“If thou remember’st not the slightest folly / That ever love did make thee run into, / Thou hast not loved.” It seems that no one has ever captured love in words more perfectly than Shakespeare. With Valentine’s Day only a few more weeks away, we’re calling to mind the great artists, poets, and writers who have created the best prose and art that captures what it is to truly love. We have also curated a Valentine’s Gift Guide for readers and writers, in which you’ll find awesome presents for your loved ones who are bookworms! Anyone who’s into collecting books and writing prose will love these essential additions to their collection. Check out our exclusive Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for readers and writers below and help spark creativity in this season of love!
1. Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker
Best known for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker returns with “Taking the Arrow Out of the heart,” a bilingual masterpiece that’s a collection of impassioned and empowered poetry on her colorful life amidst these trying times. Readers will enjoy finding moments of joy in gratitude amidst her musings on life, both the challenging and rewarding. Walker inspires readers to honor the spirit in us in this delicate, beautiful, and moving collection of poems that is presented in both English and Spanish. Shop at Amazon.
2. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
This debut novel is presented in three distinct sections that explore the strings that bind humans together. The first section is called “Folly” and follows young American editor Alice and her romance with an older novelist, Ezra. It’s a coming of age story set in the early years of the Iraq War. Meanwhile, “Madness” follows Iraqi-American Amar who gets captured by immigration in Heathrow. The third is called “Ezra Blazer’s Desert Island Discs” and is presented through the eyes of Ezra. “Asymmetry” is a New York Times Notable Book and Times Critic’s Top Book of 2018 and has been critically acclaimed by O, The Oprah Magazine, Elle, NPR, Bustle, and more. Shop at Amazon.
3. That Churchill Woman by Stephanie Barron
For those who are fascinated by figures in history and politics, this treat is for you. Dive into this novel that follows the story of Winston Churchill’s scandalous mother, Jennie Jerome, who lived her life to the fullest, albeit with lots of controversy, tragedy, and triumph. Jerome was only 19 when she married Lord Randolph Churchill, who she had then known for just three days. She is immediately thrust into the unforgiving spotlight, where she lives unapologetically, raising her son, Winston and eventually having an affair with Count Charles Kinsky. Discover her passion, intelligence, and beauty in this darling of a novel that will transport readers back in time. Shop at Amazon.
4. Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
Before Michelle Obama’s memoir took the world by storm, there was “Small Fry” from Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter to artist Chrisann Brennan and the late Steve Jobs. In this memoir, Brennan-Jobs offers a glimpse into her life in Silicon Valley, being raised by an artist and initially being denied paternity by the tech mogul. She offers a different view of the late Jobs, who eventually learned to accept her and provide as a father should. She recalls how she moved in with Jobs when her relationship with her mother failed and how she’s remain resilient amidst her unusual childhood. “Small Fry” is a coming-of-age story and a rare glimpse into a unique family dynamic of one of the world’s most known household names. Shop at Amazon.
5. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Reese Witherspoon is so in love with this novel that she’s turning it into a major motion picture. But that’s not the only reason why you should pick it up this Valentine’s Day. Eleanor Oliphant’s story is one that is so relatable, you won’t want to put the book down. It follows the protagonist as she struggles with her social skills, being blunt and straightforward in an era of hypersensitivity. She meets the IT office guy Raymond when they assist an elderly man who got into an accident on the sidewalk and the three serendipitously form a friendship. Find out how Raymond and Eleanor learn from each other in this quirky, soon-to-be-a-movie novel. Shop at Amazon.
6. 52 Lists for Happiness Journal
Share the gift of happiness with this journal, which your writer friend or loved one will appreciate. Designed by social media influencer Moorea Seal and developed upon happiness research and her own philosophy, this quirky little journal encourages writers to introspect to find their voice and find happiness in their journey. It instantly boosts the mood with its prompts that inspires thoughtfulness, kindness, and reflection. Shop at Anthropologie.
7. Rifle Paper Co. Wildflower Memo Pad
Let your writer friends have a whimsical little space to jot down notes or their thoughts with this charming memo pad from Rifle Paper Co. The brand has long been serving charming designs that’s inspired by nature. This memo pad is no different, as it perfectly captures the Florida-based stationery boutique and design studio’s colorful and delicate aesthetic. Shop at Anthropologie.
8. Learning Resources Writing Prompt Cubes
Writers often get stuck in a rut. Get their creativity flowing again with these writing prompt cubes that will help them generate ideas by finishing off the sentence written on each side of the cube. This set features six writing prompt cubes that will spur conversation and composition of fiction and non-fiction text. Perfect for group or individual writing! Shop at Macy’s.
9. Montblanc Meisterstuck Le Petit Prince LeGrand Fountain Pen
Inspired by the dark blue sky, the Meisterstuck Le Petit Prince LeGrand Fountain Pen is a collector’s dream. Its central ring of the three platinum-coated rings features the Montblanc brand name and the clip is embellished with a yellow lacquered star that is truly magical. The cap is milled with a fox face pattern and features a sentence from the Le Petit Prince book. It’s also crowned with the iconic emblem. Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue.
10. Moleskine Hardcover Plain Notebook
For quick jotting on the go, get your writer friends this charming Moleskine hardcover notebook that features 192 pages of acid-free paper. It comes in a handy 3.5-inch by 5.5-inch size that can fit into any purse or luggage so he or she can write anytime, anywhere, even during their travels. Shop at Nordstrom Rack.
Tune into The Teelie Blog all week this week as we bring you more amazing Valentine’s Day Gift Guides for all of your friends and family! It’s the season to give meaningful and thoughtful gifts, so make sure to watch out for our recommendations. In the meantime, we encourage you to get started on Valentine’s Day preparations with these amazing ideas in the links below.
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