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Single: The Art of Being Satisfied, Fulfilled and Independent

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  284 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Single is...

...not a condition to be's just as natural as being part of a couple. Its wisdom is contagious. Its message is powerful.

...a one-of-a-kind book that speaks a universal language to single women everywhere.

...a sometimes funny, sometimes, touching, and always uplifing collection of true-life experiences and practical wisdom that helps you celebrate you
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 6th 2004 by Adams Media Corporation (first published 2004)
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Mar 30, 2012 Shevonne rated it it was amazing
I’ve read other singles book, and they were usually treating being single as a temporary phase. They are “how to meet your mate books” masked as “be happy and single” books. If you are single and want to remain that way temporarily or permanently, you should read this book. The author did a great job of discussing different things that singles have to deal with. I also loved that she included single parents in the book. I think that a lot of the other books I’ve read have also forgotten that the ...more
Jul 21, 2013 May rated it it was amazing
"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is" -Sophia Loren

I decided to read this book because I wanted to know how to appreciate and enjoy my life as a single woman and reading from it, I did. One aspect that Judy Ford emphasizes is in expanding your social circle and being open with anyone you meet, not ostracizing yourself and living with the stigma of the 'people who are single'. You have the ultimate freedom! All in all, amazing read and I can see myself picking this
Ryphna St-John
May 05, 2013 Ryphna St-John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great "pick-me-up" book that really make me enjoy and love the single life, either I am in a relationship or not! I enjoyed the anecdotes and the stories from both the authors and people she talked too. This book allow you to see things under different angle and to not only "make the best of the situation" but see how precious and awesome the life you have on your own is and can be!
It's a book I will read again and again. It's easy to read and even just skimming through it is enough to
Jeff Finley
May 09, 2016 Jeff Finley rated it really liked it
This book jumped out at me at the book store. I had recently gotten a divorce and was single for the first time since I was a teenager. Initially I was happy to be single and free and moved to a new city in my own apartment. The fact that I was alone started to really creep in. I dated and had several lovers, and they taught me a lot, but I kept getting this sense I needed to be single for awhile. I kept feeling scared to commit because I would lose myself in my partner. When I asked what I need ...more
Melissa Banda
Nov 17, 2014 Melissa Banda rated it it was amazing
Read this book after a horrible 4 year relationship. I was stumped I didn't know how to get back to the "real world" let alone the "single life" this book reminded me that most of my life I've been single & before my relationship I was happy. I would highly recommend this book, I plan on restarting this book this month.
Apr 07, 2014 kylajaclyn rated it liked it
I've been through two break-ups already this year, so I was more receptive to this book than I normally am to self-help. Had I read this book in a bitter frame of mind, I would have noted, I'm sure, how trite it can be at times. Instead I underlined passages and lines that gave me new clarity. It's always so hard to pick one self-help book out of the sea that address your specific needs. I went on Amazon with the purpose of looking for books on singledom. This one stood out for the cover and the ...more
Michelle Bodle
Oct 03, 2013 Michelle Bodle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, single
As someone who enjoys parts of being single, Ford's book was liberating. It discusses ways to grow in your single-ness and how to approach the cultural pressure of being in a relationship to find happiness.
Negar Nasoohi
Aug 01, 2007 Negar Nasoohi rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
As cheesy as it could sometimes be, actually gives an honest and different perspective on a sore topic. This can't be said for most books of this nature.
Samara O'Shea
Sep 29, 2013 Samara O'Shea rated it it was amazing
She won me over with, "Single is not a condition to be cured." Everything after that was gravy.
Maryam Al-sharief
Sep 16, 2016 Maryam Al-sharief rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I read a book about singles.. I expected a book talking about how to enjoy this period of your life until it passes and you get in a relationship.. The book surprised me by talking about the importance of this phase in everybody's life without thinking about it as some time that will eventually pass. There are lots of things to appreciate in being single and the book reveals the stories of lots of people who not only accept the fact that they are single but also like it an ...more
Cinzia Frontini
Jul 25, 2016 Cinzia Frontini rated it really liked it
I would have loved it more if the author didn't imply that everyone had previous relationships or had ever being to a date with someone.
Mar 03, 2015 Shelly rated it liked it
Cute, uplifting, but more focused on adults who are divorced and many chapters on adults with children.
May 05, 2014 Marsha rated it really liked it
I took my time reading this book. There were some sections that didn't really apply to me, but overall it gave some practical advice and examples of how you could change.
Nov 27, 2013 Stephany rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013
Struggled with the rating of this book but had to drop down to 2 stars because it was really just "okay." I don't think I was necessarily the target demographic for this but did take away some interesting tidbits to mull over. The book could have used a few more rounds of editing, IMO. Some typos, repetitive words/phrasing, and it just fell very flat in parts.

I found myself skimming the last half and the only reason I finished it was because I paid $9 for the Kindle edition. It never really cap
Jul 06, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, inspiring
I'd probably give this book a 3.5 if I could. I enjoyed all the inspiration about living a single life from Judy Ford and her own experiences. I feel that this book was aimed more for a bit of a different crowd that I can't relate to - people who are either divorced or widowed, single parents etc. Nonetheless, a lot of great inspiration and motivation for those who are currently single. Side note: I noticed there were a ton of typos in this book.
Aug 17, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, I am not going to comment on anything really "smart" about the book. I liked it for what it was, there were no typos which was a good thing. Others can review the book for writing style etc, however, that wasn't the point of reading this book for me. I am happy to see a point of view that provides some insight and encouragement to single people, since society likes to tell people otherwise.

I found it a fun read.
Aug 26, 2011 Felicia rated it liked it
There's some really good stuff in here. I like how the author tries to reach out to people of all ages and with various levels of emotional baggage.
On the other hand, I didn't like the "everything happens for a reason" mentality that kept sneaking into otherwise sound advise. There's also a lot of deism that the book would have been better off without.
Mar 12, 2008 Lucy added it
Recommends it for: Megan!
haven't actually picked this up again since megz and i started it in the car on the way back from barack in bangor. (been reading a lot of EW, taking home a lot of work) so i haven't finished it - and neither has megan! so don't believe her rating, she's only heard 40 or so pages of it, and i've heard her use a quote from it more than once. :P she loved it!
Jun 28, 2007 Mychal rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone living the independent life!
Shelves: myfavorites
This book seems like it would be a typical book for girls who get dumped and are hoo...

It is totally the opposite! This book actually focuses on the positive aspects of living an independent life (you can be in a relationship and still be independent!). It will remind you of all the good things about being happy with yourself.
Kate Early
Dec 02, 2009 Kate Early rated it it was ok
Not exactly a page-turner, but I'm determined to finish it. Basically this middle aged divorcee writes about how great being single is and how we need to embrace it, blah, blah, blah. I think it is making me hate being single even more. :)
Mary Stewart
Jan 30, 2014 Mary Stewart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-20s
I was a little skeptical about reading this book, but it was so good. A definite read for any young female. It's a great reminder that single can be great too!
Apr 14, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
I couldn't relate to all of the experiences and examples, but overall it was very informative and made me think on a more interpersonal level.
Apr 07, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Not much in here of use to me - i guess i'm not the target audience as i don't have kids, nor was i previously married.
Casey Emerson
Jun 09, 2008 Casey Emerson rated it it was amazing
OMG - The best book I've ever read on finding happiness while being single! Definitely a must-read.
Heather Cozen
Nov 07, 2007 Heather Cozen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: single and coupled ladies
This book reads like an episode of Sex and the City... it's really cool and has great insights!
Jul 20, 2007 Kelli rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women
A must read. Not about being without a partner, about being a partner to yourself. Inspiring.
Aug 20, 2009 Tara rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put this one down, it was very inspiring and helpful.
Steffie Ross
Feb 07, 2013 Steffie Ross rated it it was amazing
Loved this book..
Relatable funny and just straight to the point
Joy J
Jul 01, 2013 Joy J rated it really liked it
I love this book it really has great life lessons for all
Mar 27, 2008 Kim rated it it was amazing
Uplifting and powerful book, excellent read.
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