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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I’m sure all the couples out there are busy preparing for this special day (or not, if you’re the type who believes love should not be celebrated on one singled-out day…of which, I certainly am a member of ). Whether you are buying flowers, chocolates or that latest gizmo gadget for your significant other, it is best if it is done with the most sincerest of intentions and heart. I’d like to believe that only the true and faithful of loving thoughts will move your significant other to no end.
Being the curious librarian that I am, I did some research on this special holiday. Did you know that according to one of the legends about Valentine’s Day, a priest named Valentine wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter, signing off as “from your Valentine”. Does that phrase sound familiar? Unfortunately, the same priest was “martyred about AD 270 by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus.”
Source: Valentine’s Day. (2008). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved February 13, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online Library Edition: http://library.eb.com/eb/article-9074694
Another legend “contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.
Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.”
Source: The history of Valentine’s Day. Retrieved February 13, 2008, from The History Channel Web site: http://www.history.com/minisites/valentine/viewPage?pageId=882
Sigh, how romantic priests can be, even back in the olden times!
Here are some book recommendations on love during this Valentine season which you and your significant other can read and cuddle up to.
Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Vintage, 2003
Summary: “While delivering a message to her father, Florentino Ariza spots the barely pubescent Fermina Daza and immediately falls in love. What follows is the story of a passion that extends over 50 years, as Fermina is courted solely by letter, decisively rejects her suitor when he first speaks, and then joins the urbane Dr. Juvenal Urbino, much above her station, in a marriage initially loveless but ultimately remarkable in its strength.”
Call No.: GAR / GAR -[MO]
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Summary: “This timeless satire on English manners traces the fortunes and foibles of a family of marriageable young women and their suitors.”
Call No.: AUS
P.S. I Love you by Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: London : Harper, 2007
Summary: “Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to…But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.”
Call No.: AHE / AHE -[MO]
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, 2000
Summary: “In Sparks’s latest sentimental tale, a 17-year-old boy in 1950s North Carolina finds all his expectations overthrown by the Baptist minister’s daughter.”
Call No.: SPA / SPA -[MO]
The RoMANtic’s guide : hundreds of creative tips for a lifetime of love by Michael Webb
Publisher : New York : Hyperion, 1999
Summary: “Determined to make his wife the happiest woman on earth, Michael Webb “romanced” her so well her friends became jealous and asked the couple to pass on their tips for happiness. And so, in 1996, The RoMantic was born.”
Call No. : 646.78 WEB -[FAM]
101 ways to have true love in your life by Daphne Rose Kingma
Publisher : Boston, Mass. : Conari Press, 2006
Summary: “Whether you’re looking for love or looking to rekindle love, “Love Doctor” Daphne Rose Kingma saves the day or at least gives you the knowledge required to find, keep, and foster what nearly every one of us desires—true love.”
Call No. : 152.41 KIN
2,002 romantic ideas : special moments you can share with the one you love by Cyndi Haynes and Dale Edwards
Publisher : Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2006
Summary: “Think you’re out of ideas for romance? Think again! With this completely revised and updated edition by your side, you can tap into even more passion, pleasure, and romance than ever before.”
Call No. : 646.78 HAY -[FAM]
Don’t sweat the small stuff in love : simple ways to nurture and strengthen your relationships while avoiding the habits that break down your loving connection by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson
Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2000
Call No.: 306.7 CAR
A cup of comfort for women in love : inspiratonal stories of true love and lifelong devotion / Edited by Colleen Sell
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, 2005
Summary: “A Cup of Comfort for Women in Love is a remarkable collection celebrating every stage of our most personal relationships, guaranteed to renew your faith in the power of love.”
Call No.: 306.7 CUP
The seven levels of intimacy : the art of loving and the joy of being loved by Matthew Kelly
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2007
Summary: “With profound insight and the use of powerful and relatable examples, The Seven Levels of Intimacy redefines the most important relationships in our lives and how we view our interactions with one another.”
Call No.: 158.2 KEL
So, when you’ve borrowed any of the books above, do get a cup of hot cocoa, grab your significant other and proceed to have a enjoyable reading time with him or her.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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Posted by Ms Elizabeth Lee
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