It’s been ages and ages since I’ve done a RWL post. (Okay YES, I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday, but I had a book signing hangover on Saturday that caused me to curl into an anti-social hedgehog and hide in my house.)
Very quickly, I wanted to mention that the four books of the Elemental Mysteries are on sale for this weekend only! Today is the last day. I hardly ever put my books on sale, so I wanted to let you guys know. I know most of you have already read them, but if you wanted to gift them or convince someone to share your Gio and Beatrice love, grab them now, because the first book is free and the others are only $1.99 on Amazon.
Sales links are HERE:
And now! A late Reading/Watching/Listening: Valentine’s Weekend Edition
LOOOOOOOVE is in the air, and so I will share some of my all time favorite romantic reads and listens. Check your cynicism at the door because we’re going full swoon on the blog today. Deal with it.
This collection of Neruda’s is, hands down, my all time favorite collection of love poetry. The evolution of love within this narrow volume is stunning. Elemental. Raw.
“I can scarcely measure the sky’s most spacious eyes
and I lean down to your mouth to kiss the earth.”
It’s a collection of poems about one relationship. It’s flush with new love, brimming with anger at times, wise with age at others. I love, love, love these poems. That picture? That’s my actual copy.
“All night I have slept with you
next to the sea, on the island.
Wild and sweet you were between pleasure and sleep,
between fire and water.
Perhaps very late
our dreams joined at the top or at the bottom,
up above like branches moved by a common wind,
down below like red roots that touch.”
This book has travelled all over the world with me, because when I want to remind myself of the many facets of love, I read it again. And I get more every time. If you only read one poem from this collection, look for Ode and Burgeonings, but really, please read the whole thing.
“My wild girl, we have had
to regain time
and march backward, in the distance
of our lives, kiss after kiss,
gathering from one place what we gave
without joy, discovering in another
the secret road
that gradually brought your feet close to mine,
and so beneath my mouth
you see again the unfulfilled plant
of your life putting out its roots
toward my heart that was waiting for you.”
Seriously, I could just quote this all day, so we’ll move on to Watching.
I was fully prepared to dislike this production because I was such a fan of the BBC miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. But…
I didn’t. I loved it.
I loved the slightly gritty production that felt more realistic that the typical period drama. I loved both Knightley and MacFadyen as Elizabeth and Darcy. I loved that she didn’t appear to be wearing mascara. And I loved that these two actors took lines of dialogue that I had read dozens (hundreds?) of times and made them real and human and somehow less and more iconic, all at the same time. It wasn’t a perfect film, but I love it just for their scenes alone.
Audible, my lovely audiobook publisher, is offering a short collection of classic love poems read by Richard Armitage for FREE right now. Grab it while you can. It’s short—only 22 minutes or so—but it’s a lovely little treat of an audiobook and his interpretations of the poetry are very good. You can tell Armitage is a poetry fan, because he really thinks about the phrasing and stops, which not all readers do. He also has a gorgeous voice, so it’s very worth a download.
Plus, you get to imagine this guy reading you love poems.
Exactly. I happen to personally imagine him also wearing one of those tweed blazers with the suede elbow patches and a pair of reading glasses because that’s academic hotness and I’m weird.
So, that is your Valentine’s Day weekend RWL post and I had fun sharing some of my favorite swoons with you! I hope you had a lovely day, even if you were curled into an anti-social hedgehog like me. Any good Valentine’s Day stories are welcome to be shared in the comments so you can add your own swoon to the post.
Hit me with your romance, readers!
And stay well.