Celebrating love with books

“Every great love starts with a great story…”  – Nicolas Sparks

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with books.  Even better, International Book Giving Day is on Valentine’s Day.  So instead of just celebrating love, celebrate love with books.  Give the love of your life a book that tucked your heart strings or made you cry.

I love reading books with people I love, not only can you discuss the story and linger over the beauty of language, but you can highlight passages that you love.  I read on an Ipad an one of the wonderful features is that you can leave sticky notes in the book.   This is a wonderful way of sharing how a book makes you feel.

I had a long discussion about book hangovers with Gamer Boy this week.   A book hangover is the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.

This is a list of books that will give you a serious book hangover, according to my teenage boy.  Teenage boys are not known for their communication skills and keeping with that theme instead of giving a summary of what each book is about, he is sharing a quote that touched him in some way.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson.  Two different boys with the same name crossed paths and from there their lives intertwine.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman is not an ordinary ten year old, even though he wishes he was.  He has a facial abnormality.  This is the story of how he goes to school after being homeschooled by his parents.

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Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Liz Emerson commits suicide, but makes it look like an accident.

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Of course, no list would be complete without The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A love story of a girl dying of cancer.  Yes, you will cry, but perhaps not in the way that you expect and you will also laugh and cheer.

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A book that Gamer Boy enjoyed even more than Fault in our Stars is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn.

A love story unfolding with love notes left in books.  A perfect read for Valentine’s Day.

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After reading these books we ended up with huge book hangovers, but it was absolutely worth it.  If you are still thinking of a story days after you have finished the book you know that is was worth your time.  These are a few of the books we will be sharing on #Internationalbookgivingday.

We will also print out these wonderful bookmarks to share from bookgivingday.com.  To download the printable version just click on the link or the picture.

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Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s/Bookgivingday and if you stumble over this months after Valentine’s Day, remember that love and books can be celebrated at any date or time, you do not need a special day for it.

Any books that you would recommend for a teenager, maybe worth a book hangover? We are always looking for books to add to our to-be-read list.

If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy:  Words that make your heart sing

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29 replies
  1. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    WOW some amazing books listed there and I will have to take note for a good one to read soon. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  2. Lisa (mummascribbles)
    Lisa (mummascribbles) says:

    I have never heard of the term book hangover but I have definitely suffered from one before now and it totally makes sense! I love reading and some of the above books sound great. I will definitely have to check them out so thanks for sharing and thanks so much for linking up with #twinklytuesday

  3. Lysa from Welcome to My Circus
    Lysa from Welcome to My Circus says:

    I had never heard of International Book Giving Day but I LOVE the idea of it! For birthdays and holidays my family has always been know to give books that give you “Book Hangovers.” For my birthday last month my sister gave me two books that gave her a “Book Hangover.” I just wish I could stay awake long enough to read more than a few pages at a time every night! 😉

    Oh and I have to say that the term “Book Hangover” is soooo going to catch on so if I were you, and it hasn’t already been done, I’d go put a copyright or patent or something on the term! A good book definitely leaves you thinking about it for days and makes it difficult to dive into another book right away, you are so right about that!

    Thank you for joining us by linking up to Party Under the Big Top! Hope to see you again next time!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus

  4. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    I am lucky that my love of reading is shared by my daughter who is never far from a book. We often discuss book and I’ve read (and enjoyed) some books that I probably wouldn’t have done if she hadn’t recommended them to me.

    I will certainly checkout some of the books you’ve linked to.

  5. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Thank you for stopping by. I love reading books with my son. It’s a great way to start a discussion about some difficult topics that teenagers don’t always want to talk about.

  6. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Thank you for stopping by and for hosting. I’ll swing (circus reference, in cased you missed it 😉 ) by again next week.

    Have a fantastic week as well.

  7. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Thank you for stopping by Debbie. I love reading with my kids and discussing the topics with them. I am a huge YA fan and this gives me a good excuse.

    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Louise
    Louise says:

    Thank you for introducing me to the term ‘book hangover’ – this perfectly describes how I feel after reading a good book. I’ve not read any of the ones that you’ve mentioned but I love the quotes you’ve shared and will have to check some of the books out 🙂

  9. Aida@TheCraftingFoodie
    Aida@TheCraftingFoodie says:

    Mariet, I had no idea Valentine’s Day and International Book Giving Day take place on the same day! I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for the next go around so we can incorporate the two in my celebrations with my daughters. We love reading, and I know they’ll love International Book Giving Day.

  10. Yanique
    Yanique says:

    Book hangover, love it! The Harry Potter series definitely gave me a case of the book hangovers. My 10 year old is currently reading Wonder at school and has been telling me to check it out. This is confirmation to give it a read.

  11. Ting at My Travel Monkey
    Ting at My Travel Monkey says:

    I’ve never heard of the term book hangover but it’s so apt! You’re right, when you have all those thoughts still swimming in your head still from a great story. Thanks for the book recommendations. I definitely need to read more this year on my shiny new kindle!

  12. Emily
    Emily says:

    I love the idea of reading with someone that you love in order to be able to discuss it with them. What a great bonding experience! My husband and I just never seem to be able to make the time to actually sit down and READ… I started “Eat, Pray, Love” last year and them somewhere between getting married, getting pregnant, and moving, and everything in between, I just stopped reading halfway through it. I am currently working a temp job in which I can actually read (and blog! haha) in my down time, and finally finished the book. I’ve encouraged Greg to read “I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan ” – I read it a long time ago and am determined that IF he were to sit down and read a book, that needs to be the one. I recommend it to anyone else as well. It’s sweet. 🙂

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  13. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    Wonder was such a special book and it is a great starting point to talk about bullying in school with younger children.

  14. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    I love reading on a e-reader. The best present I ever received was my Ipad. It felt as if my husband gave me all the books in the world.

  15. Mariet
    Mariet says:

    I love “Eat, Pray, Love”, but have never read “I Love You, Ronnie” I’m putting that on my list immediately. Thank you for the recommendation. I love finding things that I can read with my husband.

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