Books To Read After A Breakup: For Guys

Breakups are tough – there’s no two ways about it. But sometimes, the right book at the right time can make a world of difference. This post is dedicated to all the guys out there dealing with the end of a relationship. We’ve compiled a list of books to help guide you through this challenging period.

Whether you’re looking to understand the psychology of a breakup, keen on personal growth, or in need of a good distraction, we’ve got you covered. Remember, reading is not just an escape; it’s a window to new perspectives, fresh insights, and ultimately, a tool for healing.

So, let’s get started and dive into the world of books that can help mend your heart.

Understanding Breakups

When we’re in the midst of heartache, understanding what we’re going through can be the first step towards healing. These books shed light on the complex emotions associated with a breakup, offering guidance and reassurances.

It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken” by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt

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A self-help guide written by a couple who have been there, this book provides a comprehensive roadmap for surviving a breakup. The authors provide practical advice and the motivation you need to move forward.

Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends” by Bruce Fisher and Robert Alberti

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A seminal book in the field of breakup recovery, “Rebuilding” provides practical, step-by-step strategies for getting back on your feet after a breakup. From dealing with loneliness to boosting self-esteem, this book covers all the bases.

How to Survive the Loss of a Love” by Melba Colgrove, Harold H. Bloomfield, and Peter McWilliams

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One of the most widely-read guides to overcoming loss, this book deals not just with romantic breakups, but also other forms of loss. Its comforting, empathetic tone and useful advice make it a must-read during a difficult time.

Personal Growth

Endings are often the perfect triggers for new beginnings. These books focus on self-improvement, helping you to rediscover your strengths, and redefine your purpose post-breakup.

Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

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In this deeply moving book, psychiatrist Viktor Frankl shares his experiences from Nazi concentration camps and how finding a purpose in life can help us overcome the most challenging of circumstances. While a breakup might not compare to Frankl’s experiences, his insights about finding meaning in suffering can be incredibly healing.

The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle

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Eckhart Tolle introduces readers to the concept of mindfulness, of being present in the moment, a philosophy that can be extremely helpful post-breakup. By focusing on ‘the now’, this book encourages readers to let go of past regrets and future anxieties.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson

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Sometimes, healing comes from the most unexpected places. This raw and humorous book is about finding what truly matters to you and letting go of what doesn’t. Post-breakup, this perspective can be refreshingly liberating, allowing you to focus on personal happiness and satisfaction.

Self-Care and Mindfulness

Self-care is a crucial part of recovery after a breakup. It’s about recognizing your needs, respecting your feelings, and taking steps to nurture your wellbeing. Here are some books that introduce the practice of mindfulness, which can significantly help in managing stress and promoting self-care.

Wherever You Go, There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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A guide to mindfulness for beginners, this book by Jon Kabat-Zinn is an excellent resource for anyone looking to find calm in the chaos. Kabat-Zinn’s writing encourages the reader to focus on the present moment, reducing stress and promoting mental wellbeing.

The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Thich Nhat Hanh, a renowned Buddhist monk, introduces the practice of mindfulness meditation in this guide. The book teaches techniques to develop mindfulness in everyday life, promoting a sense of peace that can be especially beneficial during the post-breakup healing process.

You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment” by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Another gem from Thich Nhat Hanh, “You Are Here” underscores the importance of living in the present moment. Hanh’s soothing words guide the reader towards finding beauty and peace in the ‘here and now’, a practice that can significantly aid emotional recovery post-breakup.

Fiction for Distraction and Reflection

Sometimes, losing ourselves in a good story can be just the distraction we need. Fiction not only takes us to different worlds, but it can also give us new perspectives on love, loss, and life. Here are a few novels that can provide solace and perhaps even a bit of catharsis.

The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

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This internationally bestselling novel follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey across the Egyptian desert, searching for a treasure buried near the Pyramids. More than a physical journey, it’s a symbolic quest about following your dreams and listening to your heart. Post-breakup, this message can be especially powerful.

Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami’s romantic novel revolves around love, loss, and the passage of time. It’s a poignant exploration of young love, deep sorrow, and the often overwhelming emotions that come with them. Though it’s a heavy read, it provides solace by showing that we’re not alone in our experiences of heartbreak.

High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby

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High Fidelity” is a comic, moving, and truthful look at how we choose to remember our past and how we come to terms with it. Narrated by a man going through a breakup, this novel is relatable and often amusing, making it a comforting post-breakup read.

Humor to Lighten the Mood

Laughter, they say, is the best medicine. And during tough times, a bit of humor can provide a much-needed dose of relief. These books, brimming with wit and humor, offer a light-hearted break from the emotional weight of a breakup.

A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson

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In this hilarious travel memoir, Bill Bryson recounts his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail with his ill-prepared friend. Bryson’s witty observations about nature, travel, and friendship make this book an enjoyable read and a pleasant distraction.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

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This legendary science fiction comedy follows the adventures of an unwitting human and his alien friend as they travel through space after Earth’s destruction. Adams’ absurd humor and imaginative storytelling make for an engaging, funny read that can offer a well-deserved escape.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman” by Nora Ephron

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While this book offers a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of being a woman, men can find amusement and insight in Ephron’s witty observations. It’s a lighthearted and relatable collection of essays that can provide a few laughs and a sense of camaraderie in the face of heartbreak.

Additional Recommendations

Expanding our literary journey, here are ten additional books that can provide comfort, perspective, and wisdom during the post-breakup healing process.

“Getting Past Your Breakup” by Susan J. Elliott

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This practical guide provides a comprehensive roadmap for dealing with the end of a relationship. It’s filled with techniques that have worked for thousands of people, making it a highly valuable read post-breakup.

Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed

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Strayed’s powerful and compassionate advice on everything from love and relationships to dealing with hardships makes this a wonderful book for anyone seeking guidance and reassurance during tough times.

This Is How” by Augusten Burroughs

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In this brutally honest self-help book, Burroughs addresses life’s hardest issues with his signature wit and candor, offering practical advice on how to navigate through them, including heartbreak.

When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chödrön

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This book offers profound wisdom on moving forward, including relationships, when things fall apart in life. Chödrön’s teachings are a great source of comfort and strength during difficult times.

Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius

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The stoic wisdom of Aurelius can provide perspective on coping with pain, dealing with change, and understanding our transient place in the world. A powerful read when trying to navigate through a breakup.

The Breakup Bible” by Rachel A. Sussman

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Sussman’s guide focuses on the emotional process of healing from a breakup. It’s an excellent resource for anyone looking to regain balance and move forward after a relationship ends.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender” by David R. Hawkins

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This book explains how to let go of emotions that hold us back, a significant aspect of healing post-breakup. Its insights can lead to increased happiness, peace, and well-being.

On Love” by Alain de Botton

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A philosophical exploration of love and heartbreak, this novel offers a thought-provoking and realistic portrayal of a love affair from start to finish. It’s a great book for self-reflection post-breakup.

All About Love” by bell hooks

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In this powerful book, hooks explores love in all its forms. She addresses the lack of love in our lives and offers a transformative vision of love that could provide comfort and perspective after a breakup.

The Wisdom of a Broken Heart” by Susan Piver

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Piver provides deep insights into the emotional rollercoaster of a breakup. She suggests that heartbreak is an opportunity for profound personal transformation, making it a must-read for those seeking healing.


Books can be profound tools for healing and self-discovery. They offer solace, insight, and often, a much-needed escape. They remind us that we’re not alone, that others have been where we are, and have found their way through. The journey through heartbreak is undeniably tough, but remember, it’s also an opportunity for growth and transformation. So pick up a book, immerse yourself in its pages, and let it guide you towards the path of healing.

Feel free to share your own recommendations or experiences with these books. Remember, by sharing our stories, we can help each other navigate the often turbulent waters of heartbreak.

Keep reading, keep healing, and keep growing. You’re stronger than you know, and this too shall pass.

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