There's something comforting about having a bad day and remedying it with a good book. Especially one you've read again and again and still love. It's like coming home to an old friend, in a way. (And if it's Harry Potter, it definitely is — Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home, after all!) A hot cup of coffee (or tea) and a good book is cheaper than therapy!
Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things is perfect when you need advice and aren't sure where to turn anymore. She gave advice to hundreds of strangers and compiled her best words of wisdom into a book. It's a can't miss read when you're having a bad day. Or, maybe you just want a book that works as a complete escape from your real life. What better way than by entering into the magical realism of Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being ? There's so much there, you'll have to read it more than once! And then of course there are the childhood favorites: Oh, the Places You'll Go! and Harry Potter will never get old, and are always good for a quick pick-me-up.
So, no matter how you're feeling, here are nine books you'll want to read again and again.
1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Cheryl Strayed's collection of advice from her days as Dear Sugar feel like a really good conversation with a really great friend. No matter what life throws at you, chances are, something within Tiny Beautiful Things will resonate with you. As you grow and encounter new challenges, the passages you turn to will change, but you'll find yourself reaching for this one time and time again.
2. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan's collection is some of the most beautiful writing I've ever read. From nonfiction essays on life, love, and whales, to short fiction that will leave you feeling strangely understood, the first — and, tragically last— collection by Keegan is one you'll want to revisit time and time again.
3. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
It's obvious, yes, but that doesn't make it any less true. "Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." It's true no matter how old you are, or how many times you've already read it.
4. A Tale For the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
Ruth Ozeki's novel A Tale for the Time Being is so beautifully written and thought out, you'll want to reread it almost as soon as you finish. It's immersive, emotional, and you're pretty much guaranteed to find something new to love about it with every read.
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt's writing practically begs to be read time and time again, and The Secret History is no different. (The fact that she only has three books doesn't hurt, either.) This books takes the murder mystery genre and turns it upside down. Even once you know how it ends, you'll want to go back and pick up everything you missed on your first reading! Plus, this one is the perfect book to revisit during the cold winter months!
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
You're never too old for a fairy tale, and Neil Gaiman proves that to be true with his short novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It's beautifully written, you can read it in a day, and it reads like a fairy tale for adults. You'll want to pick this up again and again, to give yourself a dose of some childhood imagination.
7. Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This might be a children's book, but as we get older, it becomes more applicable to life than ever. When you go through a breakup, start a new job, or graduate, Oh, The Places You'll Go! is uplifting and will bring you back to when things were simpler, all while inspiring you to more forward. It's timeless and perfect for reading over and over again.
8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you read this in high school, chances are you skimmed it to get ready for that quiz the next day, but this is definitely worth revisiting as an adult. You'll appreciate it so much more and find you missed a million things the first time around. It's probably one of the most re-read classics, if I had to guess, and for good reason!
9. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay's collection of essays always has something new to discover within the ages of the collection. From pop culture to her own history, Gay explore feminism is a way that will make you want to read it again and again, as new situations and ideas arise.