5 Books That Will Make You Feel All The Feels


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I've recently been reading books that have given me *all of the feelings*. They've made me think, cry, smile, yell "NOOOOO!" to myself in my living room and on the train. (Hello again to all the passengers on the 5:21 to Circular Quay!)

The beauty of a good book: you desperately want to find out the ending, but at the same time you don't want it to be over. You know the feeling? Well, you're about the have it (x5). 


1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


Warning: buy a box of kleenex and a block of chocolate before you begin. Finch and Violet’s teenage love story will have your heart in knots. 

It’s written for young adults, but that doesn’t make the message any less powerful. I literally devoured this book in a day (and I worked that day too). I could not put it down. I had to know what happened. You will too – but I've given you fair warning, it may (aka definitely will) result in tears. 




2. The Power of One by Bryce Courtney 


Yes, I only just read this. Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. So for the three of you who stil haven’t read this, you should. Particularly anyone who’s ever been to South Africa (that line is directly aimed at two of my friends to see if they’re reading my posts – I’m super trusting like that. Love you guys!). 

Peekay is such a beautiful character, loosely based on Bryce Courtney, but personifying the true South Africa: one of unity and love. 

Bryce Courtney is a wordsmith. He’s descriptive but never so much so that you lose interest (it’s a tough line to walk). The Power of One is witty, clever and never what you expect.

BRB, just off to devour all of Bryce Courtney’s books


3. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


We read Little Fires Everywhere for book club, and I may just have a little crush on Celeste Ng. Celeste Ng’s presents the “educated racism”. It’s not the fully-fledged racism that we associate with the term (e.g. KKK and President Trump), but the little specks of racism littered throughout our society, particularly in the upper class. Ng investigates the labels and judgement certain culture's wear, how everything is skewed for white people, and how damn hard it is to find an Asian doll.

While the book is set in the early nineties, the modern day class system she discusses is still very much alive (which is Ng’s point). The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of society is judged. The idea that children who are "raised well" don’t get knocked up ‒ only “poor” people do.

I love the way Ng presents the themes. If you read the lines, as well as between them, there is much to think about.

It’s an easy read that will have you flicking through the pages faster than you can eat a bag of Doritos (they really are more-ish aren’t they?).

(Side note – Ng’s Twitter handle is the best: @pronounced_ing.)


4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


This book goes to some dark places as Cadence Sinclair tries to piece together what happened during Summer 15. The four friends – The Liars – were on the Sinclair’s private island as usual, but something happened that disrupted the usual order. Why can't she remember?

Another young adult novel (they have all the best stories!), about family, money and the truth. 


5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 


OK, so it’s another oldie – but it’s a goodie. Oskar Schell has to be one of the most adorable characters. He’s 9-years-old and already an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies.

All this accomplished 9-year-old dreams of is being close to his dad, who was killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, once more. When his discovers a mystery key, it sets him on an adventure.

Oskar Schell will make you feel all gooey inside.