When a relationship is headed toward engagement, it can be a exhilarating and exciting time for both you and your beloved. You already know so much about your SO, from political leanings to coffee preferences, that taking the next step feels inevitable. But it’s a good idea to enter any new venture with plenty of information. And there are plenty of books to read before you get engaged can help you and your partner plan a new life together while avoiding common relationship problems.
You want to start off the married life with the best foundation possible, right? There are plenty of books that will cover everything from strengthening your relationship to preparing for the realities of a two-income household. From the philosophical to the practical, these reads can make sure you and your SO are on the same page. Because it’s crucial that you and your partner understand one another’s stance on the big things (children, religion, career choices) and the small (who gets the last scoop of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter?). Ironing out these details ahead of time can save you both a lot of grief later on. Heck, even having a heads-up about the vortex of crazy that can result from planning a wedding may help you both a lot. If you do the research and ask the hard questions now, you’ll both be a stronger team by the time the actual engagement rolls around.