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21 May 2020 | 6 min read

12 Feel-Good Books To Add To Your TBR List

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Everyone needs a little pick-me-up now and then, mostly now given the global health crisis, a.k.a pandemic that has left us in an unprecedented situation. If you are bored with all the activities that have been keeping your mind off things, we have you sorted with some feel-good books.

With books, you can metaphorically travel around the world and in different timelines without leaving your couch. And to be honest, we could all do with that right now. Read on to pick your next read from our list of books that will uplift your spirits. Best part? You can even read them online.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

A collection of essays and letters, this book is my pick-me-up whenever I feel a little lost and want to clear my head. From the author of the famous book Wild, Cheryl Strayed, the book contains letters and replies carefully curated from the thousands of letters Strayed answered during her time as the columnist ‘Dear Sugar’ for The Rumpus.

You will feel much lighter once you have read the book and realized that none of us are alone in this collective human suffering, and we can all learn a lesson or two from each other.

City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

A book set in the glitz and glamour that was the 1940s theatre world, City of Girls from the famous author of Eat, Pray, and Love will not only take you on exploration but is a perfect read if you love your girl tribe. The book explores everything from female sexuality to fulfillment, the latter being on everyone’s radar these days.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

A debut novel, The Rosie Project, is a light-hearted read that delves into the life of an awkward university professor trying to find love. Aren’t we all, TBH? However, the professor’s story is pretty unconventional as it involves the use of something he has devised called the ‘The Wife Project,’ a series of equations to test compatibility with girls he plans on dating.

Read on to find out if he finds love through his test or in the most conventional manner of them all.

A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is officially the world’s funniest travel writer, and he goes hiking in this book. Accompanied by his friend, he sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail and what a journey it is. As with all his books, expect to be anecdotes and a series of misadventures coupled with vivid and beautiful descriptions.

Not only will this book make you laugh, but it will also take you out in the woods. We all can do with a little of both in this crisis, right?

Separation Anxiety: A Novel by Laura Zigman

A woman going through a midlife crisis with her career at an unpleasant halt, a pot-addict husband, and a son who has just entered his obnoxious teenage years, Separation Anxiety is the heart-warming and life-affirming story of Judy.

The author takes you on a ride of a person who is beginning to pick up the pieces of her life and is carrying around a dog in an old baby sling. Oh, and how to take baby steps towards finding happiness amidst all this chaos. If you can relate to a life situation, read it, and find that hope you have always wanted.

The History Of Love by Nicole Krauss

This heart-warming book unfolds over sixty years. Krauss has managed to weave a story with multiple narrations that are distinct yet connected in their way. Each page has a surprise awaiting you. Read this one for a beautiful story told from the perspective of a 14-year-old girl who sets out on the quest of an unknown author whose book her ailing mother is trying to translate.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella Lane, our protagonist, has Asperger’s and loves numbers. But when it comes to the dating game, she has little to no experience. And the solution to change this is, of course, practice. Thus, Stella hires a male escort to teach her everything there is to know about dating. From kissing to other positions, Stella will learn a lot.

And maybe some more as she discovers that love is the single most logical that ultimately makes sense. Read to find out how this rom-com unfolds.

Anna K by Jenny Lee

This book is set in contemporary New York and is a modern and young-adult retelling of the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina. It will take you in the life of what goes on in a bunch of boarding school students through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Anna K, a Korean-American who has sailed through life without any hiccups until a boy Alexia ‘Count’ Vronsky enters her life. It has all the glitz, drama, and heart-warming moments a good-read is supposed to have.

Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby’s reputation as one of the funniest essayists of our times is enough to read this book. This book is a semi-memoir told with humor and panache. Irby recounted her days when she could work for a full 11-hour shift, partying and doing the hustle. However, as she is entering her 40s, she is here to tell you that life is all about slowing down and learning body-positivity in a world that would tell you to believe otherwise. You will laugh, and you will be glad you stayed in and canceled all plans (oh wait, Corona did that for us) to read this excellent book.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

What is better than books? A book about bookshops! And The Little Paris Bookshop is a delightful and cozy read complete with a bookseller who runs a restored barge on the Seine in France. What’s more? He has an uncanny gift of knowing which book will soothe the weary souls of his customer.

However, the twist in the story comes with a new neighbor who inspires our protagonist to take charge of his love life by revisiting his past and discovering life-changing answers. Read to know how this story unfolds.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Harold, the protagonist, wakes up one morning to post a letter. His journey with no preparation and on foot is what forms the entirety of the story. Stick till the end to be moved and uplifted by a man who walks to save someone’s life from one corner of the country to another.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

A book about writers with creative blocks who set out on vacation, swap their genre, and go on a writing spree to see who comes up with a book first! Oh, and they might fall in love in the process. Do I need to say more?

Beach Read is the perfect summer and feel-good book you need that will take you on a laugh-out-loud kind of journey.

Which book are you picking up next? Or are you already zooming through a favorite pick-me-up of yours? Tell us in the comments and happy reading!

by Priya Chaudhary
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