Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Buy a Book for Valentine's Day!

Oh, I know it's a few weeks away. But you should be thinking about the romantic day now.

Roses are lovely, but they die. Candy is nice, but it causes weight gain. Dinner out is an hour or so and then it's gone. A movie may make a memory, but you'll still have to buy the DVD. Certainly lingerie has its place, but how often are you really going to wear it?

But a book. Now a book has lasting power. It's still one of the best, nay, the best entertainment investment you can make. Read it right away. Read it later. Read it anywhere. Re-read it any time you want. Share it, treasure it, shelve it. Use it to help prop a piece of furniture or say 'I thought of you'. No matter what, a book is a wonderful thing to give and to receive.

With the economy the way it is, a book can say 'I love you' over and over again, in either hardcover or paperback, and it says it with fiscal responsibility, too.

Need some title suggestions? Well, I'm partial to the classics -- 'Dracula', 'Interview With the Vampire', 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil', 'Misery', or, I suppose, 'Love Story' would all be good choices. Newer options include -- 'Twilight' and 'Bloodsucking Fiends'. Really, you can't go wrong with anything that has 'blood' or 'vampire' in the title. Nothing says love like someone turning you immortal, after all.

No matter what you choose, including something sweet and nice without a single vampire or psycho who hurts because he/she loves too much in it, choose a book, the true testament to lasting affection.

Jemma Chase

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