February is generally seen as “the month of love” because of Valentine’s Day. I have never been one to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a relationship because why should one day be devoted to adoring your significant other when it should happen every day. So this month, instead of giving you books about romance, I’m focusing on books about a different kind of love. The kind of love you have for your best friend! These books tell a great story of friendship in one way or another.
What is Galentine’s Day? Galentine’s Day comes from a Parks and Recreation show. As character Leslie Know explains “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 just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” So, I suggest grabbing your favorite gal pals and binge reading and treat making some treats to go along with each book.
Here are my Galentine’s Day book recommendations and a little special treat to go along with each.
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
This book is split between Veronica and McKenna’s point of view. Vee and Kenna are two best friends who complete and compliment each other in every way. One is hard headed and the other is more free spirited. I adore this friendship because it feels real, and you can connect with each BFF. This story will make you laugh and maybe make you cry. It is a great book to settle into for a night as your transported to a beautiful Scottish backdrop.
To pair with this book, I recommend making Scottish Shortbread. I recommend using this easy recipe.
I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
If you’re into stories that give you wanderlust, this is the perfect book for you! Childhood BFF’s Leela and Sydney travel through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France and learn about themselves and their friendship along the way. It is fun to read and leaves you longing to backpack through Europe. The BFF dynamic in this book is realistic. Sydney and Leela’s friendship is tested at times and it is something every long-term friend will eventually see. But both girls push each other in ways only a best friend knows how.
I recommend grabbing your favorite pint of gelato! My favorite is talenti’s black raspberry chocolate chip.
You Deserve A Drink by Mamrie Hart
While this book has some awesome gal pals and tales of friendship, I recommend this book for Galentine’s Day because Mamrie Hart is someone I would LOVE to have as a friend in life. She’s hilarious, ambitious, a pretty mean cook, and eccentric. She tells her stories in a way that makes you feel like you were there.
The best part about Mamrie’s book, is that each chapter comes with a built in drink menu. You can make your favorite, or try them all. My personal favorite with a sweet touch is “Frame the Cookie.”
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Quincy Carpenter is intent on leading a normal life. She’s the survivor of an event that killed her closest college friends. She was the only one who survived. But why? Her wounds were not even remotely fatal. Some doubt Quincy’s story. She’s conveniently forgotten the details of the murders. Did she kill her friends? Was it the mysterious boy that Janelle invited into the cabin with them? Someone else entirely?
Why a slasher story for Galentine’s Day? Because there are some fundamental friendships that every woman faces in her life. Sometimes we don’t know who to trust and other times we need to learn to trust our instincts. This is a quick read that will leave you on the edge of your seat!
For this one, I recommend this strawberry cupcake recipe in honor of our baker, Quincy.