15+ Best Books For Single Women

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Looking for empowering single woman books? Good books for single women, that will not only make you feel good about your single status, but also be able to fully enjoy and embrace it? Then you’re in the right place! Here’s our 15+ best books for single women, made on personal recommendations and the top-rated. These are the books every single woman should read. ❤️

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What Are The Best Books For Single Women?

So when it comes to the best books for single women, there are actually ample of choices.

And I know, I know, you might think… But all the books nowadays are about dating and relationships. Well actually, they’re not!

See, when you really sort through, there’s actually plenty of empowering single woman books. And that’s exactly what we’ve found for you!

Recommendations For Reading

Now some of these books are pretty long and heavy, so instead of reading – you may find it easier to listen to them.

I personally use Audible to listen to all of my books. In fact, I can’t actually remember the last physical book I read!

I just find it more time-effective as you can learn whilst you drive, clean, walk – anything and everything! You can therefore get through them faster and easier.

It’s also easier to stay engaged. In fact, you can even make notes as you listen, when digesting these books as an audiobook. That’s an especially effective way to digest new information.

If you like the sound of this, you can grab a free Audible trial here.

There’s no cost, no catches and no pressure. It will just give you a taster to see if you like Audiobooks, and to see how well they work for you.

Remember – the more you learn, the more you grow. And I promise you – with this new-found knowledge & inspiration on your side, there will be no stopping you from learning how to TRULY be, live, and feel, happily single, from here.

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15+ Best Books For Single Women

So let’s get stuck in shall we? In no particular order, here’s 15 of our all-time favourite books for single women. Have a scroll, see what takes your fancy and…

Your challenge – is to choose at least ONE you can order today, and start reading.

That’s right: decide, commit and then learn, grow and enjoy!

Our 15 best book recommendations for single women include…

1) How To Be Single and Happy

“It’s hard not to feel “less-than” because you haven’t found your soul mate. Especially if you’re tired of swiping through dating apps, ghosting, and hearing well-meaning questions about why you’re still single…”

However, in this book, Jennifer Taitz shares science-based strategies for “keeping your sanity while looking for a soul mate.”

Because hey – just because you’re single, doesn’t mean that – one day – you don’t want that to change….

In the meantime however, this book gets you completely happy with where you’re at, and fully prepared for what’s to come; making it a no-brainer recommendation when it comes to the best books for single women!


2) Alonement

Next up, it’s “Alonement”, the book on “how to be alone and absolutely own it”

It’s a thought-provoking, Sunday Times Book of the Year, packed full of practical tips, insights and guidance, challenging the way you (and society!) sees, “being alone”, to enable you to create the change needed to fully embrace it.

I personally love this book (although I was also totally sold by the made-up word, of the title!)

By the end of it – you’ll be itching to try out these solo date ideas and will truly learn how to enjoy alone time – at the bare minimum!


3) Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Next up, we’ve got “Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?”

It’s a personal recommendation and a book that I have recently read, when looking to improve my emotional stability.

I personally think it’s not just an essential book to read when you’re single, but – anytime, and multiple times, until it fully digests and embeds in your mind.

Drawing on years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr Julie Smith provides the skills you need to navigate life’s challenges and take charge of your emotional and mental health.

See, being single is not always easy… But if you can get to where you want to be, feeling how you want to feel, mentally, when you’re on your own, it provides TREMENDOUS power, and will lead to the healthiest of future relationships!


4) Spinster

When it comes to the best books for single women, “Spinster” is an absolute-must, as it’s a bit of a classic.

This challenges the old-fashioned spinster stereotype and opens your mind to why so many people are actually choosing to stay single.

Uh huh, there such a thing as “single by choice” and Spinster brings that to light more than any book before!


5) All The Single Ladies

Another fairly similar book to “Spinster” is “All The Single Ladies” by Rebecca Traister.

See, if you want to feel EMPOWERED about your single status and recognise that, actually, some people choose to live like this inevitably – this book will do exactly that.

It will also help you to see the benefits of being single and inspire you to fully make the most of it, whilst you can.

That’s right, by the end of it, you’ll be mapping out your very own singles bucket list, and jumping straight into it with excitement!


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6) Well, This Is Exhausting: Essays

Next up, we’ve got quite a different one! Looking for the best books for single women, that are RELATABLE, and therefore offer a degree of comfort? Then this is the book for you!

“From Bustle columnist and Twitter sensation Sophia Benoit, this “charming and often laugh-out-loud funny” (Vogue) memoir-in-essays explores the ins and outs of modern womanhood.”

It features single life, dating, and so much more… It’s guaranteed to make you feel better about your own situation. and realise that actually – you’re not alone. We all share similar, common struggles.


7) It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single

Next up, it’s “It’s Not You” with 27 (wrong) reasons you’re not single, and – I’ve got to be honest – this is definitely HIGH up there on my personal favourites when it comes to single woman books.

“Based on one of the most popular Modern Love columns of the last decade, Sara Eckel’s It’s Not You challenges these myths, encouraging singletons to stop picking apart their personalities and to start tapping into their own wisdom about who and what is right for them.

Supported by the latest psychological and sociological research, as well as interviews with people who have experienced longtime singledom, Eckel creates a strong and empowering argument to understand and accept that there’s no one reason why you’re single—you just are.”

It’s clear, simple, relatable and powerful, and an absolute must-read book for single women.


8) 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

This is another personal recommendation that I want to add into the mix, as I’ve recently just finished reading it and happen to think that EVERYONE ON THE PLANET SHOULD READ IT (ha!) – no matter what your relationship status!

