Love is complicated, to say the least. It’s dynamic, relentless, and sometimes daunting. When we form strong bonds with others, ourselves, and even our possessions, we can’t help but wonder, is it healthy to feel this way?
In light of Valentine’s Day, we’re taking a look at the best books on relationships, from the ones you have with others, to the one you have with yourself.
This cute and quirky collection of illustrations explore all variations of love, from the sweet and innocent to the hot and heavy. You & Me & Why We Are in Love doesn’t focus on who or what you love – because that doesn’t matter – but on how you love, and why. It’s a sweet, thoughtful gift for someone you love.
Jasmine Guillory’s debut novel, The Wedding Date, is an addictive romance that takes readers on a journey through a sweet love story. Alexa and Drew meet unexpectedly when an elevator gets stuck. Drew desperately needs a date to his ex-girlfriend’s wedding, and seizes the opportunity to ask Alexa in the elevator. Alexa agrees to go (Drew is pretty charming) and pretends to be his girlfriend. What follows is a charming story brimming with conflict, passion, and perseverance.
Science-Based Strategies for Keeping Your Sanity While Looking for a Soul Mate
Jennifer L. Taitz, Psy.D., A.B.P.P.
When there’s constant negativity surrounding the idea of being single, it’s hard not to feel “less than” because you haven’t found someone to be with. How to Be Single and Happy is an empowering guide that will help single millennial women to have no regrets or guilt, and be completely content with being on their own. Drawing on her expertise as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Taitz debunks the most common dating myths about women, teaches how to skillfully date, and cultivates the mindset that being happy does not depend on anyone else but yourself.
This relatable novel takes an inside look at the heart of a ten-year-long marriage, and the struggles that come with feeling “settled.” After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a beautiful home and family. But after a realization that their relationship is likely to last many, many more years, they panic that they’ll lose interest in one another. The result? Project Surprise Me – a plan to do more unexpected, surprising things. As the couple strives for spontaneity, they realize they don’t know each other as well as they thought they did.
What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First(Really Hard) Year of Marriage
At thirty-four, Jo Piazza met the man of her dreams and was engaged three months later. But before long, Jo found herself wondering, how do you really make a marriage work? How does an independent strong woman become someone’s life partner? Jo travels around the world on a mission to find out what modern marriage means, and how to make the relationship survive in trying times.
French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain je ne sais quoi
Jamie Cat Callan
With this book, anyone can discover the secrets to being confident from the masters themselves: French women. Hidden in the pages are techniques that will help readers to master the old-fashioned art of embracing inner beauty and style. The lively and inspiring lessons in this book will help you to rediscover your beautiful, fierce, romantic, engaging best self.
Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts
Suzann Pileggi Pawelski, MAPP, and James O. Pawelski, PhD
Love isn’t like what you see in the movies. It’s messy, and it’s difficult. Making relationships work is hard, but this book can help. Written by positive psychology experts and husband-and-wife team Suzann Pileggi Pawelski and James O. Pawelski, Happy Together uses principles of positive psychology to build healthy, lasting relationships.
The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life
This book is essential for everyone that’s addicted to their phone. How do you know if you fall into this category? If you reach for your phone when you first wake up, constantly throughout the day, and then before you sleep, you are guilty of having an addiction to it. Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents an easy-to-follow guide to breaking up – and making up – with your phone.
Falling in love is easy. Staying in love? Not so much. This #1 New York Times bestseller will help you to navigate the ins and outs of your relationship and make it stronger than every before with Dr. Gary Chapman’s revolutionary approach that has been tried and tested around the world.
F. Diane Barth
F. Diane Barth, a psychotherapist widely recognized for her expertise in women’s relationships, documents true, engaging stories from all kinds of women in this captivating book on female friendships. She demonstrates how life changes affect women’s friendships through examples from literature, movies, and real life situations. And perhaps most importantly, she offers tips on how to mend relationships worth fixing, and how to let go of toxic friends. This book is a timely and relatable guide for women of all ages.