When we think of Valentine’s Day, we think of roses and chocolates and teddy bears holding hearts. Many of us would love to receive one of these. (Who wouldn’t?) 😉 But this Valentine’s Day, give your loved one something unique and timeless— and no, I’m not talking about diamonds. I’m talking about books.
Yes, you heard me right. I think it’s safe to say that most of you here adore books. I certainly do, and I would appreciate getting a book much more than a box of gourmet chocolates. Why? It’s simple: a book lasts much longer. The chocolates will disappear in a flash, with no evidence they were ever there, except for a sadly empty red, heart-shaped box. Roses, though beautiful, will eventually wilt. Teddy bears can often be stuffed into the closet and forgotten, until you stumble upon it after a few years and try to remember who gave it to you.
A book, however, is something that goes on the shelf and is read over and over along the years. Every time that person picks that book up, they will remember you. (Especially if you sign your name on the first page.) And there is no greater gift than the gift of imagination and words. Books can truly be a wonderful present for anyone… and if they are given someone who adores books, it shows that you know them well.
Skip the Valentine’s Day candy hearts and show how much you love them with a good book.
Want some suggestions?
- Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen (classics never go out of style!)
- Any book they loved as a child (nostalgia is perfect for Valentine’s Day)
- Dystopias like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend (not only are they awesome page-turners, they also have a pinch of romance added in)
- Fantasy books (stories with princesses are perfect for this kind of gift; I recommend Palace of Mirrors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix)
- YA Books (like the Fault in Our Stars)
- Any book you think they might like!
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day! 🙂