The best 100 Love books

Exploring the theme of Love unveils the complex dynamics of relationships, emotions, and human connections. Our carefully curated book list delves into this universal theme with diverse perspectives and insights, offering a rich tapestry of exploration and reflection.

Immerse yourself in our selection to deepen your understanding of love in all its forms. Ready to discover thought-provoking narratives that illuminate the intricacies of the heart and soul? Start your journey through our Love collection today.

The best 100 Love books
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Love Books: Click by Rom and Ori Brafman

Click

Rom and Ori Brafman
4.1 (105 ratings)
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What's Click about?

Click (2010) delves into the miraculous topic of quick-set intimacy and explores what’s at work when we’re instantly drawn to some person or thing. It examines how and why clicking makes our life more meaningful and outlines the (very ordinary) factors that can make such “magical” connections more likely.

Who should read Click?

  • Anyone who has always wondered about the hidden dynamics of love at first sight
  • Anyone striving to establish more meaningful relationships in their everyday life
  • Anyone working with teams and trying to enable them to perform better

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Love Books: Why We Love by Helen Fisher

Why We Love

Helen Fisher
The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
4.3 (200 ratings)
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What's Why We Love about?

Helen Fisher’s Why We Love (2004) is not only a report on her latest astonishing research but a sensitive description of the infinite facets of romantic love. This book is a scientifically grounded examination of love that reveals how, why and who we love.

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Who should read Why We Love?

  • Anyone who wants to understand romantic love
  • Anyone interested in emotions and the brain
  • Anyone who wants to maintain the feeling of romantic love in their relationship

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Love Books: Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller

Attached

Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love
4.3 (383 ratings)
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What's Attached about?

Attached (2010) is all about how to make your relationships work. This book offers you valuable insight into the science of adult attachment and how to use this insight in everyday life, whether you’re in a committed relationship or are still looking for love. It also provides tips and tricks on how to find the perfect partner and reveals why some people just aren’t compatible.

Who should read Attached?

  • Anyone who wants to make a current relationship happier and more fulfilling
  • Anyone who is struggling to find “the one”
  • Anyone who just doesn’t understand why their relationships never work out

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Love Books: Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá

Sex at Dawn

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
How we mate, why we stray, and what it means for modern relationships
4.1 (541 ratings)
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What's Sex at Dawn about?

Sex At Dawn argues that the idealization of monogamy in Western societies is essentially incompatible with human nature. The book makes a compelling case for our innately promiscuous nature by exploring the history and evolution of human sexuality, with a strong focus on our primate ancestors and the invention of agriculture. Arguing that our distorted view of sexuality ruins our health and keeps us from being happy, Sex At Dawn explains how returning to a more casual approach to sex could benefit interpersonal relationships and societies in general.

Who should read Sex at Dawn?

  • Anyone who wants to know what kind of sex life is intrinsic to human nature
  • Anyone who has experienced the strains of preserving monogamy over time, and wonders how lifelong relationships can work out
  • Anyone interested in biology and evolutionary psychology

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Love Books: A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon

A General Theory of Love

Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon
4.4 (145 ratings)
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What's A General Theory of Love about?

In A General Theory of Love, three psychiatrists take a scientific look at the phenomenon of love. Arguing that our emotional experience in adulthood is profoundly influenced by our childhood relationships, the authors suggest ways to undo this emotional “programming” and establish healthier relationships with friends and romantic partners.

Who should read A General Theory of Love?

  • Anyone interested in the psychology of love
  • Anyone interested in neuroscience
  • Anyone who wants to know what love is

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Love Books: The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

The Art of Loving

Erich Fromm
3.8 (205 ratings)
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What's The Art of Loving about?

The Art of Loving (1956) argues that love, like any other creative art, is something humans must practice in order to master. German-born psychologist and philosopher Erich Fromm describes various forms of love and highlights threats posed to them by capitalist society.

Who should read The Art of Loving?

  • Lovers
  • People who want to know what giving and receiving love entails
  • Anyone who likes classic books

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Love Books: Daring to Trust by David Richo

Daring to Trust

David Richo
Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy
4.2 (170 ratings)
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What's Daring to Trust about?

Daring to Trust (2010) offers a clear path to finding the confidence to trust yourself and the world around you. You’ll learn to overcome past trauma and accept life for what it has to offer, discovering how to live in the moment and work toward a better future.

Who should read Daring to Trust?

  • People who struggle with maintaining their self-control
  • Anyone looking to boost their self-confidence
  • People curious about human behavior and motivation

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Love Books: 30 Lessons for Loving by Karl Pillemer

30 Lessons for Loving

Karl Pillemer
Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships and Marriage
4.2 (254 ratings)
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What's 30 Lessons for Loving about?

30 Lessons for Loving (2015) shares advice from hundreds of elderly people to reveal the secrets of building a long-lasting relationship, from first encounter to “happily ever after.” You’ll learn how to tell if your current crush might be “the one,” how to communicate in a healthy way and how to keep the passion alive in a long-term relationship.

Who should read 30 Lessons for Loving?

  • People looking for a stable life partner for a fulfilling relationship
  • Couples struggling with communication, respect or keeping romance alive

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Love Books: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Erik Klinenberg

Modern Romance

Aziz Ansari and Erik Klinenberg
3.6 (115 ratings)
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What's Modern Romance about?

The internet and modern technology have revolutionized the way we communicate, learn, work and live. They’ve even revolutionized our concept of love. Modern Romance (2015) explains how our idea of “love” has changed in recent generations, and how you can make the most of today’s technology in your quest to find it.

Who should read Modern Romance?

  • Seekers of romance
  • Aziz Ansari fans
  • Anyone interested in technology or the internet

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Love Books: Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

Screamfree Parenting

Hal Edward Runkel
The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool
3.8 (160 ratings)
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What's Screamfree Parenting about?

Screamfree Parenting (2007) is your guide to a better relationship with your children. From the space and boundaries that a child needs, to the trust and love you need yourself, these blinks shed light on the principles of screamfree parenting.

Who should read Screamfree Parenting?

  • Parents of children of all ages
  • All mothers- and fathers-to-be
  • People interested in the psychology of positive parent-child relationships

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Love Books: The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The 5 Love Languages

Gary Chapman
The Secret to Love That Lasts
4.5 (1,097 ratings)
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What's The 5 Love Languages about?

The 5 Love Languages (2015) is a contemporary guide to developing a relationships of lifelong love that can easily overcome the hurdles that modern couples face. These blinks detail the five ways people give and feel love, and how any couple can use this knowledge to make their relationship more nurturing, affectionate and compassionate.

Who should read The 5 Love Languages?

  • Lovers wanting to know what to expect from marriage and how to make theirs work
  • Couples in crisis
  • People who want to meet their partner’s needs and have theirs met in return

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Love Books: The Science of Kissing by Sheril Kirshenbaum

The Science of Kissing

Sheril Kirshenbaum
What Our Lips Are Telling Us
4.2 (295 ratings)
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What's The Science of Kissing about?

Kissing: it’s a normal part of life. But few people understand its true significance. The Science of Kissing (2011) explains why kissing is so rooted in both human and animal biology, what happens physiologically when we do it and why it’s a lot more important than you may realize.

Who should read The Science of Kissing?

  • Anyone who enjoys a passionate kiss
  • Students of biology, sociology or history

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Love Books: The Truth by Neil Strauss

The Truth

Neil Strauss
An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships
3.6 (131 ratings)
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What's The Truth about?

The Truth (2015) takes a close look at relationships, sex and trust, unpacking our assumptions about sex and arguing that monogamy may not be right for everyone.

Who should read The Truth?

