I love the television show, Parks and Recreation–one of the best comedies on TV right now, in my opinion. I especially love Leslie Knope and the way she celebrates the people she loves. Like how she invented Galentine’s Day. A day for ladies celebrating ladies.
I liked this idea so much I thought I could expand on it and create Bookentine’s Day! A day for book lovers to celebrate book lovers.
In that spirit, here are 4 great books that celebrate and cater to book lovers!
Over coffee, in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Will casually asks his mom, Mary Anne Schwalbe, what she’s been reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they mutually agree to read the same books and share them together as Mary Anne waits for her chemotherapy treatments. The books they read, chosen by both, range from the classic to the popular. Their discussions reveal how books become increasingly important to the connection between a remarkable woman whose life is coming to a close, and a young man becoming closer to his mom than ever before.
The novel follows a pair of young academics–Roland Michell and Maud Bailey–as they uncover a clandestine love affair between two long-dead Victorian poets. Interwoven in a mesmerizing pastiche are love letters and fairytales, extracts from biographies and scholarly accounts, creating a sensuous and utterly delightful novel of ideas and passions.
It all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery…. This is an unforgettable story about a newly blossoming book lover and the ability of books to feed the soul.
How would you celebrate the entirely real and bound-to-catch-on Bookentine’s Day, book lovers?
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