Books for Galentine's Day

Books Worthy of Galentine’s Day

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we come and kick it breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas.”

With Galentine’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better time to look at books that celebrate the heart of the holiday.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Yes Please by Amy PoehlerYou can’t celebrate Galentine’s Day without the gal herself. Amy Poehler shares the best advice for in her book of essays and even manages to boil it all down to a simple statement: “Good for her! Not for me.”



We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieTaken from her incredible TEDx talk of the same name, We Should All Be Feminists is a tiny read that packs a powerful punch. Bonus: It’s palm-sized packaging makes for a perfect little gift.





Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

notorious rbgIrin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik have put together a fun and informative history of (the Notorious!) Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, work, and relationships that you’ll just adore reading.




Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

9780544309869_42031Sometimes the best gals are our own family members and we just don’t realize it. Florence Gordon takes a hard look at all that comes with aging, while also highlighting the importance of family.





This One Summer by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

This One SummerA beautiful graphic novel focused on the awkward time between childhood and the teenage years when lifelong friendships shift and change.





When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams

73371_10151539041935742_465221476_nAnother palm-sized beauty, When Women Were Birds is a stunning series of meditations pondering life and voice that simply begs to be read over and over and over.





What are your favorite Galentine’s-worthy reads?


  • Well, thanks to your post, I finally know what Galentine’s Day is (I know, I don’t get out much), and I love it! Normally, though, I end up celebrating Chalentine’s Day, a day celebrating the love between parents and children (I just made that up). :)

  • I love this. I just sent out Galentines to my best girls. Maybe next year I will include a book too!

  • Ti Reed

    Oh gosh. On Galentine’s Day I will be driving the high school choir around for singing telegrams. Fun, but not Galentine’s Day by a long shot!

  • Great list! I loved Yes Please (and on the subject of P&R cast members, I’m wondering how Aziz Ansari’s book is).

    Also, I wrote a post last weekend (going up tomorrow) on Galentine’s Day, which pulls the same quote (didn’t want you to think I was pulling from your blog!).

  • This is fantastic! I’d never heard of Galantine’s Day before, but I’m onboard 100%. Totally agree with Florence Gordon…though I’m sure some readers saw her as kind of unlikable, I completely appreciated her! Saint Mazie might be another good one!

  • Amanda

    I’m so glad to see it wasn’t just me who wasn’t sure what Galentine’s Day is! I love the suggestions – and am adding Florence Gordon to my list to read!

  • Heather

    Great list! I haven’t actually read any of these, but there’s a couple on there I’d like to – ‘When Women Were Birds’ especially.
    I conveniently have plans for lunch with my mum and sister this Saturday 13th – all of us are single so I’m now claiming it as a Galentine’s Day get together.

  • Ha! I love the idea of Galantine’s Day! I’ve never heard of that before, but it looks to be a fun time. Amy Poehler has haunted me since before its release, and I’ve heard that it is so good. I really like the idea of Galantine’s Day. I might just have to recruit a few friends for an upcoming ladies book-out on that day. :)

  • Great choices! I want to read RBG so badly!

  • Great post! I loved Amy Poehler’s memoir. I really want to read Notorious RBG (great title, too!)

  • When Women Were Birds looks and sounds amazing. And YESSSSSS Amy Poehler!

    • I would love, love, love to hear what you think about When Women Were Birds. It’s such a small, touching/challenging read.

  • This is perfect. And Happy Galentine’s Day to you! <3

  • AHHHH I love this!! Very solid choices. I haven’t read Headstrong, but I imagine it’s a Galentine’s-worthy book.

  • I didn’t realize that When Women Were Birds is so tiny! Now I want it even more.

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  • Terry Tempest Willimas is SO SO good and WWWB is a quick read (but one you can pick up over and over again). Definitely recommend it super highly.

  • Great list!

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