Don’t Judge a Book By Its… Title?

Books That Would Make Appropriate (or Not) Gifts for Your Past, Present and Potential Partners

Books make fantastic gifts. But sometimes it’s the title of the book that packs the most punch. While these novels and memoirs may not have the perfect plots for the love of your life — or the guy you just met on Tinder — the titles might fit the bill. If nothing else, they’ll hopefully make you laugh. With Covid forcing us to scrap most of our romantic plans these days, at least we can gift-wrap some carefully chosen books to delight each other, just because. All of these are books and authors I’ve featured on my podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books.

For Your Husband (When You’re in a Good Mood):

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

I Am Yours by Reema Zaman

Monogamy by Sue Miller

The Kids Are in Bed by Rachel Bertsche

Loved and Wanted by Christa Parravani

You’re Doing a Great Job by Biz Ellis

Love You Hard by Abigail Maslin

For Your Husband (When You’re in a Bad Mood):

You Can Only Yell at Me For One Thing at a Time by Roz Chast & Patty Marx

Good Morning, Monster by Catherine Gildiner

Not a Partnership by Tod Jacobs and Peter Lynn

For the New Love in Your Life:

22 Minutes of Unconditional Love by Daphne Merkin

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

Enter Wild by Carlos Whittaker

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Touch by Courtney Maum

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott

For the One You’re in Bed With:

What Girls Need by Marisa Porges

This is Big by Marisa Meltzer

Failure to Launch by Mark McConville

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Tight by Torrey Maldonado

For the Divorcee:

Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lillies by Tara Schuster

For the One You’re Breaking Up With:

We Need to Talk by Jennifer and David Risher

Miss You Love You Hate You Bye by Abby Sher

Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Do Better by Rachel Ricketts

For the Guy You’re Messaging on Tinder:

Want by Lynn Steger Strong

Fast Girls by Elise Hooper

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Ready or Not by Madeline Levine

Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham

I Eat Men Like Air by Alice Berman

Is There Still Sex in the City? By Candace Bushnell

For the One Who Needs to Make More of an Effort:

Would it Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick by Holly Martyn

No One Tells You This by Glynnis MacNicol

How to Be Loved by Eva Hagberg Fisher

The Book of Moods by Lauren Martin

For the One That Got Away:

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Creator and host of award-winning podcast, “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books.”

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