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1001 Ways to Be Romantic: More Romantic Than Ever

1001 Ways to Be Romantic: More Romantic Than Ever

by Gregory Godek
1001 Ways to Be Romantic: More Romantic Than Ever

1001 Ways to Be Romantic: More Romantic Than Ever

by Gregory Godek


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The perfect book of couples activities and date night ideas to make every day feel romantic!

Sure, you could buy some roses.Yes, you could cook an elegant romantic dinner.Of course, you could give a heart-shaped box of chocolates.

But sometimes you want to do more than that. Sometimes you want to show just how much you really care, how much passion you really feel, and how much more your partner means to you than absolutely anything else.

Packed with unique suggestions, easy gestures, and thoughtful gift ideas, 1001 Ways to Be Romantic is a romance kit "worth memorizing" (Boston Herald). It's a must-have for anyone, in any relationship (whether dating, engaged, or married for 50+ years!) who wants to spark some more love in their lives. The perfect adventure book for couples, wedding anniversary gift, or marriage and date night idea vault, this is a #1 bestseller with over 6 million copies sold that delivers the romance time and time again.

You'll find:

  • Little things you can do every day
  • Big ideas for when you want to go all out
  • How to be romantic without spending a dime
  • How to really go to town when money is no object
  • Tons of resources, including websites, online shopping, places to go, music, movies, and much, much more

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402244087
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 450,344
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Gregory J.P. Godek has written sixteen books, every one a bestseller. He has been a guest on major talk shows, including Oprah and Donahue, and on TV and radio worldwide. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Playboy, Harper's Bazaar, and People magazine.

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From the Introduction

Love may make the world go 'round, but it's romantic love that makes the ride worthwhile. We need love, but we crave romance (just like you need broccoli, but you crave chocolate!). It's romantic love that allows you to say emphatically, "I'm in love with you," instead of merely, "I love you."

This book is about reigniting passion and deepening intimacy. It is for young and old, singles and marrieds, men and women. It is for you if you want to turn your relationship into a love affair.

Why are so many marriages mediocre and boring? Not because they lack love, but because they lack romance. Love is lukewarm, comfortable—while romance is hot, exciting!

Everyone wants passion and romance in his or her life. But—

  • Some people are uncertain how to create romance. This book shows you how.
  • Some people are stuck in cultural stereotypes. This book helps you appreciate your partner as a unique and special individual.
  • And some people have given up the search for romance out of frustration or cynicism. This book will reinspire you.

Love in the twenty-first century is about practicing old-fashioned values with a modern twist. It is about honoring the timeless values of honesty, commitment, and caring, while expressing them creatively, uniquely, and passionately. And this is where romance comes in. Romance, you see, is the expression of love. Romance brings love alive in the world. Without romance, love is a sweet but empty concept.

I believe that expressing love is our purpose as human beings. Therefore, anything that helps you achieve this purpose is a good thing.


"I respect and recommend Greg Godek's writings on love right along with William Shakespeare's."
—Margie LaPanja, author of The Goddess' Guide to Love

There are thousands, millions of ways of expressing love. These 1001 ideas are just the beginning.

"Greg Godek explains how to get the woo in wooing."

