When a relationship ends, it can be difficult to know how to pick up the pieces and move on. This is where break-up books can be a valuable resource. By reading about other people’s experiences, you can gain insight into your own situation and learn how to better cope with the heartache.
Break-up books can also provide comfort and support during a difficult time. By reading about others who have gone through similar experiences, you can feel less alone and know that you are not the only one struggling. These books can also offer helpful advice on how to heal and move on.
If you are going through a break-up, you must be experiencing all the very common pains everyone else has to deal with in such a situation. Previously we handpicked over 40 motivational books to read, this time it’s all about the end of a relationship.
So, how about picking a good book to kick-start your new life? We have handpicked 20 great books to help you restart your life, take a fresh breath, and make a new decision.
1. The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver
The Wisdom of a Broken Heart is a book by author and psychotherapist Susan Piver. The book is based on the premise that heartbreak is a necessary part of life that can teach us important lessons.
The book is divided into four sections: The First Heartbreak, The Second Heartbreak, The Third Heartbreak, and The Fourth Heartbreak. Each section contains essays and exercises designed to help the reader heal from a heartbreak and learn from the experience.
The First Heartbreak section deals with the pain of the initial break-up. The Second Heartbreak section helps the reader to understand why the relationship ended and to forgive themselves and the other person. The Third Heartbreak section deals with the process of moving on and rebuilding one’s life. The Fourth Heartbreak section is about finding love again and learning from the past.
The Wisdom of a Broken Heart is a helpful and insightful book for anyone who has experienced heartbreak. The book offers valuable advice and guidance for healing and moving on.
2. The Pisces by Melissa Broder
The Pisces is a novel by Melissa Broder about a woman who falls in love with a merman. The novel follows the woman, who is unnamed, as she goes through a break-up and decides to move to Los Angeles to start fresh.
Melissa starts seeing a therapist and falls in love with her, but the therapist is dating someone. The woman then starts working as a TA for a class on the Odyssey and meets a student who is a merman. They start a relationship and the novel follows their ups and downs. The novel is funny, sad, and erotic, and Broder’s writing is beautiful.
3. Love Hurts by Lodro Rinzler
In Love Hurts, Buddhist teacher and author Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche offers advice and guidance for anyone who has ever been heartbroken. He begins by explaining the Buddhist concept of dukkha, or suffering, and how it is caused by our attachment to things that are impermanent. He goes on to offer practical advice for dealing with the pain of a broken heart, including how to let go of attachment, how to cultivate compassion, and how to find true happiness.
Rinpoche’s advice is based on the Buddhist teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. He explains how to use these teachings to deal with the pain of a broken heart, and how to find true happiness.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone who has ever been heartbroken. It offers practical advice for dealing with the pain.
4. Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak by Famous and Obscure
This book is a collection of six-word memoirs about love and heartbreak. The memoirs are written by a variety of authors, and each one is just six words long. The book explores the many different ways that love and heartbreak can manifest themselves, and how they can affect our lives.
The book starts off with a brief introduction, in which the author explains the concept of the six-word memoir. She also talks about how love and heartbreak are two of the most universal experiences that we all go through, and how they can often be difficult to put into words.
The memoirs in this book range from funny and lighthearted to sad and poignant. They offer a glimpse into the wide range of emotions that come along with love and heartbreak. Whether you’re currently in a relationship or not, this book is sure to resonate with you.
5. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Year of Magical Thinking is a book about the author’s experiences after her husband’s death. The author, Joan Didion, is a well-known writer and journalist, and the book is based on a series of essays she wrote for The New York Review of Books.
The book chronicles the year following her husband’s death, during which she experienced a number of emotions, including grief, anger, and disbelief. She also struggled to make sense of his death and to come to terms with her own mortality.
The book is both a personal account of grief and a meditation on death and the ways we try to make sense of it.
6. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
This book is a collection of essays by Pema Chödrön that offer advice on how to deal with difficult times. The essays cover a range of topics, including how to deal with difficult emotions, how to find compassion and understanding, and how to deal with change.
Throughout the book, Chödrön emphasizes the importance of accepting difficult circumstances and of finding compassion for oneself and others. When Things Fall Apart is a helpful resource for anyone dealing with difficult times in their life.
7. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
In the book, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar,” the author, Cheryl Strayed, offers advice on a wide range of topics related to love and life. She draws from her own experiences as well as those of the people who write to her column, “Dear Sugar.”
Strayed is frank and honest in her advice, and her advice is often unconventional. She encourages readers to be true to themselves, to be honest with their emotions, and to take risks. She also advocates for self-care and self-compassion.
The book is divided into sections, each of which deals with a different topic. The sections are love, sex, heartbreak, family, work, and grief.
8. The Art of Breaking Up by hiTRECORD
The Art of Breaking Up is a book about, well, breaking up. But it’s not your typical “how to get over your ex” type of book. Instead, it’s a collection of stories, essays, and poems about breakups, written by people who have been through them.
The book is divided into four sections: “The End,” “The Aftermath,” “The Healing,” and “The moving On.” Each section contains a mix of personal essays, fiction, and poetry, all of which explore the various aspects of breaking up.
There are stories about heartbreak, anger, regret, and acceptance. There are also stories about moving on, finding new love, and rebuilding your life after a breakup.
The Art of Breaking Up is a moving and honest look at a universal experience. Whether you’re going through a breakup yourself, or just want to understand the experience better, this book is a great place to start.
9. How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo
The book follows Julie Jenson, a single woman in her thirties, as she navigates the ups and downs of singledom in New York City. Jenson is a successful magazine editor who is used to being in control of her life and her love life. But when her long-time boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her, Jenson finds herself single for the first time in years.
Jenson soon discovers that being single in New York City is not quite what she expected. She goes on awkward first dates, deals with the pressures of being the only single friend in her group, and tries to figure out how to be happy on her own. Along the way, Jenson learns a lot about herself and what she really wants in life.
How to Be Single is both funny and relatable, and it will resonate with anyone who has ever been through a breakup. Julie Jenson is a relatable and relatable protagonist, and readers will root for her as she tries to figure out her new life.
10. The Breakup Bible by Rachel DeAlto
The Breakup Bible is a relationship book written by Rachel DeAlto and published in 2016. The book is split into three sections: The Breakup, The Healing, and The Love. DeAlto gives readers advice on how to end a relationship. In The Healing, DeAlto helps readers heal from a breakup. In The Love, DeAlto helps readers find love again.
The book is a great read for anyone who is going through a breakup or who has recently gone through a breakup. DeAlto’s advice is practical and easy to follow. The book also includes tips on how to avoid getting into a relationship that is not right for you.
11. Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan J. Elliott
If you’re looking for a self-help book that will help you get over your last relationship, then Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan J. Elliott is a great choice.
The book is full of useful advice and tips on how to move on from a break-up, including how to deal with feelings of anger and resentment, how to let go of the past, and how to create a new future for yourself.
There is also a section on dating again, which can be helpful if you’re feeling ready to start seeing other people. Overall, Getting Past Your Breakup is a well-written and helpful guide that can give you the tools you need to move on from a break-up and start fresh.
12. The Dumplin’ Effect by Julie Murphy
The Dumplin’ Effect is a young adult novel by Julie Murphy. The book follows the story of Willowdean, a plus-size girl who signs up for a beauty pageant in an effort to take down her former best friend and the popular girls at her school. Willowdean is a funny, smart, and relatable protagonist, and readers will root for her as she learns to love herself and her body. The Dumplin’ Effect is a feel-good novel that celebrates body positivity and self-acceptance.
13. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life is a novel by Hanya Yanagihara. It was published in 2015. The novel tells the story of four friends – Jude, Willem, Malcolm, and JB – who meet in college and move to New York City after graduation. Jude, the central character, is a highly successful lawyer with a dark past that he has never been able to overcome. Willem is an actor who has found success but is always searching for more. Malcolm is a brilliant architect who is in love with his work. JB is a painter who lives a bohemian lifestyle.
The novel follows the friends as they navigate their careers, relationships, and lives in New York. Jude’s dark past is always looming in the background, and as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that he is not the only one with secrets. The friends are tested time and time again, but their bond remains strong.
A Little Life is a powerful and moving novel about love, friendship, and trauma. It is an unflinching look at the dark side of human nature, but it is also a hopeful story about the healing power of love and friendship.
14. Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
In the latest Alex Delaware novel, Dr. Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis investigate the murder of a celebrity psychic who had been living in self-imposed exile at the Heartbreak Hotel, a seedy motel on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The victim, Angelina Vega, was a former TV star who had fallen on hard times. She had been living at the Heartbreak Hotel for the past few years, using her psychic abilities to scam people out of their money.
Detective Sturgis is initially skeptical of Angelina’s abilities, but he soon realizes that she was actually a very talented psychic. He and Dr. Delaware soon discover that she had been using her abilities to help people and that her killers were motivated by greed.
Heartbreak Hotel is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
15. How to Heal a Broken Heart by Rosie Green
In How to Heal a Broken Heart, author and relationship expert Rosie Green offers readers a step-by-step guide to mending a broken heart. Wilke begins by acknowledging the pain and grief that accompanies a break-up and stresses the importance of giving oneself time to grieve.
Rosie then outlines a series of practical steps for moving on, including forgiving oneself and the other person involved, developing a support system, and learning to love oneself.
Throughout the book, Rosie offers encouraging words and sage advice, making How to Heal a Broken Heart an invaluable resource for anyone who has experienced a painful break-up.
16. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
In The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy chronicles her journey as a modern woman navigating love, motherhood, and work in a world that is constantly changing. She examines her own life and the lives of other women who are living outside of the traditional rules in order to create their own unique paths.
Levy begins by sharing her own story, which includes growing up in a small town, getting married young, and becoming a mother in her twenties. She then details her decision to leave her marriage and pursue a career in journalism. Throughout the book, Levy weaves in the stories of other women who have also chosen to live outside of the traditional rules.
While Levy does not shy away from the challenges that come with living a non-traditional life, she ultimately celebrates the freedom and happiness that can be found when you create your own rules. The book is an empowering read for any woman who is looking to create her own path in life.
17. The Ex Factor by Brad Browning
The Ex Factor is a guide that provides readers with tips, techniques, and strategies on how to get their ex back. The book starts off by helping readers understand the reasons why their relationship may have ended, and then provides advice on what they can do to improve their chances of getting their ex back.
The book also includes a section on how to deal with the emotional aftermath of a break-up, and how to move on if getting your ex back is not possible.
18. In Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the year she spent saying “yes” to everything that scared her. As the creator of hit TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, Shonda was used to being in control and calling the shots. But after her sister told her she was too busy and needed to lighten up, Shonda realized she had been saying “no” to too many things in her life. From then on, she decided to say “yes” to every opportunity that came her way, no matter how scared she was.
The book chronicles Shonda’s year of saying “yes,” and how it changed her life. She talks about the things she said “yes” to, like public speaking, traveling alone, and going on a date. She also talks about the things she was scared to say “yes” to, like getting a mammogram and writing a memoir. But through it all, Shonda learned that saying “yes” can lead to some of the most rewarding experiences in life.
Year of Yes is an inspirational and uplifting book that will encourage readers to step out of their comfort zones and say “yes” to the things that scare them.
19. The Breakup Workbook by Melysha Jane Acharya
The Breakup Workbook: A Common Sense Guide to Getting Over Your Ex is a book that provides readers with a step-by-step guide to getting over a break-up. The book begins by helping readers to understand the grieving process and to accept that the break-up is a loss. It then provides practical advice on how to deal with the pain of the break-up, how to let go of the past, and how to move on with your life. The book also includes a section on rebuilding self-esteem and a list of resources for further help.
20. How to Date Men When You Hate Men by Blythe Roberson
In her book, How to Date Men When You Hate Men, author Blythe Roberson offers a funny and insightful look at dating from a woman’s perspective. She covers a wide range of topics, from online dating to first date tips, and provides readers with a fresh and funny take on dating in the modern world.
Roberson is a gifted writer with a sharp wit, and her book is both funny and thought-provoking. She offers readers a unique and refreshing perspective on dating, and her advice is both practical and entertaining. If you’re looking for a funny and insightful book about dating, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a great choice.
So, which book on the list do you like the most? Do you have any other book on your mind that you have already read? We would love to know your thoughts.