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In a year like this, it feels like there is no reason not to spread holidays out longer than the one calendar day they’re given (you don’t want to know how long I left my Christmas tree up.) So, even though Valentine’s Day has passed, there’s no reason not to keep the romance alive. The library is full of love, thanks to romantic movies that are ready to binge!

If you’re ready for romance and a good cry, you’ll need the Nicholas Sparks Binge Box. This set contains five movies that were based on books by Nicholas Sparks. There’s some heavy-hitting tear-jerkers in here: The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are included. The box can be checked out for 21 days, so you can take your time watching or cram all five in one sitting (we won’t judge.) 

Hallmark movies are like the dependable, small-town dreamboat who shows up in nearly every Hallmark movie: they’re ready to romance even the most jaded among us. If you need a little low-stress escapism, try a Hallmark movie. Check out Winter Castle, A Valentine’s Day Match, and Fashionably Yours, all on our new shelf (if available.) You can relax and know that everything will work out in the end, because it’s a Hallmark movie. And these DVDs aren’t just for Valentine’s Day: there are seasonal titles like All Summer Long and Love, Fall and Order, in addition to Christmas movies, so you can keep the love going all year.

Need a little more drama and danger? Try Outlander. The television series now has five seasons available on DVD, so there’s lots to binge. Outlander has a little bit of everything: time travel, a love triangle, Scottish history, gorgeous scenery, war, kilts. While international travel may not be possible at the moment, bingeing Outlander is a great way to feel like you’re vacationing in Scotland.

If full-on romance is a bit much for you, you can poke fun at the entire genre with Isn’t It Romantic? It’s not the greatest movie of all time, but it’s perfectly pleasant. For a much better movie, and an absolute classic, there’s The Princess Bride (complete with the kissing parts.)

Grab a blanket and snack, and get cozy with a romantic DVD. For the love of love, start bingeing!

By Colleen Walsh-Jervis, Collection Management Associate