Why say “single” like it’s a bad thing? One of the great perks of being unattached is the free time — time that can be spent catching up on all the great reading you’ve been meaning to do for the last five years. Here’s a list of the best choices for those blissfully quiet summer evenings.

1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Because once you get into a relationship, you’ll never enough alone time to finish this beast (and it really is worth finishing).

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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Because you need the occasional reminder that the guy you were in love with at age 10 isn’t actually a worthy partner at age 30.

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3. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Because if you read this book while you are dating someone you will definitely, definitely break up.

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4. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
Because you should get the chick lit thing out of your system before you get too embarrassed to read lady books in front of a dude.

5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Because adultery and suicide don’t make for the most pleasant pre-sex reading.

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6. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
Because dudes love this book, and you will be able to intelligently explain why you think it is good/sexist/some combination of good and sexist/whatever.

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7. Our Bodies, Ourselves anthology
Because you’re a smart, liberated woman who is fully in control of her sex life, regardless of whether there’s a dude around.

 

8. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
Because it is high time you invited all your friends over for a killer dinner party.

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9. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Because, honestly, sometimes you just think about giving up on dudes forever and launching your own future colony of women.

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10. The Dirt by Motley Crue
Because you kinda want to know what guys talk about when there are no women around, and it’s this.

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