  • Couples
  • People seeking a partner
  • Anyone who has questioned monogamy

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Love Books: Getting The Love You Want by Harville Hendrix

Getting The Love You Want

Harville Hendrix
A Guide for Couples
4.3 (291 ratings)
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What's Getting The Love You Want about?

Getting The Love You Want (1988) offers practical advice on how to save a failing relationship and build a stronger one. It highlights a unique therapy program that offers a step-by-step guide to helping partners address repressed childhood desires and become more compassionate individuals.

Who should read Getting The Love You Want?

  • Couples looking to reboot a relationship
  • People curious about Freudian psychoanalysis

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Love Books: Labor of Love by Moira Weigel

Labor of Love

Moira Weigel
The Invention of Dating
3.3 (64 ratings)
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What's Labor of Love about?

Labor of Love (2016) is your guide to the history of dating. These blinks walk you through the social, cultural and economic shifts that have shaped modern rituals of courtship and explain the curious fads and fashions of flirtation that have come and gone through the ages.

Who should read Labor of Love?

  • People who love to flirt or are serial daters
  • Students of psychology or the social sciences
  • Anyone who uses Tinder

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Love Books: The All-or-Nothing Marriage by Eli J. Finkel

The All-or-Nothing Marriage

Eli J. Finkel
How the Best Marriages Work
3.7 (159 ratings)
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What's The All-or-Nothing Marriage about?

The All-or-Nothing Marriage (2017) shows us the many ways in which the institution of marriage has changed over the years. Supported by a wealth of data and sociological studies, these blinks explain what makes the best marriages work and what causes the vulnerable ones to fall apart.

Who should read The All-or-Nothing Marriage?

  • Married people
  • Couples considering marriage
  • Singles who want to improve their relationship skills

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Love Books: The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene

The Art of Seduction

Robert Greene
4.0 (1,049 ratings)
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What's The Art of Seduction about?

The Art of Seduction (2001) examines the amoral game of seduction, explaining how seduction always starts in the mind and that the most successful seducers know this very well indeed. It explains strategies for inciting interest, disorientating the target of seduction, stirring desire and kindling emotions. These tactics will lead to the eventual seduction of the target.

Who should read The Art of Seduction?

  • People who want to learn the art of seduction
  • Historians interested in landmark seductions
  • Psychology enthusiasts

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Love Books: Getting Past Your Breakup by Susan J. Elliott

Getting Past Your Breakup

Susan J. Elliott
How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
4.4 (152 ratings)
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What's Getting Past Your Breakup about?

Getting Past Your Breakup (2009) provides practical advice for coming to terms with the end of a romantic relationship. It emphasizes the importance of self-care and generating happiness for yourself so you can thrive in life – with or without a significant other.

Who should read Getting Past Your Breakup?

  • People who are newly single
  • Couples who are unhappy in their relationship
  • Budding relationship psychologists and counselors

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Love Books: Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

Hold Me Tight

Sue Johnson
Your Guide to the Most Successful Approach to Building Loving Relationships
4.2 (284 ratings)
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What's Hold Me Tight about?

Hold Me Tight (2008) focuses on one of life’s greatest challenges: building and sustaining an intimate relationship. Drawing on the author’s own highly successful couple therapy form EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy) – based on the idea that the quality of relationships are defined by key emotional moments, both positive and negative – these blinks show you how to form a deeper, and more enduring bond with your partner.

Who should read Hold Me Tight?

  • Recent singles who wonder what went wrong
  • Couples who want to sustain and nurture their relationship
  • Friends and family of people in rocky relationships

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Love Books: How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Love

Thich Nhat Hanh
4.4 (379 ratings)
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What's How to Love about?

How to Love (2015) is an indispensable collection of teachings on the subject of love from the world-renowned Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. Packed full of wisdom and insight, this aphoristic handbook unlocks the mysteries of true love in its exploration of what it means to love ourselves, our partners and the world itself.

Who should read How to Love?

  • Star-crossed lovers
  • Singles looking for their Mr – or Ms – Darcy
  • Anyone searching for mindful answers to the conundrums of love

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Love Books: Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away by Gary Chapman

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away

Gary Chapman
Real Help For Desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages
4.1 (181 ratings)
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What's Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away about?

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away (2008) is about difficult marriages and how to work things out when you’re most tempted to hit the eject button. Written by a marriage counselor with years of hands-on experience, this patient and thoughtful reflection on rocky marriages is ultimately filled with hope. With enough understanding, empathy and clear communication, Gary Chapman argues, there are few marriages that can’t be saved.

Who should read Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away?

  • Couples who’ve hit a rough patch in their marriage
  • Unfaithful spouses
  • Psychologists and counselors

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Love Books: Raising a Secure Child by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell with Christine M. Benton

Raising a Secure Child

Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell with Christine M. Benton
How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore
4.3 (215 ratings)
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What's Raising a Secure Child about?

Raising a Secure Child (2017) is a guide for new or expecting parents wanting to make sure they meet the many needs of their child. Hoffman et al. are experts in helping caregivers form healthy bonds with their kids while reminding parents not to get hung up on being perfect. The authors also show how parents can better understand their own insecurities and make sure they don’t pass them on to their children.

Who should read Raising a Secure Child?

  • Current or expecting parents
  • Nannies and childcare professionals
  • Students of social work and child psychology

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Love Books: Eight Dates by John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams and Rachel Carlton Abrams

Eight Dates

John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams and Rachel Carlton Abrams
Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
4.4 (388 ratings)
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What's Eight Dates about?

Eight Dates (2019) helps couples navigate the ups and downs of a relationship. Whether you’ve been married for years or have just met the love of your life, the bedrock of any relationship is quality conversation. Uncover your partner’s innermost needs and desires by going out on the eight themed dates set out by the authors in this book. But don’t stop there – the wisdom from these eight recommended dates can be applied to any date you and your partner go on.

Who should read Eight Dates?

  • Anyone in a relationship
  • Couples looking to bring romance back into their relationship
  • Aspiring couples therapists or psychology students

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Love Books: The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway

The Algebra of Happiness

Scott Galloway
Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning
4.0 (268 ratings)
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What's The Algebra of Happiness about?

The Algebra of Happiness (2019) lays out some of the most important variables involved in living a life full of meaning, love and success. It then provides a wide range of practical tips and principles on how to navigate the tensions and trade-offs involved in balancing these variables against one another.

Who should read The Algebra of Happiness?

  • Young adults thinking ahead about their middle age and retirement
  • Success-minded individuals weighing up entrepreneurship or pursuing a traditional career
  • Family-oriented people trying to navigate the challenges of finding a work-life balance

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Love Books: Good Reasons for Bad Feelings by Randolph M. Nesse

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings

Randolph M. Nesse
Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry
4.3 (132 ratings)
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What's Good Reasons for Bad Feelings about?

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings (2018) bridges the gap between evolutionary biology and psychiatry by answering some pressing questions about why we feel the way we do. By focusing on our evolutionary development, we can better understand where many of our most instinctual feelings, moods and emotions come from, and how we can better treat our disorders when they arise.

Who should read Good Reasons for Bad Feelings?

  • Anyone affected by mental disorders
  • People who want to better understand how the mind works
  • Students of psychiatry and medicine

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Love Books: Real Love by Sharon Salzberg

Real Love

Sharon Salzberg
The Art of Mindful Connection
4.5 (345 ratings)
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What's Real Love about?

Real Love (2017) draws our attention to the habits and cultural conditioning that stop us from forming deep connections with others. By inviting us to expand our notions of love and the ways in which we practice it in our day-to-day lives, Sharon Salzberg provides practical advice on how we can strengthen our relationships and experience more joy. 

