Is there anything more painful than trying to recover from having your heart smashed into a thousand little pieces?
But it’s still pretty damn sore.
The first few days are the worst. Whether you were the perpetrator or were the one to hear the heart-wrenching words, it takes a while to get over the initial shock. And then a little bit longer to get over the hurt. And then some more time to get over the anger that has burrowed itself inside you and makes you want to pin your ex-partner’s face to a bright red target and take a few well-aimed shots at their forehead. Breathe.
By the time you’ve reached the #OverIt, #SinglePringle and #StrongIndependentHumanBeingWhoDontNeedNoRelationship faze, chances are it’s been after a difficult few months of sadness and brooding, which to be honest can get pretty tiring – not to mention boring af.
So whether your neck is sore from your constant nodding throughout that last paragraph or your mouth is open in shock at how oh-so-relatable I am, (or maybe you’re just intrigued as to what on Earth I could possibly have to say after the world’s longest intro) I reckon we can all agree that it’s pretty difficult to get over a break-up, and it’s about time we found something to pass the time with. Which is why, ladies and gents, I’ve come up with a nifty list of phenomenal reading material that will help you heal your sad heart.
(P.S Because I’m oh-so-helpful, each book cover will take you directly to the cheapest available Amazon link so you don’t have to sell a limb. Enjoy!)
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Because: Who doesn’t need a good cry?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Because: It’s okay to be a wallflower.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
Because: Why tf not?
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Because: We need to confront our reasons.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Because: The little things count.
The List by Joanna Bolouri
Because: Scotland, that’s why.
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Because: It’s adorable. And heartbreaking. End of.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Because: We all need a bit of inspirational literature now and again.
He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
Because: Tough Love is your best friend… sometimes.
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkein
Because: Sometimes we have to search for that golden ring, and that’s okay.
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Because: It’s okay to be alone.
Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin
Because: They are an ex for a reason.
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Because: We all need a reminder of what not to do.