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Sometimes all you need is a good, heartwarming book. Perhaps you want one that will make you smile, or one to make you think, or one to make you sad. Either way, I have a list of books that will warm your soul one way or another.
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
I first found this book when I was staying at a hotel in Borneo at one of those book swaps – where you give a book and take a book. An adventure from South Africa all the way to Sweden, this book will have you hooked.
The story follows the main character, Nombeko, who seems to have the fate of the King of Sweden and the rest of the world on her shoulders as she tries to run away from the secret service.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This would have to be one of my favourite books. It is heartwarming from start to finish. Many of you will know the film, if not, I recommend watching that as well because it is such a good adaptation of this heartwarming story!
Lou Clarke as she finds herself in a new job, one she wasn’t expecting. Will Traynor finds himself without the will to live after a motorcycle accident. The story follows how love can be a powerful force, but will it powerful enough to save both of them?
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
This story is an absolute classic! I fell in love with it when it was adapted into a film, and then again when I read the book. It is worth the read, and the 1994 film is amazing as well!
It’s about the adventures of a beautiful black horse, Black Beauty, in Victorian England and is told through the eyes of the horse protagonist. He starts out on a farm where he is loved, and then finds his way through various cruel owners before finding peace again.
The Secret Life of Bees by Sure Monk Kidd
I was first given this book to read by my mum, and I absolutely fell in love with this beautiful book.
Based in South Carolina in the 1960s, this story follows Lily, who grew up with a harsh father, and only a ‘stand in’ mother figure, Rosaleen, after her own mother was murdered. When racial tensions grow in South Carolina, Rosaleen is arrested. When Lily breaks Rosaleen out of jail, Lily takes them on a journey to the place that holds the secrets to her mothers past.
Blueback by Tim Winton
I first read this when I was 12, and I still love it now. It is a smaller book, the size of a novella, but it is still an amazing read and incredibly heartwarming.
Abel Jackson lives by the sea in Australia with his mum. They live a simple life, co-existing with the sea that is on their doorstep. Abel’s love of the sea grows when he meets a fish, Blueback, but as life progresses, the greed of humans finds the patch of sea Abel calls home. With the power of love for his home, and for the sea, Abel finds a way to protect the ocean, and his friend Blueback.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This is one of those books that every teen needs to read. And if you’re not a teen, then I think you need to read it as well. Like some of the other books above, I read this book after watching the film – which is also amazing.
The story follows Charlie, a freshman at a new school. His old friends from middle school no longer talk to him. The only person he knows is his big sister, and her boyfriend. Being shy and intelligent beyond his years, he becomes a wallflower. Before long he meets Patrick and Sam, and they bring him into the world of alcohol, drugs, mixtapes, and the Rocky Horror Picture show. As he navigates new friendships and family dramas, Charlie must come back from life’s edge, and experience life as it should be.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I absolutely loved this story! Packed filled with love, laughter, and heart warming moments, this book will have you hooked! It also has a pretty good film adaptation 😉
Also based in the U.S.A during the sixties, this story follows three women. Minny, a black maid who is an amazing cook with a sassy tongue, Aibileen, also a black maid who is now raising her seventeenth white child, and Miss Skeeter, a white girl home from college who wants to know why her maid disappeared but she also wants to hear the stories of the black maids, and what it’s like to work in white households.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Unlike the stories I’ve listed above, this book is not fiction. The heartwarming vibes you’ll get from reading this book are from real stories!
Eat, Pray, Love follows Elizabeth Gilberts travels through Italy, India, and Singapore, where she eats, prays, and finds love, respectively. After a bitter divorce, she finds herself in her 30s and wants more in life. This epic journey will definitely give you the travel bug, but will also fill your heart with warmth.
I hope you liked this reading list! If you choose to read at least one of these books or if you’ve read one of them, let me know what you think! If you have any other suggestions, post them below.