Top 11 Books That Help To Overcome Hard Times


 These novels will comfort and support you when everything seems wrong.

The BuzzFeed team asked their followers what books get them through tough times in their lives. Nexter chose top 11 books to read when you’re dipressed. 

1.   Looking for Alaska by John Green


This book definitely got me through hard times in my life. There is a quote that always stuck out to me: ‘It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things’ .” – Volleyballgal67

The idea of continuing on through the labyrinth of life no matter how awful it gets is inspiring.” – brediculousss

“My freshman year of college I lost a friend to suicide, and reading Looking for Alaska really helped me deal with it. I wasn’t talking about it to anyone, and to see a character yell and express the questions I didn’t know if I could even ask made me feel less alone.” – alishak421060eb2

2.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


“My mother and stepfather were alcoholics when I was growing up. Money was often short, food was there but not great. They could be verbally abusive at times. Reading Francie’s story really let me see that my own choices could lead me to the light at the end of the tunnel. Her perseverance and the strength of her mother through their hard times were truly inspirational to me.” –olliesteigs

“I go back to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn at least once a year. I’ve been reading it since I was about the same age Francie was at the beginning of the book. It’s so beautifully written and it always reminds me that each hardship is temporary.” – Christine Jackson, via Facebook

3. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


“When I was admitted to my third psychiatric ward for serious mental illness, I reread the series for about the tenth time. I got through all seven books in about six weeks, and it distracted me from horrible thoughts and terrible home sickness.” – emilym4b62b5daa

“The Harry Potter series got me through my dad’s battle with leukemia and after he passed away. Reading about someone who did such great things but who had been through such hardships in his life really helped get me through everything. J.K. Rowling really is magic.” – Kristen Herhold via Facebook

4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher


“This book shows both sides of suicide. You can relate to Hannah because of all the hurt she experienced but also see how much it really changed Clay, and not for the better. It really just helped me realize that suicide doesn’t end when it happens. It can trigger those same emotions in someone else.” – knottynautical

5.  Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

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“I had gone through a bad breakup and a friend had gifted me Ellen Degeneres’ book Seriously…I’m Kidding, and it was the perfect thing at that time. During a period of time of what felt like endless tears, this book was the perfect relief. It just reminded me that wallowing in your sadness is not going to solve anything or make things better, so you might as well try laughing.” – rose

6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer


“I was in a not-so-great relationship in college and was gifted this book. I read it in a day because I could oddly relate to the grandparents’ love story. It started to stir a fear I had inside me: I wasn’t being truly loved in the relationship I was in. It helped to give me a voice in that relationship and speak up for what I deserve.” – samanthar4a383b0f7

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


This book helped when I was dealing with my sexuality and feeling so lost. I felt abandoned by my friends. This book told me it was okay to be me.” –Jessica Navarro via Facebook

“I’ve read this book and have given away my copy to friends so many times that I’ve spent more on this one book than some college textbooks.” – elijahhale


8. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur


“Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur got me through a pretty sad breakup a few years ago. I sent it to my sister recently to help her through hers!” –Meredith Mann via Facebook

9. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking


“No matter how down I feel or how deep I am into my depression, reading about this woman and how much love she had and still has in her heart after her marriage ended and all that she sacrificed, it’s just truly amazing. It always puts things into perspective in a beautiful way.” – allied49e5b98a6

10. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini


“It was one of the first books I read that not only addressed but took steps to de-stigmatize mental illness and all of the many nuances that go along with it. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who is struggling with mental illness, or who wants to know that it truly DOES get better, or who just wants to feel understood.” – alainap47dc343c0

“It taught me that it would be okay to admit that something was wrong, and there was no shame in getting help. A friend recommended it to me when she realized I wasn’t okay, and then used it as an icebreaker to ask me to seek help.” – notadisneyprincess

11. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes


“She inspired me to do my own Year of Yes and to step outside my comfort zone and do things I’d normally say no to. This book inspired me to live before I die. Don’t miss this one. It’ll no shit change your life.” – mandid

The way she talks about overcoming insecurity and blossoming into the person she is today by saying yes to things really resonated with me. It changed the way I think for the better! I recommend it to anyone who’s feeling stuck or unsure of themselves and wanting to fix that.” – meghana405d383b4

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