Who should read Real Love?

  • Couples who want to learn how to handle conflict constructively
  • Sufferers of low self-esteem hoping to develop self-love
  • People seeking deeper connections with others

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Love Books: Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

Fair Play

Eve Rodsky
A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)
4.3 (77 ratings)
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What's Fair Play about?

Fair Play (2019) explores gender inequality in the division of domestic labor and the impact of this inequality on mothers. Packed with practical advice, these blinks also offer couples a radical approach to reallocating domestic chores so that women married to men can get a fairer deal. 

Who should read Fair Play?

  • Busy working mothers
  • Fathers seeking a better work-life balance
  • Stay-at-home moms wanting to change their lives

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Love Books: How to Be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo

How to Be an Adult in Relationships

David Richo
The Five Keys to Mindful Loving
4.5 (507 ratings)
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What's How to Be an Adult in Relationships about?

How to Be an Adult in Relationships (2002) is the definitive guide to effective relationships. It focuses on how we can all become more loving, and more open to love, both for our own benefit and that of the wider world. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, author David Richo explores five concepts of mindful loving, and how they can be applied to relationships throughout our lives.

Who should read How to Be an Adult in Relationships?

  • Couples wanting to deepen their commitment to each other
  • Anyone seeking a meaningful relationship
  • Individuals wanting to end a relationship peacefully

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Love Books: Love Sense by Sue Johnson

Love Sense

Sue Johnson
The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships
4.4 (370 ratings)
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What's Love Sense about?

Love Sense (2013) is an exploration of the science of love. These blinks suggest that humans instinctively desire to connect with each other, and that relationship problems arise when lovers no longer feel secure. They also offer practical strategies for how to develop your love sense – that is, your ability to create fulfilling and long-lasting bonds with your loved ones.

Who should read Love Sense?

  • People aspiring to form long-lasting relationships
  • Those who have been in and out of fleeting romances
  • Lovers struggling with relationship difficulties

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Love Books: Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Untamed

Glennon Doyle
Stop Pleasing, Start Living
3.8 (206 ratings)
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What's Untamed about?

Untamed (2020) is a story of unexpected love. In it, Glennon Doyle reveals how falling in love with Abby Wambach completely derailed all her plans for her life – but allowed her to become fully herself. Doyle had spent her life repressing her true spirit, trying to please other people, and be the perfect wife and mother. But, eventually, she learned to tune into her deepest desires and start building a life around who she truly is.

Who should read Untamed?

  • Restless women who suspect their lives are smaller than their ambitions
  • Romantics who can’t resist a story about sparks at first sight
  • Spiritual seekers interested in a social-justice-centered approach to Christianity

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Love Books: Conscious Uncoupling by Katherine Woodward Thomas

Conscious Uncoupling

Katherine Woodward Thomas
5 Steps to Living Happily Even After
4.1 (179 ratings)
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What's Conscious Uncoupling about?

Conscious Uncoupling (2015) is a guide to moving gracefully beyond a dysfunctional relationship and into the next phase of life. It offers a mindful method for navigating separation in five simple steps.

Who should read Conscious Uncoupling?

  • Freshly single folks feeling all the raw emotion of a recent breakup
  • Couples teetering on the edge of a failing relationship
  • Anyone who just can’t stop thinking about the one who got away

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Love Books: The Four Noble Truths of Love by Susan Piver

The Four Noble Truths of Love

Susan Piver
Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Relationships
4.6 (544 ratings)
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What's The Four Noble Truths of Love about?

The Four Noble Truths of Love (2018) brings ancient Buddhist wisdom out of the monastery and into the bedroom. By adapting the timeless insights taught by the Buddha 2,500 years ago to the nature of love, it shines a light through the murky mess of modern romance.

Who should read The Four Noble Truths of Love?

  • Long-term couples who want to rejuvenate their love life
  • Singles who want to improve their dating experiences
  • Anyone who wants to experience a deeper, more mature love

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Love Books: Untrue by Wednesday Martin

Untrue

Wednesday Martin
Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free
4.3 (183 ratings)
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What's Untrue about?

Untrue (2018) aims to challenge the long-held assumption that women are less interested in sex than men. Diving into history and the details of the human body, Untrue reveals that not only do women have strong sexual desires, they’re wired to seek satisfaction from a variety of partners.

Who should read Untrue?

  • Women curious about female sexuality 
  • People who want to learn more about sexuality, gender, and society
  • People with an interest in social anthropology

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Love Books: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

John Gray
A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships
4.5 (544 ratings)
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What's Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus about?

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (1992) is the best-selling relationship book that helps men and women understand each other and reconcile their differences. The book’s author, John Gray, uses the playful metaphor of opposite sexes being from different planets, and creates a translation guide that can help men, “Martians,” and women, “Venusians,” to understand each other better. This guide can help them build intimacy and create stronger relationships.

Who should read Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus?

  • Anyone interested in relationship advice
  • Men or women who want practical ideas for improving communication with their partners
  • People curious about the best-known relationship guide of the modern era

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Love Books: Intimacy & Desire by David Schnarch

Intimacy & Desire

David Schnarch
Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship
4.3 (544 ratings)
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What's Intimacy & Desire about?

Intimacy & Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship (2009) explains why all people in committed, long-term relationships run into sexual problems. Driven by case studies of real couples in sex therapy, the book demonstrates how people in relationships can transform their perspective – and confront themselves and each other – to reawaken sexual passion.

Who should read Intimacy & Desire?

  • Anyone interested in relationship advice
  • Couples looking to overcome sexual problems
  • Partners who want to deepen their connection

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Love Books: The Relationship Cure by John M. Gottman and Joan DeClaire

The Relationship Cure

John M. Gottman and Joan DeClaire
A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
4.6 (863 ratings)
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What's The Relationship Cure about?

The Relationship Cure (2002) prescribes a surprisingly simple solution to the problems that ail many of our relationships. Drawing on psychologist John M. Gottman’s extensive research, its insights and tips are equally applicable to relationships between romantic partners, friends, family members, and coworkers. 

Who should read The Relationship Cure?

  • Couples experiencing relationship problems
  • People looking for ways to get closer to their friends, coworkers, or family members 
  • Anyone wanting to improve their communication and relationship-building skills

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Love Books: Opening Up by Tristan Taormino

Opening Up

Tristan Taormino
A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships
4.2 (148 ratings)
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What's Opening Up about?

Opening Up (2008) demystifies nonmonogamous relationships, and shows that there are many different ways of creating loving partnerships and building alternative families. By opening up their relationships, people can explore hidden desires, have lots of fun, and radically improve their self-awareness and communication skills.

Who should read Opening Up?

  • Open-minded thinkers who want to learn how to improve their relationships
  • Lovers who want to learn to communicate their desires more honestly
  • People exploring their sexuality

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Love Books: The School of Life by Alain de Botton and The School of Life

The School of Life

Alain de Botton and The School of Life
An Emotional Education
4.6 (506 ratings)
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What's The School of Life about?

The School of Life (2019) provides a set of philosophical, yet practical, lessons on emotional intelligence, compiled from the real-life institution of the same name. Offering insights on relationships, work, and life itself, it gives us the wisdom we need to understand ourselves and others just a little bit better.

Who should read The School of Life?

  • Folks who’ve been struggling in life
  • People dealing with family or relationship issues
  • Anyone seeking emotional guidance

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Love Books: The Complete Kama Sutra by Vātsyāyana

The Complete Kama Sutra

Vātsyāyana
The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
3.8 (138 ratings)
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What's The Complete Kama Sutra about?

