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The New York Times Releases “Comforting Books” List

Being that we’ve been reading comforting classics, nonfiction, and new books, we’ve also compiled a list of comforting books to read to help relax you during quarantine and social distance. 

It is no surprise that many suffer from anxiety in times of stress and pressure. COVID-19 is a perfect hotbed for discomfort and panic, especially when the unknown is so prevalent in our everyday lives. To help quell these uncomfortable feelings, The New York Times book review section released a list of comforting books to read. 

Being that we’ve been reading comforting classics, nonfiction, and new books, we’ve also compiled a list of comforting books to read to help relax you during quarantine and social distance. 

1. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

From a floating bookstore in Paris, Perdu prescribed novels to individuals based on the hardships of their life and their differing needs. Despite his role as a community healer through books, he still suffers from a heartbreak of his own. Written about love, reading, and storytelling, George’s fiction piece is a perfect, light, comforting read. 

2. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed 

In times of stress and anxiety, Strayed’s book of personal essays that revolve around her advice column “Dear Sugar” is the perfect antidote. The book speaks to all readers, regardless of internal emotion and struggle, as Strayed manages to have a universal tone. 

3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

A story of a shepherd boy who wishes to travel in search of a worldly treasure—this novel takes you on a journey of discovery and growth with young protagonist Santiago, as he learns wisdom and the power of love.

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert 

A wonderfully written memoir, Gilbert writes about the adventure she went on when she made the decision to leave behind her American life and set out on a year-long trip to study three different cultures. Between her time in Italy, India, and Bali, Gilbert learns incredible life lessons and writes with lighthearted, heartfelt comedy. 

5. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín

This fiction novel follows young Irish girl Eilis in her immigration from Ireland to Brooklyn to work in a department store in the years after WWII. In America, Eilis finds love within an Italian boy named Tony and circumvents the challenges of existing so far from the place she calls home.

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