9 books to read on those lonely nights

The Growing Up Guide books reading bed

Books are often underestimated. What’s forgotten is that they can act almost like a portal into another world-and they can also act in a comforting way.

Even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is alleged to have expressed the same sentiment; here are ten books to keep you company on a lonely night.


The curious incident of the dog in the night time

(Disclaimer: I have Aspergers, and identified heavily with the protagonist of this book. Guess I’m biased.)

Stories about an underdog, or someone who persists to find out something despite challenges, is something that makes me feel less lonely in a book. Added to this is that the protagonist has Aspergers syndrome-and has to overcome his lack of understanding around social awareness.


Searching for Grace Kelly

Do you ever feel idealistic, and like you can take on the world some days? This is the book for you.

Searching For Grace Kelly take places in 1950’s Manhattan, where literary women flocked in their droves; everything seemed to take place at The Barbizon Hotel. – It was a women’s hotel, and would host groups who won the Mademoiselle Magazine guest editorship contest. At one time, it even hosted Grace Kelly-hence the title of the book.

Although the book is ultimately tragic in one sense, it’s about striking out on your own, and how life continues. In sad times, great things can flourish.


My paper chase

This is the auto-biography of Sir Harold Evans, an investigative journalist who edited The Sunday Times.

During his editorship, he uncovered scandals such as Kim Philby (a Russian spy) and Thalidomide. Although quite a thick book, it has a “feel good” sensibility-plus it makes journalism seem a lot of fun.


Radical self love

Gala Darling has written extensively on her blog about Radical Self Love-her sort of movement, if you will. Gala had Depression and an eating disorder, but claims she used various practices to help her overcome them.

Plus, the book relies on a pink cover, bubblegum toned language, and having fun whilst undertaking these practices yourself-what’s not to love?


The summer of impossible things

Rowan Coleman is a best selling author-and her books are endearing. She tackles her subjects with swift sensitivity; but how can you top that? Write about time travel.

This, in my *humble* opinion, is one of her best books yet. It also had me in tears at the last line-“Thank you for being brave.” And it made me feel a lot better about this messed up world we live in.


The child

Need a modern taken on a mystery-cum-thriller? This is the write book for you. (Get it?)

Kate Walters is a reporter for a local paper; she is old-school, and is wary of the use of technology. But, her intrigue leads to a huge story; the body of a baby is found. Yet, it leads to the uncovering of what happened, with a shock twist at the end.

This is a book about justice, and knowing when to cut your losses from toxic family members/relatives.



Poetry gets a bad reputation, often due to being taught to death during education. (In the sense that overanalyses equates to being boring.)

Ariel is the second poetry collection by Sylvia Plath, published after she committed suicide. But even if you don’t understand the poetry-it blends real life events with myths, so you aren’t necessarily supposed to-the language is enjoyable.


Boys in the trees

Remember Carly Simon? (“You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you…) Well, she has written part of her auto-biography.

It’s different from the stars of her era-the book is not based round sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. Instead, it’s tender, in a way-parts of the story can be upsetting, but ultimately Carly overcomes her hardship. There are appearances from famous people, and the chapters are interspersed with photographs and lyrical content.


Ballet shoes 

Albeit this book may be seen as a child’s read, it still has a good message at its core.

Pauline, Petrova, and Posy where all orphans, bought together by the mysterious Uncle Matthew. Whilst he is away at sea, they form a sisterhood, and train as ballerinas to earn a living, whilst undertaking to educate themselves.

The book can be naive in some senses, as society has radically changed since being written, yet sticking together with the ones you love is the most crucial lesson of all.



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