Breakups are never easy, but sometimes it just isn't meant to be. Especially over the holidays, it's easy to sulk with family or friends, but realistically, sometimes you want to be alone. However, if you insist on being alone, it's always nice to have a wordy companion there with you. Whether it's advice on healing, tips on creating a new life or stories from people who have been there, a good breakup deserves a good read. Here are 2009's best breakup books.
1. Love Is a Four-Letter Word: True Stories of Breakups, Bad Relationships, and Broken Hearts Edited by Michael Taeckens
Flipping through one failed relationship story after another will reassure you that you aren't alone. It will empower you and quit possibly inspire you to write your own breakup story. Regardless of the outcome, any laughs or tears you might have had, you will be well on your way to recovery.
2. Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn a Devastating Loss into the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You by Susan J. Elliott JD MEd
This practical book provides useful tips on how to get through the depressing post-breakup emotions and feelings you have. If you can't afford a therapist, or simply don't want to go to one, this book will become your new best friend.
3. Breakups and Rejections All Occasions (Lines for All Occasions) by Knock Knock Books
These amusing one-liners aren't hands-on helpful, but they sure are funny, and will hit pretty close to home when you're in the "love sucks" stage of your breakup.
4. Divorce Sucks: What to do when irreconcilable differences, lawyer fees, and your ex's Hollywood wife make you miserable (Sucks Series) by Mary Jo Eustace
This book was authored by the ex-wife of Tori Spelling's current husband, Dean McDermott. Reading this advice-packed memoir is like having a friend going through the ordeal with you. And hey, look on the bright side: the chances that your ex-husband's new wife is a mega-star are slim.
5. Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom
Remember Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven? This best-selling memoir by the same acclaimed writer explores how to find faith after bad things happen. It's a soothing read during a time of loss and hopelessness.
No matter what the circumstances of your breakup, look to the new year with a positive attitude. Reflect on 2009 and make new goals for 2010. A lot can happen in a year, and power of positive thinking can really be astounding. Here's to a new year of love and happiness!