Thursday, February 9, 2012

Titles for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is nearly here! And if you need ideas about what to read to celebrate the holiday, I've got you covered. First, I just stumbled upon Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom, a teensy tiny gem of a book. And it promptly became my very favorite Valentine's Day title. You can read it in less than three minutes, but I promise that those three mintues will be well the effort it might take you to locate the book. Fifteen silly couplets about animal love, ranging from porcupines to earthworms, are illustrated with pictures of  beaming, cartoon-like animals batting their eyes and gazing adoringly at one another. I was utterly enthralled.

But maybe you're not interested in a book of goofy poems. Maybe for your Valentine's Day reading, you'd prefer something a bit more grown up. If so, I recommend The Science of Kissing, an engaging mix of psychology, history, and biology that tells you everything you could ever hope to learn about the subject. Want to know about kissing practices in other cultures?  Why we kiss? Whether or not men and women kiss differently? This book has your answers.

Or maybe the only reason you tolerate this mushy pink holiday is for the conversation hearts and chocolate truffles. Then for you, then let me suggest Candy and Me or Candyfreak, which are fabulous candy memoirs that will make your mouth water and leave you lunging for the nearest heart-shaped box of chocolate...even if it was intended for your sweetheart. Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to indulge, whether it's in candy or a good book (or in this case, both!).

Happy reading, and Happy Valentine's Day!

~Queen of Books

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