Table of Contents

Introduction xv Once Upon a Time... 1
...They Lived Happily Ever After 2
Little Things Mean a Lot 3
Bigger Is Better 4
Creative Gifts 5
Creative Gestures 7
Romance on a Budget 8
Spare No Expense 9
The Most Important Things I've Learned in Twenty Years of Teaching Romance 10
The Ten Commandments for Loving Couples 11
Left-Brained 12
Right-Brained 13
Romance for Dummies 15
Romance for Smarties 16
What's Your Romantic "Style"?
(Men) 17
What's Your Romantic "Style"?
(Women) 18
Flowers 19
Chocolate 20
Jewelry 22
Perfume 24
Champagne 25
Lingerie 26
It's Not What You Do- 27
—But How You Do it 28
To Do 29
I Do 30
Dos & Don'ts 32
Don'ts & Dos 34
Do 35
Don't 36
You Must Remember This 37
A Kiss Is Just a Kiss 39
A Sigh Is Just a Sigh 40
The Fundamental Things Apply 42
As Time Goes By 43
(Play It Again, Sam) 44
Love Notes (I) 45
Love Notes (II) 46
Freshman Lessons 48
Sophomore Lessons 49
Junior Lessons 50
Senior Lessons 51
Le Boudoir Gifts 52
La Cuisine 53
Love Notes (III) 54
Love Notes (IV) 55
"I Love You" 56
"Ai Shite Imasu" 57
Be Creative 59
Be Prepared 60
Always, Always, Always 61
Never, Never, Never 63
Gifts, Gifts, Gifts 64
Sex, Sex, Sex 65
Love Notes (V) 66
Love Notes (VI) 68
Lovesick 69
Prescriptions for Love 70
Help for the Hopeless 71
Hope for the Helpless 72
Travel Tips 73
A Suitcase Full of Romance 74
Fun & Games 76
Weird & Wacky 77
Cats & Dogs 78
Satin & Lace 79
Strategies & Examples 80
Bed & Breakfasts 82
Gifts & Presents 83
Presents & Gifts 85
Daily & Weekly 86
Monthly & Yearly 87
Yin & Yang 88
Yang & Yin 89
Mozart 90
Elvis 91
Lame Excuses (#s 1—4) 92
Lame Excuses (#s 5—8) 93
Lame Excuses (#s 9—12) 95
Lame Excuses (#s 13—14) 96
For Men Only 97
For Women Only 98
For Singles Only 99
For Marrieds Only 101
A Month of Romance: Week 1 102
A Month of Romance: Week 2 103
A Month of Romance: Week 3 104
A Month of Romance: Week 4 105
The Golden Rules of Romance 106
Rules Were Made to Be Broken 107
Be My Valentine! 108
Kiss Me, You Fool! 109
The Mathematics of Romance 111
The Calculus of Love 112
Couplehood 114
Parenthood 116
Erotica 117
Exotica 118
Creating an A+ Relationship 119
The Relationship Report Card 121
Master These Skills for an A+
Relationship 122
Common Sense 123
Uncommon Sense 124
It's the Thought That Counts 125
Actions Speak Louder Than Words 126
SWAK 126
GMFL 128
Can't Buy Me Love 129
I Want to Hold Your Hand 131
Help! 132
All You Need Is Love 133
At Home 134
At Work 135
Sweet Stuff 136
Kid Stuff 138
Funny Stuff 139
Cool Stuff 140
Dirty Stuff 141
Sex! 142
Surprise! 143
Celebrate! 144
Outrageous! 146
Passionate! 147
Games People Play 148
Games Lovers Play 149
Off the Wall 150
On the Wall 151
The Myths of Romance (I) 152
The Myths of Romance (II) 153
Men Are from Mars 154
Women Are from Venus 156
Men Are (Not) from Mars 157
Women Are (Not) from Venus 159
Tuning In 160
Fine Tuning 161
Starstruck! 163
Lovestruck! 165
I'm in the Mood for Love 166
I'm in the Mood for Chocolate 167
The Gospel According to Godek 169
The Gospel According to Godek
(Revisited) 170
Getting Down to Business 171
Funny Business 173
Resources (I) 174
Resources (II) 175
Resources (III) 177
Resources (IV) 178
Slightly Outrageous 179
Quite Outrageous 180
Slightly Naughty 182
Quite Naughty 183
Shopping for Dummies 184
Advanced Shopping Strategies 186
Words of Love/Shakespeare's 187
Words of Love/Poetic 188
Words of Love/Your Words 190
Words of Love/the Ancients 191
Memorize This List 192
Memorize This List, Too 194
Togetherness 195
Twogetherness 197
Two 198
Two (II) 200
Gift Ideas (I) 219
Gift Ideas (II) 220
Gift Giving for Dummies 221
Gift Wrapping for Dummies 222
Television 223
Radio 225
1-800-ROMANCE 226 228
Concepts (I) 229
Concepts (II) 230
Erotica (I) 232
Erotica (II) 234
Happy Birthday! (I) 235
Happy Birthday! (II) 236
Money Makes the World Go
'Round 237
Love Makes the World Go 'Round 238
Do It Outside 239
Do It in Public 240
Just Do It! 241
