Happy Tuesday, guys!
This week, we're sharing ten different books that you should read when you're in the mood for ALL THE FEELS.
As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is a feature by the awesome ladies at the Broke & the Bookish! - J
10. Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy
9. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Like I've said in earlier posts, I was TOTALLY prepared to not like Me Before You - silly me!
I've discovered that this is the perfect book to read if you feel like you need to have a good cry about something, and aren't sure why. Clark and Will will help you figure it out, and also help you get the feelings out in the process.
8. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I read an academic paper awhile back discussing tragedy in Harry Potter - I know, I know. There are probably better things I can be doing with my time? - and the writer pointed out that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the turning point for the entire series. It's here that the series starts amping up the stakes for Harry and the crew.
So read this book if you want to know what it feels like living on the edge, and also read this book if you want affirmation that yes, young people can also have a stake in their future.
6. The History Boys by Alan Bennett
There are a LOT of books that make me feel pride in being smart and intellectually curious, and The History Boys is definitely one of them.
The bulk of the book involves boys who are striving for their academic best, against all societal and financial odds. I LOVE the fact that they're unabashedly seeking wisdom, not afraid to be smart, and I just feel better having read this plan.
(The play also has a lot of complex relationship dynamics in this book - read this if you want to feel like someone understands how weird and stressful this age can be. Minus that one subplot.)
5. North and South by Elizabeth by Elizabeth Gaskell
Ok, I'm going to admit off the bat that I saw the TV adaptation first, and then I sought out the book.
But I loved the book equally as much, albeit for slightly different reasons. This is a book that really stresses getting outside your comfort zone, and finding beauty in places that you didn't think were possible.
This is a book that will give you HOPE.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3. The Castle by Franz Kafka
I first read this book as an undergrad, and I love the fact that it's basically a beautiful, frustrating example of inaction.
Read this book if you need a book that understands what it means to navigate through confusing mazes of bureaucracy - this is a book that definitely reassure you that you are not alone.