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Inspiring books to read if you’re single

By LiveWell Community

It's not all about love, sometimes it’s about being strong, independent and sure of yourself. 
On your own.  As you are. 
These books will help to inspire that feeling of how good it can be to be single.  To remind you that there are endless opportunities and possibilities awaiting you, and that you don’t need anyone to feel complete.  These are our top picks for books that celebrate freedom, independence and being single!

Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Following a mid-life crisis ending in a messy divorce, Liz Gilbert finds herself starting her life over alone.  After realising her marriage and success weren't bringing her fulfilment and happiness, she begins to question what it is she truly wants from life.  Connecting back to who she is, quitting her job, and planning a one-year trip to travel and discover, she sets out on a journey back to herself.  Starting in Rome, she learns to understand what pleasure means to her.  Followed by India and exploring what spirituality is and its importance to herself discovery.  And finally ending in Bali, where she learns how to find balance in her life.  A book of self-discovery, that will inspire you to check in with your own values and life decisions.  

Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude – Stephanie Rosenbloom

This book will inspire and remind you of all the pleasures to be discovered when travelling and living solo.  Alone Time explains that solitude isn't something to be feared, but relished in.  To find the joy in following your own schedule, your own routine and to let yourself tap into all the subtle and often missed details of the world around you.  Moving from Paris to Istanbul, to Florence and New York.  This book is all about slowing down and enriching your own life with the simple pleasures.  If you’ve ever been afraid or intimidated to travel alone, ask for a table for one or try something new.  Then this is the book for you.

The Unexpected Joy of being Single – Catherine Gray

Being single in your late twenties or thirties can start to feel like the end of the world.  As everyone around you starts to settle into mortgages and start families, it can feel as if we have failed somehow.  Or that we have been left on the shelf. This book reminds us how big a part society has to play in our outlook of single life.  With romance and family life constantly being pushed to us through forms of media, it's easy to forget that there’s no rule to say you have to be married by a certain age.  That it's okay to be single.  With psychologists and neuroscientists inputting facts that prove society has been biased to believe in this one way of living.  The unexpected joy of being single reminds us that there is no right or wrong.  That just because you are single doesn’t mean you have to be unhappy, or that you haven't succeeded in life. It's time to celebrate your singleness. 


Wild – Cheryl Strayed

After struggling with the death of her mother at an early age, Cheryl Strayed accounts her journey as she destroys her marriage, and decides to take on walking thousands of miles on her own over the Pacific Crest Trail.  Looking back at her past and all the moments that led her to the start of the trail, Cheryl starts to make peace and find understanding with herself, and ultimately learns just how much inner strength and resilience resides within her.  A beautifully inspiring story, that will remind you just how capable you are, to go out and achieve whatever it is you put your mind to.  Read this if you are ready to take on your next challenge alone, and need that boost of confidence to remind you that you really can do it. 

How to be Single – Liz Tuccillo

Now a popular motion picture, how to be single follows the story of Julie as she sets out to help her recently single friend Georgia discover and remember why being single is so much fun.  Or is it?  To figure it out she takes off travelling from places like Paris to Sydney, Mumbai and Bali.  Learning about how women around the world deal with the prospect of being single.  Along the way she gets to see the world, fall in love, suffer heartbreak and ultimately learn more about herself.  A witty, light-hearted and relatable read.  This book is sure to help inspire the inner wanderer within us all. 

What will you be reading next?

 by Donna Edwards

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