I’m sure I’m not nearly the only reader who has books they associate with specific emotions. For me, the chances of re-reading a book are much higher if they are ones that I do this with. I’m also emotionally locked down to the point that I sometimes need triggers to help me express a particular emotion. So these are the books that I re-read for a reason, the ‘books that make you feel’ for me.
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Re-reading for a Reason – Books That Make You Feel
If I need a reason to laugh: The Martian by Andy Weir
Specifically, this book makes me laugh like a loon. Yes, he goes through hades, but it’s his reactions and wit are so perfect that I can’t help but think of laughter when I think of The Martian.
If I need a reason to cry: The Last Day of Captain Lincoln by Exo Books
Okay, so it’s not outright sobbing, but this book totally gets me misty-eyed and ready to bawl. Not bad, considering the main character of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln is an old man. Exo Books did a fantastic job in making the reader feel all sorts of feely-things when it comes to reading about the last day of a man who is celebrating his life even as he’s saying goodbye.
If I need a reason to feel scared: Sorrow’s Point by Danielle DeVor
Possession horror is an instant dose of “Okay, I’m sleeping with the lights on” for me. So Danielle DeVor’s Sorrow’s Point is one I turn to when I need to feel that adrenaline rush.
If I need comfort: Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara Joy
This book just instantly puts me in a warm, safe, happy place. Just thinking about it brings a smile to my eyes. It’s funny, has great characters, and is absolutely ridiculous at points. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, and it’s definitely a bodice-ripper that will see you publicly mocked if anyone catching you reading it. It’s a chocolate chip ice cream with chocolate covered peanuts, mixed through with swirls of chocolate fudge on the first day of your menstrual cycle read.