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23 Books Every ‘Single’ Woman Should Read Because You Are A Badass

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There are certainly upsides to being single. You have tonnes more free time to do what you truly enjoy, from watching Netflix, to developing your hobbies. Seize life by the reigns and jump at all the opportunities you didn’t even realize you were missing by being in a relationship.

Here are 23 books that cover both the lows and highs of being a single lady (as recommended by Fupping contributors much smarter than I).

#1 Instant Healing by Susan Shumsky

So many young women have told me they carry this book around everywhere and it has gotten so dog-eared that they had to buy another copy.

Why do they love this book? Because it gets results.

Simply by looking for their problem listed in the appendix, they can find the page in the book and read the specific affirmation that will solve that problem. After saying the affirmation audibly, they will get immediate relief, their mood will change, and they will feel much better right away.I think the most important thing for single women is to overcome feelings of inadequacy, which is so prevalent in our culture due to the media’s demeaning portrayal of women.

This book will help single women to gain greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-empowerment, and self-worth. That’s why I recommend it to them in particular.

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Contributors: Susan Shumsky from susanshumsky.com

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#2 Dr. Romance’s Guide to Finding Love Today by Tina Tessina

Whether you are dating as an adult, a single parent, a widow or a senior and have experienced loss, or even if you have given up on relationships, or been single for a while, or are new to dating, this guide will tell you what you need to know to draw on your own life experience and know-how and apply those skills to the dating process.

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Contributors: Tina B. Tessina from tinatessina.com

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  1. Great book, accessible and sound advice for single women. I’m recoomfnding it to my single friends who want to find love.

  2. This author has such wise and practical advice that I wish I could have friends like that. I’ve read several of her books, and when she talks about love and romance, I feel like she knows everything.

    • Thank you! After 40 years counseling couples, I’ve learned quite a bit. I’d be happy to be friends. Check out Tina Tessina on Facebook.

#3 Successful Women Speak Differently by Valorie Burton

A lot of times, especially in business settings or even in our own families, we as women get spoken over. The ability to communicate effectively trumps the natural talents and skills we may have been born with or learned. This book trained me to speak with authority and not allowing our voices to become reactive to other people pushing our buttons. A great book that I return to frequently!

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Contributors: C. Hillesheim from Parent Focus

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#4 Stop Looking for a Husband by Marina Sbrochi

I'm suggesting this book for 2 reasons. Selfishly, because I am the author. I wrote this book to make a fundamental mind shift for women. Women have been conditioned (sociologically) to find someone perfect on paper. A farce. This book breaks that notion and asks women to re think marriage and do things for themselves and in being true to themselves, cleaning up their baggage, only then, will they find the love of their life.

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Contributors: Marina Spriggs from Another Way Therapy

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#5 Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Women often times don't gravitate toward positions of power. The word power has quite the connotation as well. What if, true power was a zen mindset?  This book books it to be true. It sounds like it's a book on negotiating business, but it's on being a zen master to negotiate life. Any women that reads this will get a PhD in life if you do what it says.

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Contributors: Marina Spriggs from Another Way Therapy

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#6 Being the Strong Man a Woman Wants By Elliott Katz

Why should a single woman in her 20s read a relationship advice book on how to be a strong man? Because many single women can't find the right man and are frustrated with today's men who don't act like they expect men to act. Single women can give the book to men and tell them, This is what I have been trying to tell you I want in a man. Read it. Do what it says. Then we'll go out.

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Contributors: Elliott Katz from ElliottKatz

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#7 Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

Sexual compatibility is crucial for the long-term success of any relationship. Women are often willing to compromise their sexual pleasure in hopes that their partner will “figure it out” with time. This can result in relationships that are loving but sexually unfulfilling. As a Sex Therapist, I encourage my single patients to learn all that they can about their body and their desires and to use this information to inform theirdating/partnership choices. Come As You Are is an empowering and informative resource for women who are committed to making great sex a priority in their current and future relationships.

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Contributors: Stefani Shaffer-Pond from Bound Together Counseling

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#8 The 5×2 Method by Chris DiVecchio

The 5x2 Method is the ultimate guide to living our ultimate life. DiVecchio illustrates how we can use our five senses to heighten one’s level of self-awareness, create a positive shift in mentality, and make more conscious choices.

DiVecchio wants to share how this simple concept can contribute to a more positive, stress-free and overall better quality of life.

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Contributors: Shea Gorden from Dunn Pellier Media, Inc.

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#9 Tinker Dabble Doodle Try by Srini Pillay

In his new book Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind, Dr. Pillay makes the case that the alternation of periods of focus helps increase learning and satisfaction. Drawing on the latest brain research, compelling stories from his psychological practice, neuroscientist Srini Pillay, M.D., challenges traditional ideas about productivity, revealing the lasting, positive benefits of adding deliberate and regular unfocus to your repertoire.

