M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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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? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timelessly relevant (first publication date).
This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best relationship books ever published as decided by book lovers just like you. (Note: To maximise diversity, I only include the top ranking book from any series in a list.)
And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other best relationship books that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.
Until then, enjoy this ultimate list of the 20 best relationship books of all time...
Books 1-5: The Top 5 Best Relationship Books of All Time
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Books 6-20: The Best Relationship Books to Read Next
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