Written for Debut Magazine Online – available here.
It’s safe to say that there is a certain stigma attached to single girls; an archaic idea that they cannot be happy, successful and live a fun-filled life without a better half. However, this is 2017, and as Jennifer Aniston quite rightly said, the single life is to be embraced, whether you’re an old romantic waiting for your Mr Right, or a sassy, independent woman who feels complete without one. And I’m here to countdown the 10 best literary offerings that every single girl should read.
1. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
A classic for women everywhere. This book offers a funny, relatable insight into every single girls head. The book documents a year in the life of a thirty-something single woman living in London. During this year Bridget goes through a massive journey of self-discovery; opening with the old, stereotypical idea of single women being pathetic and ending with the realisation that she is fabulous. A must-read for all single girls.
2. Lucy Sullivan is getting married – Marian Keyes
A glorious novel by a glorious author. Similar to Bridget Jones, this book opens with the idea that Lucy Sullivan is single because there is something wrong with her. She visits a medium who can see marriage in her near future and she becomes obsessed looking for her future husband… Witty, likeable and intriguing, it is impossible not to love Lucy Sullivan… or to see a part of yourself in her.
3. Bossypants – Tina Fey
Comedian Tina Fey wrote a stellar of an autobiography; she’s funny, intelligent and brutally honest. Fey has a strong feminist voice and is confident enough, without seeming arrogant, to say “this is me, and I’m happy being just me. And if you don’t like it? Tough.” An inspirational read.
4. I have never been to Vegas but my luggage has – Mandy Hale
The second novel by Mandy Hale, who is known around the world as ‘the single woman’ so who better to write a novel for this audience. She prides herself on believing that she is living her happily ever after despite being single because a woman creates her own fairy tale. If this doesn’t make you embrace your single status, nothing will.
5. Girls in white dresses – Jennifer Close
In this novel, Close guides you through the difficult early adult years where everybody seems to be settling down whilst you question what you want from life. Definitely a great book for those in their early twenties, this book discusses the unpredictability of life and the importance of friendship.
6. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
One of my favourite books of all time; this is a story of one woman’s search for the best of everything in life. Following a horrific divorce, a women goes on a journey of self-discovery. Travelling alone to sample new cultures, eat different food and fall in love. This novel truly is beautiful.
7. He’s just not that into you – Greg Behrendt
This book is a great tool for every single girl to have when playing the dating game. It’s no secret that it’s sometimes difficult to read and understand signals when trying to date, and while I think this book should be taken with a pinch of salt at times, reading it does give an insight into the mind of single men.
8. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
An oldie but a goodie. This novel follows the lives of four sisters, as they develop from young girls to young women. The story was ground-breaking at the time for it provided an alternative to the previously normalized gender roles.
9. Sex and the city – Candice Bushnell
It is often forgotten that before the TV show, film franchise and famous fashion, the most famous institution (and celebration) of single women ever, started out as a newspaper column which later turned into a novel. Ever since it was published, Bushnell’s book has been a revolution in its depiction of women and sex. A true celebration of all women.
10. The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
Published in 1962, this is the ultimate piece of feminist literature. It tackles gender constructs and stereotypes and encourages women to focus on what they are doing instead of worrying about others. This book is timeless, and as relevant today as the day it was published.