Valentine’s Day is coming, and you subscribe to that commercialised festival of celebrating lurve and whatnot. (Okay, let’s not be a grouch here.) Instead of getting your cute bookworm girlfriend the usual flowers and chocolates and candlelight dinner, why not something to stimulate her mentally? As well as giving her some romantic ideas to practise forth later on in the night… *ahem*.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. It doesn’t do anything for me, but apparently it’s considered really romantic by the more intellectual with a tinge of old-fashioned romance girls. Now, she’s probably read this already so instead of getting her some cheap Wordsworth edition, try looking for a really grand and ornate edition that she will gladly add to her personal library. Movie version of this book also available.
2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. This is really quite romantic. But the more pertinent question to you is: wouldn’t you like to plant the idea of her being a, or your, geisha for bedroom role playing later on? Movie version of this book also available.
3. Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Hey, you combine the ubiquitous gift of chocolates (Godiva, or imported ones, please) and the unique gift of stimulating her mentally with this one, and the gastronomic and mental stimulation will lead to different stimulations of the anatomy later on…
I know, I’m hardly what you call subtle.
(Speaking of which, there’s a lovemaking scene in the book where the protagonist makes love on the grass with her love interest in the French countryside. Try looking for that page and slyly point it out as a suggestion to speed things up.)
Movie version of this book also available.
4. Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone with the Wind by Alexandra Ripley. How many women did not like Gone with the Wind? Most do, and if they didn’t, it’s because Rhett Butler broke poor Scarlett’s heart when she finally realised she had loved him all along. But this novel by a different author (Did you even realise Gone with the Wind was based on a novel by Margaret Mitchell?) gives Scarlett a really wonderful happy ending after plenty more trials and tribulations. It’s a historical romance novel, so if your girlfriend reads this genre, she’ll love this.
And there’s this lovemaking scene on the beach between Scarlett and Rhett.
5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This book is more suitable for younger women, though older women who are young-at-heart will appreciate it too. How can they not – the protagonist is living in a run-down castle with her eccentric family when the owner of the castle appears one day in the form of two very dishy brothers. Honest-to-goodness romance that your girlfriend will appreciate instead of the usual in-your-face sexiness of our pop culture nowadays. Read my review of the book here.
6. Score! by Jilly Cooper. This is chick lit at its best! If your girlfriend reads a lot of chick lit, she’ll love you for this, because it’s one of the best in its genre! A consummate mix of comedy, blasphemy, mystery and lovey-dovey plots between the myriad of characters that may keep your girlfriend away from you for several days (which you can use the free time to catch up with your buddies) after Valentine’s. Plenty of sex, you won’t have to go too far down the novel to look for some. It’s also quite romantic at the end, so this would be a really great choice for almost all types of women (but first, she has to like reading, and second, she hasn’t read this).
All these books should come with a nice bookmark to score extra brownie points… where it matters most… later on… in the night… I’m leaving very little to the imagination… aren’t I? 😉
(Extra extra points if you have a personalised bookmark made!)
I don’t know why I’m doing this unconscious promoting of such a soppy, corny, commercialised celebration. But anyway, these are my personal recommendations. They’re all romantic at a different level of the scale, and though your girlfriend may not be a particularly romantic type, does not mean she won’t enjoy the book. A little romance is just fine for everybody. 🙂 Good luck!
But if your girlfriend really absolutely cannot stand reading, maybe you could search the Internet for something like this: *snigger*