Book Buzz | February 10th, 2013

Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions by Lauren Spieller

Lauren SpiellerWould you like to find the perfect gift for a special someone in your life? Are you hoping to read something with a touch of romance come February? Here are a few wonderful reads that I recommend this Valentine’s Day!


Shadow and Bone

Are you hoping to find something for a Harry Potter fan? Look no further than Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the first novel in Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. I attended a discussion a few months ago, during which Bardugo said the world of Shadow and Bone was inspired by Czarist Russia. AWESOME.

Valentine’s Day Bonus: There’s a very steamy love triangle…

Something Wicked This Way Comes

If fantasy fiction with a dark edge is more your thing, try Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, a brilliant, spooky, and fun read that’ll keep you up and turning the pages late into the night.

Valentine’s Day Bonus: The love between the two main characters is sweet even in the face of danger and potential betrayal.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

If historical romance is your scene, check out Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. This lovely tale tells the story of two young lovers whose dedication to one another is strained by the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Valentine’s Day Bonus: Keep a box of tissues handy while reading this beautiful tale of long lost love.

Gone Girl

For literary fiction with a twist, you can’t beat Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a sinister tale of a marriage gone terribly wrong.

Valentine’s Day Bonus: This is sort of a funny read for Valentine’s Day, but it’ll certainly make you appreciate each other!


There are so many wonderful non-fiction books to fall for out there!


Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky: Confession: I haven’t read this one. BUT my best friend did and she LOVED it, and I think it sounds phenomenal. Here’s what Chris Lavers of The Guardian had to say: “Readers with a passion for cookery will love [Salt]…especially as Kurlansky once again litters his narrative with ancient and modern recipes garnered from all over the world.” Told you it sounded good!

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a fun, fascinating look at Lincoln’s life and legacy. This amazing book was recently made into the blockbuster hit Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis.

Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook

Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill Cookbook by Bobby Flay: I’ve eaten at Mesa more than five times, and I’ve had recipes out of this book (I gave it to my dad for Christmas last year). IT IS AWESOME.

Valentine’s Day Bonus: Cook a delicious meal for your loved ones with a touch of southwestern spice!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lauren Spieller is a writer living in Los Angeles. She also works as an intern for a literary agency in NYC.  Her current project, Sightless, is an urban fantasy novel for Young Adult readers. When she isn’t writing, Lauren works in fundraising for a university. She is also interested in interior design, reading everything she can get her hands on, eating, cooking, and yoga. Visit her website or connect with her on twitter: @laurenspieller.



5 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions by Lauren Spieller

  1. Shelf Pleasure Post author

    All of these suggestions are such good gift ideas – although we also want to pick up several for ourselves!

  2. Susan

    Thank you for the lovely book selections! I’m especially intrigued by Salt and Bobby Flay’s Mesa book. Of course I lean more toward the foodie side of things! I look forward to checking out the recipes! Good reads/eats!

  3. Leah

    Something Wicked by Ray Bradbury is on my list of all-time favorites – I can’t recommend it highly enough!!

    That said, now I want to pick up Shadow and Bone…hmm… :)


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