The Complete Kama Sutra (1994) is a translation of the classic Indian text, which was compiled in the fourth century. It’s an enduring guide to the pleasures of love and sex.

Who should read The Complete Kama Sutra?

  • History buffs fascinated by ancient cultures
  • Lovers looking for wisdom and advice
  • People enthralled by erotica

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Love Books: Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl by Natalie Lue

Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl

Natalie Lue
The Definitive Guide to Understanding Emotionally Unavailable Men and the Women that Love Them
4.5 (144 ratings)
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What's Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl about?

Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl (2008) provides a lifeline for anyone who keeps getting messed around by emotionally unavailable partners. With searing personal insights, tough love, and a large dose of humor, Mr Unavailable is an essential guide to breaking destructive relationship patterns and finding love.

Who should read Mr Unavailable & the Fallback Girl?

  • Anyone who feels chronically unlucky in love but can’t seem to break the cycle
  • Women who want to get to know themselves better and develop their self-esteem
  • Men recovering from bad relationships who want to avoid becoming “Mr. Unavailable”

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Love Books: Deeper Dating by Ken Page

Deeper Dating

Ken Page
How to Drop the Games of Seduction and Discover the Power of Intimacy
4.3 (405 ratings)
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What's Deeper Dating about?

Deeper Dating (2014) is a roadmap to intimacy and loving relationships. It breaks down how looking inward can help us identify the kinds of people we’ll connect with most deeply, and shares tools for finding these people and fostering relationships that will inspire and fulfill us.

Who should read Deeper Dating?

  • Singles frustrated by popular dating advice
  • Couples looking to strengthen their bonds
  • Those who want to understand attraction and relationships

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Love Books: The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller

The Meaning of Marriage

Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller
Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God
4.2 (125 ratings)
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What's The Meaning of Marriage about?

The Meaning of Marriage (2011) is a meditation on marriage in an age of skyrocketing divorce rates and growing skepticism that a life of monogamy can deliver true happiness. Pastor Timothy Keller and theologian Kathy Keller ask what’s gone wrong – why are so many couples hesitant to take their vows and so many others calling it quits on their marriages? The authors’ answer: we’re far too idealistic, set impossible standards, and have forgotten the true meaning of matrimony – learning to love anew each day, a lesson at the heart of the Bible’s teachings.

Who should read The Meaning of Marriage?

  • Singles looking for their soulmates
  • Would-be divorcees thinking about giving it another chance
  • Engaged people wondering what married life has in store

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Love Books: Safe People by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Safe People

Henry Cloud and John Townsend
How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't
3.6 (495 ratings)
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What's Safe People about?

Safe People (1995) examines the traits of safe and unsafe people and teaches readers how to seek out the former and avoid the latter in their search for meaningful relationships. From a biblical perspective, the book talks about the importance of true connection.

Who should read Safe People?

  • Anyone interested in improving the quality of their relationships
  • Christians seeking ways to improve their lives
  • Lonely people looking for a way to build safe, happy, and lasting relationships

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Love Books: The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills

The Mastery of Love

Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills
A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship
4.4 (643 ratings)
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What's The Mastery of Love about?

The Mastery of Love (1999) uses anecdotes and examples to illustrate the erroneous assumptions and lies that characterize most people’s relationships. It is a guide to overcoming emotional wounds and transforming relationships from wars of control into harmonic connections based on love, joy, and freedom.

Who should read The Mastery of Love?

  • Anyone struggling with a relationship
  • Soul-searchers interested in ancient wisdom
  • People seeking advice on how to overcome misery

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Love Books: The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

The Four Loves

C.S. Lewis
4.4 (235 ratings)
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What's The Four Loves about?

The Four Loves (1960) is an exploration of love in its different forms. By tracing how each form is motivated, author C. S. Lewis identifies love’s gifts and shortcomings, and reveals how God’s Divine Love can beautify all our relationships.

Who should read The Four Loves?

  • Christians seeking to deepen their connection with God
  • Bighearted folk who want to improve their relationships
  • Scholars of humanity who want to understand the nature of love

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Love Books: Making Great Relationships by Rick Hanson, PhD

Making Great Relationships

Rick Hanson, PhD
Simple Practices for Solving Conflicts, Building Connection, and Fostering Love
4.5 (282 ratings)
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What's Making Great Relationships about?

Making Great Relationships (2023) is a practical guide to building nourishing, healthy, communicative relationships. It shares simple strategies designed to troubleshoot conflict and break unhealthy cycles, as well as best practices for deepening and strengthening positive relationships.

Who should read Making Great Relationships?

  • Couples who feel stuck in an unproductive relationship dynamic
  • Friends who feel their needs aren’t met by their social circle
  • Colleagues whose interactions are marked by conflict and poor communication

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Love Books: Good Boundaries and Goodbyes by Lysa TerKeurst

Good Boundaries and Goodbyes

Lysa TerKeurst
Loving Others Without Losing the Best of Who You Are
4.2 (72 ratings)
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What's Good Boundaries and Goodbyes about?

Good Boundaries and Goodbyes (2022) offers a Christian perspective on setting healthy boundaries and learning when and how to say goodbye.

Who should read Good Boundaries and Goodbyes?

  • Christian women who want to feel healthier in their relationships
  • Christians seeking a way to balance personal health with relationship health
  • Anyone contemplating or going through divorce or separation

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Love Books: The Love Prescription by John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman

The Love Prescription

John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman
Seven Days to More Intimacy, Connection, and Joy
4.6 (323 ratings)
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What's The Love Prescription about?

The Love Prescription (2022) is a practical guide to creating more intimacy and connection in romantic relationships. Based on 40 years of research, the authors offer simple actionable advice that will help couples in any phase of their relationship.

Who should read The Love Prescription?

  • Busy people struggling to find time for their relationship
  • Couples who feel the spark has gone
  • Anyone who wants to know how to make love last

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Love Books: Passionista by Ian Kerner

Passionista

Ian Kerner
The Empowered Woman's Guide to Pleasuring a Man
3.9 (84 ratings)
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What's Passionista about?

Passionista (2008) is a guide to understanding male sexuality and satisfaction. It offers answers to the questions partners may have – and shows that giving pleasure can be just as fun as receiving it. 

Who should read Passionista?

  • Women looking to better pleasure their man
  • Couples who want to deepen their sex life
  • Those who want to enjoy sex to the fullest

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Love Books: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller
A Novel
4.3 (44 ratings)
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What's The Song of Achilles about?

The Song of Achilles (2011) is a creative retelling of Homer’s Iliad. The epic tale of the Trojan War is transformed into a moving love story, told from the perspective of Patroclus, the beloved companion of the Greek hero Achilles.

Who should read The Song of Achilles?

  • Hopeless romantics
  • Fans of Greek mythology
  • Anyone interested in the Iliad and the Trojan War

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Love Books: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë
4.6 (50 ratings)
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What's Jane Eyre about?

Jane Eyre (1874) is an intense, intimate portrait of a young woman’s search to find her place in Victorian society without compromising her passionate ideals. It follows her as she navigates life’s obstacles – and her developing love for the mysterious Edward Rochester.

Who should read Jane Eyre?

  • Hopeless romantics who crave plot twists and turns
  • History lovers keen to get a window into life as a nineteenth-century governess
  • Fans of period dramas like Outlander and Bridgerton

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Love Books: How to Be a 3% Man by Corey Wayne

How to Be a 3% Man

Corey Wayne
Winning the Heart of the Woman of Your Dreams
3.9 (300 ratings)
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What's How to Be a 3% Man about?