Just a Little Bit Naughty 243
The Gift of Time 244
Time for Love 245
For Singles Only (I) 246
For Singles Only (II) 247
For Marrieds Only (I) 248
For Marrieds Only (II) 249
Merry Christmas 250
Happy Hanukkah 252
Happy Anniversary 254
Happy Birthday 255
Custom-Made 256
One-of-a-Kind 257
Do-It-Yourself 258
Hide-and-Seek 259
Creativity Exercises 261
Exercising Your Creativity 262
Go Away! 263
Bon Voyage! 264
Cars 265
Sports 266
Dining In 267
Dining Out 268
By the Number 269
By the Book 270
Engaging Ideas 271
Will You Marry Me? 272
Marriage Matters 273
Monogamy-Not Monotony 275
(More) Kid Stuff 276
(More) Funny Stuff 277
(More) Cool Stuff 278
(More) Concepts 279
(More) Do-It-Yourself 280
(More) Custom-Made 281
(More) Surprises 282
(More) Flowers 283
(More) Romance on a Budget 284
(More) Bubble Baths 285
Thinking of You 286
Think Different 287
Choreography 288
Creativity 289
Cruisin' 290
Lovin' 292
Please, Mr Postman 293
You've Got Mail 294
Mind-set of a Romantic 295
Thinking Like a Romantic 296
Love Is... 298
"Love Is..." 299
The Way to a Man's Heart 301
Recipes for Romance 302
Aphrodisiacs 303
(More) Recipes for Romance 304
Classic Romance 305
Classical Romance 306
Classic 308
Classy 309
Picture This 310
Picture Perfect 311
Flower Power 312
More Power! 313
Greg & Karyn 314
Heart & Soul 315
Moon & Stars 316
Science Fiction 318
Wonderful Weekends 319
Mark Your Calendar 320
February 14th 322
Valentine's Day 323
For Lovers-of Books 324
Sex-by the Book 326
Married...with Children 327
Kid Stuff 328
Rituals of Romance 330
Romantic Rituals 331
Oldies but Goodies 332
Oldies but Goodies: Movies 333
Movie Madness 336
Mad About You 338
Great Escapes 339
Getting Away from It All 340
An Anniversary Gift List 341
A Romantic Basics Checklist 343
Generating Ideas 344
Romantic Brainstorming 346
A Kick in the Pants 347
Motivating Your Partner to Be More Romantic 348
Motivating the Romantically Impaired 349
Attitude Adjustment Section 350
License to Love 351
Baby, You Can Drive My Car 352
Little Love Stories (I) 354
Little Love Stories (II) 355
Notes from an A+ Relationship 356
Recipe for an A+ Relationship 358
Romance Across America 359
Romance Around the World 361
The Right Stuff 364
The Write Stuff 365
Real Men Are Romantic 366
Real Women Are Romantic 367
Guy Stuff 369
Gal Stuff 370
Characteristics of True Romantics 371
Characteristics of Crazy Romantics 372
Speaking of Love 374
Speaking of Romance 375
What's in a Name? 377
The Meaning of a Name 379
And Now for Something Completely Different 381
What Is Your Quest? 382
Getting to Know You 384
Staying in Touch 385
Messages 386
Massages 388
ABC 389
XYZ 391
FYI 392
Gift Ideas 393
Coupon Ideas 394
How to Understand Each Other 395
How to Bed & Breakfast 397
Soundtrack to a Love Affair 398
Guidelines for a Love Affair 400
Bubble Baths (I) 402
Bubble Baths (II) 402
A Touch of Class 403
A Touch 405
Work 406
Play 407
Sex Tips for Gals 409
Sex Tips for Guys 409
Romanti¢¢¢ Ideas 410
Romantic Idea$$$ 411
Lawyers in Love 412
MBAs in Love 413
Hearts (#s 1—75) 415
In My Humble Opinion 418
My Personal Favorites 419
Best of the Best 420
Best Brief Advice 421
Top 10 Reasons to Be Romantic 423
Top 45 Reasons to Be Romantic 424
The End 425
The Beginning 426
Index 427
About the Author 439

Bonus Pages: Beyond 1001
The 99 Best Love Songs of the Twentieth (and Twenty-First)
Centuries (#s 1—25) 202
The 99 Best Love Songs of the Twentieth (and Twenty-First)
Centuries (#s 26—50) 203
The 99 Best Love Songs of the Twentieth (and Twenty-First)
Centuries (#s 51—75) 204
The 99 Best Love Songs of the Twentieth (and Twenty-First)
Centuries (#s 76—99) 205
Songs to Help Express Your Feelings 206
Best Love Song Duets 212
Best Broadway Love Songs 214
Best Romantic Movies & Best Romantic Movie Couples 215
Best Romantic Comedies 216
Great Date Movies 217
(More) Great Date Movies 218

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