A Note from Andrew, RJ Julia's Adult Book Buyer:
When snow is on the ground, love is in the air!
While we may not necessarily get warmth from the weather, we should all seek out that cozy, fuzzy, interior warmth we deserve. Time with those we love is the best way to beat the chill, but winter is also the perfect time to curl up with some of these Valentine appropriate books.
Handmade Origami Valentines, dating advice from a local, and what could be the first big novel of the year make up just a few of our favorite February picks. We also have some of the best chocolate in town. Never forget my tried and true Valentine’s Day formula: Book + Chocolate = Happy!
by Tayari Jones
Oprah's latest Book Club pick!
With piercingly sharp insight, this novel explores the evolving limitations of love and loyalty, and the heartbreak and pain that can be caused even when nobody bears any particular fault. A tremendous work of literature.
Start giving handmade love notes to your sweetie on Valentine's Day... then continue all year long with this fun, romantic kit! Full-color instructions make folding easy and declarations of love are always in style.
by Jojo Moyes
In the second follow up to Me Before You, Louisa Clark heads to New York City to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this adventure and keep her relationship with Sam alive long distance. Signed copies are available while supplies last!
by Tim Kreider
Often compared to David Sedaris, essayist Tim Kreider turns his focus to love, relationships, and why they’re so bafflingly hard to get right.
by Nick Bantock
Writer and artist Nick Bantock has been one of my favorites since the groundbreaking sensation that is the Griffin & Sabine series. Not surprisingly, he has also created the sweetest little pop-up book I’ve ever seen. Love has many faces.
by Laura J. Wellington
Single on Valentine's Day? Don't despair! We're celebrating Singles Awareness Day at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore! Author Laura J. Wellington will discuss her book on 2/14 at 7pm.
A Note from Jamie, RJ Julia's Kids' Book Buyer:
Hugs are powerful! They can transform an ordinary day. Simple, free, and available 24/7, hugs are the perfect way to spread love on Valentine’s Day.
Hug your kids, even the teens, because they want one. Sort of. It might be a little prickly, but still, they do. Then, collect hugs—they store well and take up no room at all! Start your collection today by hugging one of the books below!
by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
Our favorite new board book, paired with a cute hedgehog plush, makes the perfect valentine gift for little ones!
by Scott Campbell
Ok, maybe we have two favorite new board books! This little guy can’t help but hug everyone and everything until he is exhausted….could he need a hug too?
by Matt De La Pena, illustrated by Loren Long
Signed copies of this beautifully illustrated book are going quickly!Love follows the growth of a child in a simple but evocative way that will stay with you for a long time!
by Peter H. Reynolds
From the author of The Dot, comes the story of a quiet hero for turbulent times. Jerome collects words and his collection makes him happy. But what will happen when the wind carries his collection away? This book makes me happy!
by Elly Swartz
A mixture of mystery, comedy and ghost story, this book is full of love and family. A great heartwarming read perfect for Valentine’s Day!
by Heather Nuhfer
This quirky novel shows how someone’s emotions can really come to life! A humorous read for kids trying to understand and deal with their emotions.
by Melissa Albert
This book is so good. Dark and disturbing fairy tales abound in this story of a girl and her mother, constantly on the run from "bad luck" that follows them. The Hazel Wood is one of the most unique fairy tale inspired books I've read.
by Samira Ahmed
A timely work that has received heaps of praise! Dealing with the unique circumstances faced by Muslim Americans, as well as the universal challenges of teenage love and life, Ahmed's book is an insightful and poignant read.
Valentine's Day is just days away!
Whether you are gifting to "her" or "him," we have
everything you need to make this Valentine's Day a special one!
Delicious gourmet chocolates, elegant jewelry,
beautiful shaving necessities, and, of course sentimental
and romantic books, are ready to be wrapped for that special someone.