Thinking of just staying home to chill on Valentine’s Day? Why not pick up a good book while you’re at it! Check out these five unique titles that deal with the many facets of love, loss, and letting go.

Kitchen

The book that made Japanese novelist Banana Yoshimoto famous, Kitchen contains two unconventional love stories with a touch of the metaphysical. Written in hauntingly simple words, Yoshimoto paints nostalgic images using the most mundane occurrences, making for striking scenes that will stay with you for years to come.


The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy

The first half of a uniquely gripping tale, the Griffin & Sabine Trilogy is one of author/artist Nick Bantock’s greatest works. Revolving around the inexplicable and somewhat magical connection of postcard artist Griffin Moss and islander Sabine Strohem, their story unravels through a series of actual hand-drawn correspondences that will make you feel that you’ve discovered something secret and illicit.

In Case You Come Back

Written by Marla Miniano and Reese Lansangan, In Case You Come Back is a collection of over 100 poems on the different seasons of love, interwoven with the quaint illustrations of Jamie Catt. It explores blossoming emotions and plunges into the depths of heartbreak, only to rise again with a deeper understanding of what love really is.

Candy #Feels

Candy #Feels is a compilation of submissions from Candy Magazine readers that includes articles on the joys and pains of young love that there is always someone who listens. Contributors include Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Antoinette Jadaone, Saab Magalona-Bacarro, and many more.

Buhay Habang Buhay

Buhay Habang Buhay is a graphic novel-turned-movie written by Paolo Herras and illustrated by Tepai Pascual. It tells of the story of Sandra, a doting housewife who dies in a freak accident. Instead of crossing over, she chooses to stay and wait for her husband’s time, but when his soul moves on before her, she realizes that she, too, must begin her new life after life with love and acceptance.

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