Did you know that 13th February is the official date for Galentine’s Day? Forget February 14th, Galentine’s is all about celebrating those all important friendships in our lives! So if you’re looking to gift your favourite gals and guys with something special this Galentine’s, we’ve got you covered with the best reads to brighten their day and make sure they’re really feeling the love.
We all have that friend that truly believes that their soulmate is out there just waiting to find them. They’re in love with the idea of love! For this true love devotee, And Now You’re Back is their perfect match. 13 years after a magical night in Venice and a inexplicable break-up, Didi’s old spark is back in her cosy life in the charming Cotswolds. Surely they’re meant just to be?
If you and your friend love Legally Blonde, then we highly recommend The Split. It’s an empowering and funny read about the things we do when we’re going through a break-up and how, with the help of our friends, we come out better for it!
She wiped your tears away after that horrendous break-up and bought you chocolates when you finally passed your driving test. We all love that supportive BFF. And she’ll undoubtedly love Daisy Buchanan’s THE SISTERHOOD, a tender and unflinching memoir and an ode to the women that shape our lives.
If your BFF loves Jodi Picoult then you should definitely send The Sight of You by Holly Miller their way. Even Jodi herself is a big fan! ‘Unique and breath-taking and painful and broken and perfect . . . just like love’ – Jodi Picoult
If your friend loves an honest, laugh-out-loud approach to self-help, then look no further. Known for her sell-out UK tour How to be a Middle-Aged Woman (Without Going Insane), Older and Wider is Jenny’s hilarious and heartfelt A-Z of getting through the menopause with a smile on your face.
It’s no secret that we’re all bored to tears of staring at the same four walls and family members in our third round of lockdown. The crack of dawn cab ride to the airport and adrenaline rush of strapping in for take-off feels like something of dreams… For the friend that has the travel tick, gift them a copy of Americanah by Chimanda Ngozi Adichie where they’ll be whisked from the bustling city of Lagos, to the United States, and back to our all too familiar, but beloved, London.
We all have that friend that loves nothing more than to grab a cuppa, a whole packet of chocolate biscuits and settle down with a cosy crime novel. Stephen Spotswood’s Fortune Favours The Dead is razor-sharp, extremely entertaining and follows the murder mystery of a young dead widow. It looks like an impossible crime, but Pentecost and Parker know there is no such thing…
For the hopeless romantics: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
They cry at The Notebook, Insta-stalk all the surviving matches from Love Island, and their go to mood-booster is a pint of ice-cream. This friend NEEDS to read Bridget Jones’s Diary. If they haven’t already, you’ll be doing them a huge favour. Filled with classic British humour, wholesome friendships, the struggles of a modern woman in her thirties and the all important ‘Who’s THE one?’, Bridget Jones’s Diary is the lockdown tonic that every hopeless romantic is desperate for.
Another fab read for the hopeless romantic is Sara Manning’s Rescue Me. If they loved Marley and Me and The Flatshare they’ll be sure to love this too!