Post Breakup Books That’ll Have You Feeling Empowered

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Breakups, while unfortunate, are a great time to reflect, take some time for yourself and set some new priorities. Written from a range of authors and perspectives, our 13 top recommended books will help you feel better than ever after any breakup. Take a look below and start feeling great again. 

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

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Although Melissa Broder’s essay book So Sad Today is indeed a great breakup book, her book The Pisces is also a must-read for anybody who goes through recovery from love addiction. The book begins with a breakup, and while its merman rebound is an erotic sensual plot, this novel is certainly anything other than saccharine. It’s the great getaway for those who like to question the necessity of escaping themselves. Within two days, I devored this novel, and the one time it didn’t improve was when I had to settle down with a fresh sorrow.

Written on the body by Jeanette Winterson

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A deeply profound take on love and loss, Winterson’s graceful flow of the written word paints the grief of breakup and offers a meditative take on relationships as we know it. And she achieves it all without revealing the gender identity of the narrator, the reader can absorb the story and characters detached from gender. What I love the most about this title is that it invites the reader to be a part of the story. You can see your own pain like a bystander and witness the journey, and heal in a playful way sparsed with underlying humour. The measure of love is loss hence pick up this book and experience the philosophical take to heal your, heart.

You Do You by Sarah Knight

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This book is a great way to develop healthy self-esteem from the inside out and should be read in sequence with the other two books in the author’s repertoire currently. They form a trifecta of knowledge that will truly change how you feel about yourself, the people around you, and every combination thereof. It’s a good change. Tips and tricks from the author are diverse and will include a variety of coping mechanisms for dealing the other people’s garbage, especially when it spews in your direction. You will learn to care less about others’ opinions and take more risks in life. After all, if you’re not taking risks, you’re not truly living, because even walking out your front door is a risk these days.

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir by Kristin Newman

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This book is a great book for the girl who feels pressure from her family, friends or society to partner-up, settle down and conform to social norms. A memoir from a woman who spent her 20’s and 30’s traveling and falling in love with herself and experiences rather than a man and expectations.

The Baddest Bitch in the Room by Sophia Chang

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Not about a break-up, although she does go through one in the book. This book focuses on a woman who learns to appreciate all the highs and lows of her life experiences and fully embrace herself at every stage. She successfully barrels through a male-dominated field. She recognizes and claims her worth. She doesn’t shy away from, or shame, female sexuality. It’s raw, unconventional and empowering.

Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown

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This book is about connection, community, and also learning to stand alone, courageously. It’s about building your strong foundation, identifying your personal values and living authentically, even when that means you stand alone. All ideas that are important and worth exploring and reinforcing after a break-up.

You Can Heal Your Heart by Louise Hay

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The book helps people cope with many heartbreaks, including breakups, divorce, death, and other heart-wrenching occurrences. Hay has an effective way with words that effectively transfers her positive mindset to her readers through her affirming words and contagious mindset of handling negative emotions. The book helps broken people see hope for the future by giving a fresh perspective of the world.

Seek When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

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This book makes you rethink about the times when you had your difficult moments and probes your desire to move on quickly.

Communion by bell hooks

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This book is readable even with an easily distracted mind. With this great book, you will search for the true meaning of love and how to love freely.

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart by Susan Piver

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I love this book as it does not promise to fix anything, rather it gives you the chance to handle and get through your breakup through the use of meditation.

Grieving the Loss of a Love By Eleora Han

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After experiencing a rough breakup, learning and understanding that your grief is normal, expected, and necessary can be incredibly empowering. Thinking you need to “get over” a loss can keep you from dealing with it. Dr. Han guides the reader through grief by sharing both her personal and professional experiences. She offers hope and assurance that you will survive, grow, and find purpose.

The ABCs of Self Love by Melody Godfred

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Self love is the process of knowing yourself, being yourself, and caring for yourself. It’s about owning your wholeness, and your worth. It provides you with an unshakable foundation from which to give and receive love, and engage with the world. And that’s what you should be doing after a breakup. THE ABCs OF SELF LOVE is a workbook and primer that teaches readers how to honor and love themselves with 26 short, easily digestible exercises, inspirational poems. It helps you move forward and honor yourself.

Only Pack What You Can Carry by Janice Holly Booth

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For anyone wondering what tomorrow will have in store for them after a break up, or if they’re feeling stuck and hopeless, or if they’re wondering who they really are now that their other half is gone, this is THE book. Only Pack What You Can Carry follows the adventures (and misadventures) of a woman travelling solo, trying to learn how to become brave and find answers to life’s big questions. It is all about learning how to use solitude and introspection to find courage and make a commitment to living a full, joyful and resonant life. The book will make you think, but it’s also pretty entertaining!

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