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Times come when we feel overwhelmed by hopelessness, and when they arrive it’s best to take a step back and rejuvenate our minds: take a book that brings the relief of hope and feel it flow from the characters and charge you up.

It is  difficult to avoid the feelings of despair and loneliness – like no one else can understand what you are currently going through. Thank heavens for books, not only can they help us relax, they also help us escape from the strains of reality and give us hope in more ways than one. They allow us to empathize and they aid self discovery.

If you are here because you need some of that positive energy, welcome! I thought to make things a little bit easier for you by compiling a list of books that will help surround ourselves and everyone around us with a sense of hope, and here it is:

  1. The humans by Matt Haig:

“Be nice to other people. At a universal level, they are you.” It is a strange heartfelt story about aliens, peanut butter sandwich and Mathematics. During these times being human is hard but this book reminds us the beautiful parts of being a person and that’s a good thing because we need it 

  1. The gifts of imperfection by Brene Brown: 

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light “

This book is a self help book about self acceptance and letting go of defeatist thoughts; Basically claiming hope no matter what. It has been said to be the best place to start if you want to understand shame and feel better about life.

  1. Man’s search fro meaning by Viktor E. Frankl:

” Those who have a why to to live can bear with almost anyhow.”

Viktor was a Neurologist, Psychiatrist and a survivor and he recounts his experiences and that of others in escaping a holocaust. It is insightful, beautiful, tragic and definitely leaves you hopefu for days.

  1. The Language of kindness: A nurse’s story by Christie Watson :

 “we must row in whatever boat we find ourselves.”

It’s a memoir about the authors life as a nurse; it is filled with humaniy, warmth and as expected suffering and haunting despair. The message that is passed is that nlin the midst of all troubles there is always hope. Something to hold on to when it seems like our world is crashing down with us in the middle 

  1. The book of lost things by John Connolly:

“For a lifetime was but a moment in that place, and each man dreams his own heaven.                             And in the darkness David closed his eyes, as all that was lost was found again.”-

John Connolly, The Book of Lost Thing.

A boy struggling with the death of his mother (minus the WW11 going on) gets stranded in a seemingly sinister fairy tale woods. It’s a little spooky at times but it leaves you feeling all warmed from the tip of your toes 

  1. What i know for sure by Oprah Winfrey: 

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” – Oprah Winfrey.

This is a collection of Oprah’s essay covering a wide range of topics including joy, resilience, clarity and power. By sharing intimate moments of her life, lessons learned and good advices on living. She challenges readers to be the best version of themselves.

  1. I’ll give you the sun by Handy Nelson:

“Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.”

It centers around a set of twin that seem inseperable but slowly drift apart and a few years later barely speak to each other. It’s an heart warming LGBTQ story that touches identity, friendship and family.

And that’s my list! Which other books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments!


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