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Valentines for Book Lovers

Round about now us bookish types tend to find ourselves out scouring the retail world—not for flowers, not for chocolates—but for the Valentine’s Day gift we know our sweeties will really like best: a book. After all, how better to convey our affection than with something romantic between two covers?

If you worry that finding the right volume can be tricky, fear not! We’re here to help, with this handy little Valentine’s gift guide for the book lover in your life.

For the unabashedly romantic I suggest one of these love-filled volumes. The Little Book of I Love You, You Are So Loved, Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets, or The Book of Love are all swoon-worthy tributes to that giddiest of emotions.

But perhaps your darling’s a bit more cerebral? In that case I proffer Tender Buttons, Birds & Blooms of the 50 States, Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary, or Sorted Books, each the perfect mix of smart and sweet for that beloved book nerd in your life.

Happy loving! And happy giving!

PS: Tantalized by that photo in the header? It’s by the fantastic Katie Evans and, I will admit, a blatant teaser for next year’s must-have Valentine’s book. So stay tuned!

Bridget Watson Payne

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Bridget Watson Payne

Bridget Watson Payne

Executive Editor, Art Publishing. You can follow her at @WatsonPayne and read about her latest projects at
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