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Any good books for a restart?

Asked by Christian95 (3258points) February 4th, 2010

Right now I’m trying to go over the biggest failure in my life.And I want to read a book for this(not a self-help book ,a novel)

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chucklmiller's avatar

Do you simply mean an upbeat, “feel-good” novel?

stump's avatar

What genre do you like?

chucklmiller's avatar

Gosh there are so many…

If you’ve never read anything by Patrick F. McManus, you should. His books always put a smile on my face.

janbb's avatar

First a movie – I recommend Crazy Heart; a lovely movie about loss and redemption.

For a current novel, try The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It’s about race relations in the south in the 1960s. Another great novel about finding one’s way is The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It’s not a novel, but I find “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” to be very upbeat and inspiring. John Varley’s Gaiea Trilogy is fun if you’re into sci-fi. Also Larry Nivens’s Beowulf Schaeffer novels. Helen and Scott Nearing’s “Good Life” books are inspirational in a self-sufficiency sense.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Anything by Mark Twain because I said so:)

BoBo1946's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille yes, any of his books would be good!

It is not in the least likely that any life has ever been lived which was not a failure in the secret judgment of the person who lived it.
– Mark Twain’s Notebook

CMaz's avatar

“Sh-Boom! The Explosion of Rock ‘n’ Roll (1953–1968)”

erichw1504's avatar

@ChazMaz You like that book, don’t you?

Jeruba's avatar

Good for you for reaching out for help in this crisis. Fiction can be a great solace. I look for more truth in fiction than in nonfiction.

How old are you, @Christian95? You put “teens” in your tags. If you have not read the entire Harry Potter series, this might be exactly the right time to do it. It is not great literature, not by any means, but it has something to offer that might be just the thing for you right now.

Also take a few minutes to listen to J.K. Rowling’s wonderful address to Harvard commencement (June 2008) on “The Fringe Benefits of Failure.” It’s worth more than one hearing. I’d recommend it to anyone.

Snarp's avatar

The Last Lecture. I haven’t read it, but I’ve seen video of the actual Last Lecture. I don’t know if it’s too self-helpy, but the lecture itself wasn’t really self-helpy, but it was inspiring.

CMaz's avatar

Call it self promotion. lol
Pushing a friends book. (a really good book)

And, I am in it. lol

erichw1504's avatar

@ChazMaz Wow, that is cool!

life_after_2012's avatar

Dare Devil – Gaurdian Devil

evandad's avatar

Captain Underpants

b's avatar

The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho.

HGl3ee's avatar

@evandad : Captain Underpants is absolutely amazing for a great pick-me-up!!

HGl3ee's avatar

@b : That is an incredible book! Great suggestion :)

CMaz's avatar

Restart? Or retart?

I thought it was funny.

Holden_Caulfield's avatar

“To Kill A Mockingbird“by Harper Lee.. Was the first book I read that made me WANT to read more… There aremany life lessons in it, most importantly… don’t become Boo Radley… amisunderstood individual.

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