Ah, February. The month of Valentine’s Day. Some say Hallmark Holiday, others a perfect time to express the heat between lovers during the cold, cold months of the Northern Hemisphere. One way or another, February 14th means “love” to millions around the world. I say, why stop at love? Why not include the symbol of love, the heart? Find your local romance genre lover and ask her, or HIM, for suggestions. Lots of genre books have a romance as a subplot, if you prefer other genres. Read a history of surgery, namely open heart surgery and heart transplants. If someone shows great courage, don’t people say the person “has heart”? Maybe you want to read about legendary lovers, fictional or real. Maybe you want to give a vampire book a try? They’ve got that blood-lust thing going on and the heart pumps blood. Read an author, or about a topic, you love. Like last time, lots of ways to think about the heart here!

  • Romance
    • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
    • Something About Emmaline by Elizabeth Boyle
    • Beyond a Wicked Kiss by Jo Goodman
    • Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney
    • Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
  • Other genre reads with a romance subplot
    • Death at Wentwater Court by Carola Dunn
    • High Country Fall by Margaret Maron
    • Blood Lies by Daniel Kalla
    • Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
    • The Icarus Agenda by Robert Ludlum
  • Legendary Lovers
    • The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
    • Heloise & Abelard : A New Biography by James Burge
    • The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel by Margaret George
    • The Romance of Tristan and Iseult by J. Bedier and Hilaire Belloc
    • Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Medicine
    • Journey into the Heart: A Tale of Pioneering Doctors and Their Race to Transform Cardiovascular Medicine by David Monagan and David O. Williams
    • Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart by Donald McRae
    • The History of Cardiology by L.J. Acierno
    • History of the Disorders of Cardiac Rhythm by Berndt Luederitz
    • King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery by G. Wayne Miller
    • Partners of the Heart by Vivien T. Thomas
  • Books with “Heart” in the title
    • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
    • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
    • Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point by Elizabeth D. Samet
    • The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
    • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
    • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (YA)
    • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
    • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
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