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The Best Literary Valentines to Send to Your Beloved and Your Besties

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

There’s so much hate tossed at Valentine’s Day. So many believe that it’s a commercial, Hallmark holiday and while indeed, it has become commercialized—like so many other holidays!—it’s a historical celebration that goes back far, far, far in time. I love Valentine’s Day because it’s an opportunity to embody love left and right and share that love with everyone in your life who matters, from romantic partners to parents to best friends, and most importantly, to yourself. I also love Valentine’s Day because there are so many opportunities to make excellent literary puns and share the love of love and literary humor with literary valentines.

Find below a selection of dozens of amazing literary valentines. These range from punny to cringe-y, from cute to steamy, and so much more. You’ve got plenty of time to order your favorites before February 14, and don’t forget that there can be nothing sweeter sometimes than sending yourself your own damn valentine.

The Best Literary Valentines

This Mary Shelley card is a little weird and perfectly humorous and I would honestly send it to everyone for that fact alone. $3.10.



You’re all number one in my book. $4.50.


Send your best friend Scout as ham. The inside is blank, but that art is love, love, love. $3.



Who is your perfect type? $4.


For all of the friends and lovers of writers. $3.10.



Because loving anything more than books would be tough. $4.50.



A sweet little Rumi quote. $4.



Never judge a book by its lover indeed. $2.



The perfect card for Galentines, Palentines, and more. $5.15.



Simple but straight…to the point. $3.



Talk about a love letter. $5.75.


Love, Simon offers up such a fabulous queer Valentine’s Day card. $3.


Find yourself a best friend or a partner who lets you be your shelf. $6.50.


Share this one with your book-hearted friends. $5.50.



Wink, wink. $4.50.



This Sarah Dessen quote card is *chef’s kiss*. $4.



Get Loki, comic lovers. $5.



A little library humor. $3.50.



Get a set of six literary valentines and pass them out to all your pals. $13.



Oh, Poe. Always there to give away a heart. $3.



Truly, madly, deeply in love with books. $4.



We all have valentines who are fictional, don’t we? $5.



This Princess Bride–themed love card is in the style of a library due date card. $5.50.



A little Penguin Books style card. $3.



Oh, Ginny. $3.50.



I’m obsessed with this vintage valentine. $3.30.



This one is the word nerdiest card. $6.



What better than a card featuring the quote of a man who had a heck of a time in the Roaring ’20s? $3.50.



Swoon. $5.75.



We found love in a fictional place. $3.


I love you like Hermione loves books. $3.50.



That is real love. $3.70.



A love card of famous literary couples. $3.50.



This valentine/Christmas/birthday/whatever-you-want card is inspired by the pick your own adventure books (I know that’s not what those books are really called, but Trademarks, y’all). $3.



The hot date spot for romance. $5.75.


This is the perfect book valentine to get for yourself. $3.



The Avengers share their love. $5 and up.



This would be such a sweet card to share with a bestie. $5.



Library puns FOREVER. $4.50.



Last, but not least, this literary valentine is the love story you write yourself. $3.


Want some great gift ideas to go with your literary Valentines? Grab some bookish candles, bookish stickers, or a book sweatshirt