Books About Hope: Reader Favorites

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Ever had one of those gloomy days when you wish you could just pull out a happiness elixir from your pocket, give it a good shake, and instantly feel better? Sadly, such a magic potion hasn’t been discovered yet. However, there’s something almost as good – books. They’re our go-to for comfort, joy, and, most crucially, a dash of hope.

Books are beacons of hope for several reasons, with one of the main ones being their power to remind us that we’re not navigating this journey alone. Through their pages, books expose the issues we often keep hidden. It offers a glimpse of understanding and solidarity. They affirm that we can find a way out of the darkness and join a broader community—physical or digital.

This connection stems from many authors having walked the same path. Even our Alpha Book Writers sometimes go through that. So, to truly help you out of the gloomy day and give a sprinkle of joy we have curated this special guide for you. Here are some of the most amazing books to reignite your belief in brighter days ahead!

1. You Can’t Drive Your Car to Your Funeral by Ann Marie Hancock

This profoundly touching book is a narrative filled with wisdom about living life fully and facing death with dignity. 

Ann Marie Hancock explores the final three years of her mother’s life. It offers readers an intimate look at their relationship the struggles with illness. It also gives the readers a look into the conversations that helped them navigate the complexities of life and death. 

Hancock’s storytelling is not just about loss; it’s a testament to the power of love, faith, and hope in the face of an inevitable goodbye. It teaches that life can be rich with meaning and beauty, even in our final moments.

2. Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer’s “Hope Was Here” is a young adult novel that encapsulates the essence of hope in the story of a young waitress named Hope. As she moves to a new town and starts working at a diner, she finds herself entangled in local politics and the fight against corruption. 

Bauer crafts a narrative that is as much about standing up for what is right as the small, everyday acts of courage that can make a big difference.

It’s a story that inspires readers to believe in the possibility of change and the strength of community.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” is a profound exploration of racial injustice in the American South seen through the eyes of a young girl, Scout Finch.

Despite the heavy themes of discrimination and loss of innocence, the novel is imbued with hope that shines through the integrity and moral strength of Scout’s father, Atticus Finch.

His fight for justice and his belief in the goodness of people serve as powerful reminders of the capacity of human beings to stand up against wrongs and make a difference. This enduring masterpiece teaches us about the importance of empathy and understanding and, above all, hope in the face of adversity.

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

“A Little Princess” tells the story of Sara Crewe, a young girl who goes from riches to rags but never loses her dignity or unwavering spirit. 

Frances Hodgson Burnett talks about resilience, imagination, and hope that transcends Sara’s grim circumstances. Through her belief in kindness, Sara exemplifies how maintaining hope can lead to miraculous turnarounds. 

This timeless classic is a testament to the idea that no matter how bleak the situation may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

5. It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson

This collection of thoughts, anecdotes, and insights from Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, is a wonderful reminder of the importance of creativity, individuality, and positivity. 

Through his characters and personal reflections, Henson shares a philosophy of life that embraces the power of dreaming big and the significance of hope.

“It’s Not Easy Being Green” celebrates Henson’s legacy and invites readers to see the world with wonder and optimism. It encourages embracing our differences and finding joy in the simple things.

6. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

“The Alchemist” is about a boy named Santiago who journeys to find treasure. Santiago’s journey teaches him that hope is strong and never dies. 

Even when things are hard, Santiago keeps believing in his dream. The book shows us that sometimes, the best treasures are not things but the lessons we learn and our experiences. This book teaches us to never give up on our dreams.

7. Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to Joy by Naketa Ren Thigpen

“Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to Joy” by Naketa Ren Thigpen is a book that tells women it’s okay to take care of themselves.

Thigpen is well aware of the many roles women juggle daily and the toll it can take on their joy and fulfilment. Her book provides the “permission” for women to step back, take a breather, and reassess their priorities.

Thigpen emphasizes the importance of self-care and setting healthy boundaries to create a life that brings joy. She hopes to inspire women to make time for themselves, understand their worth, and say no without guilt. The book is full of hope, inspiring women to balance dreams and duties.

Conclusion

Books about hope cheer us up and give us smiles. They tell us hard times happen to everyone, but we can get through.

They share stories like a brave girl or a kind waitress making things better. These stories push us to hold onto hope.

They make us feel like we have friends, teach us, and show us that hope can change the world. We keep loving these books because they stick with us long. If you feel like losing hope, pick one of the above books. After reading any of the books above, we hope you have a good time and can stand firm when facing adversity. 

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