Good Morning Children.
Being a reader, married to a reader, when I saw an article on bookish Valentine's day dates I naturally clicked on it. It was disappointing in that it was pretty clearly aimed mostly at people residing in cities, specifically NYC, so I thought I'd think of my own little list of ideas more broadly applicable. These are just my ideas, some quite small, but they could be a jumping off point for someone else's better ideas.
Bookish Valentines with literary quotes or silly bookish puns or references to favorite series. You can google quotes from your sweetheart's favorite book, say something clever in reference to characters from favorite books etc.
Make a meal straight out of a favorite book or series. There are whole cookbooks out there you can use for this if you like. There is a Hobbit cookbook, Game of Thrones and so on. You can also google recipes relating to Harry Potter and many others. You can also do something simple like tea and cakes for a Mad Hatter's tea party from Alice in Wonderland or serve sliced apples and a bit of cheese from the tough times in The Dragonbone Chair. Whatever your favorite is I am fairly confident the characters ate something you can serve.
Read to each other over a nice dessert with some wine or coffee or tea(chocolate cake? a torte? heart-shaped cookies). You could read romantic poems, selections from a book you bonded over, erotica, anything you both enjoy.
Look for local bookish events. You might have to celebrate on a day other than the 14th if you're celebrating Valentine's Day but are there readings or signings at a local bookstore? Anything going on at the local library? A local, historically significant write with any exhibits you could tour? Sometimes the homes of writers are preserved and can include gift shops for presents.
How about agreeing to exchange books with your sweetheart that you think each of you might enjoy but not choose for yourselves? You could each specify something about the books like genre or something, but not too specific. Someone might want a female protagonist, for instance, they normally read romance but you could give them some sci-fi like Skeen's Leap. Or they might love fantasy and request something from the genre but instead of getting them their usual swords and sorcery you could grab a copy of Tailchaser's Song which is an adventure involving cats.
That's all I have so far. Please feel free to comment and add your own ideas.
It took hours yesterday for the fire to warm the house but it finally did. It is now quite cozy and merry in here. I'm enjoying the rare luxury of lying in bed drinking tea from a ceramic mug at 6:15 on a Monday morning. My workplace decided not to open until after my shift so I have a snow day. There must be a foot of snow out there and it seems the storm is over. Since our snowblower conked out a few days ago, and no repair people have bothered to call us back, we are experiencing another rare luxury our driveway is being plowed out instead of the usual snow-blowing/shoveling extravaganza we usually deal with. I'm enjoying it very much.