10 Books That Will Make You Glad to Be Single

Being in a relationship isn't always all it's cracked up to be, as shown by this selection of books that will make you glad to be single. Featuring tempestuous relationships, messy love triangles and scandal in abundance, you're sure to be relieved you don't have to deal with all this hassle!

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1. The Twits

Roald Dahl

This smelly, mean, ugly couple just can't get enough of each other. Well, of doing all sorts of horrid things to each other, that is. They just love to perform cruel (if inventive) pranks on each other, from Mrs Twit replacing Mr Twit's spaghetti with worms, to Mr Twit launching Mrs Twit into the air, attached to a bunch of balloons! There's no love lost here, that's for sure.

2. Poldark

Winston Graham

This gripping and engrossing series of books is nonetheless a complete mess of reckless relationships. When Ross Poldark returns from war, he finds the woman he once loved, Elizabeth, married to his very own cousin. That's got to sting. But then he meets Demelza, a miner's daughter, and before long he marries her, raising her up to be a lady. It seems like they're genuinely happy together - but Poldark is still in love with Elizabeth, and one day, he acts on his feelings. When Demelza finds out, what will happen when she meets a handsome officer, and is tempted to stray herself? Surely no-one needs these kinds of problems in their lives.

3. Game of Thrones

George R. R. Martin

Where do we start?! Just don't get into a relationship. Seriously. The person you love will probably be brutally executed, set on fire, drowned, stabbed, shot with an arrow, poisoned or suffer some other gruesome fate. Then they'll doubtless be turned into an undead wight and most likely come back to kill you, too. Or at least, that's what Game of Thrones has taught us about relationships. It's just not worth it.

4. Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth seems to have the life everyone wants in their thirties - a husband, a house, trying for a baby... but she's not happy. Following a bitter divorce and turbulent affair, Elizabeth goes on a journey around the world, determined to care for herself for once. She travels to Italy, India and Bali, having all sorts of incredible adventures and novel experiences. After all, who wants to be stuck in a boring house with a partner when you could be going on all kinds of escapades around the globe?

5. Twilight

Stephenie Meyer

That gorgeous yet enigmatic person you have a crush on? They could be out for your blood. Just think about that. Not ideal, right? But there's worse. They could sparkle in the sunlight. Do you really want that? Do you? Because it sounds pretty horrifying to us. This enticing YA vampire read is infused with tension, mystery and risky romances, the perfect antidote to wanting a relationship.

6. Before I Go to Sleep

S. J. Watson

This paranoia-inducing novel taught us that even the person who sleeps next to you may not be who he or she claims to be. Who can you trust if you can't trust your own partner? Surely it's better to just stay out of the whole relationship thing altogether.

7. The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

There's no doubt about it: hormone-addled teenage relationships are difficult. Poor Katniss Everdeen has to contend with not one, but two young men vying to be her boyfriend. At some point, she's got to pick one. But she's got slightly more pressing things to worry about, like, you know, saving the nation from a tyrannical dictator. How are you supposed to get on with your life with all these love troubles chipping away at you? It's just not practical.

8. The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins

This book shows readers that even those relationships you think are perfect may in fact be riddled with difficulties. This dark, gritty novel stars Rachel, an alcoholic who catches the same commuter train every day, passing the same back gardens and houses. In one of these houses lives a cute and cosy couple whom she names Jess and Jason. But when she sees something shocking, she can't simply stay back and do nothing. Discover a web of lies, jealousy and secrets that's sure to make you question even the most ostensibly idyllic-looking relationships.

9. Fifty Shades of Grey

E. L. James

This spicy, sensual and addictive read may get you hot under the collar temporarily, but when you sit back and think about it for a moment, the relationship between Ana and Christian is actually really weird - and definitely not desirable. Christian Grey is seriously controlling. Like, really. He makes Ana sign a long and complex contract agreeing to be his 'submissive', stalks her, monitors her, controls her and even buys her job, he's so obsessed with her. Surely this is a bit much?

10. Revolutionary Road

Richard Yates

An instant classic upon publication, this is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright and beautiful couple who dream of more than their hollow suburban lifestyle. Bored and frustrated, they decide to move to Paris, but this plan quickly starts to crumble apart, particularly when April conceives the couple's third child. Scandal, misery and horrifying events are sure to follow. We could really do without all that trouble!

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    HBO's hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's internationally bestselling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age.

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    Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, this is a novel that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you for ever. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more. But Grey is tormented by inner demons, and consumed by the need to control. As they embark on a passionate love affair, Ana discovers more about her own desires, as well as the dark secrets Grey keeps hidden away from public view...
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    Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.
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    Suzanne Collins' bestselling YA book series, The Hunger Games trilogy, transports readers to a dystopian future run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village.

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    Hailed as a masterpiece from the moment of its first publication, "Revolutionary Road" is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. With heartbreaking compassion and clarity, Richard Yates shows how Frank and April mortgage their hopes and ideals, betraying in the end not only each other, but their own best selves.
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    When 17 year old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town. But in spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella. Bella is convinced that Edward Cullen in particular hates her, but she feels a strange attraction to him, although his hostility makes her feel almost physically ill. He seems determined to push her away - until, that is, he saves her life from an out of control car. Bella will soon discover that there is a very good reason for Edward's coldness. He, and his family, are vampires - and he knows how dangerous it is for others to get too close.

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    It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her.

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    With a phizz-whizzing new cover to mark 100 years of Roald Dahl, this is the story of a foul and smelly couple known as The Twits.

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    This is the runaway sunday times no. 1 bestseller and thriller of the year. "Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect." (Stephen King). Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...