The best books for when you’re having an existential crisis that will make you feel better

Lucie Britsch Author Of Sad Janet
By Lucie Britsch

The Books I Picked & Why

Convenience Store Woman

By Ginny Tapley Takemori, Sayaka Murata

Book cover of Convenience Store Woman

Why this book?

This is a book that some people have compared to my own book because it’s about a young woman whose family doesn’t understand her and thinks she needs help but she’s working it out herself, trying to live an authentic life. It’s dark, funny, tender, all the things I love. It’s about societal pressures, not fitting in, but also about how the everyday mundane things can save us.


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Naïve. Super

By Erlend Loe, Tor Ketil Solberg

Book cover of Naïve. Super

Why this book?

This book will save your life if you’re like me and often wonder what’s the point? It’s about a young man trying to work out how to live when there are no answers. It’s weird and funny and speaks to me on many levels. It’s about how sometimes we have to have a bit of break down and strip back everything to work out how to move forward.


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The Suicide Shop

By Jean Teulé, Sue Dyson

Book cover of The Suicide Shop

Why this book?

A funny book about suicide, what more do you want? If like me you’re prone to those dark thoughts, you really do have to laugh about it. This book is absurd yes but also has so much to say about human nature and spirit. It’s a cult classic that’s about life, not death, that will make you feel hopeful, the same way I hope my book does.


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Set My Heart to Five

By Simon Stephenson

Book cover of Set My Heart to Five

Why this book?

This book got me out of a funk when I couldn’t feel like reading anything. It’s a book about a robot that wants to write a movie to save humanity after he becomes self-aware. It’s funny and sweet and will make you laugh and cry maybe not worry so much about the imminent robot uprising.


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Perfect Sound Whatever

By James Acaster

Book cover of Perfect Sound Whatever

Why this book?

A beautiful book by one of my favourite comics about one man’s mental breakdown and how music and the people who made it saved him from the worst year of his life. It’s funny and tender and all the music he references was made by people going through their own shit and about how they used their music to save themselves. It’s a book about how we fall apart and how we put ourselves back together and you don’t have to know about music to be moved by it.


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