Finding yourself in a funk now that summer is over? Here’s a list of some of the best uplifting books—old and new, fiction and nonfiction—that will get you smiling, crying, and “doing” your way into a refreshed, happier mindset.
Our 20 Best Uplifting Books to Read Now
1. Difficult Loves by Italo Calvino
Difficult Loves is a collection of short stories by an Italian master of prose. Through stories of love and solitude, simply and beautifully written, you’ll be seemingly transported to some alternate reality where you spent your childhood in a beachside Mediterranean village. If fiction is your thing, this is one of the best uplifting books on the list, and will inspire you to find the fairy tales that are happening around you all the time.
2. On the Move by Oliver Sacks
While all of his books are filled with a childlike sense of curiosity and joy about humans (and their brains), the beloved and late Dr. Sacks penned a memoir that lets the reader indulge in the storied details of his eccentric, inspirational life.
3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
You may remember hearing about Yousafzai’s remarkable story of survival, after having been shot by the Taliban for her political and humanitarian activism. This memoir embodies her indomitable spirit and should serve as inspiration for all generations, all around the world.
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