7 or So Books to Read if You’re Feeling Sad (Like Me)

hi everyone!!

today’s post is going to be a little different from the norm (as you can probably tell already with my lack of capitalization).

i’ve been, uh, missing from the blogging world for a few weeks now. it wasn’t my intention, as it never is, but it keeps happening over and over again. i’m not going to waste my breath apologizing because i have an overwhelming fear of being annoying and i feel like i’ve said sorry enough times to irritate everyone, but know that the words “i’m sorry” are brewing on my mind. this month, and especially this week, has been bad for me mentally, and it’s been hard to do even the simplest of tasks.

but as i’m writing this, i just spent a good part of my day watching booktube videos (and criminal minds…), and i felt inspired to create content. and one of my very kind friends ilsa said she loved my book recommendations, so here we are with a book rec post! because i love writing them and i love knowing others enjoy them too! and it’s specifically for the sad people who need a book to make them feel okay for a little while, just like i do.

love you all a lot. thanks for sticking with me <33

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if you want a funny romance that’ll make you smile…

FOOLISH HEARTS or
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

Foolish Heartsthese were honestly the first two books i thought of when i first got the idea to write this post. i remember that foolish hearts just made me really really happy, even though it went against all of my principles (which are: het romances = bleh). i remember that i read red, white & royal blue when i was feeling sad, and it cheered me up in the exact way i needed. both of them just… really make you smile, for the entire book.

Red, White & Royal Bluei sadly am a slut for romance in books (and i say sadly because ew…. feelings……), though i don’t usually turn to the romance genre where romance is the main plot, and these both had really cute romances! and compelling characters! and most of all, lots of humor! so these are 100% fantastic for whenever you need a pick-me-up that’ll make you laugh, especially when you’re feeling sad.

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if you want a book to relate to and just cry over…

DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

Darius the Great Is Not Okay (Darius The Great, #1)i know it sounds kind of counter-productive to read a book about sadness when you’re sad, but i did it and the messages in it were all the more profound and meaningful to me. a very big theme in this book is that it’s okay not to be okay, and there’s one particular scene that’ll make you cry because of how you’re reminded of that.

of course, content warning for depression. sometimes when you’re in a bad mindset, you just can’t read books about depression, and that’s okay. but if you can and you think it’ll be cathartic like it was for me, i definitely recommend it.

(there’s also nice try, jane sinner, but i don’t remember much about it besides the fact that it was a book about a sarcastic girl with depression. so it could be a good choice for this as well, but i don’t want to recommend anything for this list involving depression without the proper content warnings!)

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if you want a fantasy that completely immerses you…

JADE CITY or IN OTHER LANDS*

Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)look! i’m magical and managed to fit in one of my recent reads. (i was going to recommend the poppy war, another excellent adult asian fantasy like jade city, but it has some dark content so… perhaps not the best for this particular list.)

In Other Landssometimes when you’re sad, you just need something to distract yourself from whatever you’re going through. (at least that’s the case for me.) and immersive fantasies are amazing for just that! i got obsessed with both of these books very easily: their characters and worlds, as well as just storylines, are so intriguing and engaging. both of them will pull you in right away.

jade city was a bit harder for me to become fully engaged in, most likely because it’s adult and i personally struggle a bit with the writing in adult books, but other than that it’s absolutely a book you can’t stop reading. and a bonus for in other lands is that it features the wittiest and most hilarious protagonist!

*not to toot my own horn but my “review” of this is very funny. yes it has a spoiler tag but it’s not a Detailed spoiler. please read it it’s about boners.

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if you want a magical book that makes you feel like your soul left your body…

THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS or
THE STARS AND THE BLACKNESS BETWEEN THEM

The Weight of the Starsboth of these books are an Experience. both of them leave you feeling so confused about what just happened with what you just read because whatever happened couldn’t have been real. but they also kind of leave you with a sense of… hope. for the characters and for the world. and i think that’s a beautiful thing to read when you’re feeling sad.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Themyes, they will make you cry. both of them did for me. (or they at least made me tear up, i don’t remember anymore, i’m old.) but it’s a cry in the this-is-so-beautiful-and-hopeful way, and sometimes i need to cry like that when i’m sad, because it reminds me of better things.

please note that the stars and the blackness between them deals with cancer!

