Happy Valentine’s Day, Muses! Start this most-romantic week with some love-themed picks, including blind date reviews, romantic music and poetry, and a darker tale if you want something a little edgier.
On Your Kindle
Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
Kick off Valentine’s week with this sinister—though romantic—tale. Gothic to its core, Rebecca is a psychological mystery thriller told by an unnamed narrator, newly married to the widower of the unseen but much felt Rebecca. The narrator has recently moved with her new husband to his estate, which is full of remembrances of its former mistress, including the ever-loyal housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. Fueled by Mrs. Danvers’ cutting commentary, the narrator begins a psychological descent as she imagines a perfect, beautiful Rebecca with whom her husband is still in love. The reader remains intrigued, watching the narrator’s decline and wondering, the entire time, just what happened to Rebecca.
On Your Smartphone
Dinner with Cupid, Boston Globe Magazine
Confession: I begin every Sunday morning—even before my coffee—by reading the Boston Globe Magazine’s "Dinner with Cupid" feature. The premise: based on submitted questionnaires, the Globe sets up two people and funds their dinner date. In exchange, the daters chronicle their feelings during the date, share any “sparks” they felt (or didn’t feel), and end the feature by assigning a letter grade to their date. Some of the dates are heartwarming and end in A-pluses, others are humorously horrifying failures. And all of them are entertaining.
On a Podcast
Valentine's Day Playlists, playlist.com
As you’re getting in the mood for some romance, check out this compilation of playlists to set the right tone. You can choose music of different genres, including Modern Love, Country Love, and Classic Love, among others. Let the music be a backdrop to your Valentine’s-morning commute, a romantic dinner at home, or a night in with the girls.
Poems That Touch the Heart, A.L. Alexander
If there is ever a time for romantic poetry, Valentine’s Day is it. What can be saccharine or corny throughout the year is simply celebrated on Cupid’s holiday—and what better way to tell loved ones how you feel than with poetry? This anthology—“America’s most popular collection of inspirational verse,” according to the inside cover—includes touching poems to share with whomever you may be spending the holiday with, whether a lover or friends. Favorites include “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Tell Her So,” by an unknown author, and “On Children,” by Khalil Gibran.
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Molly is The Daily Muse’s resident bookworm. She currently works in communications and is begrudgingly learning to be a grownup. She likes coffee shops and (the bakery aisle of) grocery stores, reading about other places but not necessarily traveling to them, keeping things clean, and stalking the Harvard Opportunes, her beloved college a cappella group.More from this Author