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recommendations!!

    I love watching Love Actually or Pride & Prejudice in Valentine's Day :D

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    1. For me Love Actually belongs to Christmas but I totally forgot about Pride and Prejudice!

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  2. Sushi for Beginners is a book I'd love to have as I enjoy sushi now and then, especially the vegetarian kind. Thanks for the extensive suggestions of books!

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