Who said being single is a bad thing? With so many brilliant books to read which are perfect for singletons, we certainly don't think it is! Check out this list of the best books to read when you're single for inspiring, self-affirming, poignant and enthralling reads.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
When three American men stumble across a community inhabited only by women, living in isolation in the Amazon, they assume there simply must be men around somewhere. How could these women possibly survive without man's knowledge, might and wisdom, not to mention his reproductive power? But they discover a civilisation free of disease, poverty and the burden of tradition, a calm and prosperous society which threatens the very concept of male superiority. The perfect book for single women who sometimes think about giving up on men altogether!
Today, more than 50% of adults are single, as opposed to just 22% in 1950. Traditional thinking would say that all these single people must be lonely, sad and isolated - but it turns out that they're actually more likely to eat out, exercise, sign up for classes, attend public events and volunteer than their married counterparts. Featuring over 300 interviews with a range of men and women, Klinenberg makes some shocking conclusions about the impact single living is having on society. This book shows readers that being single is often an exciting and liberating way to live.
For something light-hearted, fun and wonderfully addictive, discover this fantastically funny and uplifting book. It follows Bridget as she documents the struggles and successes of her tumultuous thirties, weighing up important questions (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), supporting her indispensable friends and getting through a good deal of alcohol in the process. With romantic faux pas in abundance and an encouraging message about the importance of friendship, this is the perfect laugh-out-loud book for singletons.
Elizabeth Gilbert has a husband, a house and they're trying for a baby - but she's not happy. Following a bitter divorce and love affair, she emerges battered, bewildered, but reinvigorated, resolving to take care of herself for once. She travels to Rome, where she learns Italian and gains twenty-five pounds; to India, where she finds herself scrubbing the temple floor; and to Bali, where she is offered a new route to peace: to simply sit and smile. This inspiring book reminds us how important self-care is in the happiness journey.
This spellbinding book features photographs and true stories from individuals all over London. Discover the surreal and the everyday, and uncover the lives of a diverse range of people - their pasts, their dreams, their philosophies and troubles. This book is perfect to read if you're ever feeling lost in what may seem like a chaotic world full of countless unknown faces, and will show you that you're certainly not alone, no matter what your difficulties.
Recently, women have made pretty good progress: they've gained the vote, the Pill, and haven't been burned as witches since 1727. But a few nagging concerns still remain. Why are women expected to get Brazilians? Why are they supposed to get Botox? Do men secretly hate them? And why does everyone ask women when they're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran's brilliant book answers all the questions every modern woman is asking.
Immerse yourself in a surreal, dreamlike world in this exciting, bizarre and philosophical book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and topple into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, this is the perfect book for pure escapism.
Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccillo
If, in truth, you wouldn't mind a boyfriend, but men are simply proving impossible to understand and utterly elusive, this is the book for you. Discover all the daily quandaries associated with dating men, such as: why didn't he call you back? Why doesn't he talk to your friends? And why does he keep putting off your dates? Ditch the men who don't seem all that interested, and find the ones who are! This is the ultimate guide to figuring out men when they seem more confusing and inconsistent than ever.
Caitlin Moran, Maureen Dowd, Camille Paglia & Hannah Roisin
In the modern world, do women really get anything from triumphing in work, education, the economy, politics and business, whilst also retaining their roles as child-bearers and homemakers? Are we simply taking on every burden and responsibility, leaving men to flounder and struggle to find their place - and is that what we want? This hilarious and essential read is great for anyone interested in the advances of the gender discussion. The writers discuss the question of whether men are obsolete, and if they are... what does that mean for women?
This is the ultimate book for immersive escapism. Discover a dark, mysterious planet, full of sinister fauna and flora, where humans were never meant to go. Uncover the fascinating society that grew from just two stranded humans, full of mental and physical disability due to inbreeding, no-strings-attached sexual encounters, lots of fatherless children, plenty of baseless traditions shaped around stories and theories warped and corrupted over the years, and the unshakeable belief that humans will arrive one day to take everyone back to Earth. 'Break the Circle' with John Redlantern as he rebels against his cultish society and shapes the fate of this new Eden.