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Love Is Hard
I still remember walking into the kitchen, aged 14, and announcing to my mum that I was pretty sure that nobody would ever love me. I was disconsolate. No matter what she said, I knew the truth. I was destined to go through life alone.
Silly, right? 😅
And yet this moment of crushing insecurity was probably the least alone I’ve ever been.
Because we’ve all been there with 14-year-old Arthur, haven’t we?
We all know what it feels like to wonder if we’ll ever find what the whole world is looking for; if we’ll ever truly penetrate the secret machinations of love.
It’s a complicated subject. And it doesn’t help that we only have one word to describe a HUGE range and depth of attachments.
You’re Not Alone!
But the good news is, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Because if there’s one passion I never realised would so impact the way I think, feel and go about lust, love and relationships it’s been my life-long love-affair with books.
From fiction to nonfiction to poetry, from the sad to the wise to the scintillating there is almost no part of the wonderful world of love and partnership that hasn’t been beautifully captured in writing.
This reading list focusses on the best practical, nonfiction in that canon.
So here they are, the 16 best relationships books that everyone should read.
I hope you enjoy them, I hope they inspire you and (if you haven’t found them already) I hope the best friend and partner out there looking for you has the good fortune of finding you soon.
And until next time, be awesome, love yourself and go well. 🙌
The 20 Best Relationship Books Ever Written
Why these best relationship books and not others? The best relationship books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.
Where should you start? Treat this list of the best relationship books ever written like a menu. Start at the top, work your way down and begin with the first couple of titles that jump out at you. Remember, you can always come back for more later.
Think something’s missing? Email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!
Books 1-5: The Top 5 Best Relationship Books of All Time
Here are the 5 best relationship books from my database…
Books 6-20: 15 Good Relationship Books to Read Next
Here are the next 15 best relationship books from my database…
Best Relationship Book FAQs
What Are the Best Dating Books?
The secret to picking the best book on dating for YOU is to understand what you want out of dating in the first place. If you're looking for love, then check out books like Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages (#1) or Mark Manson's Models (#7). If you're more interested in the sexual side of dating, you might enjoy Esther Perel's State of Affairs (#13) or Christopher Ryan's Sex at Dawn (#16). For more suggestions, explore my full reading list.
What Is the Best Book About Love?
By far my favourite book on love ever written is Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving (#2). But if you want something super-practical then Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages (#1) is also excellent. For more suggestions, explore my full reading list.
What Books Should I Read Before I Get Married?
The top marriage books on my reading list are John Gottman's Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (#5) and Emerson Eggerichs Love and Respect (#6). For more suggestions, explore my full reading list of the best books on relationships. You might also enjoy these book recommendations on the best books on emotional intelligence and the best books on communication.
What Is the Best Book on Relationships?
The best relationship books on my reading list are Gary Chapman's 5 Love Languages (#1), Erich Fromm's The Art of Loving (#2) and Miguel Ruiz's The Mastery of Love (#3). For more suggestions, explore my full reading list.
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