Seven books that will give you the feels

These books might change your life.

Kristen Lazarte

Published: 5 April 2016, 4:49 PM

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or need something to distract yourself from your quarter-life crisis, no worries.

We have compiled a list of thought-provoking books just for you!

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is renowned for being a superb poet, but if you’re not into poems, give The Bell Jar a read. Her only novel, the story is semi-autobiographical and told from a perspective of someone with depression, and might offer you an insight into mental illness.


Recommended for: “I’m-reading-a-classic” hipster types


2. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Fate is perceived to be something that we can mould ourselves, but there’s always going to be something out of our reach. Even if you’re someone who is master of their own fate, The Time Keeper will offer you a fresh perspective.

Mitch Albom’s inspirational fiction book will help you appreciate all you have.


Recommended for: the just-do-it YOLO-ers
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3. A Man Called Ove by Fredick Backman

This book will help you stop being so judgemental about every person you meet.

Although set in Sweden, Ove’s struggle with technology and the modern world is something familiar, no matter where you are. His story will make you laugh, cry, and think about loneliness, love, and life.


Recommended for: the “I’m better than you” snobs


4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is a book that I’ll always recommend when people ask for “something inspirational” or “a good book”. Hands down, this book made me question my spirituality, what I was doing in life, and what I had to do to achieve more, all from the comfort of my own home.


Recommended for: the people who need therapy but can’t afford it
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5. Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago

What if Death became human and fell in love? Would people still believe in religion since there’s no need for the after-life? Albeit a little hard to follow, this novel by winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature writer will leave you astounded.


Recommended for: the profound, philosophical know-it-alls


6. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actors doing irrelevant jobs on the side are common. Hollywood actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has appeared in 500 Days of Summer and Premium Rush, has compiled stories and artworks from contributors around the world.

This is dedicated to the people who don’t like to read long, wordy novels, but still want to draw inspiration from a book.


Recommended for: those with a really short attention span
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7. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This is the only children’s book that makes the cut. It is simply told with plenty of otherworldly themes, and it’s a refreshing walk on the unconventional side of life.

The Little Prince meets plenty of characters that we face in the current world, and offers us interesting variations.


Recommended for: everyone who has been forced into adulthood (ugh)


Have you read these books? Share with us your recommendations in the comments below!

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