How to Be a 3% Man (2013) provides straightforward practice methods, tips and guidelines for meeting and dating women. It teaches you what to say to women, when to say it, and what her responses mean.

Who should read How to Be a 3% Man?

  • Men who have a hard time approaching women.
  • Anyone looking for dating advice.
  • People hoping to improve their relationship.

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Love Books: The Overthinking In Relationships Fix by Rodney Noble

The Overthinking In Relationships Fix

Rodney Noble
Toxic Thoughts That Can Destroy Your Relationship And How To Fix Them
4.3 (481 ratings)
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What's The Overthinking In Relationships Fix about?

The Overthinking In Relationships Fix (2020) is a guide to getting rid of toxic overthinking patterns that put your romantic relationships on the verge of a breakup. It offers advice and easy-to-do techniques to release your worrying thoughts and strengthen your bond with your partner.

Who should read The Overthinking In Relationships Fix?

  • Anyone in a relationship
  • Long-distance lovers
  • Those looking to overcome toxic overthinking

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Love Books: Marriage Be Hard by Kevin and Melissa Fredericks

Marriage Be Hard

Kevin and Melissa Fredericks
12 Conversations to Keep You Laughing, Loving, and Learning with Your Partner
3.7 (379 ratings)
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What's Marriage Be Hard about?

Marriage Be Hard (2022) offers advice on how to effectively communicate important topics with your partner. Chronicling the ups and downs of the authors’ own marriage, it shows how to form loving, lasting relationships.

Who should read Marriage Be Hard?

  • Married couples
  • People who want to repair their relationships
  • Anyone looking for general relationship advice

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Love Books: How to be Love(d) by Humble the Poet

How to be Love(d)

Humble the Poet
Simple Truths for Going Easier on Yourself, Embracing Imperfection & Loving Your Way to a Better Life
4.5 (211 ratings)
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What's How to be Love(d) about?

How to be Love(d) (2022) teaches you how to transform your thoughts and actions to give, receive, and experience more love in life. Full of relatable stories and actionable advice, this guide will teach you how to rid yourself of useless programming, embrace imperfection, and honor your progress – so you can better love yourself and others.

Who should read How to be Love(d)?

  • Anyone going through a breakup
  • People looking to improve their romantic, platonic, or family relationships
  • Fans of the author’s art and music

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Love Books: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
4.6 (143 ratings)
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What's The Great Gatsby about?

The Great Gatsby (1925) tells the tale of a tragic romance set against a Roaring Twenties backdrop of hedonism and excess. It's considered a defining work of America’s Jazz Age and the time leading up to the Great Depression. With sales surpassing 30 million copies worldwide, it’s among the twentieth century’s most enduring novels.

Who should read The Great Gatsby?

  • Lovers of classic literature
  • Fans of 1920s glitz and glamour
  • Anyone interested in the mythology of the American Dream

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Love Books: Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion

Jane Austen
4.5 (71 ratings)
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What's Persuasion about?

Persuasion (1817) is the story of Anne Elliot, a 27-year-old woman whose heart was broken at 19, when she was persuaded not to marry the naval captain Frederick Wentworth – the love of her life. When Anne and Captain Wentworth cross paths again, they are both still unattached. But does the Captain still carry a torch for Anne, or has resentment and time snuffed out the flame forever?

Who should read Persuasion?

  • Romantics
  • Period drama fans
  • Austen readers looking for a quick plot refresher

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Love Books: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë
4.7 (53 ratings)
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What's Wuthering Heights about?

Wuthering Heights (1847) is a masterpiece of English literature. Set in Yorkshire, it tells the story of two families and their intense, often tumultuous relationships – in particular, the stormy romance between Heathcliff and Catherine.

Who should read Wuthering Heights?

  • Fans of family sagas
  • People drawn to unconventional love stories and antiheroes
  • Anyone interested in classic novels of the nineteenth century

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Love Books: No More Mr. Nice Guy! by Robert A. Glover

No More Mr. Nice Guy!

Robert A. Glover
A Proven Plan for Getting what You Want in Love, Sex, and Life
4.2 (409 ratings)
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What's No More Mr. Nice Guy! about?

No More Mr. Nice Guy (2000) is the Nice Guy’s guide to recovery. Learn how to stop seeking the approval of others, live your life the way you want to, and ultimately get the love, life, and sex that you crave but that your Nice Guy Syndrome actually stops you from achieving.

Who should read No More Mr. Nice Guy!?

  • Men who want to take control of their lives
  • Men who want to find love – and with it, good sex
  • Women who want to help their Nice Guy become the man they really want

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Love Books: Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love by Nancy Dreyfus

Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love

Nancy Dreyfus
Relationship Repair in a Flash
3.9 (368 ratings)
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What's Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love about?

Talk To Me Like I’m Someone You Love (1993) is a relationship repair tool that coaches couples on how to speak to each other more genuinely.

Who should read Talk to Me Like I'm Someone You Love?

  • Couples in therapy
  • People who need relationship advice
  • Those looking for better relationship communication

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Love Books: The Ethical Slut by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton

The Ethical Slut

Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton
A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, and Other Freedoms in Sex and Love
4.0 (109 ratings)
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What's The Ethical Slut about?

The Ethical Slut (1997) has long been the trusted handbook for anyone exploring sex, romance, and intimacy outside the constraints of monogamy. An updated 2017 edition combines time-tested strategies for navigating polyamory with advice on how to embrace an even greater diversity of orientations and relationship configurations.

Who should read The Ethical Slut?

  • Pleasure-seekers who’d like to explore a greater variety of sexual partners
  • Seasoned polyamorists who want to make multiple partnerships really work
  • Anyone who lives – or would like to live – outside the strictures of conventional monogamy

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Love Books: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy
4.2 (195 ratings)
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What's War and Peace about?

War and Peace (1869) is a novel that follows the lives of several aristocratic families during the French invasion of Russia and the Napoleonic Wars. It explores themes of love, war, politics, and the human condition, and is considered one of the great works of literature.

Who should read War and Peace?

  • Curious minds craving timeless wisdom
  • Eager explorers of Russia’s literary landscapes
  • Time travelers fond of the Napoleonic era

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Love Books: Trust by Dr. Henry Cloud

Trust

Dr. Henry Cloud
Knowing When to Give It, When to Withhold It, How to Earn It, and How to Fix It When It Gets Broken
4.5 (330 ratings)
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What's Trust about?

Trust (2023) is a sensitive and practical guide to this essential part of human relationships. It reveals the deep significance of trust as a factor in our lives and outlines the five essential elements for building and maintaining it.

Who should read Trust?

  • Leaders who wish to create trust within organizations
  • Those looking to establish deeper personal and familial relationships
  • People who want to rebuild trust after it has been broken

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Love Books: Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs

Love & Respect

Emerson Eggerichs
The Love She Most Desires, the Respect He Desperately Needs
3.8 (354 ratings)
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What's Love & Respect about?

Love & Respect (2012) uses biblical scripture, the author’s experience as a marriage counselor, and insight from other relationship therapists to help couples connect. By following the principles it lays out, husbands and wives learn to show each other the kind of love and respect they both crave. In the process, conflicts get resolved and marriages become energized.

Who should read Love & Respect?

  • Married couples who want to remain happily married
  • Divorcees trying to heal
  • Engaged couples

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Love Books: Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
4.8 (43 ratings)
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What's Romeo and Juliet about?

Romeo and Juliet (c. 1591-1597) is the iconic tragedy of two youths who fall in love amid the feud raging between their two families. The many themes it explores include love and hate, fate and free will, and dream and reality.

Who should read Romeo and Juliet?

