BOOKS TO READ THAT WILL INSPIRE ME/ MAKE ME FEEL OKAY ABOUT LIFE

Off the top of my head! Here goes! (I opened suggestions so people can contribute!)
  1. First I shall direct you to this list:
    LITERATURE I FIND MYSELF RECOMMENDING OFTEN LITERATURE I FIND MYSELF RECOMMENDING OFTEN I'd say they're all good for you right now except Franny & Zooey and Bright Lights, Big City. Those will be sad to you right now I think.
  2. Not That Kind of Girl by @lenadunham
    It was striking to me how someone so different than I could feel so many feelings I've felt before. She never apologizes all throughout, so it's like you're at a sleepover with a really eloquent friend. Life-affirming to know this comes from someone who found success while being very genuine.
  3. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by @mindy
    Rich, hilarious stories of a cool lady's journey in finding her place in an insane industry. I still think about this book all the time. Supremely reassuring that lovely people are out there who find success on their own terms (there's a theme here!).
  4. Love Does by Bob Goff
    Full disclosure: I never actually finished this book. But the bit I read made me feel as good and inspired as if Bob had given me life coaching himself. It's really, at its core, an encouragement to talk less and do more.
  5. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
    Strange and startling at times but contains gems like, "I made orange juice from concentrate and showed her the trick of squeezing the juice of one real orange into it. It removes the taste of being frozen. She marveled at this, and I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again." Felt like I was floating on a little cloud when I turned the last page.
  6. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Makes me feel energized, important, and ambitious about everything in life. This book is a gift. The accompanying podcast "Magic Lessons" is also amazing. I wish Liz Gilbert would join this app. @CherylStrayed can you ask?!
    Suggested by   @sarahgorman
  7. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
    Shows Amy's ups and downs to get to where she is now: through being broke and struggling to find jobs, to her divorce, to finally getting the big break that she needed. I wasn't a huge fan of her before I read this book but she inspired me and I highly recommend it.
    Suggested by   @elruff
  8. How to avoid getting killed in a war zone - Rosie Garthwaite
    Spooky name and intense subject matter, but it's so encouraging / inspiring / empowering / I feel like I could parachute into Baghdad after reading this / written by a kickass female journalist.
    Suggested by   @rebeccaroanoke