Books are a great escape from the stresses of the real world, a fact that may be especially true for those battling depression. In fact, finding comfort in books has even become a recognized source of comfort called bibliotherapy.
Also, It is important to understand that if you are feeling lost and lonely in life the onus of responsibility falls on you first. You need to seek knowledge that is going to benefit you. Then you must fully soak your soul into this knowledge. We know the following books will help you and you can relate to them.
Books and stories also help validate that you're not alone in what you’re feeling, even in your darkest moments.
That's why we've put together this list of eight books to read when you have a feeling low. These books will help you to relate and they will occupy your mind while you work things through.
1. Life is What You Make it by Preeti Shenoy
“The world is indeed a better place when there is love, friendship, acceptance and hope. Powered by these you can indeed overcome anything including destiny.”
Life is What You Make It has been an extremely popular one in India and has won many awards since the time it was published in 2011. It talks about how the protagonist Ankita develops bipolar disorder and how she decides to help herself to come out of the complexities in her life that have been created because of her disorder. Though this is a fictional story, the book talks about how having faith in yourself can even help you overcome your initial stages of mental illness which makes it a great recommendation for those who are hitting a low phase in their lives.
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2. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
This book got converted into a major motion picture starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, and Ezra Miller and for all good reasons. The Perks of Being a Wallflower deals with a teenager’s battle with depression as he tries to successfully navigate through the lanes and bylanes of high school life. It covers feelings of anxiety and conquering low self-esteem and psychological defence mechanisms. It is Charlie’s story and is deeply moving, you’ll find yourself going back to it again and again, for its depth and poignancy.
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
This one comes from a genre that has gained a lot of attention in the last few years – Young Adult. It’s funny, honest and filled with paragraphs you’ll want to mark as keepsakes. Teenage angst, escapism, depression – it traverses through a dark territory full of unknown dangers. It is the story of Miles and Alaska, an adorable, insightful story of love and loss.
4. Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
“Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.”
A best-seller that won many accolades, Susanna Kaysen’s memoir looks at her experiences as a patient in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s. She was admitted for borderline personality disorder. Kaysen managed to get her file at the hospital after asking a lawyer to intervene. Her story was told on celluloid, a movie starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Evocative and unapologetically truthful, you’ll take a lot back with you after putting this book down
5. Ikigai by Francesc Miralles and Hector Garcia
“Walk slowly and you'll go far.”
The book talks about the Japanese way of leading a long and happy life. The title in Japanese means the reason for jumping out of the bed every morning. This book is popular almost all over the world and will help you find your reason to live, will teach you how to nurture friendship and will also be influential in making you follow.
6. Em and The Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto
“And then we discovered that love was about memory and something had disrupted her store of our collective memories.”
This is a gripping novel with such lingering sadness; you’ll be drawn to it immediately. Set in Mahim, the plot examines the lives of the Mendes. A family of four, they try to raise each other up when mental illness comes calling. There are dark moments, and beautiful moments you’ll re-read simply because you didn’t want to forget. It’s a sensitive and brutally honest portrait of mental illnesses, a must-read.
7. I’ve never been (Un)happier by Shaheen Bhatt
“In other words, you can buy happiness off the rack—but sadness is tailor-made just for you.”
First-time author and mental health advocate Shaheen Bhatt’s memoir is a very quick read. She effortlessly compares the puzzle of being born privileged and growing up with depression. This startlingly perspicacious book talks about the unpredictability of mental health in the most matter-of-fact way. Anyone who wants a moving personal account and an honest perspective on mental health can start with this gem.
8. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”
We recommend this book to teenagers especially as teenage is a strange phase. There is so much agony, and it’s only normal to feel everlasting waves of sadness without even recognizing the reason behind it. This book is about two boys Aristotle and Dante, who are exploring themselves as individuals. Their friendship is so pure that it will definitely move you. There is an inherent positivity in the author’s writing style. It gives you hope and fills your heart with warmth. So, if you are feeling low or sad, then you should definitely check out this book
Books have the ability to save you, only if you have faith and pick the right book for your situation. All the books that we have mentioned above will help you in some way or the other.
So, what are you waiting for? Go grab a book right now! Have you read any of these books? Let us know. Happy Reading!