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Let Your Galentine’s Day Tradition Determine Your Next Read

by  | February 13

Life can get busy, and while social media helps to assure us that our gal pals are still killing it, the reality is, we often go weeks, if not months, without seeing our go-to ladies in person. If only there were a day solely dedicated to getting together with and showing a little extra love to our besties. Enter Galentine’s Day, the brainchild of Leslie Knope in the beloved comedy series Parks and Recreation that’s become a real-life tradition for many.

On February 13, forget about romantic relationships—whether you’re in one or not. For those 24 hours, you’re encouraged to take a step back and cherish the first loves of your life: your besties. The best part is, each Galentine’s Day celebration is unique to the group of friends getting together. Will you tipsy-watch a bad (but in the best way) rom-com? Are you planning to whip out the credit card for a mini shopping spree? Maybe you’ll end up dancing the night away, ordering pizza, and enjoying an impromptu sleepover. No matter what you and your friends do to celebrate each other, you’ll want to bask in the glow of a successful Galentine’s Day long after the party is over. Keep those warm fuzzy feelings alive by curling up with a good book, a selection inspired by your favorite Galentine’s Day activity.

F*ck Your Diet

F*ck Your Diet

by Chloé Hilliard

Brunching

If you’re anything like me, you love to kick off Galentine’s Day with brunch. Not only does it leave the rest of the day open to possibilities, it allows you to showcase your love for your besties through food. And the best Galentine’s food? Carbs. I’m talking waffles, French toast, cinnamon rolls, donuts, scones, and apple fritters. I want a dessert bar piled high with cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cake pops. Don’t even look at me unless there’s a fresh squeezed juice (with or without champagne) in your hand. If you’re on board for going all-in and not labeling this a “cheat day” or bemoaning the number of calories you just consumed, Chloé Hilliard’s F*ck Your Diet will be joining your squad. You’ll be belly-laughing soon enough as you read Chloé’s body-positive essays about embracing who she is. Remind yourself and your besties that you all kick butt…even while stuffing your face with fried dough.

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Rage Baking

Rage Baking

by Katherine Alford & Kathy Gunst

Hating on the Patriarchy

Let’s be honest. The real reason you’re all gathered for Galentine’s Day is to reaffirm female friendships, recharge your girl power, and exist in a space that is free of judgment and the male gaze. If you and your fellow female warriors are ready for a break from the patriarchal society we exist in, then I have the book for you: Rage Baking. Not only does this glorious cookbook contain recipes that will make for a delicious meal, but they are designed to allow you to take your rage, fury, and frustration out on the dough. Interspersed with yummy recipes are essays and quotes from some of the best bakers, activists, and outspoken women in our country. Turn baking time into an opportunity to release pent-up emotions so that you and your friends are ready to defend, resist, and protest for yet another day.

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Name Drop

Name Drop

by Ross Mathews

Spilling the Tea

We all love sitting down with a mimosa and filling our friends in on our daily goings-on, but after the life updates, it’s time to get into the juicy part of the day: the gossip. If you love hearing about your friend’s neighbor’s wild arguments or her coworker’s scandalous reply-all email mishap, it’s time to pick up Name Drop. In this collection of stories about your favorite celebrities, Ross Mathews (of RuPaul’s Drag Race and Chelsea Lately fame) dishes the hottest tea you’ll be served this month. From Barbara Walters to the Kardashians, it’s all on the table. So fill up your cocktail glass and settle in—this Galentine’s Day will be juicier than ever.

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The Women in Black

The Women in Black

by Madeleine St John

Shopping

The shopping mall: a classic Galentine’s Day location. If you’re planning on spending the day hopping from boutique to boutique, trying on ridiculous outfits, and indulging in your own movie-worthy makeover montage with your besties, then you’ll love The Women in Black. This darling novel takes place in a 1950s department store in Sydney, Australia. The cast of characters ranges from Patty, who wants her husband to get off his butt and give her a baby, to clever Magda, who dreams of opening her own store. There’s also Fay, who wants to find a nice man to marry, and Lisa, a student working at the store for the holidays. The friendship these women form expands beyond any job or department store. Find delight in determining which of the gals in your squad match up with the characters in the book while following their spellbinding stories.

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What Kind of Quiz Book Are You?

What Kind of Quiz Book Are You?

by Rachel McMahon

Reminiscing

Looking to bring some nostalgia to your Galentine’s Day plans? I would highly suggest What Kind of Quiz Book Are You? Don’t we all remember sitting in our rooms, pens at the ready, as we tore through the latest issue of Seventeen? We once put so much faith in those quizzes, convinced they would answer all of life’s questions, such as which character on One Tree Hill would be our bestie IRL. Buzzfeed’s genius quiz creator, Rachael McMahon, has put together a book bursting at the seams with quizzes to take the old-fashioned way. This book will have you and your gal pals laughing for hours as you passionately argue over answers and compare results to determine if you, the bacon on a BLT, can actually stay friends with the tomato.

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