**bonus! both of these have the word “stars” in them which automatically makes them the best. and both are by black authors (as well as featuring a f/f relationship) and are fantastic choices for black history month! :))

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if you want (what feels like) a quick read to binge and fall in love with…

HEARTSTOPPER or I LOVE YOO

Heartstopper: Volume One (Heartstopper, #1)like i said, sometimes if you’re sad you just want something to distract yourself. (it’s why i CAN’T STOP WATCHING CRIMINAL MINDS.) and some of the books i’ve mentioned already are very bingeable and enjoyable, but here are my favorite things ever: webcomics!!!

i think there are quite a few that i can recommend for this, because webcomics are very easy to binge and love right away. but i’m recommending these two specifically for different reasons:

I Love Yooheartstopper was a webcomic that i read when i was feeling down, and it was just super cute to me and made me smile when i needed it. and i love yoo is not the best quality, but god is it addicting (and therefore distracting). it’s like 100+ episodes long and you’ll want to read all of them as soon as possible.

(and [mumbles] you know… castle swimmer is also very cute… and lore olympus is also very addicting…)


shall we chat

what are your go-to types of books if you’re feeling sad? have you read any of these? are there any books you can recommend? i’d love to read some funny books right now!!

p.s. not only was it fun for me to write this post, but it was actually very healing. it felt liberating to write about my recent sadness in a way that didn’t feel like too vulnerable for me, but in a way that i know best: through books. i know it’s not a lot of books, but i hope this post helps the people who need it most <33

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76 thoughts on “7 or So Books to Read if You’re Feeling Sad (Like Me)

  1. I honestly love posts like thoses! Thank you for the recs xx
    When We Collided was one that just.. made me burst of love, and joy, and just.. freedom! Books like thoses truly are precious, and I fall in the same hole of reading a sad book while sad πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

    May you feel better soon, love ❀️ Take your time, and do or watch all that you love ! Xx

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    1. i’m glad you liked the post! it makes me so happy to hear that πŸ₯° and ah i have a vague memory of reading when we collided! it definitely was a book i enjoyed reading as well. thank you so much for your kind words and i hope you have an amazing day πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  2. The Weight of the Stars, Jade City, In Other Lands and Red, White & Royal Blue are all books I’d really like to try. 😊 Never apologise for needing to take some time for yourself. Your mental health and wellbeing is important, and we’ll all still be here when you feel happier and ready to come back!

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  3. Darius the Great, In Other Lands and Red, White & Royal Blue are books I really want to read! Whenever I’m in my blue mood, I like to read books that I can relate this sad feelings to. They comfort me in a way. Aristotle and Dante is my go-to book when I’m sad. Thank you for this rec post. I hope you’re doing fine these days.

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    1. i hope you get the chance to read them all, i love them! it’s so weird to see that a lot of people seem to read sad books when they’re sad — i usually turn to happy books so it’s interesting to me haha! and yes i LOVE ari and dante! it’s the perfect sad-but-hopeful book to read (i’m saving it for whenever i need it most haha). i hope you’re having an amazing day! ❀

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  4. This is such a good post idea, but I hope you feel better soon πŸ’œ rwrb and heartstopper are definitely two of my go-to reads when im sad – honestly just any cute book helps, but especially rereading old favourites

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    1. thank you!! i hope i can conjure up so more books in the future when my brain isn’t so muddled lmao. and yes happy/cute + old favorite books are my go-to too! i’m trying my hardest not to reread rw&rb (trying to save it for november for the Turkey but idk if i can last that long…)

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  5. May! You never have to apologize for having to take some time off blogging, be it intentional or otherwise! I hope that you feel better soon! πŸ’•πŸ’•

    In Other Lands looks so good!! When I’m feeling sad I tend to either like reading sad books or go on the opposite side of the spectrum and read something funny and fluffy. I recently finished Jade City and I need to read the second one fast before I forget everything that happened in the first πŸ˜…

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    1. aahh chana!! thank you so much, your kindness means a lot to me πŸ˜­πŸ’•

      i feel like you would Adore in other lands, actually! and yes i’m the same way — usually i find my comfort books (old favorites) or some happy funny ones. and i read jade city last year but i definitely need to read the sequel in the next few months before my memory of the first one fades!

