Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You + Your Book

“There is no friend as loyal as a book”. In the spirit of February’s upcoming ~day of looove~, we’ll take Hemingway’s word for it that no one in possession of a good read can be truly alone on Valentine’s Day. Book-in-hand, you may come to realize that, no; you don’t have one special someone with whom to share the day—you’ve got a whole world of them, instead. So, Savvy Reader, read on for our Valentine’s Day date ideas for you and your book!

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Window seat at a café (or a restaurant, if you’re feeling fancy)

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Whether you wander into a café for the coffee or take it up a notch with a glass of wine in that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, ordering a table for one is both peaceful and empowering. Sit back, and let your environment enrich the experience of the story.

Picnic at the park

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They say planning for a trip can be just as satisfying as going on the trip itself. So, make your pre-picnic prep an experience by turning on your favourite soundtrack and cooking up a storm! You get bonus points if you stay in-theme with a meal mentioned in your book. Note: Your living room floor or neighbourhood park are equally picnic-worthy contenders.

Train ride to the next city (or cities!) over

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A mysterious stranger arrives in a new city… both an alluring book synopsis and your Valentine’s Day plans! Book your ticket, pack your bag with a mystery novel (or two) (or five) and invent new identities for yourself at each passing station.

Spa pedicure

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Savvy Reader, treat yourself this year! Head down to the spa and choose a polish colour that pays proper homage to your favourite character’s personality. Go deep red for the fiery and courageous, midnight blue for the moody and introspective or utter a brave “surprise me” for those can’t-pin-‘em-down wildcards. Don’t forget to bring your book along for some serious R&R.

Cozy up by the fire with wine and cheese (or hot chocolate and cookies!)

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Time to bring the heat with a story and treat! Whether your pleasure lies in wine and cheese or hot chocolate and cookies, you don’t need another person around to craft a literary-worthy romantic atmosphere. No fireplace? No problem! Frostbread’s got you covered with this “old books” scented candle to set the scene.

Galentine’s Day book club

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What’s better than one bookworm poring over a riveting read in silence? A bookworm and their best friends poring over a riveting read in book club! Choose a book (bonus if it centers around the ever-important love shared between friends) and assemble a “Galentine’s Day” book club. Surround yourself with the company of your favourite real-life people on this year’s day of love.

Instrumental live music

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Find a local band playing atmospheric music in a laid-back, sit-down setting, pack a book, and feel the two worlds harmonize in perfect synchronicity. Or… put on your favourite record/Spotify playlist and cozy up in your bed with your next read (we’re not judging).

Which book will you take on a date this Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader! And remember: regardless of your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, Savvy Reader, you’ll find that there’s no shortage to be found of things to be loved.

Kelly

Follow me on Twitter @OnceUponASonnet

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