Relationship Advice: 7 Books to Read with Your Partner

February 10, 2017 by

Want a new way to connect with your partner and deepen your relationship? Pick up a book! Whether you are interested in learning more about how to succeed in your relationship or just want to indulge in a juicy love story, consider one of the following books and start a mini book club with your partner.

(It doesn’t have to literally be together. Trying reading the book separately, then setting up a date night with wine and cheese to discuss the book once you are both finished!)

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples
by Harville Hendrix

There are many different approaches to relationships and relationship counseling. If you’ve stopped in our office, you know that we are certified Imago therapists. The bare bones of Imago are all laid out in Getting the Love You Want. Use this book to learn about Imago and how to turn conflicts into couple’s answers.

Making Marriage Simple: Ten Relationship Truths
by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt

Want more Imago? Looking for an easy-to-use road map? Making Marriage Simple is a great guide for all couples who want to continue to grow and strengthen their bond, at any point in their relationship.

The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts
by Gary D Chapman

How do you communicate your love to your partner? Does it match the way that you want to receive love? Does it match the way that your partner wants to receive love? Different things mean love to all of us. Learn all about the five different languages of love, and utilize the book’s resources (questionnaire, journal) to earn more about your specific relationship, your partner, and yourself.

The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
by John Gottman

John Gottman is a renowned relationship experts around with 20 years of research and experience in the field. Use his five-step guide to help deepen any relationship you have.

Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

Just want a good romantic read without any of the quizzes or questionnaires? Pick up a classic. Everyone should read Anna Karenina at least once. Since it is considered one of the best love stories ever written, why not read it with someone you love?

I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
by Anna Gavalda

Don’t have time for a full book? No problem! Anna Gavalda’s famed collection of short stories allows you and your partner to indulge in romance in only a few pages. The book contains stories of magic, dates, adultery, heartbreak – pick and choose which stories you want to read.

The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex
by Kristin Schaal and Rich Blomquist

Okay, not all books that you read have to whisk you off into the sunset with a classic romance. Maybe you just want to have a laugh! That’s what Kristin Schaal and Rich Blomquist have been providing for years during their time on “The Daily Show,” “Flight of the Conchords,” and “Saturday Night Live.” This book has tons of silly sex facts, including old-time sex guide parodies, advice, and myths to leave you and your partner laughing all night.

Reading together is a beautiful activity that allows you and your spouse to connect through your shared experience and maybe even learn specific tools that can help you to deepen your relationship.

Want more resources? Check out our website for tools and literature that will help you and your spouse continue to grow together.