With Valentine’s Day just one short week away, you should already be well on your way to picking out the perfect gift for that special sweetheart in your life (and if you’re not, I promise I won’t tell. But seriously, get on that.) If your sweetie just happens to love books as much as they love you, consider forgoing the standard chocolate, flowers, stuffed teddy bears, and jewelry this year, and instead gift your literature-loving Valentine a book they’ll totally love. Books make the best Valentines, after all.
Don’t believe me? I offer this brief example (assuming all the other reasons below don’t do the trick.) I’ve known my partner for 11 years, and been married for nearly five. In all those years, TONS of presents have come and gone — and I can tell you the location of exactly one of them: it’s a leather, gilt-edged, collectible edition of Pride and Prejudice, printed in 1970, and it’s in my office, in a place of great honor. I honestly couldn’t tell you what half of the other gifts I’ve been given over the years were, or where any of them might be located at this present moment. But that Pride and Prejudice — that gift I’ll never forget.
Check out these nine reasons why books are the best Valentine’s Day gifts to give — and then get shopping! You only have a few days left before it’s time to blow your lover’s mind (and hopefully win their heart) with their next great read.