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10 books you should read when you need a little cheering up

Here’s a list of 10 books to read that will brighten your day if you are feeling low or lonely.

books Updated: Jul 20, 2017 11:52 IST
Kashika Bindrani
We scouted across genres to find stories of hope, optimism and overcoming odds.
We scouted across genres to find stories of hope, optimism and overcoming odds.

All days are not the same. But unlike fortunes, which keep changing, books are friends for all times. There is no better distraction to drive away the blues than reading a good book. We scouted across genres to find stories of hope, optimism and overcoming odds. Here’s a list of 10 books to read when you’re feeling low or lonely:

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A woman trying to come to terms with her divorce, sets out on a trip across the world to find that which she can only find within -- inner peace. It’s an inspiring story that will teach you a crucial lesson – that the only person who can bring happiness in your life is you yourself.

Eat, Pray, Love is a wonderful tale of finding ‘inner peace’ and how you are the master of your destiny.

Louder Than Words by Laura Jarratt

Rafi has selective mutism. She hasn’t spoken a word for eight years, and wants to learn how to speak again – but words still never leave her throat. Hers is a unique loneliness and isolation, which makes for a moving story that will motivate you to break out of your own limitations.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This story of an orphan girl and the way she faces all the challenges life throws her way will make you look at your problems with a fresh perspective. Jane’s ability to break free of stereotypes and live her life on her own terms will fill you up optimism and hope.

You’re a teenager and you’re messed up. Not a worry, just read Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This novel about an introvert’s gradual integration into a new group and learning to navigate the unpredictable rollercoaster that is teenage, will make you reflect on love, loss, decision making and the hardships of growing up. If you are struggling with adulthood (who isn’t) or are trying to adjust in a new place, this is the book for you.

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

A 30-year-old, single, working woman writes a diary about her friends, family, career and her issues with her self image. Her decisions to limit her drinking, get in control of her emotions and to become independent will motivate you to not compromise and make the life you want to live.

Note to Self by Connor Franta

Connor Franta’s debut book is about his journey from being a small-town boy to becoming an Internet sensation. Connor writes with honesty about his struggles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love and acceptance. His desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values social media shares and likes over true connections and his struggles with love and loss will make you realise that life is hard for everyone and you are not alone.

Let authors like Paulo Coelho, Cecilia Ahern and Mindy Kaling take you through the journey of life with tales of love, loss, hurt and spirituality.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Are you scared of change? Or of taking decisions that will pull you out of your comfort zone? Then this is the book is for you. A young boy’s journey – literal and spiritual – to find buried treasure is a powerful story of self belief and of following your dreams.

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

In this memoir, Mindy Kaling writes what it is like to be lonely even in the midst of fame and popularity. The book is both funny and touching, and the perfect read for you if you’re second guessing yourself and your ability to achieve your dreams.

If You See Me Now by Cecilia Ahern

A girl who grows up into a cynical, pessimistic, practical woman because she was abandoned as a child, learns the value of friendships as she seeks new adventures. Cecilia Ahern’s book will remind you of the innocence that often gets lost when you grow up, and how it is the small things in life that matter.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Lily never knew her mother because she died when Lily was just a baby. It is the 1960s in South Carolina, and when Lily’s ‘stand-in’ mother insults the most vicious racists in their town, Lily decides they must escape to her biological mother’s hometown. On the run, they meet three beekeeping sisters who introduce her to the world of bees.

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