Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but it’s not too late to create a unique book-inspired itinerary for yourself or your special someone. You could go for dinner and a movie or a walk in the park, but this year, why not step outside the box and treat yourself or your book-loving significant other to a memorable literary experience? This V-Day 2017 will be one, ahem, for the books!
We’ve compiled a list of ideas to make book-bae swoon (all of which work equally as well even if you’re celebrating your personal relationship with YOURSELF! Self-love is important, too):
1. Go on a used book scavenger hunt through Manhattan.
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Manhattan is a treasure trove of used book racks located mere steps away from the entrances of its vibrant bookstores. Strand Books? Always a classic. Harlem’s Revolution Books? Awesome. Make it a competition: whoever can amass the best haul for under $10, $15, or $20 wins. Fun and economically-sound. We dig it.
Then, go and read ‘em, lucky ducks!
2. Step into the lives of the characters from your favorite novel.
If you’re blessed enough to share a love of literature with your special someone, chances are you also share an appreciation for a specific novel or two. Spend the day and/or night living life like one of the dynamic characters that exist between the pages of that beloved novel.
For fans of Toni Morrisons’s Jazz: Make a jazz club date in the heart of Harlem. Have a weird interest with American Psycho? You might want to look into why, but in the meantime… grab happy hour drinks and people watch in the Financial District. Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin fans can’t go wrong heading straight to Yankee Stadium.
For more ideas, jog your creative juices with this handy New York Public Library list of NYC-inspired books broken down by specific neighborhoods and boroughs.
3. Go museum hopping with books in mind.
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Book lovers tend to have an appreciation for museums and all the historical significance they hold. Combine these two joys with a trip to The Morgan Library and Museum at 225 Madison Ave, which boasts “rotating exhibitions plus J.P. Morgan’s famed art & literary collections in his opulent former home.” If you’re not in Manhattan, do some research – a quick Google search may be all that stands between you and your next foray into bookish museums!
4. Stay warm, cuddle up, and watch some of your favorite romance adaptations with that special someone.
Almost nothing heats a room up quicker than a romance flick. If you’re feeling a visual experience rather than written, enjoy a Valentine’s Day in the comfort of your own home with some big screen adaptations of literary classics. Some ideas: The Time Traveler’s Wife, P.S. I Love You, The English Patient, The Notebook, Atonement, If I Stay, The Lucky One, and, if you’re into it, Fifty Shades of Grey.
5. Keep it simple, and read your favorites in bed.
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Transport yourself directly to your own personal paradise. Introduce yourself to new novels or swap personal favorites with the one you love. No matter which option you choose, you’ll be able to indulge in a new plot line and we can’t think of anything better than that. Bonus: Go the extra mile and construct a pillow fort for added oompf.
Have any other ideas on what to do on Valentine’s Day as a book lover? Let us know in the comments!