Romancing The Book Lover
You see them across the room. They might well be your soul mate, but it's hard to tell because they spend most of their time reading. Maybe you've known them for a long time, but beyond having their favourite author write you into their next novel, you don't know how to get them to notice you.
In this article, I will tell you the secrets--I will tell you how to romance the mysterious creature known as the book lover:
- Find The Best Book They Haven't Read
We're starting with the trickiest one first, because if you pull it off it will be magical. Find out what your book lover likes and what they've read, and introduce them to something completely awesome and amazing they've never heard of before.
It's going to take a little research--ask friends, ask booksellers, ask online, ask librarians and stalk review websites. However a new literary love is the best kind of romance a book lover knows. Plus, they'll think you're a super genius.
- Go On A Book Date
You, them, a blanket under a big shady tree, picnic food, something to drink with bubbles or caffeine. You both have a book and you lie quietly side by side, reading. Is there anything more romantic? Possibly to people who don't like books there is, but those people don't matter!
The only thing better than a blanket under a shady tree is a crackling fireplace, cosy quilts and a rainy day with no TV, no radio, just the pages and the quiet company of someone else who is as lost in another world as you are.
Showing a book lover that you can keep them company while they read without bothering them will give them a very good reason to ask themselves if you are 'the one' (the one who can shut the hell up when they're reading).
- Book Fairs
Are you familiar with the wonder that is a book fair? If not, let me dazzle you. Book fairs are held year round, in varying locations--often in association with trade fairs. They are usually held in large spaces, like halls and warehouses, and allow publishers and retailers to show off that season's book releases.
A whole warehouse, stocked full of new releases, publishers and book retailers. All the best of the fresh and shiny books. If I didn't just describe heaven, you and I are very different people. You should be able to look them up online and it's the perfect place for a date, but remember to take a backpack or granny trolley or you'll kill your spine.
- Word Gifts
Do you know what book lovers have? Too many books to read. There is a pile, a big one, one that is both beautiful and endless, because for every book they read, another two come along. Book lovers do love new books, but sometimes the pile becomes daunting.
But do you know what book lovers do need? Bookmarks. Reading lights. Book themed key-chains and shirts. Designer covers for their e-readers. Their favourite reading snacks. And most critical of all: very soft fluffy socks.
The right bookmark or e-reader cover will be with them all the time, for hundreds of good books. What an awesome reminder of you whenever they read.
- Read Their Favourite Authors
This one is the simplest, and still one of the best: read your book lover's favourite books. Not only will it give you an insight into them and the things they love, but it will give the two of you plenty to talk about. Hopefully the two of you share tastes and if not, you will undoubtedly experience new worlds and ideas.
Turn around is only fair, and once they see you taking an interest in the things they love, they will probably do the same. There are few greater joys in life than sharing literature with the people you care about.
- Tell Them How You Feel
Book lovers can be a little lost in fantasy worlds. That means that sometimes your very best efforts to get their attention may go unnoticed.
I once wrote a love note to a young man, and stuck it in the middle of a book he was reading. I knew when he found it, because he called me in the middle of the night, rather flustered, to tell me he felt the same way.
Don't be afraid of the direct approach. Our heroes and heroines are brave and bold, you can be too.