Never mind whether you think of February 14th as Valentine's Day or Singles Awareness Day, books make the best dates. It's true!
Here's a few awkward date scenarios you don't have to worry about with books.
- Books are always good conversationalists. They're impeccable listeners and they tell the best stories.
- They're cheap dates. Even the most high maintenance book will only run you about $28 for a hardcover.
- No awkward silences. There might be silence, but it won't be awkward!
- Your book won't judge you for drinking $3 Oak Leaf instead of buying a bottle of posh wine.
- Your book doesn't care if you doll up to spend time reading. Books love you as you are.
Okay, I know, it's not quite the same.
But I've got some book date pairings for you that are sure to lead to a nice, relaxing evening.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Champagne. After all, the man who helped popularize champagne, Dom Perignon, said upon tasting it for the first time: "I am tasting the stars."
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Gin and Tonic. G&Ts are actually an interesting plot point in Hitchhiker...
It is a curious fact, and one to which no-one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85 percent of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonyx, or gee-N’N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand variations on this phonetic theme.
The drinks themselves are not the same, and vary between the Sivolvian ‘chinanto/mnigs’ which is ordinary water served just above room temperature, and the Gagrakackan ‘tzjin-anthony-ks’ which kills cows at a hundred paces; and in fact the only one common factor between all of them, beyond the fact that their names sound the same, is that they were all invented and named before the worlds concerned made contact with any other worlds.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
Merlot. It's sweet and ages particularly well, just like ol' Tuck.