Friday Fives | Anti-Valentine’s Day

Posted February 13, 2021 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 1 Comment

I started #FridayFavorites back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to #FridayFives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Sometimes you’re not in the mood for love and all the romance surrounding Valentine’s Day and you just want to say…

So, here are some anti-valentine’s day books. Either books that are not about romance or ones that are about a relationship falling apart.

The Awakening is one of the early feminist works. Set in New Orelans, and focuses on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South.


I had to include The Great Gatsby! I absolutely loathe the book but it is a good anti-valentine’s book.


It’s about affairs, need I say more.


I couldn’t not include this in the list! The Vagina Monologues is usually performed every year around the worldwide every Valentine’s day. This book discusses topics that society would rather us keep quiet about: sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, direct and indirect encounters with reproduction, vaginal care, menstrual periods, sex work.


We’ve all heard of The Handmaid’s Tale, but a dystopian novel were women are only good if they produce offspring. You can’t get more anti-Valentine’s day than this!

Happy Reading Darlings!

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One response to “Friday Fives | Anti-Valentine’s Day

  1. I really liked ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Even though I own ‘The Awakening’ I haven’t read it yet, but I liked Kate Chopin’s short story ‘The Story of an Hour.’ 🙂

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