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We’ve reached that point in term again, filled with long nights, early mornings, and deadlines piling high. If you’re struggling with that Week 5 bluesy feeling, we’ve put together a list of feel-good books to provide you with some well-needed escapism.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

I know it’s a classic, and it gets featured in reading lists all the time, but this really is one of my all-time favourite, feel-good books. The familiarity of the story envelops you like a warm hug, and the sly humour and witty observations of Austen’s narrative are so genuinely funny – who knew it was possible to insult someone with such underhanded elegance?

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1903)

When I’m feeling low, I often turn to my favourite childhood reads to cheer me up, and this one holds a particularly special place in my heart. Anne’s appreciation for life simply overflows from the pages. If joy exists as a concrete object, this book is it.

“The familiarity of the story envelops you like a warm hug”

About a Boy by Nick Hornby (1998)

I always come back to this novel, which explores boyhood and adulthood in a charming and endearing way. You follow the superficial life of Will Freeman in the 90s (the surname is misleading) and how he evolves upon meeting a strange and lonely nine-year-old, Marcus. It’s super heartwarming, explores serious themes in a lighthearted and irresistible way, and is, primarily, uplifting.

Wise Children by Angela Carter (1991)

Carter’s final novel is playful and subversive, blending the theatrical with the surreal. Heavily inspired by Shaksepeare, as well as magical realism, this is a fun and intriguing read, which is sure to provide some well-needed escapism five weeks into term.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2005)


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Suitable for almost everyone, this novel has earned its fame over the years for its deep and intriguing storyline. Although it may not appear uplifting at first with its historical setting, its exploration of the importance of reading is a helpful reminder of the power books can have on our mood and approach to life.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

Despite being set against the backdrop of the German occupation of Guernsey, this historical novel is truly heartwarming. An ode to all things literary, it affirms the immeasurable healing power of good books and good friends – perfect for Week 5.