Books as Hope-Givers

I have always been a lover of books, and today I come to you, dear ones, to solicit your advice. Could you please recommend your favorite load-lightening and hope giving books? I'll share some of mine with you to get things going (click on any of the images to get synopsis/reviews).

I'm particularly enjoying fairy tales lately, like this one:
I also really love books about people who love books, like these:

I love homey books, where people laugh and look after one another. Those are good in both the fictional and non-fictional varieties:


  1. ManifestA, Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards - it will make you happy to be a feminist and a girl :)

  2. Anonymous5:33 PM

    Jane Austin - -better to listen sometimes, but they may fit the homey and people taking care of each other category.

    I stumbled across your blog and am enjoying it. Chapter 289 about breaking up really hit home, as I will be there soon, should all go well. Thanks.

  3. I'd also like to recommend Inkheart, mostly because each chapter begins with a quote from another book, and Cornelia Funke clearly loves books.

    (I don't think posting a children's book really counteracts posting a feminist theory book, but there you go.)

  4. I'm a big fan of Maeve Bincy and Rosamunde Pilcher - both 'cozy, homey' kind of authors whose books are like down comforters to me.

  5. The Big Stone Gap (and subsequent books) by Adriana Trigliani! Light hearted and full of humor and humanity.


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins