If you are someone who is dreading Valentine’s Day because of being single, there are a lot of options you can indulge in self love and get rid of the valentine’s blues. Go out with your friends, have a lovely all to yourself meal in a fancy place or if you want to just devour with ice cream and sweets, and stay at home, here is a good news, there are Books to celebrate being single, which will not only bring out the girl boss inside you, but remind you to love yourself first.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
This is one of the best Books to celebrate being single. Queenie has been compared to a modern-day Bridget Jones, but that’s a disservice to Candice Carty-Williams’ entertaining book about a 25-year-old British-Jamaican millennial bumbling her way about London following a break-up. Her savior is “The Corgis,” a WhatsApp group of her girlfriends who guide her toward self-awareness—and, yes, self-love.
The Lonely Hunter by Aimée Lutkin
Single thirty-something writer Aimée Lutkin decided to investigate why our culture is so obsessed with “coupling up” in the first place, and why it often feels like no one can accept singledom as a permanent, happy state of being—not least because there are more single people in the world than ever before. This is one of the books about being single in your 30s, which will help you get out of your sadden self and love yourself first. The Lonely Hunter is a memoir/reportage hybrid that will persuade you that our “quest for love is broken,” whether you’re single or not.
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
Our instinct as a culture is to flee from loneliness at all costs, and although there’s no reason why being single should imply being lonely, there is occasionally a connection. Olivia Laing, who relocated to Manhattan in her mid-30s following a terrible break-up, committed herself to understanding loneliness. In the preface, she says, “There were things that burnt away at me, not just as a private person, but also as a citizen of our century, our pixelated era.”
“How do you define loneliness?” If we aren’t deeply connected with another human being, how can we live?” The Lonely City is the product of her efforts to address those questions. Undoubtedly, one of the Books to celebrate being single. Part memoir, part study of artists ranging from Edward Hopper to Nan Goldin, The Lonely City is the result of her attempts to answer those questions. This isn’t a beach read, but it will permanently transform the way you think about isolation.
Single Pringle by Stacey June
An inspiring handbook for millennial singles that shares practical skills and guidance on how to enjoy and delight in being alone.
These days, we’re urged to be self-sufficient. Women’s liberation! Take charge! Many of us, on the other hand, have yet to develop the skills necessary to live peacefully on our own.
Stacey June is standing by to assist you. Stacey delves into the fundamentals of being comfortable alone, living independently, and pursuing every chance in life with the help of a bevy of experts, a wide range of romantic and sexual partners, a few rather ordinary lovers, and a few healers, yogis, and ‘kumbaya’ moments.
All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister
This is one of the books about being single in your 30s. Yes, the title is a little cringe-worthy, but Rebecca Traister’s 2016 best-seller is fantastic, questioning what’s truly at risk when you marry and highlighting the numerous single women who have contributed to shape America’s cultural environment over the decades. Her comments on her own wedding at the age of 35, as well as her dissection of literary characters from Miss Havisham to Lily Bart, stick with you the most (especially when she compares her own experiences to those of her mother, who married at the age of 21).
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
There are three bestseller memoirs about rediscovering yourself after a divorce: Wild, Eat, Pray, Love, and Untamed, Glennon Doyle’s Oprah-approved guide to releasing yourself from bad relationships and patriarchal standards all at once. Is there a noteworthy supporter? While recording 30, Adele claimed she felt “as if I just soared into my body for the very first time.” Therefore, don’t be afraid if you’re single and turning 30, this is one of the books about being single in your 30s which would instantly make you feel nicer about yourself.
I Came All This Way to Meet You by Jami Attenberg
I Came All This Way to Meet You, Jami Attenberg’s latest book, grapples with the realities of living a nomadic existence—without a spouse, children, or stable address—in order to commit oneself totally to your craft. (I don’t use the term peripatetic lightly here: the author of The Middlesteins didn’t buy her first proper bed until she was 45, after wandering back and forth throughout America for more than three decades, filling notebooks with ideas.) This is one of the Books to celebrate being single which will not only cheer you up, but also help you to explore your life more.
Attenberg is much too astute to pretend that being single in a culture preoccupied with marriage is simple, but she does show that it may be a completely happy path. All Grown Up, Attenberg’s joyous 2017 book about a childless 39-year-old artist living in New York City, is also well worth reading.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Lastly, this is one of the best books to celebrate being single. Even though you’re well aware that the highs and lows of being single are experienced by millions of other people, it might seem as if you’re the only person who’s ever gone on a date with a Deadhead who demanded payment for his Bud Light. Dolly Alderton’s lovely memoir of life in her twenties is a cure for all sorts of dating anxiety, as well as a study of the various forms of love that may really exist. Keep an eye out for a BBC adaptation later this year.