5 Valentine’s Proposal Ideas for Your Bookish Significant Other

Are you planning to propose to your bookish significant other? Here are a few ideas for you just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is just around the corner. It’s also the most popular day to propose. Bookish people are hopeless romantics, so a proposal should try and match that energy. With that, here are five ideas for romantic bookish proposals!

Proposing at a Bookstore

What better place for a book lover than a bookstore? It sounds terribly romantic. Bookstores are sacred spaces for book lovers, and it’s a wonderful place to propose to your bookish partner. There’s just something so comforting about towering bookshelves full of books.

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While bookstores tend to be quiet and have fewer people, it’s important to keep in mind whether your partner would be comfortable with a public proposal. The bookstore staff might be able to help, but there are ways of doing it yourself, such as going when the bookstore first opens or finding a quiet corner and proposing there.

Reenacting a Book Scene/Proposal

This wouldn’t have to necessarily be a proposal scene, but any book scene your partner loves. It shows a lot of love and care both for your partner and their passion for reading. Not to mention that it would be so exciting for your partner, and, depending on the scene, the proposal may be an unexpected, lovely surprise.

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Of course, not every scene will be easy or realistic to reenact. Just do the best that you can, and your partner will surely appreciate it. Hopefully, this proposal idea will be fun and exciting for you as well!

Writing a Book/Poem

This is one of the most romantic proposals for bookish people. The book doesn’t have to be long — it doesn’t even really have to be a book if that doesn’t work — and a poem could be short. For example: Roses are red. Violets are blue. Would you allow me the honor of marrying you? Something short, sweet, and simple.

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You don’t have to be a great writer to do this one so long as your words come from the heart. That’s the most important part of writing, as well as proposing. It doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant, so long as it’s real.

Planning a Treasure Hunt

Having a treasure hunt involving books and/or bookish things and places sounds exciting. It could be anything: giving clues that go through your partner’s favorite books, giving them quotes that they have to match to the book, or even visiting bookish places like a bookstore, library, or their favorite reading spots. And at the end of it all, they find the ring.

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This would take a lot of time and planning — not to mention sneaking around so they don’t find out what’s going on. It might take a group effort for this one, both for distracting your partner and helping you set up the hunt. This is especially so if the hunt will take place in public. But it’s an exciting, fun way to propose, so the effort will be worth it.

Hiding the Ring in a Book

Putting a ring inside a book may be difficult, especially if it falls out. But it sounds like such a sweet idea, especially if it’s a temporary replacement for a bookmark in a book your partner is currently reading. Of course, you’d have to ensure you’re ready for that, so timing and planning would be key.

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There’s another way: find a book — a book your bookish partner doesn’t love, or an old book — and hollow it out to hide the ring in a makeshift box. This one is trickier since book lovers generally don’t like damaged books, and that’s basically what happens with a hollowed-out book. But, this may work depending on the individual, and this way, you can better control when your partner receives the ring.

These romantic proposal ideas are sure to please your bookish significant other. Hopefully, these suggestions help you plan the proposal of your partner’s dreams!


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