When you’re having a rough day, no matter what caused your sour mood, sometimes all you can do is curl up with a book and forget the world for a little while. We have just the books to wash your cares away! The following books are full of uplifting wisdom, whimsical stories, and just enough heart to get you through your tough times.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
It’s difficult to imagine a single human being who wouldn’t get something valuable out of this book. Strayed (as Rumpus columnist Sugar) answers pleas for advice from all different kinds of people, and she does so with a compassionate, artful touch that makes readers feel like there’s always someone on their side.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Comedy powerhouse Amy Poehler knows how to crack a joke, and she really knows how to make others smile when they need it most. While Yes Please is technically a memoir, it’s really more like the literary equivalent of a comforting pat on the back. Poehler is honest, funny, and wildly inspiring, and you’ll finish this book having received lots of heartfelt (and hilarious) advice, all of which is sure to cheer you up.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Like Yes Please, Year of Yes is a great big encouragement to reach for the life you want. Rhimes, the creator of popular television dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, clearly knows a thing or two about success. Here, she details the year she stopped saying “no” and the ways that change transformed her life. If you’re having a bad day because you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, pick up this book immediately.
Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
Sacks wrote the essays in Gratitude near the end of his life as he battled with cancer. That may sound terribly sad, but this book — and all of Sack’s work about life and illness and death — is instead a gracious acceptance and beautiful willingness to see the best of life even when the worst parts are really, horribly bad.
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa
2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
What’s your favorite book to read when you’re feeling down? Let us know in the comments!