Feel Good Reads for Stepping Out of a Funk – *Books with Positive Vibes*

Because if books can’t help, what can? I was looking for lists of books that can really help get you out of a funk and couldn’t find one that quite fit what I was looking for, so naturally decided to write my own. I have tried to look for books in a range of genres and moods- but all of them should be equally life-affirming! Enjoy!

Obviously, Man’s Search for Meaning goes without saying (reread it recently, still brilliant). But if you’re looking for MORE MEANING- then why not try Frankl’s recently translated series of lectures on the subject? Life-affirming and uniquely insightful, I feel like this is the perfect place to turn if you’re searching for wisdom.

Eat Pray Love– I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s non fic- it’s honest, hearty and very inspirational. This globe-trotting memoir is so much more than a simple journey- it’s about rediscovering hope and finding your way into healing.

Furiously Happy– if you need an out-of-the-box non fic about mental health, then this could make you furiously happy! I laughed so much at this book and found it so unusual.

A Man Called Ove– the way I’d describe this book is as an adult version of Up, in book form! This deals with dark subjects, in a moving and ultimately uplifting way. Focusing on friendship and the power of human kindness, this book shines a light on all that is good in the world.

The Flatshare– what I love about this quirky romance is that it doesn’t just focus on finding new love- it’s also fundamentally about overcoming past hurts and heartbreak.

Bookish and the Beast– this fairy tale has always had elements of second chances- and that’s really evident in this retelling. Coupled with an exploration of opening your heart to new possibilities and coming to terms with what has passed, this is my favourite in the Once Upon a Con series so far.

Afterlife of Holly Chase– okay, I swore to myself that I wouldn’t mention this book again until next Christmas rolls around, but I can’t help it! I love this retelling of A Christmas Carol! It perfectly captures the spirit of the original, whilst also giving it new life. Just do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy ready for the next holiday season!! If you don’t, I’ll haunt you!

Clap When You Land– in this moving contemporary YA, Acevedo shows us how hardship can bring us crashing down to earth, and yet also uplift us.

Bright Side– this one may be more of a kicker, so make sure you have tissues handy. It’s a beautiful romance about seeing the bright side in hard situations. Give it ago (when you are emotionally ready to have your heart ripped out).

Words in Deep Blue– I adore the way this book delves into grief- with such heart and deep thoughts. One of the most cathartic books I’ve ever read, it shows that there really is a road to recovery if you seek it.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society– layered with moving stories, this unforgettable epistolary novel is about people rebuilding their lives after they’ve been shattered by WW2. It demonstrates that there is life and love to be found after disaster.

And that’s all for now! Do you agree with any of the books on this list? And do you have any uplifting recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

33 thoughts on “Feel Good Reads for Stepping Out of a Funk – *Books with Positive Vibes*

  1. I love Eat, Pray, Love, Words in Deep Blue and the Guernsey book ❤ great choices based on those alone, because they definitely made me feel a bunch of stuff. I read the first one while I was in France for work, and I just wanted to travel more and more and find myself haha

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  2. A Man Called Ove is one of my favourites, guaranteed to make me smile. I did enjoymost of Eat Pray Love but she started to annoy me near the end.

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  3. Unfortunately you chose two books that I strongly disliked – Eat, Pray, Love and Guernsey Pie Society!. Can I recommend as a far more enjoyable, thoughtful read than Eat, Pray, Love, a memoir called Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach. She takes a year off from her job as a journalist to discover if she can live independently in o live in five cities – Paris, Venice, Milan, London and Oxford.

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    1. Oh that’s a pity! Eat Pray Love I can understand… but I really really adore Guernsey 😂 But you absolutely can- I’m definitely up for reading Without Reservations- I love a good memoir 😀 And that sound really cool! I like the sound of it so much, I just bought a copy on kindle 😀

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      1. Wonderful. I hope the kindle edition has the postcards included. She bought them as she travelled and sent them to herself so when she arrived back home she’d have the pleasure of remembering her trip

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  4. Aww, I love this list! Sometimes a great book can really take us away from everything dark — for me, there’s nothing like a happy book to change my mood. I love so many of these books! The Flatshare is so sweet, and I love the Once Upon a Con books too. Ove and Guernsey are favorites as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Lovely list! Totally agree with Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and Furiously Happy, those books have such a great vibe. A Man Called Ove has been on my radar for years now but I never got around to reading it. Sounds so good, though!

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  6. I love this post!! Definitely agree with Guernsey; I thoroughly enjoyed reading that a couple of springs ago, and it def fits the list. I’ve heard such good things about A Man Called Ove, so this is a good reminder to keep that on my radar going forward x

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  7. What a coincidence! I just read Eat, Pray, Love and absolutely loved it! 😀 And definitely will see if I can get my hands on a copy of Furiously Happy!! Could do with a bit of cheering up. 😂💕

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