5 Books to Read When You Are Feeling Down

Books can be many things. 

They can be a source of information, entertainment, or education. 

But one of the things I appreciate about books is they are a provider of comfort in times when we are less motivated or sad. 

When I feel down, these are my go-to books to feel better. 

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which is written by J.K. Rowling,  is about Harry Potter, an orphaned boy who learns that he’s a wizard, attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and confronts Lord Voldemort. 

Harry Potter brings us to the magical world of wizards and witches, making us escape from the cares of being ordinary muggles. The story brings us comfort, warmth, and fun. When we feel down, Harry Potter reminds us that we can overcome difficult things. 

2. The Giver

Lois Lowry’s The Giver tells the story of Jonas, an 11-year-old boy living in a perfect world, who is chosen to become the Receiver of Memory. This position grants him access to all emotions and experiences that have been suppressed by his community. 

The Giver is a beautifully written story that tugs the heart as it shows the importance of love, courage, and freedom. The plot is full of surprises that makes the book exciting to read. The characters are relatable; it feels like they are talking to you while reading the book. 

3. The Alchemist

Paolo Coelho wrote one of the most popular books in the world, The Alchemist, a story that revolves around a young shepherd boy who follows his dreams and travels to Egypt to find treasure. He learns valuable life lessons along the way. 

The Alchemist spellbinds the readers with its beautiful prose that is filled with symbols and profound themes such as courage and faith. Its message gives hope and inspiration. 

4. The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a popular classic written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. It is about a little prince who met a pilot stranded in the desert. The young boy teaches the pilot the importance of love, imagination, and the simple things in life. 

For me, this book reminds us what matters most in life. Although we experience failures and other challenges, it brings us to a place where we could feel love and the magical side of life. 

5. The Power of Now

The Power of Now is a guide to living in the present moment and overcoming the suffering that comes from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future. It is written by Eckhart Tolle. 

When we dwell on the past, we are reliving pain and regret. When we worry about the future, we are creating anxiety and fear. By living in the present moment, we can free ourselves from the suffering that comes from these beliefs. 

Life has many ups and downs but books are our best companions to get through them. 

What are your comfort books and why?