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5 Things Book Lovers Want for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day. The day that we all celebrate who we love, whether it’s a romantic partner, a best friend, or ourselves. Maybe you’re trying to come up with the perfect something for that special person in your life, and maybe that special person in your life, like you, loves books.

Here are five romantic gestures that book lovers will adore for V-Day (and don’t worry if you’re flying solo - all of these ideas would also be perfect for a friend or a family member).

1. Paper flowers 

You may be horrified about the idea of cutting up a perfectly good book to make flowers. But this is a perfect gift for the book lover in your life, less expensive than a dozen roses, and—bonus!—they won’t wilt and die after a few days. Just don’t start hacking at your loved one’s favorite book; pick up a used book at at a thrift store instead. All you need is some hot glue, scissors, some patience, and a great TV show to binge watch while you crank these out.

2. A bookish date 

There are so many good literary places to take a date on Valentine’s Day, from beautiful historic libraries to charming independent bookstores to the houses of famous authors. No matter where you live, there’s probably some kind of bookish spot within driving distance. Looking for a list of literary landmarks to visit? This article features spots from Sleepy Hollow, New York to the Ingalls Homestead in South Dakota. 

3. A dinner date book club 

What’s more romantic than reading the same book and then discussing it over dinner? NOTHING. Pick a book for you and your partner to read and then plan a date to talk about it. Maybe you’ll convene at a fancy restaurant, or your favorite Chinese food spot, or over your kitchen table. It doesn’t matter! As long as there’s good food and a book to discuss, you’ve planned the perfect date for your bookish loved one. For bonus points, tie in the dinner to the book you read (if you read Harry Potter, for example, go to a British pub! Or Hogwarts, if you can figure out how to get there).

4. An annotated copy of your favorite book 

There’s nothing better than sharing a book you love with someone you love, and to make it even more special, personalize the copy before you gift it. Say you’ve recently read Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann and can’t wait for your partner to check it out. Before you pass it on, highlight your favorite passages! Write notes to your partner in the margins (“Can we eat hamburgers together soon?!”). Draw hearts around your favorite scenes. You’re not just giving your loved one a book; you’re giving them a view into how you read that book, and that’s special.

5. A literary staycation for one 

We all live busy lives without enough free time to read. If you want to give your loved one the ultimate romantic gesture this Valentine’s Day, give them a completely uninterrupted day of reading. Cook them breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serve it to them while they read, wherever that may be. Do all their chores for the day. Supply them with endless tea and cookies. You may not be doing something together, but you will be giving your loved one the ultimate gift—maximum reading time.

What bookish gestures do you want to receive this Valentine’s Day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kat Brzozowski

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