Get cozy with our top 5 inspirational books worth passing your date for. Wine optional.
No matter if you’re happily swooning away as one-half of a long-term couple, dating around, sorta seeing how it goes with a certain someone, or single af—we think V-day shouldn’t have to be all about the usual clichés of roses, heart-shaped chocs (yawn), overly expensive wining-and-dining, or feeling the need to spend the day with someone. If that’s your jam then by all means, swoon away, but why not do some romancing with yourself that’ll benefit you? Because tbh, fuck depending on someone else to make you feel good. After all, the most important relationship you have is with yourself, amiright? Here are our fave authors either working to make you realize just how kickass you really are (and on your way to be), or helping you to understand yourself a little bit better. From books about self-empowerment and self-exploration to books that’ll inspire, uplift, educate, and open your eyes–pour yourself a glass of wine and delve in.
Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking
Although it’s subject matter–death, bereavement, grief–isn’t exactly the most uplifting of subjects one could choose to read (esp on V-day), The Year of Magical Thinking manages to be both devastatingly heart-breaking and also wonderfully uplifting in equal measures. It’s an intimate reflection over a tragic period in the author’s life when her husband died, and her analysis on the process of grief. Didion’s writing has an elegant, gentle voice that’s precise and poignant, which allows her to penetrate your emotions utterly and completely. It’s essential reading for anyone who has experienced any form of loss, but also for anyone who appreciates beautiful writing.
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays that unpack and illuminates the many problems in modern day culture from racial profiling, sexual violence, politics, and the damaging expectations of what it means to be a Feminist. Heart wrenching, insightful, witty, and brave, it’s legit the most important book I’ve read so far in my life. Go. Read. It.
She Must Be Mad – Charly Cox
Invest some time in yourself by delving into the relevant and searingly honest poetry of Charly Cox. Her debut, She Must Be Mad, perfectly encapsulates what it is to be a young woman today in the age of social media and the struggles we face with coming-of-age in terms of mental health, body image, and heart ache. She’s also seriously HIL at times. It’s a fast, easy read while still retaining a lot of its depth and feeling, for those who don’t fancy reading anything mega heavy.
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
A memoir detailing journalist Dolly Alderton’s life lessons throughout her twenties and her search for love. It’s seriously lol-inducing, incredibly resonating, and an all-round pleasant read, particularly its reflection on the importance of female friendships. It’ll make you want to text all your pals soppy messages. <3
The Little Black Book: A Tool Guide For Working Women – Otegha Uwagba
Now if you’re needing something that’ll get you pumped up career wise, then this book is for you. It’s a handbag size book filled with tips on how to be the best version of yourself, from seizing opportunities professionally, making sure you’re getting paid the amount you should be, recognizing your self-worth, and not accepting anything less (hell no). It’s also brimming with advice from other crazy-inspirational and powerful women who have all made it in the creative industry. While you’re at it, check out our interview with Uwagba here for more deets.
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