Books About Renewal

Super quick post today- I just wanted to give some recommendations 🙂 As we come to the end of spring and move into summer, I thought I’d share a handful of books all about change and starting fresh- enjoy!

Where the Crawdads Sing– a beautiful story about a girl forced to keep picking herself up, brushing herself off and starting over- no matter what life throws at her. This deep character study is one of the best things I’ve read so far this year. It’s an exquisite exploration of overcoming loneliness and hardship. 

Happiest Man on Earth– in a similar vein, this true story is about going through hell and coming out the other side. No matter what the author suffered, he did not let it break him. It is one of the most inspirational and powerful autobiographies I’ve ever read.

Eat Pray Love– another memoir, this an account of rediscovery. It’s a quick read that everyone can find helpful- whether you find solace in eating, praying or loving. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine– this is a story of a woman who sets out to find love, yet instead discovers the importance of friendship and rediscovers herself. I loved Eleanor’s journey from beginning to end.

The Flatshare– I needed this book in my life. It is quite simply a lovely read, all about having to find an unconventional living arrangement… only to get way more out of it than anyone bargained for! It shows that life has a way of working out- even when things don’t go to plan 🙂

Beach Read– I love how this story uses writing as a powerful mode to deal with grief and cope with uncomfortable truths. It’s certainly a clever way to explore real character growth.

Words in Deep Blue– I will never miss an opportunity to recommend this heartfelt book. It’s a story of love and loss and finding happiness again. This gorgeous account of grief is a perfect antidote to going through a tough time, because it shows that, no matter what, we can come out the other side.

Anne of Green Gable– most people know the story of Anne, so it hardly needs an introduction. Yet, whether you’re late to the party like I was or just need a nostalgic boost, this uplifting story is perfect if you need a restorative narrative.

The Secret Garden– of course, I’d be remiss not to mention the *ultimate* story of revival. This book shows that things can always begin again.

Secret Countess– and finally, I thought I’d end with a fairy-tale-esque story of renewal. From luxury in pre-Revolutionary Russia to impoverishment, the heroine of this beautiful book must find a way to rise again. And that she does in a truly resplendent and graceful fashion.

And that’s all for now! Did you enjoy the books on this list? Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Books About Renewal

  1. The two of us are forever in the Words In Deep Blue fan club haha but I really am happy to see it on this list. I also really enjoyed Eat Pray Love. I understand why some people don’t like it, but it came to me at the right time and was a book I needed.
    Everyone I know who has read Where the Crawdads Sing has loved it, so I’m super eager to pick it up later this year.

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  2. I *love* Anne of Green Gables and The Secret Garden! Secret Garden may well be one of my all-time favourite books ever, and is always such a delight to go back to! Even funnier now I’m older and get to see more children of that age from an adult’s perspective!

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  3. I want to read Where the Crawdads Sing because everyone loves it. Then I read the synopsis and it sounds so weird hahaha But I’ll probably give it a chance someday! I love that your list spans various genres. Thank you for all the recs 🙂

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  4. I love this post, I’m always looking for a certain type of book and I think you’ve just made me realise its these. I’ve read a few of these. I’d have to recommend The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, I’m not sure if it’s about renewal but it’s about a couple walking the South West Coast path (I hope I got that right) after losing their home and finding out that Moth has an illness. It’s beautiful. I’ll have to save your list.

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