Feb 15: Single and Thriving

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, we can focus on the non-romantic side of life. Did you know that February 15 is Singles Awareness Day?

This list of 10 titles features unmarried characters and perspectives on what it means to survive, and thrive, as a single person.

The Lost Apothecary

by Sarah Penner – A female apothecary dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them. A television adaptation by Fox Broadcasting Company is in the works.

Miss Marple mysteries

by Agatha Christie – The delightful woman detective solves many a mystery, starting with The Murder at the Vicarage.

Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata – Examine the unique contemporary work culture of Japan through the lens of a woman who has worked at one particular store for years.


by Lisa Taddeo – In a true battle of the sexes, a woman pursues an emotional and physical vengeance for the traumas of her past.

All the Single Ladies

by Rebecca Traister – This notable 2016 publication offers deep insight on the social institution of marriage and family from the point of view of single women.

The Once and Future Witches

by Alix Harrow – In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history, affecting the suffragette movement using their magic.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by Gail Honeyman – This 2017 winner of the Costa Debut Novel Award explores the importance of friendship and human connection through the life of a social misfit with a traumatic past.


by Alice Oseman – This young adult novel explores the life of a young woman who realizes love can be found in many ways that don’t involve sex or romance.

Single On Purpose

by John Kim – Ever wondered how to prioritize your relationship with yourself before pursuing a life conjoined with another? This funny and relatable book feels less like a self-help and more like a self-humor.

The Kaiju Preservation Society

by John Scalzi – Amid a backdrop of evolution, biology and ecology we find our hero, Jamie Gray, hired by a mysterious organization, the KPS.