Sure you can go with chocolates and roses, but what better gift than a carefully curated book to show someone that you care about them! With the day of love approaching, we thought we would list some of our favourite books for you to give to that special someone or even as a gift to yourself (you deserve love too after all!).

Disclaimer. Please note that Valentine’s Day is not the only day you should show your loved ones that you care. We encourage showing love, appreciation and care all days of the year!

For the nature lover

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori

We are partial to a good literary pun, but this truly is a fascinating book and is perfect for the nature lover in your life. It takes the reader on a magical journey of some of the world’s most awe inspiring and beautiful trees. Packed with pages after page of interesting facts and beautiful illustrations, it will keep them entertained for hours guaranteed!

For the strong, independent person

Dark Fairy Tales for Fearless Women by Rosalind Kerven

One of the favourites at Arcturus Books currently, and not only because of the beautiful lino cut cover. The sheer range of stories is staggering from continents far and wide. It’s nice to see so many books challenging the rather tiresome prince saves the princess trope, and this is no different. A book to be empower, entertain and inspire.

For the adventurous sea lover
Sea Shanties: The Lyrics and History of Sailor Songs by Karen Dolby


This book really is an absolute must for anybody who is interested in the history of sea shanties and sailing in general. It features shanties in full, from classics such as Farewell and Adeiu and Blow the Man Down to more obscure titles (our favourite is Whisky Johnny). It also includes the fascinating history behind them/ Anybody with a nautical background or who has fallen in love with the Fisherman’s Friends or Nathan Evans over recent years, will love this book.

For the Quirky One

Great British Folklore & Superstition Map

Do you have that person in your life who always seems to know the ghost tale for every abandoned house, or who always knows the local legends? This is probably an excellent choice for them! Packed with facts about classic legends such as the Loch Ness monster to the lesser known Mermaid of Zennor, there are facts about over 1,000 places in the British Isles. It’s a perfect present for the paranormal investigator in your life.

For the historian and scientist:

A Very Short History of Life on Earth by Henry Gee

This book is a whistle stop tour through life on our planet, from the first bacteria to now. It sounds overwhelming, but Gee write with such clarity and humour, that it is really accessible. Gee details the history of a planet, including animals, ecology and focuses on pivotal turning points (and who doesn’t love a chapter on dinosaurs?!). A short history maybe, but definitely not short on excellent writing! Certainly a book for the enquiring mind .

For the fiction lover
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn


This is such a well written memoir – poignant, evocative and full of the most splendid nature descriptions that we’ve read for a long time. The plot seems rather negative at first glance; a couple finds that out one of them has cancer and their business empire collapse around them. However, Winn and her husband then make the impulsive decision to walk the South West Coast Path , living completely off grid and going back into nature.
Not only an inspiring and beautiful read, but one which shows the true value of love and commitment in a relationship.

P.S. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day for us to say that we love and appreciate all you wonderful people!