Someone said: “When you sad, books will find you”. And the truth is that exactly. Just because, when you at your worst, books will be truly friends that may heal you, make you better and especially, you can learn something from the stories in those books in the booklist.
Here are some books in the booklist you just for your bad days.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Set in Nazi Germany during the second world war, this is a story about a young girl, her love for words, a lemon-haired boy, a Jew in hiding, a new mother, and an accordion-playing man. A heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and curiosity — terribly tragic and perfectly heartbreaking.
As soon as I hit the end, I was legitimately crying. Tears streaming down my face, heaving hiccuped breaths, curled up in the fetal position on my bed. My sister, who shared my room, wanted to go to sleep, so she just turned off the lights and let me cry in the darkness.
Yeah, you’re gonna cry. Hard, ugly crying. But you’re still gonna love it because it is a fantastic story.
I am still crying. I read it years ago but it still hurts.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
You think you know where this book is going: It’s just a love story like any other. But that’s what Lockhart wants you to think. Then, it tears your heart out and you have to keep rereading to see if what you think happened actually happened and when you realized it did, you cry.
(Also recommended by Skye Dodds, Graham K., and Naomi B.)
- Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
Chuck Palahniuk describes Lidia’s writing style as “straight no chaser” and there’s no better example than in her heartbreaking, uncomfortably raw memoir told in a series of vignettes. Her story touches on subjects of abuse, alcoholism, drug use, and all the dark corners of our lives we so often try to hide from. The prose is in your face, unflinching, and lingers in your head long after you’ve finished the book.
- Green Girl: A Novel by Kate Zambreno
Booklist here highly recommend you to read that book. Green Girl is the devastating portrait of Ruth, a 20-something American girl who moves to London after a break up. She has a job she loathes and through her search for identity she takes her readers on an adventure, although you never know exactly where you’re going. The story is a prose poem told in snippets of various feelings and thoughts and each chapter begins with quotes from novels, movies, and pop songs. It’s a quick read but worth it for the narrative voice alone.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Teens, love, and cancer — there’s basically no way this one couldn’t end with you crying. But what makes this John Green book so much more than your usual tear jerker is the humor and grace he bestows on all of his ill-fated characters. You’ll definitely get a good cry-laugh out of this one.
- Bridge To Terabithia by Katherin Paterson
Even though this is technically a YA book, it still packs an incredible punch and reminds you of the randomness of some of life’s major events. It’s a great one to read or even re-read, no matter how old you get.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Without a doubt, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the most heart-wrenching book I’ve ever read. Jodi Picoult has been my go-to author for ~the feels~, but Khaled Hosseini managed to churn the very depths of my soul in this riveting book. His uncanny ability to make the reader feel what his protagonist Mariam Jo feels made me want to reach out and save her, because I was drowning in her sorrow too. Absolutely bewitching.
A series of events in the life of a young Afghan woman lead to a tragic end. The unexpected turns and tragedies are so, so devastating.
Bad days is just days. Today is the day. Don’t worry, everything will be fine in the end but remember to bring books in this booklist in your journey.