In case you are in need of cheering up or need someone to relate to, here is a list of some books that have helped me feel better and less lonesome over the years. Here are 10 novels to read whenever the lonely bug has made its mark on you.
- THE PERKS OF BEING WALLFLOWER
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Ever felt like that? Charlie felt that too.
A 16 year old, struggling alone; to pull it through his first year in high school. An introvert met some seniors and had the best time of his life learning to live and not just counting days for all if it to end.
But it’s not merry all the way down. PTSDs, depression and anxiety have their toll on him, which in today’s world is hard not to relate with. An individual’s messy and complicated life experiences, how he conquered his fears and actually started living is what one needs to learn in their life
- THE ALCHEMIST
“And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
The book is based on a tale of learning how to turn metal into gold. The idea behind it being never losing hope and pursuing one’s dream even they seem too hard to get along with as “It’s not the destination but the journey that matters.”
The book tells us, through the struggles of the protagonist, that the real treasure is NOT the bag of gold coins, but the knowledge that he acquired on the way to get it.
All in all a perfect read to start believing in your dreams and turn that metal (dream) into gold (reality).
- HARRY POTTER SERIES
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry potter is children’s book. That’s what you’re thinking. Right? Well, it’s not. It’s a perfect therapy for uplifting oneself.
This book can be the all in one for you. A perfect escape from reality, while still remaining bound to your inner self. Everything fiction yet teaches you reality.
“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
And a really good collection of one liner that teaches you more than those self help books.
- THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
“I’m sick of just liking people. I wish to God I could meet somebody I could respect.”
Powerful. Isn’t it? The book is powerful too. Feeling nostalgic about losing your innocence? Holden felt it too. All he ever wanted was to be catcher in the rye which means to catch the kids falling from cliff which basically signifies kids losing innocence.
“The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
Also he always felt alienated from world. He craved for human interaction but never was good with it. So, it’s his journey trying to cope up with the world’s mean and judgmental eyes on him.
This book will hit the right chords making you wonder about all this.
- TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
“Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself.”
To kill a mockingbird that is destroying innocence. Scout and Jem, the siblings were innocent children believing in world to be good in all circumstances. A sudden exposure to a trial fought by their father Atticus burst the bubble for them that there’s evil too. However, what way one let the fact sink in is what they become. As Jem faith is badly shaken and he slips into despondency and doubt while Scout embraces her father’s advice to practice sympathy and understanding and demonstrates that her experiences with hatred and prejudice will not sully her faith in human goodness.
Isn’t that what we want?
Stopping evil, to not to overpower the goodness within us. This book gives you the perfect guide for you to think rationally and learn how not “to kill a mockingbird”.
- THE BELL JAR
The Bell Jar is an autobiographical novel that relates the childhood longings and descent into madness of Plath’s alter-ego, Esther Greenwood.
The book also shows an interesting, sadly relatable, idea of ambition; how the character started from nothing, had to work her whole life up until getting a scholarship to a college and finds herself in New York and then completely loses all of her drive, ambition and passion. She can’t write or properly read any more (things she once loved); her grades meet all the requirements but don’t fill the emptiness that resonates within her. Soon you reach a point where she attempts suicide and discusses suicide as the answer to get her out from under the bell jar. A classic yet perfect book dealing with dark shades of life in witty and humorous way leaves no chance to lift you up. It’s all how we look at the things which matters the most in any situation
- INSIDE THE HEART OF HOPE
Some fish love to swim upstream. Some people love to overcome challenges. The protagonist Rick Puri is one among them. Diagnosed with AVS in the age of ten, undergone two major surgeries, a disastrous and restricted childhood, the fear of death, love game gone wrong with all these the book in its simplest form shows how problems are a part of life and the only solution is too face it. The amazing light tale ends with a happy ending where he gains his motivation and become a successful person faces his problem and conveys a message it all lies in your mind and how you deal with it.
- THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK
In The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, that’s both punchy and profane. The book is a good guide to figuring out what you want in life and at work, and how to achieve it. Using his own life as an example in the book, Manson talks about how the pressure to be exceptional led him to drugs and serial womanizing. It’s only when he realized that neither he nor his problems were special that he cleaned up his act and worked towards becoming an entrepreneur. He credits his success to his lack of fear of failure.
“Fuck positivity,” Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.”
- THE MONK WHO SOLD HIS FERRARI
This is a self-help book that would help readers to understand some vital principles to lead a successful and content life. The whole book is narrated in form of a series of teachings by the protagonist, Julian Mental who has transformed himself into a into from a rich and successful lawyer.
- TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN
“Every loss is unprecedented. You can’t know someone else’s hurt, not really – just like touching someone else’s body isn’t the same as having someone else’s body.” (Aza, Turtles All the Way Down)
— John Green
Sixteen year old Aza is trying is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. Aza’s story wraps up with an imperfect yet satisfying ending. Things are never the same after events unfold, and Aza’s first-person narration becomes aware that her future will be full of ups and downs, but she will keep fighting herself in order to move forward. It deals with heavy subject matter without being too heavy on its characters. There’s plenty of humor and bright spots injected throughout to keep the story or its characters from getting too depressing. It balances its shifting tones well and keeps the story compelling.
“‘It’s so weird, to know you’re crazy and not be able to do anything about it, you know? It’s not like you believe yourself to be normal. You know there is a problem. But you can’t figure a way through to fixing it. Because you can’t be sure, you know?’” (Aza, Turtles All the Way Down)
— John Green