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  6. I hope you feel better soon! *hugs* 😊

    And these book recs are awesome!! I totally agree about Foolish Hearts, it’s one of my favorite books, and I really want to read the rest of these books now… lovely post πŸ’•

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  7. Sending you all the love May! I haven’t read any of these, but I’m dying to fix that! When I’m sad, I mainly watch Netflix because I don’t have much brainpower to do much else, and maybe pick up a smutty romance book, cause they always manage to make me feel better no matter how trashy they are ❀

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  8. Look would 10000% agree with the Darius recommendation and also to add to this… reread something you love and haven’t read in a while?? RW&RB is also the PERFECT antidote and as someone who just reread it I have to say… it only gets funnier on rereads. πŸ™‚ hope you feel more like yourself again soon, and take as much time as you need – we aren’t going anywhere, and we all love and support you through whatever xxx

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    1. yes that’s also a rec of mine! i didn’t know how to put it in there since rereading a favorite is more personal and not an overall rec i could give haha. but yay i’m glad to hear that it gets funnier on rereads! i can’t wait to revisit the characters <33 but ah thank you so much, you're so kind!! πŸ’–

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  9. I hope you feel better soon! ❀ You're not annoying when you apologize, but at the same time; don't feel like you should apologize! πŸ™‚
    This post is great, and I'm glad is was healing to write as well. I always find writing healing, whether it's for a post or just for myself.And I'll always turn to funny romance stories to get my spirits up. πŸ™‚

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    1. thank you so much jas πŸ₯Ί it means a lot to me πŸ’•

      writing has been really healing! i’ve been wanting to get back into the regular flow of things, and whenever i do it feels so good. and same, i seem to consistently read funny cute romcoms whenever i’m feeling down!

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  10. I completely agree that RW&RB and Foolish Hearts are both so funny and make you smile books. Just the right amount of romance + comedy. And Darius the Great…perfection. I am deeply excited about the sequel.
    I don’t think I’ve yet read a webcomic but I want to try Heartstopper. it’s definitely on my bucket list!

    Also, winter is *almost done* and spring is really coming soon, so I hope the seasonal changes help. Also, do you get to see the Texas bluebonnets? because I miss them and they made me happy every spring.

    Love you, May!!

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    1. i think i’ll forever think of rw&rb and foolish hearts as the perfect romcoms! their humor is some of the best and i’ll never get over the characters and their romance. and i’m SO excited about darius’ sequel too!

      and i hope the seasonal changes help too — though i feel like i usually am not affected by weather/season haha. and yes i do! they haven’t started popping up yet but i know they’ll make an appearance soon πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  11. I’m so sorry you’re struggling at the moment May and I hope you feel better soon! Criminal minds is such a good watch and has been a go to for me when I’ve been struggling too (until I started having nightmares of being murdered πŸ™ƒ

    Heartstopper is such a good rec! i always feels so light and warm inside when reading it that series. Lore, Olympus is another good webcomic series that’s so so pretty but it does deal with heavy topics so its best to look up the trigger warnings before you go into it.

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    1. thank you so much πŸ˜­πŸ’– criminal minds has just been my latest obsession, but tv shows are always a good source of entertainment/distraction whenever i need it! (i agree so much — everything’s all good until i turn off the tv and have to walk around my house in the dark)

      same, i remember one time i was feeling Super sad a while ago and just stayed up rereading the entirety of heartstopper, and it made me feel so much better. and i love lore olympus!! i adore everything about it and i get so excited when it updates πŸ₯Ί

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      1. I’m also never scared while watching stuff. Horror movies never get to me until later ahahah.

        It’s such a good read for lifting your mood!
        Lore Olypmus is so good! Its torture waiting for each ep but I love that Im forced to savour each one ahha. I’m so looking forward to anymore work the artist puts out in the future because her art is so so pretty.

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  12. I’ll have to remember to come back to this book for when I need something new to read! I often read Danielle Steel when I am feeling very sad. Even though her story lines are often pretty cliche, it’s also nice knowing what I am getting into. She’s an author I have read for years and years and she never fails to cheer me up.

