Top 10 Best Books to Read When You're Single

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.

1. Herland

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!

2. Going Solo

Eric Klinenberg

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.

3. Bridget Jones's Diary

Helen Fielding

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.

4. Eat, Pray, Love

Elizabeth Gilbert

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.

5. Humans of London

Cathy Teesdale

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.

6. How to Be a Woman

Caitlin Moran

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.

7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

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.

8. He's Just Not That Into You

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.

9. Are Men Obsolete?

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?

10. Dark Eden

Chris Beckett

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.
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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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    Why didn't he call you back? Why doesn't he talk to your friends? Why does he keep putting off your dates? This book has the answers. Now the international bestseller is re-released to change the lives of a new generation. This is a hilarious, playful, honest explanation of male behaviour from a writer and a consultant of Sex and the City. Stop wasting your time chasing after men who aren't into you, and find men who are! Greg Behrendt provides the insight you need to move on and find them. The idea behind 'He's Just Not That Into You' came from a conversation between Greg Behrendt and his fellow (female) SATC writers, when they asked his advice one day. This conversation became the seed of an episode which struck a powerful chord with viewers. Before long, Greg became aware that this simple phrase had the power to change women's lives. 'He's Just Not That Into You' is now a worldwide phenomenon. Over 100k copies have been sold across all editions, it has topped bestseller charts internationally, and has been made into a major Hollywood film. Now repackaged for a new generation with an eyecatching new cover, He's Just Not That Into You is essential armour for the modern woman.
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    You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of Angela and Tommy. You shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees, hunting woollybuck and harvesting tree candy.

    Beyond the forest lie the treeless mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among you recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross between worlds. One day, the Oldest say, they will come back for you.

    You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of two marooned explorers. You huddle, slowly starving, beneath the light and warmth of geothermal trees, confined to one barely habitable valley of a startlingly alien, sunless world.

    After 163 years and six generations of incestuous inbreeding, the Family is riddled with deformity and feeble mindedness. Your culture is a infantile stew of half-remembered fact and devolved ritual that stifles innovation and punishes independent thought. You are John Redlantern.

    You will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. You will be the first to abandon hope, the first to abandon the old ways, the first to kill another, the first to venture in to the Dark, and the first to discover the truth about Eden.
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    It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby? Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.
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    A beautiful Oxford Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's inspired fantasy Alice in Wonderland. This surreal story has truly enduring appeal and is a must-read book for all readers aged 9 and above.

    On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world, she meets some even stranger characters including a grinning cat, a rabbit with a pocket watch and a queen who plays croquet using hedgehogs and flamingos!

    Packed full of nonsense poems and songs, quirky characters and bizarre goings-on, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic!

    Please note this edition does not contain any illustrations.
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    "Men are so last century. They seem to have stopped evolving. The Mad Men world is disappearing and the guys are struggling to figure out the altered parameters of manliness". (Maureen Dowd). "Do women get anything from men being obsolete? Do we win by triumphing in work, education, the economy, politics and business, while retaining homemaking and child rearing? If that happened then we will be doing everything! Are men obsolete? No! I won't let you be you f*****s!" (Caitlin Moran). Are Men Obsolete is an essential and entertaining read for anyone interested in what happens next in the great gender discussion. Maureen Dowd, Caitlin Moran, Camille Paglia and Hanna Roisin debate whether modern man is past his sell-by-date, and, if so, what does that mean for women?
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    With an introduction by Lindy West, when three American men discover a community of women, living in perfect isolation in the Amazon, they decide there simply must be men somewhere. How could these women survive without man's knowledge, experience and strength, not to mention reproductive power? But what they have found is a civilisation free from disease, poverty and the weight of tradition. All alone, the women have created a society of calm and prosperity, a feminist utopia that dares to threaten the very concept of male superiority.
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    With an introduction by Caitlin Moran A dazzling urban satire of modern relationships? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? As Bridget documents her struggles through the social minefield of her thirties and tries to weigh up the eternal question (Daniel Cleaver or Mark Darcy?), she turns for support to four indispensable friends: Shazzer, Jude, Tom and a bottle of chardonnay. Bridget Jones's Diary was first published in 1996 and applauded by critics from Salman Rushdie to Jilly Cooper. A number-one bestseller, Helen Fielding's book has sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and has been turned into an Academy Award-nominated film series starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant. Bridget Jones's Diary is followed by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
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    A magical collection of photographs and stories from the iconic streets of London. Capturing the inspiring, the moving, the surreal and the everyday, Cathy Teesdale has made it her mission to celebrate the extraordinary diversity of life found in London. Presenting over 250 photographs, she introduces us to the real people of London, their hopes, philosophies, troubles and stories. Since beginning the Humans of London Facebook page in late 2013, Cathy has travelled across the whole of the Greater London area, photographing and talking to strangers. This collection of personal encounters is the perfect antidote to feeling lost in a big city.
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    In 1950, only 22% of adults were single. Today, more than 50% of adults are. Though conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, most 'solo dwellers', compared with their married counterparts, are more likely to eat out and exercise, sign up for art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Eric Klinenberg reaches some startling conclusions about the seismic impact solo living is having on our culture, business and politics.