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 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 Adore 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, #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 (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!

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


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: 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 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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  2. 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!!! 🥺🥺 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 💖

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  3. 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! 💖

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  4. 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. <3 <3
    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. <3

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    1. i love YOU so much 🥺😭 and i am feeling better!! i don’t know if it’s just the moment right now but i’m feeling happy 🥰

      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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  5. Omg I read I Love Yoo almost three years ago and I still remember how much fun it was to read! I’m currently reading Heartstopper and it’s such a joy.

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  6. 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!!! <3 <3 <3

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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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