Valentine’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers
Next to you there is nothing more she likes to do than to curl up in front of a crackling log fire with a good book to read, a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at her elbow. This is the idea of heaven for many book lovers, and if the book is a really good read you may find her still there several hours later.
Books That Will Make Her Happy on Valentine’s Day.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – If you have seen the movie adaptation of this beautiful love story then you will likely enjoy the book even more. If you haven’t seen the movie yet read the book and then plan on watching the movie soon. This is the story of Henry and Clare’s love for one another, and how through a genetic disorder Henry is whisked through time without warning. During one time travelling event the two meet, fall in love and marry, but they are destined to never quite be in sync enough to spend significant time together as a normal married couple. The book examines the feelings of both Henry and Clare as Henry’s absences take a toll on their relationship.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – If your love likes romance books that don’t always end with the typical ‘happily ever after’ Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is sure to appeal. Anna marries an older man and strives to survive in a loveless marriage until she meets another man and embarks on an affair that when it becomes public knowledge causes a scandal. Tolstoy delves deeply into the emotions that drive Anna to be unfaithful to her unloving husband and what drives her to choose the course she ultimately takes. Though a long read it is perfect for a cold winter’s day at home.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – Given the age of this book and the movie adaptation of it there is every chance that your book-loving lady has not read the book or seen the movie but may be familiar with the storyline. Set in the days of slavery in the American South it is the story of a young woman who is forced to try to hold together what is left of her family home and estate, against the challenges of the American Civil War. This classic story of love gained and lost has stood the test of time and will continue to do so, pulling its readers into the life that its heroine Scarlett O’Hara leads. Once you read the book you will likely enjoy the movie also.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Nothing is more classic than this timeless novel that relates the story of two very young lovers who are destined to be kept apart by family rivalry. The two manage to steal away from their family members and although they have barely met believe themselves to have embarked upon the love of a lifetime. Sadly, the story does not end well for the young couple but not before some interesting twists in the plot are laid out for the reader. As this story is often required reading in many schools and you don’t wish to read it again, try The Tempest, another romance novel by the great Shakespeare.
14,000 Thing to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer – Valentine’s Day is a day to be happy, reveling in the love of a good man, but often life gets in the way of being happy on other days of the year. This book is jam-packed with the little things that can make us feel happy, if only for a moment. Likely to evoke memories from years gone by, and prompt her to write a list of all the things she would like to do in the future. This is a book that you could both sit down and read, each one picking out something that reminds you of when you experienced it last, and share it with your loved one. With 14,000 things to be happy about this book will take you quite some time to get from one cover to the other.
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney – One has to wonder how a young woman can reach the age of 25 without ever having had a boyfriend. If your lady likes a good story that will make her laugh this book will provide her with plenty of humorous moments. Katie Heaney relates how she has managed to get a college degree, surround herself with good friends, and yet never managed to have a man in her life she could call her boyfriend. Funny from start to finish, this is a perfect book to give someone who feels a little jaded about the whole Valentine’s Day experience.