I think it’s particularly worthy of a spot on one of the best books for single women however, as it really sets you up for mental & emotional success… Which is key to being able to be happy when you’re single.

It’s simple, but – if you choose to apply the 13 key lessons – it’s literally life-changing, and so will strengthen you, whilst you’re at this stage.

Essentially, if you’re looking to improve yourself after a breakup, and build yourself up to be the best, happiest version of yourself now – it’s an essential book for your wish-list, with the added bonus of also being a nice, easy read!

Set yourself up with the right habits now, during a time when you can fully focus on yourself… And you’ll 100% thank yourself for it later!


9) Women Who Think Too Much

Keeping with the self improvement books whilst you’re single, if you’re looking at the key areas of self improvement, then “Women Who Think Too Much” could be a valuable read.

(Either that or: “Women Who Love Too Much” if you want more of a focus on working through your common dating / relationship mistakes.)

Women Who Think Too Much is all about stopping you from overthinking… This sets you up now, as you try to calm your mind from the common pressures you’re likely to feel when you’re single.

And it also teaches you the key skills that will help you to enjoy any future relationships to their full capacity too.

Utilising groundbreaking research, renowned psychologist Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema genuinely drives results with this book; which is EXACTLY what you want when building yourself up, when you’re single.


10) The Unexpected Joy Of Being Single

Next up, we’ve got The Unexpected Joy Of Being Single, and this is for single women in their 30’s and beyond. Because hey, you may find this surprising, but…

“Over a third of us are now single. With the single camp growing at ten times the rate of the actual population, it is now the norm to be single well into our thirties – the average marriage age for women is 35 and 37 for men.

But nobody seems to have told society, romcom makers, songwriters, marriage-hungry mothers, ‘tick-tock’ uncles, our mates or us that.

Cue: single anxiety. Love addiction. Spending hours scrolling through dating apps. Being inconsolable when he/she doesn’t text. Humming ‘Here Comes the Bride’ when they do.”

The Unexpected Joy Of Being Single is therefore a MUST-READ for singles in their 30’s+, because trust me – it will COMPLETELY change the way you think and see it.


Best Books For Single Women

11) Single On Purpose

We’re into our final 5 of the best books for single women now. Eep. So it’s time to throw Single On Purpose into the mix.

From the author of I Used to Be a Miserable F*ck & The Angry Therapist, John Kim now teaches you how to prioritize your relationship with yourself and live a more meaningful life, whether you’re alone, dating, or with a partner.

It’s therefore not only one of the best books to read when you’re single, but could also one of the best relationship books for couples, so that you can learn to get the balance right, even once you have found your “soul mate.”

With 4.7 stars, out of thousands of reviews, this book really is guaranteed to add A LOT of value to your life.

“With Single on Purpose, Kim takes his signature no-BS “self-help in a shot glass” approach as he shares his own singlehood story and shows readers how to own their sh*t, break their patterns, and find a grounded sense of self… All whilst having the courage to be single on purpose.”


12) Choosing Me Before We

“Full of sass, soul, and the type of empowering wisdom that no woman should live without, Choosing ME before WE is like a heart-to-heart with your closest girlfriend…

But best of all, you’ll discover that your closest girlfriend is your own truest self, inside you, always ready to offer wise, loving advice about what is best for you!”

This is therefore one of the best books for single women, that you HAVE to read before moving onto our top-rated dating books.

See, it’s all about a matter of priorities, and you deserve to give yourself this time now, to grow the love for yourself you deserve.


13) Self Love Workbook For Women

So when considering good books for single women, I knew I had to include a book dedicated to self-love. After all, we have an entire Self Love section here on this blog, as we know how important it is.

So our self love book recommendation, that’s perfect to work through whilst you’re single, is the Self Love Workbook For Women.

With this book, you’ll embark on your journey of self-discovery by learning what self-love is, who you really are… And then immerse yourself in exercises to help you build your self-esteem and improve the relationship you have, with both yourself and others.

It’s simple, focused and gets you taking action as you work through it (which is the most important part!)


14) Eat, Pray, Love

If you’re looking for single woman books, but want something you can get lost in as opposed to learn from – then Eat, Pray, Love, has got to be one of the best ones.

This is the only fiction recommendation on this list, although there’s plenty of empowering fiction books for single women too; all of which may inspire in different ways.

So get stocked up on fiction stories that make you feel good and block out 15 minutes reading / “you time” a day (minimum) as part of your very own self love challenge whilst you’re single!

Trust me – you’ll soon learn to love it, and it will become a habit you won’t ever want to get rid of!


15) Beautiful Uncertainty

Last but not least, I wanted to finish with the recommendation of Beautiful Uncertainty. After all, isn’t that what you can feel like you’re surrounded by, when you’re living single life?

  • Will I meet the right person?
  • Will things work out with this guy?
  • What will my future look like?!

In this book, Blogger and New York Times Bestselling author Mandy Hale has shown women how important it is to be secure in their singleness by being smart, strong, and independent. (The recipe for success!)

It’s uplifting, inspiring and therefore well-worthy of a spot on our list of the best books for single women. (Woohoo!)


That’s All For This One

So there we have it – our 15+ best books for single women.

Don’t forget our challenge – before you leave this page, pick one to order today, to take your learning and growing to the next level.

See, there’s no better time than now, to focus on yourself; and become the best, happiest version of you. So what are you waiting for?!

Be bold, be brave and live confidently. Sending all my support!


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Ella Stearn
Ell is a Breakup, Dating & Relationship Specialist & Coach, with over 3 million annual readers, globally. As the Creator of Forgetting Fairytales, her mission is to help you learn to love yourself, find the right person to give your love to, then make it a love that truly lasts.

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