Books That Are Better than Flowers


Flowers are great, but let's be honest they only last if you're lucky a week or so. We think that these books are better than a bouquet any day.




IF YOU LEAVE ME by Crystal Hana Kim


A bouquet of repressed emotions and deep feeling. The story of a love triangle during the Korean War sure to bring tears to its recipient.


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The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali


A heartbreaking love story out about turmoil during 1950s Iran.


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Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano


An eleven-year-old girl uses cards to tell the story of her family's hardships while she's a ward of state. An entrancing debut.


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The Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras


A drug story out of Colombia, but told through the eyes of two young girls who only understand so much.


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Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine


Full of beauty and heartache; these flowers blossom with Fajardo-Anstine's incredible stories.


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The Ensemble by Aja Gabel


The romance of music bursts through in this story about a quartet of classical musicians over the course of their relationships.


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Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer


Beware the flowers of Area X as the 12th expedition approaches the cordoned off area of the American South. Intoxicating in more ways than one.


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The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray


A family is strained when an arrest and trial break open the bonds that hold them together.


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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


If your sweetheart loves historical fantasy and diving into stories where people can speak to imaginary creatures...


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Borne by Jeff Vandermeer


Postapocalytpic musings on biotechnology.


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The Past by Tessa Hadley


A family gathers at a country cottage and secrets are revealed.


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Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson


The story of Aboriginal people used as circus attractions in the 19th century. A dark tale that turns hopeful.


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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan


A true book lover's kind of story about two different timelines and connection.


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Ayiti by Roxane Gay


Gay's first published short story collection about the Haitian diaspora.


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These Violent Delights by Victoria Namkung


A thriller set a a school for girls.


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Little Weirds by Jenny Slate


The talented actress writes personal essays about love and heartbreak.


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The Book of Delights by Ross Gay


Non-fiction lyric essays from renowned poet Gay, written over a year, and appreciating the small things in life.


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Bloomland by John Englehardt


A book told in second-person about a school shooting at a southern U.S. college. Romantic, right?!


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The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


Pre-order this one which releases next month and is an arresting portrait of undocumented immigrants in the United States told from a reporter who was the first DACA recipient to graduate from Harvard.


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Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl


In this illustrated essay collection, Renkl dives into the natural world and her own life.


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Ask Me About My Uterus by Abby Norman


Probably an infuriating read at times, but one that provides paradigm shifts in worldview.


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If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar


Poetry is always a good idea on Valentine's Day, and these are about a Pakistani Muslim orphan growing up in the United States.


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The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland


An Australian novel about the love of stories.


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Tin Man by Sarah Winman


A love story and another heartbreaker.


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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson


What would you or your lover do if you could live life over and over again?


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The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa


A Japanese novel that hits the perfect sweetspot of surprising twists and endearing characters.


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