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  13. I’m sorry to hear that these past period has been hard for you, I hope you’re feeling better soon! β™₯οΈπŸ’— I love Lore Olympus, the characters, plot, and color palette are just amazing! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about Jade City and Darius the Great πŸ™‚

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  14. i hope you feel better soon angel. x
    ps: i just convinced my brother to buy me darius the great is not okay if i get 90’s in at least four of my midterm exams. wish me luck

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  15. hi!! i hope you’re doing better. and if you’re not, it’s okay not to be okay. healing takes time, and time heals wounds. you can message me anytime you want.
    also, RW&RB was sooooo good it pulled me out of my reading slump!! i loved it so much and the characters are ADORKABLE you just want to HUG them. i have the strongest urge to reread it.
    i’ve heard about DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY here and there and i might decide to buy it!
    and lastly, don’t apologize for not posting. it is YOUR blog not your followers’. TAKE THE TIME YOU NEED and i garantee you we won’t go anywhere.
    ❀️

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    1. thank you maha!!! πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί i’m feeling better now, but things usually get worse on my school breaks so we’ll have to see how it goes next week ://

      rw&rb is a lifesaver!! the humor is on a god tier no other book has replicated lmao. (and not to enable you but… if you decide you want to reread it, let me know and we can do it together…) also i hope you love darius if you get around to it!! it seems right up your alley imo

      and aahh MAHA!! don’t make me cry 😭😭 thank you so much πŸ’–

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  16. Okay, surprisingly, I’ve read some of the books in this post (this never happens to me), and I can say for sure that these are great recommendations! Darius definitely isn’t a happy book, but it’s a great one to read if you’re feeling sad and want to relate to something. I love its “It’s okay not to be okay” message. And yes!! Heartstopper! I finally read it last month, and it’s as cute as everyone says it is. You can also read it in literally 30 minutes—I’m convinced that it’s impossible not to read it in a day. And honestly it’s just.. cute. Whenever I think about it, I just think of the word cute.
    Also, I’m so exited to read The Weight of the Stars and Foolish Hearts! I’ve already read some of The Weight of Our Stars, and the writing is already so beautiful.
    I hope you feel better soon, May!

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    1. ah thank you so much!! and yeah, i definitely think that darius is a really great book to turn to if you just need to feel connected to something and let all your tears out. and yes!! so glad you finally read heartstopper and got to know all its cuteness — it truly is one of those stories that’ll make you smile from how adorable it is!

      and omg YES i’m so excited For you to read the weight of the stars and foolish hearts!! i feel like you’d really love both of them — tell me all your thoughts when you get around to them! πŸ’–

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  17. I love this post SO much. And, before anything, I hope you’re feeling a little better and I’m always just a message away, always remember that and ily tons. ❀ ❀
    I love your recommendations. I agree that sometimes when you're just…. well, for me when I'm in the full on depression mode, it feels good to get into contemporary fluffy kind of reads I know will cheer me up and make me smile and swoon and everything else. I need that.
    Darius was SO good though and it made me feel better about things and YES that particular scene made me sob, too. It's such a great book and I definitely recommend it to read when you're feeling in the right mindset for it, for sure.
    THE WEIGHT OF OUR STARS this book is on my wishlist and I hope to get it soon! This book just sounds SO good. ❀

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    1. i love YOU so much πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­ and i am feeling better!! i don’t know if it’s just the moment right now but i’m feeling happy πŸ₯°

      yes exactly! i had plans to reread ari and dante and the song of achilles this month, and those are both sad books, but i held off until i was feeling better because i knew i needed more happier fluffier books to make me smile and laugh. and aahh i love that you know exactly what scene i’m talking about in darius — it just felt so validating to hear that message explicitly stated 😭

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  18. funny books i can recommend…uhm the story of my life??
    also, the way I haven’t read any of these, uhm yeah…but most of them are on my tbr!! if I’m feeling sad I think i’d just read ari and dance…or bone gap strangely (its so comforting) I loved this post sm thank you for writing it!!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. wait are you saying the story of my life like…. the one by helen keller??

      it’s fine that’s why i recommended them 😎 yeah, i also like reading ari and dante when i’m sad! and also the song of achilles lmao, which is so strange because it’s not relatable like ari and dante is but i guess it gives me something else to be sad about. I LOVE U!!!!

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