February 11, 2020
Books are wonderful last minute, thoughtful gifts for Galentines or Valentines!
If you need a bookish gift for a Galentine/Valentine or for yourself this week, here are ten of my most recent, favorite fiction reads (all by women authors) that I can confidently and wholeheartedly recommend for an enjoyable and appreciated reading experience for most readers. In fact, you could print out this list or send it to your significant other and say “surprise me!”
(no particular order, reviews linked)
Titles are Amazon affiliate links and my reviews are linked.
(in no particular order)
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
My new favorite book about books! Strong and heartfelt themes of friendship and forgiveness. 4.5 stars (5 rounded up)
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
Heartfelt love story (diverse read). 4 Stars
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
A poignant granddaughter/grandmother story and search for family history and lost love (WW11 histfic). 4.5 Stars
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Engaging light histfic and a little mystery. 4 Stars
The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke
An unputdownable story of survival and sacrifice (WW11 histfic). 4 stars
Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
A compelling story of friendship and faith. 5 stars (a favorite of 2019)
If You Want to Make God Laugh by Bianca Marais
An unputdownable story of three strong women living in post-Apartheid South Africa (diverse read). 4 Stars
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
Perfume, romance, and celebrity sightings. 4 Stars
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Engaging stories involving therapy experiences (nonfiction, memoir). 5 stars
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
My favorite histfic of 2019 (the heaviest of all the titles on this list). 5 Stars
More Valentine/Galentine Gift Reading Ideas
The Caffeinated Bibliophile also has a list of Christian romantic reads in her post Ten Christian Romance Books to Read for Valentine’s Day.
Are you buying a gift for Galentine’s or Valentine’s this year?
If you have questions about any of the recommendations, or if you’d like a recommendation for a different genre, I’d be happy to answer in the comments or in email.
Happy Reading Book Buddies!
“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes
“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text
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