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Books To Make You Feel Better, Part 2

The other day I sent out a blog that was nothing special. I reached out to my fellow bloggers because I was having a bad day and needed a good book recommendation to put a smile on my face or just take my mind off of things. I want to thank the bloggers who took the time to make a couple recommendations for me… Eve Messenger, and According To Ava you guys are awesome!!

I’ve compiled a list of books that bloggers have recommended and some other things I think you guys might like. So if you’re having a rough day you know where to turn… turn the pages of these books 🙂

  • Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This book was recommended to me by Eve Messenger

It seems like a really nice light read. And Eve says it brought her so much happiness that she is happy to pass it a long. It’s always a good decision to trust another book blogger’s recommendations!

  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Mrrison

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The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.

I myself am a personal fan of Toni Morrison and wanted to kick myself for not thinking of this author in the first place. This is a recommendation from According To Ava. And an absolute no brainer if you ask me.

  • The Intern by Gabrielle Tozer

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A stellar academic record, an amazing career in journalism – and for her current crush to realise she actually exists. The only problem? Josie can’t get through twenty-four hours without embarrassing her sister Kat or her best friend Angel, let alone herself.
Josie’s luck changes though when she lands an internship at the glossy fashion magazine Sash. A coveted columnist job is up for grabs, but Josie’s got some tough competition in the form of two other interns. Battle lines are drawn and Josie quickly learns that the magazine industry is far from easy, especially under the reign of powerful editor, Rae Swanson.
From the lows of coffee-fetching and working 10-hour days, to the highs of mingling with celebrities, scoring endless free beauty products (plus falling for her cousin’s seriously gorgeous flatmate James) this is one year Josie will never forget.
Totally fresh and funny, this debut novel from industry insider Gabrielle Tozer reveals just what is behind the seeming glamour and sparkle of the magazine industry.

This is another wonderful recommendation from According To Ava.

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues

A good classic witty comedy is something that can always fix a bad mood.

  • “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley

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Sometimes, nothing is more hilarious than real life, especially if real life is that of a lost, confused, struggling twentysomething-year-old. Such is the case with Sloane Crosley’s collection of essays, which document the author’s all-too-relatable misadventures being a modern girl in a modern world. From what was supposed to me an innocent trip to a museum to locking herself out of her apartment on moving day, Crosley’s observations about her life might make you feel better about yours

We can all admit that sometimes reading about someone else having just as rough a time as us makes you feel like you’re not alone. So if you’re having one of those days turn to Sloane and read about how misadventurous her days have been too.

  • One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

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One of my favorite fun reads, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels are the kind that actually get you laughing out loud. From gunslinging grandmas to Spandex-clad hookers to hot naked cops to handcuffs in the shower, the larger-than-life mishaps of Stephanie Plum (which now span 21 novels) are worth reading. Just make sure you’re not in the quiet floor of the library when you do it.

It’s one of those laugh out loud novels that is just the trick to make you forget about your otherwise crappy day!!

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling is a genius,. Not only is she smart, feisty, and stylish, but she is also honest and hilarious in the best way. I mean, you’ve seen her Twitter account, right? Part autobiography, part advice column, part observation, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?is everything you could want out of a best friend. Er, I mean a humor book.

Oh man this woman is funnnnnnnyyyyyy! I good laugh with her goes a long way… except you’re never laughing with her it’s more at her.

So I hope some of these help to add a little laughter and sparkle to anyone’s day that just isn’t going the way that they want. I particularly like the ones that are separate stories or essays so I can quickly read one to perk myself up but they are all good just the same.

Let me know if you’ve read these and also if you have any recommendations for “Books To Make You Feel Better.”

Cheers!

S.

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