A singer once crooned ” When you’re dreaming with a broken heart, waking up is the hardest part..” Well we know for sure waking up isn’t the hardest thing, breakups are supposed to be messy and often hard to deal with on our own. Sometimes talking it out or a night out helps, even a rebound relationship work for some but truth be told the deeper you connect with yourself, the easier it is to let go.

And what better way than to reconnect via your portal into the magical world, Books!! Especially when they are about the same things we are going through. They don’t judge you but they advise you through the richly woven tales of life and people and their experiences. So throw away those tissues, grab a mug of hot cuppa and binge through these books because there is nothing a good book cant heal.

10 Books To Read After A Breakup

1. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Post the messy divorce and disastrous affair, this book is a woman’s journey through Italy,India and Indonesia to heal and to find ways and strengths to change life for better. This is an inspiring story for us to understand that life does not end after a breakup; moreover, life may start after it.

2.  Stag’s Leap: Poems by Sharon Olds

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Written by a lady whose 26-year-old marriage fell apart, these poems  help us move on without having regrets. The poem is winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2013).

3.  High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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Rob is a man trying to find the right person to spend his life with, trying to make the right decisions, and the importance of a well-curated mixtape that defines a relationship. In both instances there is a good man getting things wrong; learning from the past and trying to find the right song to play.

4. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancolbook to deal with break up the yellow eyes of crocodiles

The story of one Joséphine Cortès, a 40-year-old mother of two as she navigates around a hypercritical mother, a limelight-hogging sister and a diva of a teenage daughter. With the help of a few satisfying, if fairy godmother–esque plot twists, she learns that “…Life is like a dance partn .If you just relax and let go, you’ll find yourself waltzing.” -Susan Welsh

 5. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz 


It helps you understand that all men need to realize how bad they are before becoming good. This is a story that will probably help you perceive your ex differently.

6. What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories by Barbara Davilman


A collection of 58 stories on broken relationships told by different women and designed to make you more optimistic about your own breakup.

7.  Him, Her, Him Again, The End of Him by Patricia Marx


It’s a satirical story that is based on the author’s own life incident. It revolves around a girl who has spent 10 years to attract a pretentious PhD student. Finally, she understands how wrong she was and how much she wasted as a result.

8. You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz


This is more of a psychological novel than a procedural thriller, Korelitz offers plenty to ponder about the way the ending of any partnership can set you willy-nilly on new roads both terrible and, truly, all for the best.

-Susan welsh

9. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan

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The story of a woman who escapes from her cheating husband with 3 children and picks up a new and cool man(future famous author Robert Louis Stevenson) is a must-read for you to understand that the next love is already waiting, and it can find you at the most unexpected places sometimes.

10. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding


This book is bible of what you must NOT do while not having a life partner. Forget about sitting and staring at the phone with a hope to get a call from him; do not even think about flirting with your boss, and forget about all those stupid things that come to your mind just after a breakup. But what should you do instead? Bridget Jones has an answer to this question, so keep reading to find out.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
― Rumi

Happy reading!!

If you feel that there should be more books that I have missed out on, let me know in the comment section.