[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to have author Brenda Rothert guest posting on the site today. She’s sharing some of her favorite books to give as gifts. Take it away, Brenda!]
When I was single, I wasn’t a fan of Valentine’s Day. While shopping, I’d bypass the stuffed bears holding stuffed roses and cards with mushy sentiments with an eye roll. It wasn’t that I wanted someone to buy me chocolates and edible underwear, but more that I didn’t understand why anyone would want that stuff.
I think books are one of the best gifts for any holiday. Share your favorite books with someone and you can give them hours of entertainment. Make them laugh, cry, swoon or get stabby. When you share your favorite books with someone, you’re sharing a little piece of yourself.
And the beauty of Valentine’s Day is that you can gift books to anyone you love. Don’t just reserve it for your romantic partner. Make a friend or family member’s day with a new book and your favorite candy bar. (Butterfinger, am I right?)
Some of the most beautiful love stories out there aren’t romantic. All kinds of love can be just as powerful and poignant. Parent and child. Friends. Siblings. Grandparent and grandchild.
I’ve learned to love Valentine’s Day by using it to celebrate all the different kinds of love I’m lucky enough to have in my life. I’m a big believer in using this holiday to give thoughtful gifts that remind people in my life that they are loved.
But enough of that other stuff, let’s get ON TO THE BOOKS! Here are a few of my favorite books to give as gifts.
For a fan of epic, emotional historical romance:
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is unforgettable. Beautifully written and at times heartbreaking, it transports the reader to WWII Russia.
For a fan of smart, funny writing:
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is perfect. This was one of my favorite books ever. I devoured it and then was sad it was over. It’s hilarious, but it’s also so much more. I was so emotionally invested in these characters. JUST READ IT.
For someone who loves true stories of heroism:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is my go-to. The story of Louis Zamperini is awe-inspiring, and Hillenbrand crafted it into a book beautifully. It’s a mesmerizing testament to the human spirit.
For the romantic suspense fan:
Where the Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan is a must. Mia is a can’t miss author for me, and this book is an absolute showcase of her talents: raw, gripping and emotional. I was so drawn in that I simply couldn’t put this book down until I had all the answers.
For a fan of fresh, modern PNR:
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth will not disappoint. This story about what happens after the heroes save the world was simply fantastic. One of my top reads of 2020.
For someone who loves gripping real life stories:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is stunning. This book pulls you in from the first sentence. It’s a tough read at times, detailing the author’s childhood with dysfunctional parents, but Walls doesn’t write her story in a way that makes you feel pity or sadness. Instead, I find this book an uplifting story of love and resilience.
What are your favorite books to give as gifts? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or you can reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author:
Brenda Rothert was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From hot hockey romance to steamy romantic suspense, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.
Kit by Brenda Rothert, out now!
Molly Lynch isn’t like any woman I’ve met before. The pretty, ball-busting reporter has a penchant for asking questions that dredge up memories I’d rather keep buried. I answer them, though, because I’m so intrigued by her—a mix of shy and bold, so set in her ways that the slightest change knocks her off kilter. The closer Molly gets to my dark truth, though, the more I try to shift her focus to what I want most—her total surrender to me in the bedroom.
I finally have the life I’m meant for. Predictable. Boring. Safe. NHL player Kit Carter upsets the stability I crave when he looks at me with his dark eyes, wounded and guarded, but also swirling with desire. I can’t let him figure out who I truly am—driven not by ambition but by anxiety. Unable to let go of my control, even for a second. There’s something about Kit that draws me to him so powerfully it’s no longer a choice, though. I need to give in, even if it costs me everything.