@readwithkinjal aka Kinjal Parekh recommends these best books for days when we don’t feel too nice. Here’s what she has to say!

There is nothing that a good book can’t do. When you’re knee-deep in drowning with your emotions, flustered on what the future holds, uncertain of how things will fall in place, a good book comes in just in time to help you escape your own mind. If you’re struggling with your thoughts, emotions, or are just feeling mundane or out of place, I hope you find the right book to keep you company. 

Here’s a list of warm hugs wrapped in black and white pages to help you through your rainy days so you don’t feel too lonely. Pick one, give yourself the break you deserve. Embrace what you’re feeling in these emotions, at times funny stories will leave you with nothing by love for yourself. Just like Elenor Oliphar, we all deserve good things in life.

May the right book choose you!

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hold on too long.” This book helps me look at life from a much larger perspective. It will answer questions about life you never asked but wanted to. Tuesdays with Morrie is about Morrie Schwartz, a former sociology professor. The professor is on his deathbed and a student of his has come to visit him. This book feels like a comforting hug, for everyone who wishes to be understood and tries to understand others. If you’re struggling to make your own identity in this huge world, Tuesdays with Morrie will help you find a place for yourself. Like the book says, why would a dying man lie?

A Liberation of Sita by Volga

“Whatever gives you peace of mind, consider that the truth.” The Liberation of Sita by Volga is a collection of short stories where Sita meets other women of the myths – Surpanaka, Renuka, Urmila, Ahalya. In each encounter, through deep conversations of self-reflection, Sita finds herself just as she is. Not somebody’s somebody but herself as a whole. Do you ever wonder what is right and what is not? How can one thing be justified for one but not for another? How do men see women? How to find peace and beauty within yourself?

Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“Sometimes you simply needed someone kind to sit with you while you dealt with things.” I recently finished reading this book and I can’t stop thinking about Elenor. She deserves more happiness just like you do. Just like every one of us does. A twenty-nine-year-old Eleanor is living a solitary life. She spends her week working at her mundane office and sits by herself during the weekends. She’s socially awkward. She finds it difficult to fit it. Eleanor never really had a pal. Her past, her childhood, is formed of trauma which still continues to fuel her life. Later she finds herself all alone questioning if this is it. The loneliness consumes her. This novel will help you deal with emotions you’re struggling to face and leave you with warmth and sunshine. At times funny, at times sad, Eleanor will always remind you that life can be better than just fine.

Three Thousand Stitches by Sudha Murty

“One of life’s goals is the ability to understand human nature and raise a fellow being from rock bottom to becoming a useful member of society. We all lose a few battles in our lives, but we can win the war. There’s always hope.” Three Thousand Stitches is a collection of 11 non-fiction short stories. Each story is different from the previous one. Sudha Murty, one of the best storytellers will make you feel at home as you read what she has to share. Somehow, these real incidents of her personal life will help you regain faith in humanity. On a side note, read any book by Sudha Murty to feel better. She makes you feel connected to a world that’s softer, kinder and can make you happier.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” The book honors childhood. I’m pretty sure you might have read this but if not, then here’s a delightful recommendation for you! The story begins with a pilot getting stuck in a desert. With some odd drawings, analogies, and metaphors, The Little Prince is here to offer his perspective on love, war, and the lives of adults. In its strangeness, you will feel content after reading this one! 

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