5 Best Books to Read After a Breakup to Heal

Last Updated on July 9, 2022 by Ray

Sometimes broken hearts need a little extra time to come to terms and accept what our brains probably already know. Relationships can fall apart, but focusing on the future instead of the breakup is key to healing and allows even better things to fall into place.

So when relationships fall apart, instead of first looking up their social media accounts and torturing yourself with old photos and memories, pick up one of these beneficial books instead. Healing is possible! Mending a broken heart takes time and lots of self-love. Read these best books to buy after a breakup and start healing your heart today. 

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Books can be Beneficial after a Difficult Breakup

The loss of an important relationship in your life can cause you to think a lot, over-think excessively, and sometimes even obsess about your choices and regrets. We start to look within ourselves and how we relate to others. Breakups inevitably cause this sort of internal reflection and introspection. It can be super helpful to have resources to help you navigate these thoughts and this difficult time in your life. Below are five beneficial books to read after a breakup or loss that can help you on the road to healing.

The Best Books to Read After a Breakup

When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
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Pema Chödrön's perennially best-selling classic on overcoming life's difficulties cuts to the heart of spirituality and personal growth--now in a newly designed 20th-anniversary edition with a new afterword by Pema--makes for a perfect gift and addition to one's spiritual library.

A classic post-breakup and self-help book, it centers on ways to reframe our thinking patterns after bad things happen in our lives. It questions our innate desire to move on quickly from these difficult times without first recognizing and working through them

Read Pema Chodron’s in-depth take on fear, suffering, death, and loneliness. Based on eastern methods that can help you become the best you can be. Read up on how accepting the struggle is sometimes the most challenging part of the battle, and you must accept the struggle before you can rise above it. Transcendence takes time and effort!

“When Things Fall Apart” will give you a new perspective on the meaning of fear, learning to accept its existence and how we can move on from it. As a post-break read, it can help the reader be kinder to themselves and allow the breakup not to be the end but a valuable and necessary part of the journey. 

The Art of Breaking Up
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s creative collaborative community HITRECORD looks at love from both sides in this ingenious flippable book.

HITRECORD’s global community of over 750,000 active artists is here to help with The Art of Breaking Up, a new book designed to get you through this trying time.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s creative, collaborative community HitRecord looks at love from all sides in this ingenious, unique flippable book, The Art of Breaking Up. This book is, above anything, honest, fun, and relatable. This book is genuinely sad at times and HILARIOUS in other parts

This book is full of insightful musings, funny drawings, collages, puzzles, games, and even recipes. It is made explicitly to distract you from the agony of a breakup, and honestly, laughter has been the best medicine. 

There are two sides to every breakup, but the book also features a double-sided flippable structure—one side dedicated to the brokenhearted and the other as seen from the side of the heartbreaker. Everything you see or read in this book was made in a collaboration of real people making art and sharing feelings about their breakups. “The Art of Breaking Up” is an acute, visual observation of love and life in modern times and can make you laugh aloud even when you thought you couldn’t.

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Getting Over A Breakup: 75 Easy Steps To Get Over A Breakup
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New York Times best-selling author Kate Anderson brings you her latest book to help those suffering the pain of separation.

Getting Over A Breakup contains 75 easy-to-follow steps, broken into 3 sections, to help you get over the pain and anguish of a breakup and to move on with your life.

Let’s face facts, Break-ups hurt. Rejection, sadness, guilt, and regret all can make you feel like it is the end of the world! “Getting Over a Breakup” by Kate Anderson can help you overcome those negative feelings quickly to move on to an even better life. It isn’t the end of your story, just the end to a chapter, and there are ways this book can help get you back to living yours

Reading books like this that reflect your situation and how you might be feeling puts love and life into perspective. Almost acting like a mirror, letting us know we aren’t necessarily alone. Kate Anderson is a New York best-selling author who touches on 75 simple steps you can take to get over the anguish of a breakup in this easy-to-read book

We can rarely get practical advice on the topic of love and breakups. Ones that work and aren’t entirely biased. “Getting Over a Breakup” is the perfect quick guide to survival after a relationship’s epilogue, a Do and Don’t list of love, breaking up, and new relationships. 

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment
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In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller scientifically explain why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle.

Discover how an understanding of adult attachment—the most advanced relationship science in existence today—can help us find and sustain love.

“Attached: Are you Anxious, Avoidant, or Secure? How the Science of Adult Attachment Can Help You Find-and Keep-Love” is a fantastic book discussing the sort of science behind love and attachment. It is a groundbreaking new look at love by psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F Heller. 

Pages full of eye-opening-fascinating professional insight, case studies, quizzes, advice, and wisdom can help the reader understand the three different attachment styles and how to overcome personal issues to better future relationships. This book has great information for anyone who wants to become more conscious about their relationships and those who suffer from attachment issues. 

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Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
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From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder shares how saying YES changed her life.

Shonda Rhimes is CEO of the global media company Shondaland.

The “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes is a fresh, insightful book and throws you from your comfort zone. Shonda Rhimes encourages us to peel back those curtains, let the sunshine in, and talk about her personal journey of the year she learned it was best to say, “Yes”! 

The author, Shonda Lynn Rhimes is an American producer, author, and screenwriter who is funny, and charming and allows us to know that sometimes doing the things that scare us most, are exactly what we need to do to survive and move on. That fear that stops you in your tracks keeps you from being “You,” and simply saying yes can lead to your own healing

This is a fan-favorite must-read and encourages you to go out and live your best life. Believe in yourself because sometimes it’s the only option we have.

You Don’t Have to Navigate a Breakup on Your Own

Hi, Coach Ray here! Are you suffering from heartbreak? I know that loss of any kind can cause pain, stress, anxiety, or worse. As much as we would like reading to fix everything, sometimes you need a little extra help. Contact me and let’s talk.

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