Happy Valentine’s Day, Seekervillagers! In honor of this lovey-dovey holiday, let’s discuss ways we can spread the book love and effectively convey our affections to all our bookish loved ones!
“Your Bookstagram feed is a work of art!” – for all your favorite book-obsessed Instagram friends
“I love the way you’ve reorganized your bookshelves (again)!” – this one works in person or for shelfies!
“You are so beautiful when you’re reading!” – for your significant other (or things could get awkward and I’m an introvert, I know awkward)
“Your book touched my heart!” – for your favorite authors (they are hard on themselves and need the encouragement)
“This book is fabulous!” – for random bookish people reading your review on Goodreads, BookBub, or any retail site
“Your book blog rocks my socks off!” – for your favorite book bloggers (they work hard too, y’all)
“I love the variety of books you’re carrying lately!” – for your favorite bookseller
“Your new featured books display is lovely!” – for your local librarian
Any and all household chores are excellent candidates for freeing up a little time for story.
Taxes, bill paying, errand-running, grocery shopping… all things that you can do for a loved one who would #ratherbereading because #somanybookssolittletime or #ratherbewriting because #thevoicesarecalling
Bring your favorite bookworm a warm cuppa or yummy snack while they are reading or writing (without dragging them out of the storyworld, just set it down and back away) if the book is especially good, include something more substantial like a meal
Protect their reading time from interruptions (children, phone calls, needy pets, endless cellphone notifications… it’s a lot, just do your best and your reader or writer will appreciate the effort)
Book sleeves, bookshelves, bookmarks, bookish apparel, bookish décor, fingerless gloves, office supplies, bookish candles, mugs, blankets, ereaders (and accessories like covers or screen protectors, chargers, etc.), gift cards for guilt-free ebook splurging or book hauling!
Go to the bookstore or library or cozy coffee shop!
Travel to a favorite book setting (bonus points for excellent audiobooks during the drive).
Tag along for a reader/writer event (bonus points for carrying the book haul with a smile).
Ask your favorite bookworm to tell you all about their favorite books... then settle in because that conversation is going to take a while.
Whether paperback or hardcover, the weight and feel of a print book in the hands of a book lover is surpassed only by the weight and feel of a stack of books in the hands of a book lover.
Create a cozy reading environment with a comfy seat and blanket.
Cuddle up with your main squeeze and a good book!
Bonus Book LoveThat’s right, I’m talking about loving your books… for a hardcore book lover, loving books is therapeutic!
Show your books a little love by dusting, reorganizing (even splurge for new shelves), rereading, apologizing for bent covers/dog eared pages/dropping into dirt or water, reclaiming from forgetful friends (or former friends depending on the condition of said book), taking your books on vacation or sending them with a friend (books deserve to get out every now and then too), telling everyone who will listen and maybe a few who won’t just how much you love your books!
The Five Love Languages, just in case you haven’t heard of this fabulous series of books and its resource-filled website, it’s truly a game-changer!
Sincere thanks to my book sisters for brainstorming this post with me and providing feedback on the four different versions of graphics I created for it. That is love, my friends!
How do you spread the bookish love or how have your loved ones shown affection to your bookish side? Drop all your tips and date ideas in the comments!