10 Books to Give Her This Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day fast approaching it's time to be thinking about what gift to get your beloved. So, if your Valentine is a big reader we've got lots of books to help you put a smile on her face. But, if she's not a fiction fan but does like nature, crafts, fashion and beauty, history, gardening, sports or cookery then we have some great non-fiction book gift ideas for you. Here are our picks for the 10 best books to give her this Valentine's Day...

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If she's a fan of thrilling fiction...

1. The Missing Girl

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Jenny Quintana

This gripping psychological thriller is the perfect gift for any Valentine who loves a great mystery. When Anna's sister Gabriella went missing 30 years ago Anna decided to disappear too, she ran away from everyone she knew and set up a new life for herself abroad. But, when their mother dies Anna is forced to return home to sort through her possessions and in doing so she starts to uncover an uncomfortable truth - what happened to her sister...



 

2. A Spool of Blue Thread

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Anne Tyler

This terrific historical fiction book was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015. This impressive piece of fiction is at its heart a story of love and family. As Abby Whitshank yet again recounts the story of how her and Red fell in love to her family, her children realise they need to decide how best to look after her and Red in their old age. This leads to an exploration into the history of the family, from the youngest generation to the oldest. Moving and funny, this novel will please all historical and literary fiction readers.


3. Small Great Things

Small Great Things - Hardback - 9781444788006 - Jodi Picoult
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Jodi Picoult

When Ruth Jefferson, an African American delivery nurse, is assigned to a deeply racist couple they immediately ask to see someone else. Ruth quietly watches the hospital agree to their request but then she finds herself in the nursery with their baby who tragically passes away before Ruth has time to help. This leads to her being accused of causing the baby's death and having to clear her name in court. This heart-wrenching book is from the author of My Sister's Keeper and deals with some hugely important themes such as race and justice.





If she's more at home in nature...

Unforgettable Walks

Unforgettable Walks - Hardback - 9781784298845 - Julia Bradbury
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Julia Bradbury

This TV tie-in sees Julia Bradbury from Best Walks with a View describe 8 of Britain's best country walks with maps and details of the plants found along each route. These walks are from all over Britain and each are no more than 10 miles so if your Valentine likes the great outdoors, grab her this book and some walking boots and treat her to some fun walking trips this spring.



If she's a history buff...

March, Women, March

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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

This book takes a look back over the complicated history of women's rights in Britain, starting in 1792 with Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women and moving through to the general election of 1929, the first in British history where both men and women over the age of 21 had the right to vote. Informative and inspiring, this book is a great gift for all amateur historians.






If she's a sports enthusiast...

The World's 100 Weirdest Sporting Events

Geoff Tibballs

If you've got a sporty Valentine then you should treat them to this wacky book all about the 100 weirdest sporting events the world has ever seen. Included are elephant polo, underwater hockey and Australia's unusual version of a boat race (where teams run along a dried up river inside a bottomless boat). Get that special sports fan in your life a gift that will really make them giggle.


If she's a foodie...

At My Table

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Nigella Lawson

If your Valentine can't get enough of Nigella's new BBC show At My Table then they'll definitely love trying out the delicious meals in her cookbook. Recipes range from breakfast to dinner to dessert and include Egg Tortilla Pie, Apple Pork Chops and Warm Blondie Pudding. All the recipes come with mouth-watering photography that will make your Valentine determined to try out some new treats.




 

If she's got green fingers...

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The Secret Gardeners

Victoria Summerley

This is a great book for any gardeners looking for inspiration or who wants to nosey in what their favourite celebrities have done with their outdoor space. The photographs in this book share the gardens of celebrities such as Cath Kidston, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jeremy Irons and Ozzy Osbourne so there is a great range of garden designs for your Valentine to see and take ideas from.



If she's got a flair for fashion...

Timeless

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Louise Young

If your Valentine loves vintage beauty then she'll appreciate this gorgeous book that demonstrates how to master the hair and makeup of each decade over the last 100 years, from flapper chic to the supermodel style of the 1990s. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and photography to show you who inspired each look and what the finished hair and makeup should look like, this book is the best gift for the fashion and beauty mad.




 

If she's a crafty character...

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Contemporary Home Knits

Jody Long

We have a great range of craft books and in this particular book your craft-loving Valentine can create her own contemporary knits. Starting off easy and progressing through to bigger projects, by the end of the book your Valentine will be able to make wall hangings, rugs, cushions, baskets and more. So, let her decorate the house with her new knits with the help of this excellent book.




 

If you still haven't found the right book to wow them on Valentine's Day take a look through our website to see our full range of books and gifts. And, of course, many of the books would appeal to men as well but we do also have a Valentine's Day books for him blog post.