With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the mad scramble to buy your significant other their gift is undoubtedly reaching its critical stages. Maybe you decided “no gifts this year,” but fool you once, shame on you. Keep in mind though, Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for those in love. For those of you who are
hopelessly alone single, make sure not to ignore that terrible person in your life who can always make your heart sing with hatred. Luckily, no matter what your situation is, we at 33 1/3 have got your back. We’ve helpfully compiled a list of 5 books suited to all your relationship needs, ranging from the romantic to the dysfunctional to the truly vitriolic. You’re welcome.
The 33 1/3 Team
Volume 2: Love’s Forever Changes
Summer of Love! What could possibly be more romantic than “I know you like 60s music, so I got you a book about this album recorded in the context of Arthur Lee’s paranoid fixation with his own impending demise”?
Volume 36: My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless
Need we even say more? This one is a given.
Volume 53: Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste
Indulge in a little Celine hate with your loved ones. Or hint to that special someone that their voice, too, sounds to you like “bland monotony raised to the pitch of obnoxious bombast.”
Volume 69: The Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs
Old love, new love, lost love, punk rock love, gay love, straight love, experimental music love, true love, blue love—so much love but also NOT LOVE.
Volume 78: Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine
Say anything from “I care in a really intense and angry Trent Reznor way” to “I hope you die and go to
Hot Topic hell.”