No sweetheart? No problem! Got a sweetheart? Leave them at home and kick it with your gal pals on February 13th.
Don’t worry about flowers or chocolate or wine (ok, maybe bring the wine)— there’s no protocol for gift giving on Galentine’s Day. But if you want to surprise your bud with an inspiring, endearing book written by and featuring strong women, here are six that will suit any mood. We think Leslie Knope would approve.
Lift her up
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This memoir/manifesto from the OG of Galentine’s Day will always be the perfect book to give your friend. Humor, vulnerability, authenticity and encouragement—Poehler lets it all shine through as she writes about her journey to fame as a woman in comedy and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Make her smile
I’ll Be There for You by Kelsey Miller
More than twenty years after it first aired, Friends still resonates. Full of backstage secrets, commentary on the most talked-about episodes and interviews with the people that shaped the show, The One about Friends is a must-read for any fan of the iconic characters and their decade of on-air laughs.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay
Dr. Gay has brought together a collection of first person essays on the state of women’s safety (or lack thereof) from celebrities and cultural critics that is superbly curated and infuriatingly relatable. As other brilliant women have said before: If you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.
Give her all the feels
California Girls by Susan Mallery
Finola seems like she has it all, Zennie is independent and Ali’s engagement has just ended unceremoniously. The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for these three sisters who get dumped in the same week, but side by side, they will try to rebuild their lives.
Give her a thrill
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Another phone call from her sister. Another boyfriend that had to be dealt with. Korede is getting tired of cleaning up her little sister’s messes—and knows she should probably go to the police—but family is family. That is, until a doctor Korede adores at the hospital where they work starts dating her sister. Can she sacrifice one to save the other?
Do you celebrate Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends? Let us know which books you’d give them!