  • Romantic souls
  • Shakespeare fans who want a Romeo and Juliet refresher
  • Anyone trying to up their knowledge of classic literature

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Love Books: Love Unfu*ked by Gary John Bishop

Love Unfu*ked

Gary John Bishop
Getting Your Relationship Sh!t Together
4.3 (122 ratings)
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What's Love Unfu*ked about?

Love Unfu*ked (2022) is a no-nonsense, in-your-face guide to identifying and fixing the one thing that’s stopping you from having a meaningful and fulfilling relationship: you. By accepting hard facts about yourself and your habits, you can begin making the changes necessary to be the best version of yourself and stop being the problem that you don’t even know you are.

Who should read Love Unfu*ked?

  • The married or committed who’ve grown miserable in their relationships
  • Perpetual daters who are wondering why things never work out
  • Anyone looking for a more meaningful and satisfying relationship

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Love Books: The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire

The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex

Sheila Wray Gregoire
Creating a Marriage That's Both Holy and Hot
3.8 (205 ratings)
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What's The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex about?

The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex (2012) is a playbook designed to unlock enduring passion in your marriage. It blends faith, self-love, and open communication for transformative sexual satisfaction.

Who should read The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex?

  • Sacred sexuality enthusiasts
  • Faith-guided pleasure seekers
  • Spiritual marriage counselors

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Love Books: Polysecure by Jessica Fern

Polysecure

Jessica Fern
Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy
3.4 (239 ratings)
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What's Polysecure about?

Polysecure (2020) unites attachment theory, which explains the different types of attachment people form with each other, with consensual nonmonogamy – the increasingly popular practice of having multiple romantic partners. By learning more about your attachment style, you can develop healthy relationship habits, even in nonmonogamy.

Who should read Polysecure?

  • Relationship geeks looking to learn about attachment theory
  • Couples considering opening up their relationships
  • Nonmonogamous folks who want to do it right

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Love Books: The Power of the Pussy by Kara King

The Power of the Pussy

Kara King
How to Get What You Want from Men: Love, Respect, Commitment and More!
3.6 (178 ratings)
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What's The Power of the Pussy about?

The Power of the Pussy (2014) shares the twelve secret “powers” that women can use to transform their lives by changing the ways they perceive men and dating. Through straight-forward advice and positive encouragement, author Kara King gives readers tools to break the cycle of bad relationships and create the life they want with the man of their dreams.

Who should read The Power of the Pussy?

  • Fans of self-help books
  • People interested in love and romance
  • Single women who want to have better dating experiences with men

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Love Books: Everything I Know about Love by Dolly Alderton

Everything I Know about Love

Dolly Alderton
A Memoir
3.5 (24 ratings)
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What's Everything I Know about Love about?

Everything I Know About Love (2018) is Dolly Alderton’s very funny and painfully honest recollection of her early twenties, and all the bad dates, heartbreaks, grimy flat shares, and steadfast friendships this period of her life entailed. In 2022, the book was adapted for television by the BBC.

Who should read Everything I Know about Love?

  • People on the cusp of adulthood wondering what their twenties will bring
  • Those on the other side of 30, still trying to work out what their twenties meant
  • Anyone who’s a romantic at heart

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Love Books: Unlearn by Humble the Poet

Unlearn

Humble the Poet
101 Simple Truths for a Better Life
4.2 (495 ratings)
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What's Unlearn about?

Unlearn (2014) is a collection of 101 short essays on how to live a better life. These succinct yet profound essays prompt you to challenge your own beliefs as well as the commonly held assumptions of wider society. The truths revealed about happiness, love, success, and truth itself aren’t always easy to hear, but they’re crucial insights into the nature of empowerment and freedom.

Who should read Unlearn?

  • Anyone feeling lost or stuck in life
  • Those looking to improve their relationships with others and themselves
  • Artists seeking inspiration

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Love Books: You Are the One You've Been Waiting For by Richard C. Schwartz

You Are the One You've Been Waiting For

Richard C. Schwartz
Applying Internal Family Systems to Intimate Relationships
4.7 (66 ratings)
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What's You Are the One You've Been Waiting For about?

You Are the One You’ve Been Waiting For (2008) lays out the secret for finding happiness and intimacy in modern romantic relationships. Using the established Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, it shows that true contentment and compassion come from understanding and trusting the Self – your compassionate center of peace and clarity. By adjusting your perspective and completing some practical exercises, your relationship can start to flourish like it never has before.

Who should read You Are the One You've Been Waiting For?

  • Couples who feel unable to connect despite their best efforts
  • Therapists, psychoanalysts and armchair psychologists looking for a unique perspective on relationships 
  • Those who feel unresolved inner turmoil holds them back from maintaining loving relationships

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Love Books: The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure by Jeff Billings

The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure

Jeff Billings
How to Stop Being Jealous of Your Partner's Past in 12 Steps
3.9 (35 ratings)
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What's The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure about?

The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure (2017) is a guide to overcoming any jealousy about your partner’s romantic and sexual past. It introduces what retroactive jealousy is, the mindset shifts needed to get past it, and actionable changes you can make today. 

Who should read The Ultimate Retroactive Jealousy Cure?

  • Individuals in new relationships 
  • Long-term partners who still feel uncomfortable about their significant other’s past
  • Anyone who’s (considering) diving into the dating world

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Love Books: The Man's Guide to Women by John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Douglas Abrams, Rachel Carlton Abrams

The Man's Guide to Women

John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Douglas Abrams, Rachel Carlton Abrams
Scientifically Proven Secrets from the "Love Lab" About What Women Really Want
4.1 (279 ratings)
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What's The Man's Guide to Women about?

The Man’s Guide to Women (2016) is a comprehensive and scientifically backed look into the mind, emotions, and habits of women. Drawing on decades of research, it examines the hidden and not so hidden factors that drive women’s behavior and leave many men perplexed. Whether you’re married, dating, or just looking to better understand the women in your life, there’s always room to learn and add a little more compassion into your relationships.

Who should read The Man's Guide to Women?

  • Romance-seekers who are terrified at the thought of wooing a woman
  • Married or committed men looking to better connect with their female partner
  • Anyone who wants a healthier relationship with the women in their lives

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Love Books: Closer to Love by Vex King

Closer to Love

Vex King
How to Attract the Right Relationships and Deepen Your Connections
4.4 (356 ratings)
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What's Closer to Love about?

Closer to Love (2023) examines the secrets of forming a deep connection with others. Highlighting the author’s experiences alongside various experts’ theories and concepts, it offers practical wisdom on fostering self-love and romantic love.   

Who should read Closer to Love?

  • Couples struggling with their relationship
  • Single individuals looking to fix their love life
  • Anyone who wants to build healthier connections

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Love Books: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
4.8 (138 ratings)
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What's The Little Prince about?

The Little Prince (1943) is the classic allegorical tale about a stranded pilot’s extraordinary encounter with a wise and curious little boy from another planet. As the boy shares his fantastic and poetic journey, he reveals profound lessons and observations regarding life, love, and the importance of looking with our hearts.

Who should read The Little Prince?

  • The young at heart who feel lost in the absurdity of the adult world
  • Weary souls looking to recapture their misplaced innocence and imagination
  • Daydreamers who’d like to enrich their lives with an existential classic

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Love Books: The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce H. Lipton

The Honeymoon Effect

Bruce H. Lipton
The Science of Creating Heaven on Earth
3.1 (69 ratings)
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What's The Honeymoon Effect about?

The Honeymoon Effect (2023) explores the possibility of maintaining the euphoric state typically experienced during the honeymoon phase of a relationship. By delving into diverse fields such as biology, quantum physics, and psychology, it sheds light on the nature of love, the role of hormones, and the power of the subconscious mind in shaping our relationships.

