Love is not always rainbows and butterflies. In fact, it is a complex human emotion that can leave you feeling quite confused. That’s where books come in – they help you realise you’re not alone. The stories and advice you find in books, give you lessons in love while also helping you understand what it is all about. Hence, when you’re at a point in life where you’re feeling that love is leaving you confused, be sure that there are some amazing books out there to help you navigate this phase.
Here are 13 books you need to pick up when you’re feeling confused about love.
1. The Art Of Loving by Erich Fromm
Written by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, this book is all about how to develop your personality in a way that enables you to actually experience love. Fromm has written with firm belief that how to love is an art that needs to be learnt and this can be especially helpful when you’re struggling with romance.
2. The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Ever wondered what would happen if you got a second chance to make things right with your first love? The book by best selling author Tracey Garvis Graves, follows the story of Annika and Jonathan who bump into each other over a decade after having dated each other, for a short span in college.
3. How To Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
When you read the book written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, you will be able to realize the importance of mindfulness when it comes to cultivating fulfilling personal relationships.
4. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Macy is a young girl whose long term boyfriend wants a break from their relationship. While on the break, she finds herself attracted to a coworker who is caring towards her and she feels genuinely connected to. Between her old relationship and the new crush, there’s a lot to be decided and this book will teach you that love is a whole lot about risks.
5. Essays In Love by Alain De Botton
Author Alain De Botton has done an excellent job of mixing fiction with philosophy about love. Following the very beginning of a love affair when so much is unknown and awkward, this one is going to change your perspective on relationships.
6. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Helen Fielding has written this one in the form of a personal diary, giving it a very relatable touch. Following a whole year in the life of thirty-something Bridget Jones and her romantic life, this one is an eye-opener when it comes to dating.
7. I love You But I Don’t Trust You by Mira Kirshenbaum
Couples therapist Mira Kirshenbaum writes about a rather common modern relationship problem of shaky trust. This one will help you rebuild your relationship with a strong foundation of trust.
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
This one by Leo Tolstoy is considered a classic for its portrayal of the complexity of human relationships. Following the life of Anna Karenina and her extra-marital affair with a cavalry officer, this one will make you think deeply about marriage and love.
9. Tiny Beautiful Things Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Once anonymous online columnist known as Sugar, Cheryl Strayed has written this excellent book that can help you navigate life, especially the dating world. Full of humour and perfect for the confused soul, this will help you understand, and perhaps solve, life issues.
10. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
Hope and Tru meet at a beach when she is taking time off her six-year-old relationship and he’s visiting from Zimbabwe to meet a father he’s never had contact with. A heartbreaking love story, this one by Nicholas Sparks might make you cry.
11. Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You F*cking Idiot by Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses
A beautifully illustrated graphic novel, this one contains hundred dating tips for millennials who find it hard to survive in the world of modern dating.
12. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
A heartbreaking teenage love story, this one will make you go back to your very own first breakup. Eleanor is the new girl and Park is someone who hangs out with popular kids. A story about how these opposites attract and go through tough issues at such a young age, Eleanor and Park will teach you about the hard decisions in life where your love is on the line.
13. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
Award-winning journalist Dolly Alderton packs romantic advice with humour quite perfectly, making this the perfect book for any young person who is looking for dating advice.