Literary Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Literary Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Stumped on a sweet, unique Valentine’s Day date for your bookworm beau? We’ve got you covered: Whether you plan on going out or would prefer staying in on February 14, these literary date ideas will charm your significant other. Try a literary scavenger hunt, make a bookstore trip more exciting, or—for the more daring—mix up some cocktails inspired by your favorite reads.

Visit your favorite local bookstore
We suggest splitting up once you get to the bookstore, and meeting up again at the register once you’ve each chosen a book for each other. Of course, if you want to browse together, that’s plenty romantic, too.

Get crafty
Make a bouquet of book-page flowers to present to your sweetheart—just make sure to use a book he or she doesn’t plan on reading!

Have a literary scavenger hunt
Hand your date a clue that leads to a book in your collection, like “Nom Om Oh.” Hide the next clue inside the front cover of that book (in this case, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love), and continue this, leading them the final clue inside a book you’ve purchased for them.

Whip up some literary cocktails
See the wittily-named Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails With a Literary Twist for recipes. We like the Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita and the Infinite Zest.

Play “I Spy”
Great for an indoor or outdoor date: Go scouting for key items and symbols mentioned in a beloved book. Catcher in the Rye? Keep an eye out for a red hunting hat. The Great Gatsby? Find a green light.

Take a hike
Look up a literary walking tour in your neighborhood, and visit authors’ haunts and sites made timeless by novels. New York City’s Greenwich Village is absolutely packed with famous literary hangouts—Washington Square Park was a favorite spot of Jack Kerouac’s.

Watch the film adaptations
Read the book but have been waiting to see the movie? Time to fix that. You and your date can hit up Netflix to check out the film versions of your favorite books. Make some popcorn and cozy up for the night, or have a few laughs pointing out where the cinematic versions strayed from your beloved novels.

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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