Who should read The Honeymoon Effect?

  • Relationship strugglers hoping to turn around negative patterns through understanding biological and psychological influences
  • Newlyweds seeking wisdom on extending their initial happiness throughout marriage
  • Psychology enthusiasts interested in exploring the intersection of psychology, biology, and quantum physics

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Love Books: The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov

The ADHD Effect on Marriage

Melissa Orlov
Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps
4.4 (193 ratings)
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What's The ADHD Effect on Marriage about?

The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) sheds light on the way that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects individuals and impacts established relationships. By providing insight into typical behavioral tendencies, it offers couples a framework in which to move beyond unhelpful patterns and re-establish a loving relationship.  

Who should read The ADHD Effect on Marriage?

  • People with ADHD struggling to foster a happy relationship
  • Anyone wanting to improve their relationship with their ADHD partner
  • Therapists looking to better support clients with ADHD and their partners

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Love Books: Single On Purpose by John Kim

Single On Purpose

John Kim
Redefine Everything. Find Yourself First
4.3 (77 ratings)
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What's Single On Purpose about?

Single on Purpose (2020) is a candid exploration of love, closure, and the human quest for genuine happiness. Get ready to renew your relationship with yourself, redefine your perspectives on love, and ignite the engines of self-confidence and joy within you.

Who should read Single On Purpose?

  • Anyone going through a breakup
  • Personal growth explorers 
  • Life coaches or self-coaches seeking a better way to frame relationships

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Love Books: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen
3.8 (17 ratings)
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What's Sense and Sensibility about?

Sense and Sensibility (1811) explores the divergent paths of two sisters as they navigate through society’s challenges, drawn by differing temperaments of sound logic and emotional sensitivity.

Who should read Sense and Sensibility?

  • Fans of classic literature
  • Students studying societal norms
  • Lovers of strong female characters

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Love Books: How to Be a People Magnet by Leil Lowndes

How to Be a People Magnet

Leil Lowndes
Finding Friends – and Lovers – and Keeping Them for Life
4.4 (429 ratings)
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What's How to Be a People Magnet about?

How to Be a People Magnet (2001) offers specific techniques for attracting friendships and romantic partners by overcoming social anxieties. Though ostensibly focused on the socially awkward, it will resonate with even the most confident extrovert who is seeking stronger connections with those around them.

Who should read How to Be a People Magnet?

  • Those looking to overcome shyness and social anxiety
  • People hoping to improve their friendships and relationships
  • Individuals wanting to become more likable and magnetic

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Love Books: The Unemployed Millionaire by Matt Morris

The Unemployed Millionaire

Matt Morris
Escape the Rat Race, Fire Your Boss and Live Life on YOUR Terms!
3.6 (164 ratings)
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What's The Unemployed Millionaire about?

The Unemployed Millionaire (2009) takes you on a transformative journey from financial despair to self-made prosperity. It provides actionable insights and strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs, emphasizing the significance of mindset, persistence, and smart decisions in achieving financial freedom. Through a blend of personal anecdotes and practical advice, it offers a roadmap to success even in challenging circumstances.

Who should read The Unemployed Millionaire?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for motivation and guidance
  • Professionals considering transitioning away from traditional employment
  • Anyone facing financial difficulties and seeking help to turn their situations around

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Love Books: More Than Two by Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert

More Than Two

Franklin Veaux & Eve Rickert
A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory
4.3 (16 ratings)
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What's More Than Two about?

More Than Two (2014) is a guide to ethical polyamory that delves into the complexities of building and maintaining relationships with multiple partners. Through a combination of real-life examples and thoughtful analysis, it explores some of the possibilities of polyamorous relationships, provides practical advice on navigating common challenges, and offers insights into fostering open and honest communication.

Who should read More Than Two?

  • People curious about exploring ethical non-monogamy
  • Those already practicing consensual non-monogamy and looking for guidance
  • Anyone interested in relationship philosophies beyond traditional monogamy

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Love Books: The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD by Melissa Orlov & Nancie Kohlenberger

The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Melissa Orlov & Nancie Kohlenberger
Improve Trust, Intimacy, and Reliability
4.1 (60 ratings)
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What's The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD about?

The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014) delves into the challenges many couples face when one or both partners have undiagnosed adult ADHD. An essential guide for couples seeking to strengthen their bond and navigate the complexities of ADHD in their relationships, it emphasizes the importance of understanding ADHD symptoms and offers strategies to enhance communication, trust, and intimacy.

Who should read The Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD?

  • Couples seeking insight into how ADHD affects their relationship dynamics
  • Individuals diagnosed with adult ADHD aiming to improve their romantic partnerships
  • Counselors who want to expand their understanding of ADHD in intimate relationships

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Love Books: Facing Codependence by Pia Mellody with Andrea Wells Miller & J. Keith Miller

Facing Codependence

Pia Mellody with Andrea Wells Miller & J. Keith Miller
What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives
4.4 (179 ratings)
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What's Facing Codependence about?

Facing Codependence (1989) offers insights and guidance for those seeking to navigate and recover from codependent behaviors. It dives into the complex condition of codependence, identifying five main symptoms, their origins, and their corresponding effects on the individual’s life.

Who should read Facing Codependence?

  • Individuals navigating relationship challenges
  • Self-awareness and personal growth seekers
  • Anyone interested in understanding codependency

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Love Books: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel García Márquez
3.9 (78 ratings)
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What's One Hundred Years of Solitude about?

One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) tells the multigenerational story of the Buendía family, founders of the fictional town of Macondo. Mixing magical realism with historical events, it follows the family members and inhabitants of Macondo over a century through cycles of happiness and tragedy, as well as periods of solitude.

Who should read One Hundred Years of Solitude?

  • Lovers of the magical realism genre
  • Anyone interested in Latin American literature and culture
  • Fans of epic family sagas

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Love Books: Plays Well with Others by Eric Barker

Plays Well with Others

Eric Barker
The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know about Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong
4.2 (275 ratings)
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What's Plays Well with Others about?

Plays Well with Others (2022) debunks relationship myths and offers advice on how to form and maintain strong bonds. Improve your friendships and romantic relationships, as well as your ability to resolve conflicts, forgive others, and deal with difficult people.

Who should read Plays Well with Others?

  • Professionals seeking better workplace relationships
  • Team leaders aiming for harmony and collaboration
  • All those interested in interpersonal dynamics

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Love Books: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami
4.2 (99 ratings)
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What's Norwegian Wood about?

Norwegian Wood (1987) transports you to late 1960s Tokyo, where Toru Watanabe's recollection of his student days unveils a haunting tale of love, loss, and the passage of time. As he navigates friendships, passionate encounters, and heart-wrenching choices, we witness his complex relationships with the troubled beauty, Naoko, and the brazen Midori. Set against a backdrop of societal upheaval, Murakami delves deep into the emotional turmoil of choosing between past and future, weaving a story that resonates with the nostalgia and unrest of youth.

Who should read Norwegian Wood?

  • Lovers of introspective, melancholic narratives
  • Fans of Japanese culture and literature
  • Anyone grappling with the complexities of love and loss

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Love Books: Securely Attached by Eli Harwood

Securely Attached

Eli Harwood
Transform Your Attachment Patterns into Loving, Lasting Romantic Relationships
3.9 (62 ratings)
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What's Securely Attached about?

