I like doing posts like this because I can just post about my feelings all while writing about books. I’m going through a bit of a difficult time right now, and I figured why not write about the books that have gotten me through some difficult times in the past. So that’s what this post is gonna be 😛
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
I think this was one of the first books I willingly read in my late teens. Even though reading for fun was a pretty new thing for me, I really found comfort in books, and I remember I got really into Sarah Dessen novels back then. And Just Listen is one of my favourite Dessen novels!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
I was obsessed when I first read this! I thought it was such a beautiful and unique book when I first read it. Pretty sure I read it all in one sitting, too.
All for the Game Series – Nora Sakavic
I was reading this series around this time last year. I was in my final year of uni with a dissertation deadline looming, and I just thought fuck everything and I picked this series up because it was everywhere on Tumblr. It’s a slow starting trilogy I think but it is sooo good! I definitely think a re-read is on the cards soon.
Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell
I remember picking this up when I first started uni. That was a tough time for me because I really struggle with meeting new people because I’m so shy, so starting uni in a new city was pretty tough at first. I loved this book so much that I read it twice in the space of four days! I have since been made aware of why this book is problematic, but I really did love this book when I first read it, and it was a reprieve from the scary time that was starting uni.
Hello Me, It’s You – Anonymous (ed. Hannah Todd)
The most recently read book out of this list. I found it on NetGalley late last year and devoured it. Hello Me, It’s You is a collection of letters from young people with experiences of mental illnesses, and I thought it was such a comforting and optimistic book. Really recommend it! (My five star review is here.)
The Infernal Devices Series – Cassie Clare
I read this series around four years ago now. That’s insane to me! I was in a pretty bad way when I read this series, and even now it’s one of my favourite series. I remember I was mid-way through Clockwork Princess when I got dragged to my mam’s birthday party, and the entire time I was waiting to go home so that I could continue reading it. I love this series!!
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
This book got me through some bad times! I remember being really attached to it around the times I failed my A-Levels (whoops) and my future was so up in the air at that point! It was such a scary time for me, but it lead me to YA fiction and I’m so lucky to have found a love for literature at a time when I really needed it! I know John Green gets made fun of but I’m so grateful to have discovered his YouTube channel and his books, because they were such a comfort for me during a very tough time in my life.
So those are my stand out books that have gotten me through tough times! I’d love to know what novels/films/TV shows have brought you comfort when you needed it most.