Cheers to the third part of the Valentine’s Prep series! And yikes! There’s only one more after this! Hopefully, some of these ideas have sprouted a lovely idea within yourself. Here’s to the next one.
And yes, as the post says, books for thought. While I’ve never actually given away a collection of books (or a book for that matter…) away for Valentine’s Day, I did recently receive a three book collection from a cousin for Christmas.
Now, to give a little bit of understanding to me, I love books. I love to read. I was an English and Creative Writing graduate and I plan to go on to get my Masters in Creative Writing, Poetry, and possible English as well. So, it goes without saying, I don’t turn down a suggestion of a story. But more than that, every time I receive a book suggestion or a book gift,– I take them very seriously.
Giving the gift of a book away is like giving away a piece of your heart– and I do mean that quite literally. Why do you read a book to its end? Something would had have had to give. Something must have affect you personally– because that’s what good books do.
Give one away to your loved one and inspire some deep conversation. Plant a seed of thought in his mind. Help him (or her) understand something from your point of view. And most of all, give a collection of space in which you two can come together in intimately and personally– after all, the two of you would have both read the book. (What’s the likelihood that everyone else in the room has?)
Further, the fun part of giving away a book or a few…is the decorations! Books can be wrapped in a plethora of ways. From simple and sweet, to an aggrandizement of the book itself.
Personally, I would wrap the book in plain paper bag paper…put a beautiful bow made of ribbon, rope, and twine, and my focus would be entirely on the decoration of the book (or books) itself. If you see above to the picture of the first series of books, take some ink and stamp and make a cute design along the book binding.
Within the book perhaps leave a sweet message and miniature drawing on its cover page.
Since you read the book, why not highlight some of your favorite lines or star the pages?
This way, your guy will know what you were looking at. And heck, it’ll give him a clue on what to think about if you think he won’t get it.
And so forth. Give a book give a piece of your mind, give a piece of your heart.
I am actually very fond of this idea. Not this Valentine’s Day but hey….we never know about the following one >:]
How would you decorate a gift of books?