Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 4 books to gift the man in your life

The Gray Man. Image courtesy Berkley
The Gray Man. Image courtesy Berkley /

Shopping for Valentine’s Day isn’t always easy. It’s especially frustrating if you’re looking for the man in your life.

When it comes to gift guides, it’s usually the same couple of products or a general idea of what men like. Usually, books aren’t on the list, but we’re turning the tables today. Instead of focusing on things like food or clothes, all of these gift ideas are going to be books.

Usually, women are known for being readers in their relationships but honestly, there are a lot of men who are also readers. That’s why it was so much fun to put this gift guide today as I’m not a man and it required a bit of research but I was up for the challenge.

Of course, if you know your man well, this gift guide will hopefully help you find an out-of-the-box gift for you to surprise him with.

These books are unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the man in your life.

While I’m not as tapped into what men are reading, I will say that I am dating a man and I know some of the books he enjoys so I used that knowledge along with some research for this list. If you have some ideas of books you know your partner will enjoy though, then go for those but let’s get into my four picks.

1. For the thriller lover: Try The Gray Man by Mark Greaney

The first book making my list is actually The Gray Man by Mark Greaney. For Valentine’s Day, this is actually a twofer because this is an incredibly popular thriller book and it’s also a Netflix film so you can gift him this book, and then when he reads it, then you’ll have a reason to watch the movie and spend the night, snuggling and having a cozy night in.

This is also a relatively long book series because the newest book in the series, The Burner is coming out on February 21st so if your man ends up loving this first book, then you can have an idea for the rest of the year.

2. For the horror lover: Try What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

The next book on the list is actually a retelling and that’s What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher. If you’ve been on the book side of the internet at all, you’ve probably heard of T. Kingfisher. Not only did she write multiple books this year, but she also managed to captivate readers of all genres.

This is a retelling of The Fall of House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe and it’s honestly such a unique take on the story. If your man is into horror and doesn’t mind being a bit confused before finding out the twist at the end, this is a great one. It’s also a relatively short one, too so it’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day read.

3. For the classics lover: Head to Barnes & Noble

I’m not much of a classics reader, but I am a shopper so I didn’t want to feature a book but rather a gift I gave last Valentine’s Day. As someone who is dating a man that loves Edgar Allen Poe, I decided to gift him the special edition from Barnes & Noble which he loved. While I know not everyone loves Poe, that isn’t the only special edition the store carries.

Honestly, a lot of beloved classics are given the B&N treatment. Some of the titles include Dracula, Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Grey, and even, the Art Of War. Honestly, all of these editions are just beautiful and would make an amazing Valentine’s Day gift.

4. For the romance lover: Try Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe

I know most men aren’t romance readers by nature, but some are and one book I’d recommend is the Lore Olympus series by Rachel Smythe. Originally a webcomic, this is essentially her retelling of the story but just in graphic novel form. I can’t speak to how much has been changed from the originals, but these are incredibly short yet incredibly fun stories.

On the whole, the series is a Hades and Persephone retelling yet there are a lot of other characters and storylines to follow. Plus the art style is gorgeous and it’s one of those series that’ll sneak up on you. Personally, I was introduced to this series by my SO so I knew I had to feature it.

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All in all, if your man is a reader, then you can’t go wrong with simply taking him out for a date to get a book or spending your date night, together at Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore.

What do you plan on buying this Valentine’s Day? Be sure to let us know in the comments.