Ten Valentine Reads (with *kilig* excerpts)


“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love…” ― Christopher Morley

Today is The Broke and the Bookish‘ Valentine’s-inspired Top Ten Tuesday! Funnily, though, I published my own Top 10 Novels to Read on Valentine’s last year (plus Top 10 movies!).

So… for a change… I will be sharing with you my ten recent reads perfect for the love season plus words from each book that made me grin and of course made me *kilig*! ❤


kilig (A Filipino word with no direct English translation).
1. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

When kilig, one may experience the following:

*butterflies in one’s stomach
*heart melting
*shivers down one’s spine
*irrepressible noises from one’s mouth
*uncontrollable smiling
*an inner conflict between hope of something wished for and reality

Here are the Ten Valentine Reads with some heartfelt excerpts! ❤

Love & Misadventure
First Love
Before I fell
in love with words, 
with setting skies
and singing birds-
it was you I fell
in love with first.
Norwegian Wood
“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“…Why would I want to watch other people kissing,” I say, “when I could be kissing you?”
“I miss you.”
“That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.”
“It’s not the time,” Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling.” It’s the distance.”
All the Bright Places
“You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.”
See Me
In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.
Everything, Everything
In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
“You liked me.”
I smiled.
“You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me.”
I turned to Cinnamon. He licked my nose. “Don’t give yourself so much credit. It was your rat I was after.”
She laughed, and the desert sang.”
We Were Liars
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”

Words and photo credit: Goodreads

What are you reading this love month?

Have your read some of these?

Let’s talk!



66 thoughts on “Ten Valentine Reads (with *kilig* excerpts)”

      1. I’ve decided to take a temporary break from blogging till I finish this book. My mind keeps thinking about it. 😀 I’ll let you know once I’ve finished it. So do miss me till I’m back! Haha! 😀 😀 😀

        Liked by 1 person

  1. Lovely list, and thanks for introducing me to “Kilig”! Fangirl, Simon, and Every Day are such special books, and I should probably check out a few more that you’ve highlights. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I absolutely adored this post! And kilig is an awesome word! (I wish I knew how to put it in a sentence saying how much I *loved* this post ) I particularly like Everything Everything and We Were Liars- I forgot how beautifully written it was until I saw that extract!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ahhh you and I have similar tastes! Love & Misadventure was amazing, and have you read Lullabies, the sequel? Also, Nicholas Sparks is the man to go to for all things romance in my opinion.

    If you’re up for any kind of supernatural romance, especially if you want things heated up a little bit (it IS the love month after all *wink wink*) I very much recommend Heather Killough Walden. Her Lost Angels series is my favorite of her many series. (If you’re curious, I did a spoiler-free review of one of the books on my blog).

    John Green is another great author if you prefer things more PG-13 and YA. He tugs at my heartstrings in a way only he can.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. First of all, I am now reading Lullabies and the first poem took my breathe away!!! 😀

      Second, I am a big Sparks fan haha! Though his latest novel disappointed me. 😦

      Third, thank you for your recommendation!!! 😀 I am not into supernatural (but I read Stephenie Meyer’s twilight series and The Host! HAHA) but I will have a look into Heather. 😀

      Lastly, John Green’s The Fault is on my Top Valentine reads last year!!! He surely knows how to make his reader cry and blush! 😀

      Thank you, Jade!!!! I am excited to know you more! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Ahh, I haven’t had a chance to read Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel (do you mean The Choice?) And Lang Leav’s poetry is just amazing! I can’t gush enough. Did you know she’s coming out with a novel?

        Let me know how you feel about Heather’s stories. She may not be your cup of tea, but that’s okay.

        I’m excited to get to know you more too!!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. It’s ‘See Me’. 🙂

        And I agree!!! I cannot cannot cannot put into words how I love Lang Leav! 😀 Really? Like a full-length novel? That would be AWESOME!!!

        Yes, I will let you know! 😀

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s