National Pop The Question Day: Our Favorite Bookish Marriage Proposals

Posted by Eric Smith

So apparently March 20th is National Proposal Day. It’s also the first day of Spring. And while I’m unsure if anyone actually goes out of their way to propose on that date, it is a fun excuse to write a little something about proposals. Specifically, the bookish sort.

From webcomics to comic books, hollowed-out library books to self-published picture books, these six wonderfully unique and clever marriage proposals are guaranteed to make you a little misty.

Grab a box of tissues and check them out.

The Comic Book Marriage Proposal: When David Salomon’s girlfriend said she was in love with comics, that’s when he first realized he was in love with her. So when it was time to propose to his girlfriend, Jen, he enlisted the help of his talented friends, had them create a comic book about their relationship. The cover is a tribute to her favorite comic, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane.

I love how terribly nervous David looks at the 2:25 mark, while Jen is flipping through the book. He explains each of the (nine) pages to their group of friends, telling stories from their relationship… and it is incredibly sweet. Try not to cry when she fills in “yes” at the end. Try.

The Children’s Book Proposal: R.M. Massimo created A Prince is a Prince No Matter How Odd, a childrens’ picture book, to propose to his wife in Barnes & Noble. He acted as though the book had been published, convinced the booksellers to put it on their shelves, and had her read it.

Massimo went ahead and self published the book afterward, and you can pick it up via Xlibris.

Harry Potter Marriage Proposal: Reddit user Trehlo hollowed out a copy of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and placed his future-wife’s engagement ring inside. Excellent chapter choice.

Library Book Proposal: Stephanie of Read in a Single Sitting tells the absolutely wonderful story of how she got engaged in the State Library of Victoria. After following a series of notes left by her now-husband, she found her engagement ring hidden in a hollowed-out volume of Proust.

Read the whole story and check out the pictures of the notes on her website. Adorable.

The Webcomic Book Proposal: Okay, so this isn’t a proposal that uses a physical book. It’s a webcomic. Still counts. You can fight with me about it in the comments later.

Leigh Gallagher is an artist that’s worked on an array of comics, a lot of which, if you’re a comic book fan, you’ve clearly heard of. Check out his brief bio on blogger, here.

To propose to his girlfriend Niki, Leigh drew up a wonderfully funny and sweet comic. Read the entire thing here.

Photo via Bay Area Citizen

Marriage Proposal in Omnivore Books: A couple got engaged in Omnivore Books, and Bay Area Citizen managed to Storify the live tweets coming from the bookstore.

Give it a read, and smile.

Have a bookish marriage proposal that we missed? Leave it in the comments!


Eric Smith


ERIC SMITH is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and

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