Sweet Listens: Audiobooks for Valentine's Day
Sweet Treat Listens: Valentine’s Day Audiobooks You Won’t Regret

This Saint Val’s Day we’ve gone a little wild, combing through our heartchives to find everyone their audio sweet. There are non-fiction picks for scorned lovers and twitterpated cheeseballs alike, including hot takes on hooking up, trusting your body, navigating love via astrology, and one psychiatrist’s guide to decoding texts from friends, more-than-friends, and the dreaded Ghosty McGhostpants.

And for those who love rom-coms so much they’re always looking for amour of them, we’ve got you too. Escape into one of our sugar-and-spice recommendations—read by swoony narrators—while you commute to work, or while you sink deeper into that much-deserved bubble bath.

💗Non-Fiction Listens for Cerebral Cuties💗

In this audiobook, bestselling author and illustrator Amalia Andrade construct the ultimate first aid kit: an interactive guide to getting over someone through reflections, recipes, and lots of ingenious ideas for transforming a negative experience into a liberating one.

From Girl Sex 101 author Allison Moon, Getting It is a refreshingly intersectional and honest guide to understanding the basics of hook-up culture and how to partake. From first moves and sex etiquette to navigating nonmonogamy and sexual health, Getting It helps listeners understand what casual sex means for them and offers an empowering dive into how to get it and feel great about it every step of the way.

Black Love Matters is an incisive, intersectional essay anthology edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde—and narrated on audio by Pryde and a full cast—that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators.

When can we say we’ll be single forever—and that’s okay? Aimée Lutkin questions our society’s pathologizing of loneliness in The Lonely Hunter, a stirring account of one woman’s experience of being alone and a revealing exposé of our culture’s deep biases against the uncoupled. Blazingly smart, insightful, and full of heart, this is a book for anyone determined to make, follow, and break their own rules.

Carolyne Faulkner knows the number-one reason her clients seek her out to consult the stars: love. After all, we are made of stardust, and understanding the cosmos can provide critical insight into our lives, our well-being, and matters of the heart. In The Signs in Love, Faulkner explains how each sign matches up with the others, with the pros and pitfalls of each, and offers interactive journaling prompts to allow each reader to create a wholly personal road map to understanding themselves and their unions in romance, family, and friendship.

When Camonghne Felix goes through a monumental breakup, everything shows up in the tapestry of her healing. In this raw reflection, Felix repossesses herself through the exploration of history she’d left behind, using her Dyscalculia—a disorder that makes it difficult to learn math—as a metaphor for her miscalculations in love, and negotiates the misalignments of perception and reality, love and harm, and the politics of heartbreak.

Have you ever felt uncomfortable or not “at home” in your body? In Reclaiming Body Trust licensed therapist Hilary Kinavey and registered dietician Dana Sturtevant delineate an intersectional, social justice−orientated pathway out of a rigid, mechanistic way of thinking about the body and into a more authentic, sustainable way to occupy and nurture our bodies.

When it comes to modern relationships, our thumbs do the talking. We swipe right into a stranger’s life, flirt inside text bubbles, and use emojis to convey desire, frustration, and rage. Where once we pored over love letters, now we obsess over response times. In Speaking in Thumbs, Harvard and Stanford-trained psychiatrist Dr. Mimi Winsberg provides an essential look at the love language of texts, helping you decipher the personalities of online daters, the subtle signals from your romantic partner, and the red flags hiding in plain sight.

💗Rom-coms for Lovers Who Love Love💗

It’s too late for a Sweet Sixteen, but what if Mahalia had a coming-out party? The idea lights a fire beneath her, and soon Mahalia is preparing the coming out of her dreams. But it’s not long before she’s buried in enough drama to make her English lit teacher blush. With all the responsibility on her shoulders, will Mahalia’s party be over before it’s even begun? Friday I’m in Love is a love letter to Young Adult romantic comedies, sweet sixteen blowouts, Black joy, and queer pride.

When Nina Mistry’s life hits rock bottom, she decides to change her stars by falling in love…with herself. 30 Things I Love About Myself is a hilarious, heartfelt story from Radhika Sanghani.

“Author and narrator Radhika Sanghani’s energetic British voice highlights this feel-good, funny story.”—AudioFile

Author: Amy Lea
Read By: Natalie Naudus

An international bestseller, January LibraryReads Pick, and one of Buzzfeed’s “Romance Books To Look Out For In 2023,” Exes and O’s is a delightful romantic comedy about a romance novel-obsessed social media influencer who revisits her exes on her hunt for true love.

#1 New York Times bestseller. From the acclaimed author of The Notebook comes a powerful novel about risking everything for a dream—and whether it’s possible to leave the past behind.

Sometimes two cooks in the kitchen are better than one in this swoony romantic comedy from the author of I’m So (Not) Over You. Stuck between a stove and a hot place, Logan and Xavier discover an unexpected connection. But when the heat between them threatens to top the Scoville scale, they’ll have to decide if they can make their relationship work or if life has seasoned them too differently.

One of Buzzfeed’s “Romance Books To Look Out For In 2023.” When a thirty-something American food writer moves to a Scottish village for one year to fulfill her dream of writing a cookbook, she finds more than inspiration—she meets a handsome Scotsman she can’t resist.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud YA novel about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors—and each other.

Looking for more audiobooks to moon over? Catch Feelings With 8 Crush-Worthy Romance Audiobooks by Black Authors and find your audiobook match in Audio Auras: Listens for the Season of Love.