Securely Attached (2023) is an insightful exploration into the world of attachment theory and its practical implications in everyday life. It delves into how different attachment strategies, formed during early childhood, influence the way individuals interact and bond with others throughout their lives. Offering a multitude of reflection exercises, questions, and tips, its goal is to help people recognize the attachment strategies they’re currently using and help them transition to earned secure attachment over time.

Who should read Securely Attached?

  • People in romantic relationships seeking insight into their attachment strategies
  • Parents looking for guidance on building secure attachments with their children
  • Anyone who knows or suspects they’re using insecure attachment strategies

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Love Books: How to Be the Love You Seek by Nicole LePera

How to Be the Love You Seek

Nicole LePera
Break Cycles, Find Peace, and Heal Your Relationships
4.1 (101 ratings)
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What's How to Be the Love You Seek about?

How to Be the Love You Seek (2023) is part candid memoir, part practical manual to improving your romantic relationships. Supported by personal experience and patient case studies, it argues that deep inner work is the essential prerequisite to secure, loving outer relationships – and outlines the process to make this transformation possible. 

Who should read How to Be the Love You Seek?

  • Anyone looking to improve their romantic relationship(s) 
  • Individuals committed to moving past old wounds and trauma 
  • People interested in self-development and personal growth 

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Love Books: Single, Dating, Engaged, Married by Ben Stuart

Single, Dating, Engaged, Married

Ben Stuart
Navigating Life and Love in the Modern Age
2.6 (46 ratings)
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What's Single, Dating, Engaged, Married about?

Single, Dating, Engaged, Married (2017) is filled with practical guidance for today’s Christian on four seasons of romantic relationship. This thoughtful collection of stories and scriptural wisdom offers ways to transform relationships, from navigating modern dating to honoring divine design within marriage.

Who should read Single, Dating, Engaged, Married?

  • Single Christians wondering if being alone is really part of God’s plan
  • Dating Christians who want to know if their current partner is “the one”
  • Engaged Christians about to embark on the adventure of marriage

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Love Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen
4.0 (114 ratings)
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What's Pride and Prejudice about?

Pride and Prejudice (1813) is the classic story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a couple who must overcome all manner of social and financial obstacles – including their own initial dislike of each other – to find lasting love.

Who should read Pride and Prejudice?

  • True romantics seeking an all-time classic love story
  • History buffs curious about class life in Regency-era England
  • Lovers of classic literature and period dramas

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Love Books: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
4.2 (16 ratings)
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What's The Scarlet Letter about?

The Scarlet Letter (1850) delves into the repercussions of sin, societal judgment, and the pathway to personal redemption, journeying through the life of Hester Prynne, an adulteress in a Puritan society.

Who should read The Scarlet Letter?

  • Fans of historical fiction
  • Readers interested in morality tales
  • Feminist literature enthusiasts

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Love Books: 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do by Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do

Amy Morin
3.8 (204 ratings)
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What's 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do about?

13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don’t Do (2023) identifies thirteen common pitfalls that couples should avoid in order to nurture healthier and more resilient relationships. It provides concrete advice for improving communication, managing conflict, and ultimately fostering stronger mental fortitude – both individually and as a team.

Who should read 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do?

  • Couples seeking to improve their communication and resolve conflicts
  • People looking for advice on nurturing healthy, secure relationships
  • Individuals interested in building mental resilience and fortitude

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Love Books: Fight Right by Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD & John Gottman, PhD

Fight Right

Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD & John Gottman, PhD
How Successful Couples Turn Conflict into Connection
4.2 (51 ratings)
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What's Fight Right about?

Fight Right (2024) offers invaluable findings from extensive research on conflict resolution in relationships. Here, you’ll find practical strategies to avoid common mistakes during conflict, which will enable you to foster deeper connection and lasting love. Compelling case studies and international research demonstrate that even struggling couples can heal and strengthen their relationship dynamics with the right tools and guidance.

Who should read Fight Right?

  • Couples who find themselves fighting repeatedly over the same trivial things
  • Couples who never fight, and are wondering if that’s really such a good thing
  • Couples coming out of the honeymoon phase and confronting relationship conflict for the first time

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Love Books: 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged by H. Norman Wright

101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged

H. Norman Wright
4.1 (101 ratings)
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What's 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged about?

101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged (2004) aims to deepen the understanding between partners contemplating marriage through a series of insightful questions. It covers a wide range of topics, from personal values and life goals to opinions on finance, parenting, and handling conflicts, encouraging couples to explore their compatibility and future expectations together.

Who should read 101 Questions to Ask Before You Get Engaged?

  • Couples who wish to become engaged
  • Marriage counselors and relationship therapists
  • Individuals interested in personal growth and communication

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Love Books: Somehow by Anne Lamott

Somehow

Anne Lamott
Thoughts on Love
4.0 (2 ratings)
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What's Somehow about?

Somehow (2024) is a collection of stories that are both deeply personal and universally resonant, offering poignant insights into the human experience. Filled with candid and witty reflections on love, loss, and faith, it captures the essence of what it means to be human, inviting readers to embrace life's complexities with courage and compassion.

Who should read Somehow?

  • Anyone interested in approaching life with more grace
  • People in recovery or dealing with grief
  • Readers who like a good memoir

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Love Books: Liberated Love by Mark Groves & Kylie McBeath

Liberated Love

Mark Groves & Kylie McBeath
Release Codependent Patterns and Create the Love You Desire
4.7 (11 ratings)
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What's Liberated Love about?

Liberated Love (2024) is a guide to ending unhealthy relationship dynamics such as codependence. By taking an intentional pause, people can create better romantic relationships and find fulfillment.

Who should read Liberated Love?

  • Codependent couples
  • People who want healthier romantic relationships
  • Anyone who’s interested in self-development

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Love Books: Designer Relationships by Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson

Designer Relationships

Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Happy Monogamy, Positive Polyamory, and Optimistic Open Relationships
5.0 (1 ratings)
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What's Designer Relationships about?

Designer Relationships (2015) explores the concept of flexible, customized partnerships that evolve beyond traditional monogamy, allowing individuals to craft relationships based on their unique needs and desires. It argues that this approach empowers people to create diverse, mutually agreed-upon relationship structures, ranging from emotional bonds without sexual involvement to various forms of nonmonogamy and kink exploration. 

Who should read Designer Relationships?

  • Monogamous couples curious about opening their relationship
  • Polyamorous people looking for authentic advice on nurturing their relationships
  • Anyone interested in sex-positive alternatives to conventional relationship models

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Love Books: How to Love Someone Without Losing Your Mind by Todd Baratz

How to Love Someone Without Losing Your Mind

Todd Baratz
Forget the Fairy Tale and Get Real
5.0 (1 ratings)
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What's How to Love Someone Without Losing Your Mind about?

How to Love Someone Without Losing Your Mind (2024) by Todd Baratz explores the challenges of modern love and how we can enjoy healthier, more fulfilling relationships. It provides partnered individuals with strategies to enhance self-awareness, improve communication, and establish healthy boundaries – all while safeguarding their personal well-being and unique identity.

Who should read How to Love Someone Without Losing Your Mind?

  • Couples in long-term relationships
  • Relationship-seekers and singles preparing for future connections
  • People recovering from breakups

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What's the best Love book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Click as the ultimate read on Love.

What are the Top 10 Love books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Click by Rom and Ori Brafman
  • Why We Love by Helen Fisher
  • Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
  • A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon
  • The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm
  • Daring to Trust by David Richo
  • 30 Lessons for Loving by Karl Pillemer
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Erik Klinenberg
  • Screamfree Parenting by Hal Edward Runkel

Who are the top Love book authors?

When it comes to Love, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Rom and Ori Brafman
  • Helen Fisher
  • Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jethá
  • Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon