Just in case you somehow hadn't noticed, we Book Barbies are big fans of the romance. So when a day comes around when we get to celebrate the awesomeness of love? You bet we're going to take that opportunity. We got to talking about what we should do about Valentine's Day, and we had so many ideas, we decided to make week of it! Today through Friday, we will be posting lots of romantic and lovey dovey things, and it's going to be a blast. We're kicking off the event with a list of our favorite romantic quotes! So, without further ado, here they are! Break out your smelling salts and prepare to swoon... (Stick around until the end for a SWEET giveaway!)
"Being in love ought to feel as if you held that bolt of lightning in your hands."02.
♥ Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson
"Love without friendship is like a kite, aloft only when the winds are favorable. Friendship is what gives love its wings."03.
♥ Ravishing the Heiress by Sherry Thomas
(SPOILER WARNING) "I’m completely bald, I’m eight months pregnant and I have only one breast. And this morning, Greg told me I’m beautiful. It’s kind of a miracle, right? Actually, the miracle is not that he said that. It’s that he made me believe it."04.
♥ Return to Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs
"In movies, when the boy pulls the girl to him when they are both finally undressed, they never bump their teeth together and get embarrassed and have to laugh and try again. But here’s the truth: In movies, it’s never half so lovely as it is here and now with Jase."05.
♥ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
"Then suffer me to take your hand, said he. The goodness of your heart, I'm sure, will dictate to you better than my inadequate words the expressions which are most suitable to convey an emotion whose poignancy, were I to give vent to my feelings, would deprive me even of speech."06.
♥ Ulysses by James Joyce
"I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough."07.
♥ The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
"I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together."08.
♥ Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
"Everyone has something of beauty about them. In the beginning for me, it was [SpoilerFreeName]’s eyes I noticed, and I love them still. But loving lets you look, and look, and look again. You notice the back of a hand, the turn of a head, the way of a walk. When you first love, you look blind and you see it all as the glorious, beloved whole, or a beautiful sum of beautiful parts. But when you see the one you love as pieces, as whys – why he walks like this, why he closes his eyes like that – you can love those parts, too, and it’s a love at once more complicated and more complete."09.
♥ Crossed by Ally Condie
"If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger: I should not seem a part of it. My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being."Racquel's picks:
♥ Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
“Every time he looked at me I felt like I'd touched my tongue to the tip of a battery. In art class I'd watch him lean back and listen and I was nothing but zing and tingle. After a while, the tingle turned to electricity, and when he asked me out my whole body amped to a level where technically I should have been dead. I had nothing in common with a sheddy like him, but a girl doesn't think straight when she's that close to electrocution.”
♥ Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
“He gripped her shoulders determinedly. 'I should’ve told you this earlier, Jordan. Now that I’ve got my chance, you’re going to hear it whether you like it or not. You came into my life and messed the whole thing up and now I’m screwed. Because I’m in love with you. As in balls-out, head-over-heels, watching-Dancing-with-the-Stars-on-Monday-nights, wine-and-bubble-bath kind of love. Hell, I think I’d even wear a scarf indoors for you.”12.
♥ A Lot Like Love by Julie James
“A proper kiss, Miss Eversea, should turn you inside out. It should . . . touch places in you that you didn’t know existed, set them ablaze, until your entire being is hungry and wild...It should slice right down through you like a cutlass with a pleasure so devastating it’s very nearly pain … It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact . . . ” he paused for effect “ . . . haunt you for the rest of your life.”
♥ What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long
"I’ve decided that of all the women I’ve ever known, you are the only one I will ever love more than hunting, fishing, football, and power tools."
♥ Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas
We're giving away a copy of the Splinter edition of Pride & Prejudice, a book that is, according to Sharon, "one of the most romantic stories ever <3" and this particular edition, according to Racquel, IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING YOU'LL HAVE ON YOUR SHELF! I'm shallow so I like to buy pretty covers and this cover is OUT OF THE WORLD. Seriously, so so so so so pretty. If I can, I would gift this to EVERYONE. It's a paperback but it has a flap on the inside. The texture is really nice and the watercolors are just hiowefj9@#*T)ik23hpojf. This cover is GORGEOUS.
This giveaway will be US only, though since I'll be sending the book from Amazon. Sorry!
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Out of curiosity, what are some of YOUR favorite romantic quotes? Do share!