It’s that time of year again! Are you ready for hearts, roses, and cupid’s arrows? We are! To those people who say that Valentine’s Day has been commercialized, we hear you. Don’t forget, though, that Valentine’s Day can simply be a time for reflection on love, as well as the perfect excuse to dig into a juicy romance fiction. You’re in luck because we can help with both.

Our list of 39 books includes classic romance fiction where two people meet, fall in love, overcome an obstacle, and live happily ever after. If you’re into these kinds of formulaic romance story-candies, Ankara Press and Love Africa Press titles are your go-tos, as is Margaret Adetimehin’s Twin Bliss series. Jane Igharo’s The Sweetest Remedy, Tomi Obaro’s Dele Weds Destiny, Lizzie Damilola Blackburn’s Yinka, Where is Your Huzband offer interesting takes on the classic romance plot. If you’re into darker romance fiction with a hint of experimental storytelling, pre-order Noor Naga’s If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English. It is a powerful story of star-crossed love set in Cairo. If you are into classic love stories layered with political themes, Ama Ata Aidoo’s Changes: A Love Story, Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah, and Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay With Me will give you a lot to think about. Some love stories are brilliant for the ways they expand our notions about what love is, so look out for Adrienne Yabouza’s Co-wives, Co-Widows, a polygamous love story, as well as Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty and Exhale! Queer African Erotic Fiction, both books that center romance and erotic love in queer experiences.

This list has everything. Whether you prefer drama filled tales of star crossed lovers, or love budding in the most unlikely circumstances, you will find something in this list to dig into. Enjoy and make sure to share with friend snd family.

Happy Valentine’s Day (in advance) and happy reading!