The couple that reads together stays together. But the couple that goes on dates inspired by YA books are instantly renowned as #relationshipgoals. So, this winter season, take a page from one of these books to plan a fun, seasonally appropriate activity for you and your special someone:
What Light by Jay Asher
In Jay Asher’s holiday romance, Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm—arguably the best winter backdrop for love—and it’s there that she meets Caleb and their story begins. Though we don’t recommend making the financial commitment to purchasing a Christmas tree farm of your own to play out this date; we do suggest that you and your partner bundle up in warm gloves and scarves and take a romantic stroll around your nearest Christmas tree lot.
Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi
Crossword puzzles can be challenging, but a good winter date doesn’t have to be! If you’re looking for a cozy night in, grab a stack of word games to challenge the mind and keep your date on their toes. And be sure to get some crossword pointers from Fiora (her life ambition is to write crossword puzzles) in Arvin Ahmadi’s debut Down and Across when it hit shelves February 6, 2018.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman
Honestly, you could make a whole occasion out of starring at the gorgeous cover of Gayle Forman’s forthcoming novel, I Have Lost My Way. For a more active date, make a playlist of your favorite songs and take a walk with your beloved through Central Park—where the three main characters of I Have Lost My Way cross paths. Or, you know, any park will do . . .
Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story by Melissa de la Cruz
All’s fair in love and war, especially for Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler (and your date!). While you wait for it (it being the sequel to Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex & Eliza), queue up the Hamilton soundtrack and have a playful sing-a-long. It’ll warm your hearts and your vocal chords!
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Perhaps your interpretation of a cozy date doesn’t involve a serial killer targeting high school students in a small Nebraska town, but stay with us. Do YA horror queen Stephanie Perkins proud and stream a double-feature of holiday scary movies, like Krampus (for the serious folks) or The Nightmare Before Christmas (for the faint of heart).
Looking for more winter activities? Check out these bookish DIY ideas!