This is a "Oops, I married a sociopath???" kind of book. Hannah is waiting for her husband to fly in from New York, but when he doesn't arrive, his assistant tells her she thought they were in Rome together. AND their bank account is emptied. Wow, thank goodness you're not married right?
According to Buzzfeed, "Alison Poole is the ultimate coke-addicted, booze-swilling party girl of the ’80s who falls in and out of love at the drop of a hat."
If you've had a lover like that, maybe you might want to revisit those glorious days without actually hurting yourself. #Emo
“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” Tbh #lifegoals for those who just want to watch the world burn.
“That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the place an arrow shoots off from. I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket.” Oof, Sylvia. We get it.
Renée is the concierge of an upscale Paris apartment complex. Paloma is the 12-year-old genius daughter of two residents. An unlikely friendship forms and it proves that yes, all you need is love. But it's not always a romantic love that you're looking for.
If you're tired of all the questions asking where your boyfriend is, when you're getting married, why are you alone blah blah blah, then be energised by Kate Chopin's feminist text. Protagonist Edna Pontellier hates the society's rigid ideas for femininity, and instead of fitting in, decides to explore her own desires and thoughts. #grrlpower
Maybe you're not getting the D this holiday, but instead of lamenting and feeling sorry for yourself about that, delve into this fascinating and hilarious 411 about virginity and sex. Hear stories from real people like Edna, who lost her virginity at 1940 (!!) to Charlie a young, disabled punk rocker.
George Eliot said about this book, "It is a still more wonderful book than Jane Eyre. There is something almost preternatural in its power.” And Virginia Woolf says Bronte expresses an “untamed ferocity perpetually at war with the accepted order of things”. Wow.
This one's the opposite of a typical happily ever after. In fact, it opens with Olga’s husband walking out on her and their two young children for a younger woman. Yet there's a freedom and a power to her new found life and it's this honesty and heartbreak that makes us want to weep.
Love is hard, we know. So if you're getting over an unrequited love, a breakup, a cheating bastard, let the wise words of Cheryl Strayed soothe your hurt soul.