Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Whether you are in love today and are looking forward to spending the day with your lover, or you prefer to celebrate “Singles Awareness Day” as I myself will be doing, there is a super fun way for literature to still sneak into the holiday.
Traditionally, I send out valentines to wish everyone a happy day, but this year I decided to do something a little bit different.
Valentine’s Day is reminiscent for many of the horrors of blind dates set up for people by their non-single friends who think that he/she would be “just perfect” for them, when, in reality, something like 3/4 of blind dates end in disappointment for one or both parties.
Rather than set my friends up with people for an evening of wining and dining that could very well result in an evening of mishaps being recounted to me over the phone with disdain later this evening, I figured I would set my friends up with some good books instead.
So, each one of my friends this Valentine’s Day will be receiving a nice romance or romantic comedy book wrapped up in pretty pink, red, or white paper, with a little bow on top. They will not know which book they have received, as I have also wrapped the covers in several layers of tissue paper, until they begin to read the book.
Some of the books include Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Madame Bovary my Gustave Flaubert, The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, and A Room with a View by E.M. Forster.
Maybe it’s a weird idea, but I thought setting up my friends with a nice blind book date this Valentine’s Day would be a welcome surprise, regardless of how they plan on spending the day.
I myself have spent the day thus far reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which I mentioned in my Chapters book haul post, but it is a cute, modern twist on falling in love with someone from afar.
How are you spending your Valentine’s Day??? Curled up with a good book, out shopping, or with a lover???