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25 Books You Should Read While You're Single

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by Lilit Marcus for HowAboutWe

Why say "single" like it's a bad thing? One of the great perks of being unattached is the free time -- time that can be spent catching up on all the great reading you've been meaning to do for the last five years. Here's a list of the best choices for those blissfully quiet summer evenings.

1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Because once you get into a relationship, you'll never enough alone time to finish this beast (and it really is worth finishing).

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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Because you need the occasional reminder that the guy you were in love with at age 10 isn't actually a worthy partner at age 30.

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3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Because if you read this book while you are dating someone you will definitely, definitely break up.

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4. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
Because you should get the chick lit thing out of your system before you get too embarrassed to read lady books in front of a dude.

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5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Because adultery and suicide don't make for the most pleasant pre-sex reading.

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6. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Because dudes love this book, and you will be able to intelligently explain why you think it is good/sexist/some combination of good and sexist/whatever.

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7. Our Bodies, Ourselves anthology
Because you're a smart, liberated woman who is fully in control of her sex life, regardless of whether there's a dude around.

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8. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Because it is high time you invited all your friends over for a killer dinner party.

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9. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Because, honestly, sometimes you just think about giving up on dudes forever and launching your own future colony of women.

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10. The Dirt by Motley Crue
Because you kinda want to know what guys talk about when there are no women around, and it's this.

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11. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
Because if you were ever thinking about marrying for money, this would be a pretty good reason not to.

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12. The Girl with the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
Because it's important to remember that grownups can still believe in magic.

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13. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg
Because you're strong and self-sufficient.

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14. The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice
Because reading some sexy erotica is a great alternative to another bad date.

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15. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Because it's a beautifully-written classic, but you don't want any overnight guests getting the wrong idea.

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16. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Because she's like a mom/wise older sister/straightforward BFF in one great advice-giving package.

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17. The Ethical Slut by Dottie Easton and Janet Hardy
Because, hey, girl, get yours.

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18. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Because laughing hysterically while in bed with someone is probably considered rude.

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19. Apartment Therapy: the Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
Because your home is your palace, even if home is a tiny studio apartment.

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20. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Because this book will make you think that all relationships end in murder, and it's best to read when you don't have a specific culprit in mind.

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21. How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan

Because you want to be ready when you do meet someone who rocks your world.

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22. Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield
Because when you cry your guts out, you'll want to do it in the privacy of your own home.

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23. The Melting Season by Jami Attenberg
Because it's never a bad time for a reminder that a relationship won't fix your life for you.

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24. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
Because you might as well kick major ass in your career in the meantime.

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25. Go Your Own Way: Women Travel The World Solo, anthology
Because these stories will inspire you to set off on an incredible journey of your own.

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26.Modern Dating: A Field Guide by Chiara Atik

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