10 Books to Read in Rough Times

Hi guys! It’s been a few days since I posted, because life just got busy. The last couple of days have been really good for me, for the most part, and I hope you can say the same. 😉

Life is stressful. Sometimes it hits you harder than others. We all know this. I know some people like to binge videos on YouTube or TV shows, but I prefer reading. I think most of you can agree. So today, I’m going to recommend some books I think are good for those times.

I won’t be mentioning any Sarah J. Maas or Cassandra Clare books, or Harry Potter, because they’re popular and frequently mentioned in my posts. Also, please excuse my bad summarizing skills. 😉


If you have a lot going on, you might want a lighthearted, fluffy read. They aren’t profound pieces of literature, and they might be a bit cliché, but they’ll make you smile. 🙂

  1. Anna and the French Kiss – a girl and a guy fall in love at an American school in Paris. It includes iconic sightseeing locations, delicious French food, and my favorite male character in any YA contemporary I’ve read so far. I think this is the perfect fluff book, especially if you love France like I do. And if you like this, there are two companion books.
  2. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – a high school boy that isn’t out as gay tries to figure out who his mysterious online pen pal is. Simon loves Harry Potter and Oreos, so if you do too (and I think everyone does, let’s be real) you should read this. The two guys are so cute together, and the HP references are just awesome.
  3. P.S. I Like You – a girl writes lyrics from one of her favorite songs on her desk in chemistry and comes back the next day to see someone has continued the song. They start writing letters and she tries to figure out who it is. There’s also a great family dynamic, and the main character enjoys writing songs. It’s fun to try to guess who she’s writing to, and just fall into typical high school drama. I’ve heard all of Kasie West’s books are good fluff books, but I’m recommending this one because it’s the only one I’ve read.
  4. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – a girl writes love letters to all the boys she’s had a crush on but doesn’t send them, and then has to deal with the complications when they all get sent out mysteriously. This book also has a great family, and they’re Korean, so you learn about the culture throughout the story. As you read you’ll probably be craving sweet things, because Lara Jean (the main character) loves to bake.
  5. Since You’ve Been Gone – a shy girl has a bold best friend that suddenly disappears and leaves only a list behind. The list has a bunch of crazy things on it that the friend would do but the main character wouldn’t, and so in hopes of finding Sloane, Emily tries to cross off all the tasks. From what I understand, most of Morgan Matson’s books are fun to read, but again this is the only one I’ve read.


On the other side of things, you might prefer a book you can lose yourself in. In this case, fantasy is the best choice, because they’re full of action and will keep you on your toes. 🙂

  1. Falling Kingdoms – referred to as the YA Game of Thrones, and full of twists, betrayals, and characters you’ll either love with all your heart or despise with every fiber of your being. I’ve read all five of the six books out so far, and they don’t mess around. If you want your heart crushed and months to spend wandering aimlessly as you wait for the final book, I definitely recommend this.
  2. Six of Crows – six criminals or outcasts of some degree band together to attempt the craziest heist ever. It’s thoroughly entertaining and soul-crushing, and the sequel is already out so you can binge the duology. Then after you finish and don’t know what to do with your life, you can stare at the pretty stained pages the hardcovers have.
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic – four parallel versions of London, dark magic, a main character that smuggles things between worlds, and a cross-dressing pirate that will rob you blind. It’s a really entertaining read, and also features slightly terrifying characters. It’s the perfect book to read around now, because the final book in the trilogy comes out in nine days.
  4. The Winner’s Curse – betrayal, strategy, music, and the love story of a general’s daughter and a slave with more to him than meets the eye. This series has slower pacing, but still full of twists and feelings. I’ve read the whole trilogy, and while the first book is definitely my favorite, all three were entertaining.
  5. Truthwitch – various kinds of witches, antiheroes, adventure, and budding romance are all included in this story, but ultimately it’s about the deep friendship between two girls. It’s a really fun read, and everything about it is rich and creative. Only two of four books are out and I’ve yet to read #2, but the first is great.
Have you read any of these books? Are any on your TBR? What books do you think are good to read during rough times? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂

I’m off to write my Affinity Magazine article for the week and continue reading A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. 😀 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…


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