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5 best books to give as gifts for V-Day: Poems, stories of love & relationships

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Intro: Looking for the best books to give as gifts for Valentine's Day? If you've got a book lover in your life, regardless of whether it's a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, child or friend, the stories of love in these books will touch them, inspire them, change them. And books make the best Valentine's gifts, because the love stories in them mean different things to different people, depending on where they're at in their lives.

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Best Books to Give as Gifts for Valentine's Day List ~ The Top Five

All the books are actual copies instead of Kindle versions, making them great gifts to give. The stories are varying lengths perfect to read in a few minutes or linger over for a whole day.

1 ~ Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul

This series is such a classic, you don't need to say much about it other than this. When you're sure that finding love and connection is impossible, because you are soooo different from everyone else you know, "Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul" reminds you that like water in a cup, love can fit whatever container it's in.

You can order "Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul: Inspirational Stories About Love and Relationships" on Amazon by clicking on this link.

2 ~ A Night Without Armor

Jewel Kilcher, known to most people as the singer, Jewel said this about poetry and why she writes it. "I've learned that no all poetry lends itself to music - some thoughts need to be sung only against the silence." I'll bet you her songs sung against the silence will melt your heart and make you think.

You can order "A Night Without Armor" on Amazon by clicking on this link.

3 & 4 ~ An Eclectic Collage Vol. 1 & 2

The books "An Eclectic Collage" collection from Freundship Press comes in two volumes, the second one dealing specifically with the love relationships in our lives, although not all of them are about romantic love. They tell stories of love and family and connection. And as one reviewer of the first book said, "For those women who are too busy(and that applies to most of us), this is a great little book to keep in your purse or car for those rare moments when you do have time to read. From poetry, to essays, to short stories and even recipes, this gem is packed with thought provoking words on a variety of topics close to a woman's heart - those of love and loss, heartbreak and healing."

5 ~ The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

This final story of love is not only about romantic love, but self love when you get right down to it. "The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down" is by Andrew McCarthy of "St. Elmo's Fire" fame. He's all grown up and a travel writer now in addition to being an accomplished director and actor. This may be the most unique gift for Valentine's Day, because it's a book about travel. But then again, all travel and our experiences we have while traveling is just a reflection of self, so this is entirely appropriate and beautifully written to boot.

You can order "The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down" on Amazon by clicking on this link.

Why These are Unique Gifts for Valentine's Day

I purposely selected books that would be great reads for women and men. While books like "Chicken Soup for the Couple's Soul" are required reading for anyone who's ever been in love (and therefore on this list), not all the stories of love recommended here are about romantic love on Valentine's Day. In my opinion, the best books on relationships are those that explore all the love relationships we have in our lives. These books about love do.

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