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Zen Books to Read when You Need Help Relaxing for the Girls That's Wound up ...

By Heather

Netflix and chill doesn't always work. Sometimes it doesn't go the way you want it to, sometimes you're not actually into it, and sometimes you come away from it feeling … completely unfulfilled. It's a crappy situation but, fortunately, there are lots of ways to deal with your frustration and find your zen. Reading's a good pick – books can get pretty steamy, after all. Failing that, they can help you chill on your own.

1 Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa Quinn

Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets by Lisa QuinnGet it here: amazon.com

Subtitle: Your Ultimate Guide to Domestic Liberation. I think that's a pretty good book to read when Netflix and chill doesn't go your way, right?

2 Honeydew by Edith Pearlman

Honeydew by Edith PearlmanGet it here: amazon.com

Edith's stories are quiet, calming, and a little meandering. She makes it easy to find your zen place, even when you're frustrated. Especially then, actually.

3 Assholes Finish First by Tucker Max

Assholes Finish First by Tucker MaxGet it here: amazon.com

Or any other Tucker Max book. Why? Because your hookup life could always be worse.

4 The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen Karbo

The Gospel According to Coco Chanel by Karen KarboGet it here: amazon.com

Well, when you need some gospel, there are worse places to get it. Wouldn't you say?

5 Fools by Joan Silber

Fools by Joan SilberGet it here: amazon.com

This is a truly excellent collection of short stories. It's also packed full of sex, betrayal, theft – all sorts of vicarious excitement!

6 The Snuggie Sutra by Lex Friedman and Megan Morrison

The Snuggie Sutra by Lex Friedman and Megan MorrisonGet it here: amazon.com

I mean, there are lots of ways to make this book work for you when things don't go according to plan.

7 Food: a Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Food: a Love Story by Jim GaffiganGet it here: amazon.com

This is here because Jim Gaffigan is funny and also, food will never let you down.

8 Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine HeinyGet it here: amazon.com

Believe me when I tell you that this is exactly the book you need to read when Netflix and chill flames out. You'll find your own tale somewhere in one of these stories.

9 Walks on the Beach by Sandy Gingras

Walks on the Beach by Sandy GingrasGet it here: amazon.com

If you can't be at the beach, at least you can picture it. That might ease your frustration.

10 The Folded Clock by Heidi Julavits

The Folded Clock by Heidi JulavitsGet it here: amazon.com

Read this when you want to get lost in someone else's life for a little while. It's a nice vacation away from your own.

11 The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy ShearnGet it here: amazon.com

The protagonist in this book is so relatable and the story so fresh, you'll stop worrying about your bummer of an evening after the first few pages.

12 Secrets of Gorgeous: Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It up by Esther Blum

Secrets of Gorgeous: Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It up by Esther BlumGet it here: amazon.com

If the person you're into doesn't want to chill with you, spend your time getting gorgeous with yourself. Besides, then you'll be ready for next time.

13 Can't and Won't by Lydia Davis

Can't and Won't by Lydia DavisGet it here: amazon.com

Tell me you don't identify with the title at least a little. You'll identify with at least one of the stories in this book, too.

14 What if?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

What if?: Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall MunroeGet it here: amazon.com

Well, if your mind's elsewhere anyway, you might as well keep it entertained.

15 1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment by Barbara Kipfer

1,001 Ways to Live in the Moment by Barbara KipferGet it here: amazon.com

Who cares if things don't go according to plan? Learn to live in the moment and it'll never matter.

16 Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

Prodigal Summer by Barbara KingsolverGet it here: amazon.com

The descriptions and feelings in this book will make you feel sexually fulfilled even if you … kind of aren't.

17 Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston

Mules and Men by Zora Neale HurstonGet it here: amazon.com

I get lost every time I read this. Every single time.

So, what books do you read to find your zen when you're frustrated as hell?

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