You don’t necessarily need to give her a bouquet of freshly picked flower from the most expensive florist in town, or the biggest Cadbury, or Hershey’s chocolate bar. You only need to give a reader a book, regardless of its cost, for a present. Or give her a letter, if you’re still not sure what kind of books she likes to read. I’m not telling that books, and letters are the only gifts readers accept. No. Readers, just like all people, appreciate any gift. But giving them something that they can read, and look back on when they feel sentimental is better.
No need for expensive dates in an Italian retaurant, or a grilled burger place. No need for appetizers, and desserts. No need for plates and plates of pricey food that are sure to be wasted because both are “dieting”. Just take her to the library. Let her borrow your library card when she already checked out a lot of books. Or better yet, take her to the park. Silent, serene, and beautiful. That’s a good place for a reader to read, or for you to read to her her favorite book. Read her poetry. I’m sure she’ll soon close her eyes, and listen with all her heart. She’ll value a date like that.
Don’t try too hard to not break her heart. A reader will understand heartbreaks more than those who do not read. Her heartbreak can even be a source of inspiration to write, or to wallow in romantic novels to feed her thoughts the beautiful things life has to offer other than loving someone. Say sorry to her in a bookmark, or with a Hallmark card. Write a long apology letter, and tell her that you love her. You don’t have to be so choosy with the words you write. Even a simple sorry can mean everything to a reader. After all, there are many interpretations that she can apply as to how you wrote, or said it.
But, beware. If a reader says she’s reading, do not disturb her. Do not pester her with other things. Do not call her, or text her. Wait after she finishes, and talks to you first. Nothing can be more annoying than someone who’s distracting a reader while she does what she does best — reading. When she’s done, do not interrupt yet. She’s still in a daze. She will not answer you, though, so it’s useless to tell you this. She’s in a post-stupor. Reading can do that to a person. She’s probably thinking why the protagonist had to has a sad ending, or why their neighbor’s dog died of cancer when the main character who also had cancer didn’t die from it. Just stay silent. Until she smiles. Then you’ll know she’s moved on from the story.
Check your grammar when you write her a letter, though. She’ll get pissed if she sees one single error, thinking you’re a stupid jerk who doesn’t deserve her love. Watch your you’re/your. Do not criticize her favorite books, or authors. Do not tell her reading will get her nowhere. Be smart. Read the books she reads. Bring her to bookstores. Ask her favorite author to tweet her back. Invite her to watch a novel-based movie but don’t get your hopes too high, she may not like the movie because it’s a poor adaptation of the beautiful book.
Or you can try to find a How To Make a Reader Love You book in a bookstore, or online. If you think the above are not enough to capture the reader’s heart. Or better yet, just love her truly. She will see through that.