One of the many, many amazing things that came out of my all-time favorite TV show, Parks and Recreation, is Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating the amazing female friendships and relationships in your life. My best friends and I plan on having a Parks & Rec rewatch marathon tomorrow featuring all of the Galentine’s Day involved episodes!
If you’re looking for a bookish way to celebrate the holiday, look no further than the following books that celebrate sisterhood, female friendship, and feminism.
The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – From starring a very bookish protagonist to its focus on family, there are SO many great things about The Library of Lost Things, but I especially loved the friendship between best friends Darcy and Marisol.
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – Grace and Fury is one of my favorite YA dystopian series. The first book had me intrigued for its sisterhood premise, as sisters Nomi and Serina are separated for the first time in their lives, with Nomi unexpectedly becoming one of the King’s darling Graces and Serina sent to an island filled with female exiled prisoners.
The Last Summer of the Garret Girls by Jessica Spotswood – Books about sisters are among my favorite sub-genres in YA contemporaries, with Jessica Spotwood’s The Last Summer of the Garret Girls as no exception. This book following four sisters’ summer in their small town, which so happens to include their family-run bookstore, had such fantastic Gilmore Girls vibes.
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Do you ever crave books that make you want to curl up with a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate? Summer-type weather really hasn’t hit where I live yet, so I keep thinking about books that will keep me entertained on dreary weather days. When I think of cozy reads, I think of books that are perfect for days or time that you can fully dedicate to reading. For me, this varies from rainy days to snow days and nights in. Today, I’ll be discussing books that have made me have all the cozy feels.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
A classic in a Fangirl Fury recommendations post?? Yes, my bookish friends, it’s true! While it took me some time to settle into this story, I Capture the Castle is such an atmospheric read, mostly taking place in a castle!
Talking As Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls by Lauren Graham
I have a love-like relationship with many ‘celebrity’ books and memoirs, but there was just something so inviting about Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast as I Can. I usually find myself just reading the parts I’m interested in, like the Parks & Rec chapter in Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, but I read Talking As Fast as I Can from cover to cover. I’m always recommending it to my Gilmore Girls-loving friends.
The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
I think there are few things that are cozier than a bookshop, not to mention one in the Scottish Highlands. As Nina runs her bookshop on wheels, she participates in village life -including living in the guesthouse of a very handsome local farmer named Lennox.
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Blame it on my love for baking (we’re working on cooking), but books that feature characters who work in cafés or restaurants or have a love for making food are my absolute jam I haven’t heard the term ‘foodie’ used lately, but it definitely can apply to this fangirl’s reading taste. Food pun both unintended and intended. Listed below are my favorite books that instill the best kind of cravings. You’ll be inspired to get creative in the kitchen (or just raid the refrigerator).
Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
I absolutely love my sweets and desserts, but I have never felt more inspired to eat a pastry or two until I read Love à la Mode. I am in desperate need to try an authentic (or at least well-executed) pain au chocolat.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
We all scream for ice cream here at Fangirl Fury, and I will certainly never stop screaming my love for Siobhan Vivian’s Stay Sweet! I never really thought about how much effort and time goes into making ice cream before reading this book. Amelia’s many trials and tribulations trying to recreate Home Sweet Home, the Meade Creamery classic flavor, made me consider buying ice cream making supplies!
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It’s no secret that Parks and Recreation is my all-time favorite TV show. I first watched Parks & Rec during summer 2015 on Netflix, quickly falling hard for a dysfunctional, but loveable group running their city’s Parks and Recreation department. In short, this show is insanely laugh-out-loud funny, has an incredible cast and guest stars (hello Michelle Obama!) and clever.
In honor of the upcoming Parks & Rec reunion at PaleyFest (I WILL find a way to watch),the following book recommendations are based on Parks & Rec characters’ personalities.
And yes, it makes me very sad that Leslie Knope does not like libraries. Then again, if Tammy was my local librarian…
Leslie Knope- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I can picture Leslie Knope reading across many genres, but she would especially love this summer contemporary about a politician’s daughter. The Unexpected Everything is in my top three Morgan Matson books, following Andie’s change in summer plans after her dad’s political scandal. Did I mention she becomes a dog walker?
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One of my absolute favorite TV shows, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, returns to it’s new home on NBC this Thursday, January 10. This show, at least in my fangirl brain, is known for its end-of-season cliffhangers, so I’m looking forward to seeing where Season 6 kicks off. In honor of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s return, today I’ll be sharing book recommendations based on B99 main characters.
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One of the best fangirlish things that happened in 2018 (AKA EVER) was Neftlix’s adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. As many of you know, Lara Jean is one of my all-time favorite characters. This trilogy holds a special place in my heart, being one out of three sisters like Lara Jean and the Song Covey girls. Like many, I was beyond impressed with its film adaptation, and I’m not-so patiently waiting for that sequel. Hellloooo Jon Ambrose McClaren.
In honor of all the TATBILB love this year, I’ll be sharing YA book recommendations based off some of the main characters from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
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Autumn calls for plenty of sweaters, pumpkin-spice treats, and ALL the books, as always. As many of you know, I’m a huge mood reader. However, when it comes my reading choices this season, I especially look for books that fall under three “categories”- thriller, mystery, and school. Today I’m going to be sharing my fall reading recs based on these categories, as well as some books that fall vibes on my TBR.
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