Tinker Dabble Doodle Try demonstrates how specific kinds of planned unfocus stimulate cognitive calmness, jumpstart productivity, enhance innovation, inspire creativity, improve long-term memory, and, of course, help you stay on target.

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Contributors: Shea Gorden from Dunn Pellier Media, Inc.

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#10 The Donald Trump Syndrome by Rich Gosse

Donald Trump lost the women’s vote by twelve percentage points in the 2016 Presidential Election. But when it comes to marriage, he is clearly the lady’s choice. Most single women would react with horror if they were told they desire a Trump-like husband, but that’s what millions secretly want.

The Donald Trump Syndrome divulges why marrying a Donald Trump clone would be disastrous. It also documents how single women in America overlook millions of good men because they are the opposites of President Trump. Best of all, the book provides a step-by-step blueprint for how to identify a good man, where to find him, how to meet him, and how to forge a lasting bond.

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Contributors: Rich Gosse from RichGosse

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#11 Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigred Undset

Written by a world-class, Nobel prize-winning author in her middle age about a young woman, and she infuses the tale with the wisdom born of her experience, pain, and insights. Just as good as Shakespeare.

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Contributors: Brian O'Neel from Saint Luke Institute

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#12 Surviving a Cyberstalker by Alexis Moore

This book is vital to any woman who is living in the cyber-era today in order to prevent and survive cyber abuse and stalking as this far too often happens involving predators engaged in dating relationships with the victims and former intimate partners.

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Contributors: Alexis Moore from AlexisMoore

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#13 Marry Him by Lori Gottlieb

This book provides a cautionary tale for single women who are waiting around for the perfect guy to be more realistic about finding a mate. Through her compelling story, Lori shares that she was too picky and missed out on earlier opportunities to find a lasting relationship. She also shares some compelling stats to keep in mind. As relationship experts, we often find that some successful single career women do punt on getting married thinking that it will happen easily when they are ready.  If you wait, we recommend being more realistic about expectations.

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Contributors: Shannon Lundgren from ReLaunchLove

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#14 The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris

[This book] helped me gain perspective on how working smart is often better than simply working hard, and a starting point on how to outsource many tasks. Women especially would benefit from his look on life that simplifies the workweek and task outsourcing, as they tend to take on more of both the work and household chores in the more modern world.

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Contributors: Stacy Caprio from willimproveyourlife.com

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#15 Mindset by Carol Dweck

This book discusses the difference between the fixed and growth mindsets and explains how to develop the later. Having a growth mindset is so important for women because society tries to tell us we can't be as good at certain things as men are. A growth mindset ensures we know better than that. We can do anything. This book is a must read for every single woman.

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Contributors: Malorie Thompson from Healing Malorie

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#16 The Eros Equation by Eve Hogan

The principles outlined in this powerful book have transformed my relationships. The basic premise is this: If you change your response, you change the outcome.  The truth is, we have no control over other people's behavior. Looking outside of ourselves - expecting the other person to change so that we can be happy - weakens us. By shifting our perspective and looking inside of ourselves for solutions, we become powerful. In addition to providing guidance for making this shift, this book is full of wisdom and insight to deepen the most important relationship of all - the one we have with ourselves.

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Contributors: Nicole Diaz from NicoleDiaz

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#17 21 Days to the Love of Your Life by Kac Young

It takes only 21 Days to set the pattern in the conscious mind to find and attract a mate. It is both science and art and the process takes you deep into yourself, opens blocked windows and allows you to sort out your personal values and what you really want in a mate.  You dedicate 21 consecutive days, 20-30 minutes per day to work this process.

On the 22nd day you are ready to venture out into the world and attract a mate; the person who is also seeking you. There is no magic, no mystery, just three dedicated weeks of focusing on what you truly want to find and how you see life with another person unfolding.  The process requires frank honesty from the seeker.

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Contributors: Kac Young from 21DaysToTheLoveofYourLife

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#18 Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes - because she does a fantastic job of bursting the 'women are supposed to have/do it all' bubble, and she's hilarious.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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#19 Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle - because she talks about what its like to struggle with feeling different, learning to numb emotions, to give in to 'supposed-to's' and then to break out of all of those cycles.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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#20 Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

I would tell any woman to read EVERY one of her (Brene Brown) books. She is the authority on vulnerability and shame.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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#21 The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman - because we should all understand more about how we receive love, and how to best give love to those we are in relationships with.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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#22 The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson.  Because so much of our stress, anxiety, and depression comes from caring about the wrong things. He's the quick and dirty modern-day self-help guru.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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#23 You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero - Because we all need the reminder.

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Contributors: Marissa Geraci from EmpoweringTampa

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