Need a Pick-Me-Up? These Books Will Help

We all have our own methods of getting out of a funk: a nice bath, exercise, TV and ice cream, going to the dog park…the list goes on and on. But one of the most tried and true methods of getting a brief respite from your running thoughts is diving into the world of a book.

Whether you’re a bookworm or you barely have time to read at all, try one of these books next time you need a pick-me-up. Don’t worry, they’re not all self help; they’re just feel-good stories!

Take a look at this list of books that will help when you’re feeling down.

The Best Books to Read When You Need a Mood Booster

  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
  • Crosstalk by Connie Willis
  • Eleanore Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamysn Muir
  • Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  • How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
  • Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu
  • The Little Book of Love by Kahlil Gibran
  • The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  • No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal

Finished all of those already? Don’t worry – we have more!

  • Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
  • The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
  • Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone
  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette De Bodard
  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
  • Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimoore
  • How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
  • The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Hossein
  • The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
  • One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom
  • Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi
  • The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
  • Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Finna by Nino Cipri
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Catie Housman

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