Best Books πŸ“š for Couples πŸ’‘ to Read Together to Build Their Bond πŸ’ ...

You might not have thought of reading as an activity that can help you form stronger bonds in your relationship. Reading is incredibly rewarding so doing it together turns it into a special experience. You can learn much from literature inspired discussions or from sharing a self-help book. And just think how physically close you have to be to read the same book – win! Next time you’re deciding how to spend an evening together, reach for one of these books.

1. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

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One of Jodi Picoult’s very best, this is a tale of renewed life and renewed love that has a really addictive supernatural twist to make it more than just your traditional romance novel. A story about a suicidal man and his tragically lost wife teaches couples lessons about passion and fate and creates some interesting discussion about the boundaries between death and life.

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2. The Ethical Slut by Dossie Eaton

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This is a wonderfully informative self-help book that gives a great insight in to the dynamic and reality of having open relationships. There are sections on things like communication and jealousy that can be really helpful for monogamous couples too. All in all, a really interesting and useful read.

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3. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

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If you’re looking to share some emotional and psychological depth, then this is the book for you to share with your partner. The novel focuses on a middle-aged man who is forced to confront his past. Themes of family, marriage and career ambition all intertwine to make a really rich and rewarding read.

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4. What We Talk about when We Talk about Love by Raymond Carver

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This collection of short stories is fun to read and pass on to your partner. Easy to read but filled with lots of different talking points that can get some real and meaningful conversation going between the two of you. The collection features the now iconic short story Birdman.

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5. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

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This novel is short but it packs a definite punch, with a narrative that examines the inevitable ups and downs of a long term relationship, complete will all of the twists and turns that we are familiar with. You and your partner might be able to learn a thing or two from the story!

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6. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

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One of Nick Hornby’s most famous novels, telling the story of Rob whose girlfriend has just left him for another man, leading him to examine exactly what it is that he wants in the future and how realistic traditional goals may or may not be for him.

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7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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This is more of a coming of age tale for college age readers, but there are definitely lessons to be learned for older couples too. A touching story about two students who find a connection with one another based around the death of a close shared friend many years before.

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8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This is one for you and your partner if you’re looking for some unadulterated sweetness. It tells the tale of two teens falling head over heels in love with one another for the first time, with each chapter changing perspective to give you a realistic feeling of how all-encompassing first love is.

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9. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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This is a really informative and interesting book that expresses just how easy it is to fall in love, whilst saying that it is much harder to stay in love. The author gives couples secrets for the longevity of love and how to keep the spark alive within your relationship, offering both hypothetical and practical advice along the way.
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10. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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This is a magical novel that will put your faith back in the realm of fairy tales and true love. Not only is the story a page turning, rip roaring adventure, but it also has some deep insight in to how far people will go for the ones that they love, and what they are willing to sacrifice.

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11. At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcon

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This book is great for couples because it brings up lots of different questions related to the longevity and persistence of love and the fact that it is so hard to pin down and define. And the vibrant Latin American backdrop will make you want to arrange a trip with your boo right away!

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12. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck

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This book is perfect for any couple that are looking to pan a road trip or getaway together. The amount of inspiration that can be found within the pages is off the charts, with Steinbeck creating vivid depictions of classic American life that will have your feet itching and wanting to get straight in the car and hit the road!

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13. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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This is something of an unusual pick but trust me, it’s a fun read for couples to discuss! This beach read is a fun mixture of fantasy and realism with a big dose of sentimentality, which in a roundabout way helps you to gain a better understanding of the human world!

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14. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

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If there is one thing that this book definitely is, it’s a conversation starter. If you are looking for something meaty to read and then pass on to your partner in search of healthy and interesting conversation, then this novel about one man’s personal fall out after 9/11 is definitely for you.

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15. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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This will be a test of your own reading ability as well as a test of your relationship commitment. It’s not the most accessible novel, but it shows that you care about each other’s opinions and goals if you both manage to get through this classic about two epic and intertwining love stories.

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16. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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This is sometimes tough but always rewarding read that will teach you and your partner about themes like sexual assault, domestic violence, gender empowerment and racism. They may not be themes that necessarily relate to your life directly, but it’s always great to become more educated as a couple.

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17. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

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Everything about this book is effortlessly cool, providing heaps of historical, political and social commentary that will certainly have you are your partner discussing lots of different themes. There is something for everyone as the protagonist moves to 1970s New York and enters a world of discovery.

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Do you and your partner’s reading tastes usually collide or are they in sync? I’d love to hear if you’re going to try reading some of these together.

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