Feel-Good Books for When You’re Feeling Down

Sometimes the world feels like a dumpster fire and you’re in desperate need of a comfy book to give you a case of the warm-and-fuzzies. Look no further, friends! Here are some fluffy books to help raise your spirits.

(Side note: Briana the Bookworm inspired me to [finally] finish this list. She has a lovely book blog and you can check out her list of feel-good books here!)

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepperby Phaedra Patrick
Arthur Pepper goes on a whimsical adventure to discover more about the life of his late wife from before they met. This is a book for fans of A Man Called Ove who are in need of a story somewhat less likely to rip your heart out.

Goodbye, Paris, by Anstey Harris
Grace has spent years content to be the Other Woman before circumstances and people who love her force her to examine her life. This is a story of a woman belatedly coming into her own and finding a sense of self worth through friendship and her love of music. Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the only way to rebuild a better life.

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Edgedancer, by Brandon Sanderson
This is an offshoot of The Stormlight Archive, but could be read as a standalone book. An enchanting high fantasy story, this revolves around Lift, a pre-teen girl with magic powers who is an utterly delightful side character in the main series. Follow her in her quest for answers and also pancakes… lots of pancakes.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
In the mood for a classic? Tolkien’s famous children’s book is suitable for all ages. While LOTR is a large, sweeping fantasy, this smaller book is some hobbit-sized fun. Complete with talking dragons and singing dwarves, this will nurture your inner child.

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
This one has more than a touch of darkness; Nobody Owens is the last surviving member of his family, but he’s been raised and nurtured by the friendly ghosts in the graveyard where he lives. The Graveyard Book has adventure and danger, and will help you find whimsy in the darkness.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren
Or maybe romance is more your jam? This is a new release from the writers of Roomies coming September 4th. When Hazel first meets Josh, it’s at a drunken college party where she promptly throws up on his shoes. Well, that’s about as far from a meet-cute as you can get. But ten years later, when they meet up again, Hazel is determined for them to be Best Friends. Just friends, though, obviously. Right?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
When all else fails, return to childhood comforts. Relive all the magic with the Boy Who Lived. Because it’s never too late to get your Hogwarts letter. Really, though, this entry is a stand-in for whatever your personal favorite book was as a kid. For me, Harry connects me to what first sparked my love of reading. What do you think of when you ask yourself what made you a bookworm? Rereading that book will always feel like going home.

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The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
“Is this a kissing book?” Why, yes, yes it is. Dive into a fantastical adventure with giants, princesses, rodents of unusual size, and true love. (Side note, this is one of those rare gems where the movie does the source material justice. If you’re not feeling up to reading, pop some popcorn and soak it all in on screen.)

The Martian, by Andy Weir
If you’re the type to chase away the blues with laughter, especially a bit of gallows humor, this is the obvious choice. Mark Watney opens his story by telling you he’s “pretty much f****d.” What follows is his quest for survival against all odds, punctuated by technical ramblings and comic book references. The Martian is a treasure for any self-described nerd.

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
Looking for a self help-esque book to give you a burst of positivity and inspiration? Big Magic is all about a quasi-spiritual connection with the arts and having the courage to create. Your art doesn’t have to be great; it doesn’t even have to be good. Big Magic urges you to create whatever moves you, purely for the simple joy of creation.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
One last classic to round off the list! This book is absolutely bonkers, but I’ll let you in on a little secret… all the best books are.

Thank you for reading, and I hope this post gave you some inspiration for when you need a little pick-me-up! Do you have any favorite mood-enhancing books? Share in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Feel-Good Books for When You’re Feeling Down”

  1. Oh yay! Happy books are so nice; thank you for sharing more😊 Harry Potter is ALWAYS a good choice, and ahh I really want to read Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating! I love your picks and I’m glad you finished this post💗

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