Happy February, welcome to the biggest eye-roll month of the year!
It’s cold — I know. And Valentine’s Day is nothing but a poor sad cheesy sadness-trap — I know! But maybe this year, it doesn’t have to be. Once a red-heart-skeptic myself, I’ve managed to find a way to turn Valentine’s Day into something I actually love. It’s possible, I promise. Anaïs Nin’s Delta of Venus did this for me. I sat on the floor of my apartment in Paris two years ago, curled up with her writing, and I thought: “Yes. This is fun!”
Below are 10 books that are perfect for Valentine’s Day, no matter how jaded you are. Books of letters, books of erotica, books that brought about the term “masochism,” books about brilliant couples — the whole lot.
Get ready, get some wine, you might not hate the 14th anymore.
1. Delta of Venus, Anaïs Nin
Synopsis: In Delta of Venus Anaïs Nin penned a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru. Delta of Venus is an extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the master of erotic writing.
What you’ll love: Anaïs Nin is so cool. So French and chic and smart. She — a female! — wrote erotica in the 1940s from a female’s (!) perspective. Badass. Her writing is brilliant in itself, but the way she describes love and intimacy and passion — ugh.