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Please help me find lighthearted books about single women

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MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 12:18:59

I do like lighthearted books. Trying to recover from depression and anxiety, struggling to concentrate on anything heavy. But why are they all centred around finding love?! Is that all we've got to look forward to?

Any recommendations?

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RightOnTheEdge Sat 16-Jan-21 12:21:40

Good question OP.
I haven't got any recommendations but I'd like to know too.
I'm finding it hard to find a book because I'm not in the mood for love stories and I've read so many detective books.
It would be good to get out of my book reading rut.

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 12:56:58

Hi @RightOnTheEdge. I've just finished Away with the penguins, not too much love in there except at the end really, and it was quite funny.

Hopefully someone will be along with suggestions.

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TheWindOnTheMoon Sat 16-Jan-21 13:38:56

Have you read any Barbara Pym novels? They often have single women in them, and are not romances.

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 13:45:07

I haven't TheWind. I'll take a look. Any you'd particularly recommend to start with?

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highlandcoo Sat 16-Jan-21 14:59:04

Try Old Baggage by Lissa Evans.

Mattie is now in late middle age. Her best memories are of her suffragette days and she is now looking for an outlet for her energy and intelligence, so starts a club for girls on Hampstead Heath.

This is funny and touching and thought-provoking, and if you enjoy it there are the other two books in the trilogy to follow.

highlandcoo Sat 16-Jan-21 15:05:23

Oh, and The Observations by Jane Harris is good fun.

Narrated by Bessy, a maid in a large Victorian house where there is something strange going on with her mistress. It's intriguing and amusing; I really enjoyed it.

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 15:16:36

Thanks @highlandcoo looking them up now!

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BooFuckingHoo2 Sat 16-Jan-21 15:19:28

Watching with interest! Every book I read about a “single” woman seems to end up with them magically finding love.

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 15:21:31

Exactly @BooFuckingHoo2 ... surely it's possible to be interesting without looking for or finding love?!

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Palavah Sat 16-Jan-21 15:28:48

Miss Marple?

Or stuff by Val McDermid? I've found crime novels oddly comforting when I want to avoid stories of romance.

Alternatively biography of a female explorer eg

Or, less recent, Gertude Bell or similar?

redfernsydney Sat 16-Jan-21 15:29:06

I have just finished the single thread by tracey chevalier. ....I enjoyed it...its about a single woman in the inter war period. ok.,There is a bit of romance. .it is not the main focus and it's a bit different to my normal choice, of thriller or contemporary novel

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 15:35:35


It just seems, unless it's historical fiction or crime, there's nothing, it's all love and happy ever afters!

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DemolitionBarbie Sat 16-Jan-21 15:38:14

Lolly willowes is good. It's interwar tho.

Spinster aunt is so fed up with family using her as a skivvy that she goes to the country and becomes a witch.

BooFuckingHoo2 Sat 16-Jan-21 15:40:33

Someone needs to write a book about a modern day single woman who’s still single at the end of the book grin.

MsKL Sat 16-Jan-21 22:51:25

Definitely! There must be other things to write about than love?

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TheWindOnTheMoon Sun 17-Jan-21 12:18:26

@MsKL I'd start with Crampton Hodnet. It's my favourite Barbara Pym and it's very funny.

MsKL Sun 17-Jan-21 18:51:20

Thanks. Im not sure if it'll be a bit too old fashioned, but I'll download a kindle sample and see. I do prefer current day fiction.

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Viviennemary Sun 17-Jan-21 20:03:52

I second Or even third Barbara Pym. Though a younger person might find them a bit dated.

StrikingMatches Sun 17-Jan-21 20:07:49

Not a work of fiction but I love this Rough Guide travel book. It features lots of stories of women who travelled alone. I found it very inspiring and the places visited are so diverse.

BobbinThreadbare123 Sun 17-Jan-21 20:11:21

I know it's crime, but Sue Grafton's Alphabet series is great. Kinsey Millhone is a great character. She's a PI in California. Series starts in 1980 when she's 30, and finishes as it turns to 1990 and she's 40. Except poor Sue died just after she finished Y....doesn't take away from the series tbh.

TheWindOnTheMoon Mon 18-Jan-21 09:36:03

Have you read Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams? It's modern, she's single but thinks she wants a relationship, although that's not what she really needs. I read it last year. Lots of strong female characters. I loved it.

MsKL Mon 18-Jan-21 12:35:43

Thanks, I'll look at that.

In the past I've loved books like The Queen and I.

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princessspotify Mon 18-Jan-21 19:50:02

Jill Mansell writes fairly light-hearted books about single women

princessspotify Mon 18-Jan-21 19:51:24

Sorry just read the op again. Maybe not Jill Mansell as they're lovey dovey

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