february – all about love

I have to say I’m really chuffed by all the comments and inspiration I received from all of you during January. I wasn’t sure when I started this series of posts whether or not any of you would be interested in reading about my monthly goals ┬ábut it seems I’m not the only one who is interested in a little self improvement! One of my readers suggested I pick up the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin which I did. Ms. Rubin also undertook a series of monthly goals for one year in a quest to be more happy. I’ve been inspired by her commitment to the project and by many of her goals.


While I have no plans to emulate her project I do think her goal for February which is to work on relationships and love is a fitting one. I plan to do the same with my own twist. Here’s a few things I hope to accomplish:

  • make dates with my husband (at least two)
  • make time for my friends
  • spend a special day with each child on their own
  • give daily proofs of love
  • make an effort to think about what I say before I say it
  • read a good love story ( I need your suggestions here)
  • be generous
  • make a big chocolate cake and invite friends over to eat it!

Since February is already underway I’ve already started putting a few dates into my calendar and making some move on these goals. It feels good.

Now…any good love story recommendations?

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  1. Posted February 4, 2013 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    The Time Traveler’s Wife is a winner.

  2. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    This is not exactly a “love story”…it’s a self-help book for marriages, but even if your marriage doesn’t need any help, (although who’s couldn’t use a little improvement here and there!) It’s called “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. Very quick read, and I highly recommend it! It’s great for learning how to make your kids, friends etc. feel loved by you too (In addition to your husband, and your husband to you). I have it Emma if you’d like to borrow it.

  3. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    happy February! I love your goals and may use them for me too. It’s so easy to forget to express love for all the wonderful people in our lives. My book suggestion is History of Love, by Nicole Kraus, her first novel written when she was I think 26-28. and a wonderful story:
    good luck with it.

  4. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    David Nicholls “One Day”, unless of course you have already seen the film adaptation as I’m afraid it would ruin it. I am inspired by your goals this month and may just make a few my own.

  5. Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

    It made my day that you like The Happiness Project book. I use that book as my monthly reminder to achieve my goals to the best that I can.

    As for love stories, I just finished reading the book “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. It is an unconventional love story. This book is apparently very popular in the UK since last year. Another Book I recommend is “Paris: A Love Story” a memoir written by Kati Merton.This book will be my next read. Both books were recommended by Chapters Indigo.

    All the best for this month.

  6. Patricia
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    Michael Ondaatje’s “The English Patient” even if you’ve seen the movie. His use of language is so sensual.

  7. nicole
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    I second The Time Traveler’s Wife.

  8. Posted February 4, 2013 at 12:46 PM | Permalink

    One of my all time favourites is ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks.

  9. Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    @Mahshad – Yes – I loved Nicole Krauss’s book. Read it a few years ago in combination with Incredibly Loud and Extremely Close written by her husband Jonathan Safran Foer.

  10. Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    @ Tara – Haven’t seen the movie or even heard of it! I’m so out of touch!

  11. Posted February 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

    @Patrcia – Love everything written by Michael Ondaatje – read them all!

  12. Posted February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    @Nicole & Hanna – Haven’t read a Time Traveler’s Wife. Did this get made into a movie as well? Seem to recall seeing it come up on the plane.

  13. Posted February 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    @ Deborah – will look into it!

  14. Posted February 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    @ Pamela RG – great suggestions – will check them out.

  15. Posted February 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    @Jenny – I’d love to borrow it. Send me an email and will figure something out.

  16. Posted February 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    I also wanted to suggest ‘the time traveller’s wife’ , it is a special love story, unusual but very beautiful I thought.
    Nice propositns to make february the month of love.

  17. Posted February 4, 2013 at 4:20 PM | Permalink

    I also absolutely loved Birdsong. But I’m here to recommend The Republic of Love by Carol Shields. One of my absolute heart-filling faves! xx

  18. Posted February 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM | Permalink

    Woops, was that too many “absolute”s? Clearly still in Mexico mode!!

  19. nicole
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM | Permalink

    Yes it did get made into what looked to be a not-very-good movie. Please don’t let that dissuade you.

  20. Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    @steFania – ooo that’s 3 votes for the time traveller’s wife and two for birdsong….looking forward to looking into all these options tonight.

  21. Helena
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 8:07 PM | Permalink

    If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell.

  22. Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    I’m going to suggest Gabriel Garcia Marquez…Love in the Time of Cholera. Time Traveller’s Wife was really good too, but it made me too sad at points after recently having a baby (this was years ago).
    Love your list.

  23. Romina
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM | Permalink

    I could read Pride and Prejudice over and over. Some of my other faves…though not all straight up love stories:
    Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro; Of Love and Other Demons – Marquez

  24. Erin
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

    Make that 4 votes for The Time Traveller’s Wife… never judge a book by its movie. History of Love was good too. And, if you’re looking for something steamy, I just finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. After having it recommended by about 3 different people, I finally picked it up… and fanned myself almost the whole way through.

  25. ss
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    Evidence of Things Unseen. It’s such an artfully constructed book, a piece of truly well done historical fiction.

  26. Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM | Permalink

    I love giving book recommendations. May I suggest:
    Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair
    Tatjana Soli: The Lotus Eaters
    Helene Hanff: 84, Charing Cross Road (more of a strong bond than a love story)

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