The Best Books To Read During Hard Times
When you’re going through a difficult time, sometimes you need a book to sit with—a book that will transport you and offer solace. For just this reason, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite books to read during hard times. These books can offer an escape, sure, but they can also help you see challenges, problems—even grief—in a new light. On this list, we’ve included heartwarming classics such as The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables, as well as inspirational books published more recently. All of them delve into the complexities of life and offer unique perspectives on challenges, perseverance, grief, and hope. They tackle loss, aging, loneliness, growing up, finding purpose, and cultivating happiness in voices you will love to listen to and will find yourself returning to again and again. Some will even make you laugh. If you’re looking for pages to comfort you, pick up one of these books from your local library, and take heart.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Dr. Paul Kalanithi wrote this beautiful, posthumously published meditation on life and loss as he was battling advanced lung cancer. It’s an exquisite perspective on comprehending mortality and purpose from the perspective of a doctor during his career and, at the end of his life, as a patient.