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54 Life-Changing Books That Gave People Comfort In Hard Times

"It gave me an escape from my reality and helped me realize that I'm not the only one that feels this way."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community about the books that got them through a hard time in their lives. These novels show the true comforting power of an incredible story.

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1. Looking for Alaska by John Green

2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

3. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

5. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

6. It's Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

7. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

8. The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

9. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

10. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

11. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

12. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

13. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

14. After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

15. Twilight saga by Stephanie Meyer

16. Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

17. Every Day by David Levithan

18. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

19. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

20. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

21. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

23. The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

24. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb

25. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

26. Hardcore Zen by Brad Warner

27. If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski

28. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

29. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

30. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

31. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

32. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

33. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

34. Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

35. As I Lay Dying by William Faulker

36. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira

37. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

38. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

39. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

40. Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

41. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

42. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

43. The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

44. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

45. The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

46. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

47. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

48. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

49. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

50. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

51. Roomanitarian by Henry Rollins

52. Things the Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett

53. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

54. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length, and not all books on this list were suggested by the community

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