Have a Very Bookish Galentine's Day!Liz O.
Leslie Knope and I have a few things in common; we both have a strong affinity for waffles and justice, are married to men who love Star Wars, and possess the unrelenting desire to make our lady friends feel like fierce Beyoncé warriors 100% of the time.
Thankfully, Ms. Knope decided that there should be a holiday to celebrate these friendships, a holiday where we express to our friends just how incredible they are, and thus Galentine’s Day was born! On February 13th every year, from now until forever, I encourage you to shower your near and dear with compliments, affirmations, sentiments explaining how happy they make you and what you love about them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick text, a dinner date (BONUS: there are PLENTY of reservations left on February 13th and you won’t have to commit to a wildly overpriced tasting menu of “sexy” foods that are usually lame), or exchanging gifts at the cute coffee shop around the corner, there is no wrong way to let your friends know what they mean to you.
Since I am in publishing, my friends have come to expect that most of their gifts will involve books, and Galentine’s Day is no different! I’ve decided to switch it up from now on, each Galentine’s Day the important ladies in my life are going to get my favorite books about kickass friendships, and each year will be a different theme. This year’s theme is The OG’s, books that I read growing up or that remind me of my oldest friends, the ones that showed me how strong and meaningful and necessary a friendship could be. Some highlights include:
The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Experiencing Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey (and all the other babysitters to come after) navigating growing up, becoming preteen entrepreneurs, and dealing with every pubescent nightmare under the sun (Bad haircuts! Friends changing interests! Two friend groups not getting along! ) while also staying true to themselves and each other was my first realization of just how resilient a bond between girls could be.
Who It’s Perfect For: Give it to the childhood friend who you used to get matching rubberbands on your braces with.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
This is one of those books that I feel like everyone has read, and if you haven’t read it, you’ve watched the movie, and if you’ve done that your heart also bursts anytime the actresses post anything on Instagram about each other BECAUSE THEY’RE FRIENDS IN REAL LIFE AND ARE STILL FRIENDS 13 YEARS LATER (*sobbing*). Lena, Tibby, Bridget, and Carmen highlight the fact that even if you are completely different from each other and your lives bring you to some dark, tough, and heartbreaking places, if you love each other and support each other nothing else matters.
Who It’s Perfect For: Give it to your high school friends who brought pizza and Amanda Bynes movies to your house to comfort you after you saw Alex Hudson kissing that girl from your Calc class at Homecoming.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This one is cheating a little bit since it came out a year after I graduated, but this is my list so I can do whatever I want. Cath and Reagan are a perfect example of how terrifying making friends as an adult can be. It starts out awkward, and hesitant, and finding a rhythm and common interests might be harder than you want it to be, but at the core, if you both want to be there for that other person and open yourself up to them, all the unpleasant beginnings will melt away into something spectacular.
Who It’s Perfect For: Give it to your college roommate who didn’t mind that your Distillers poster clashed with her Jack Johnson poster.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Everyone has that friend that they wish they could be exactly like. Whether it’s their confidence or wit or ability to listen, it is something we most admire and covet. Charlie and Taylor represent one of the best things about friendship in that even when they’re separated and don’t have each other to lean on, these two characters use what they respect most about each other to get over their fears and solve problems to better themselves. Getting a jolt of confidence or an internal pep talk from your most dedicated cheerleaders can make any scary situation into just another thing you’re going to crush that day.
Who It’s Perfect For: Give it to the Buffy to your Willow, who insisted you stand in the line to meet Fiona Staples at NYCC because she knew you would kick yourself for chickening out.
Comment below with some of your favorite books for the Galentine’s in your life!