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    30 Books To Get You Through An Existential Crisis

    "I get so caught up in the magical realism, it’s easy to forget my own crisis."

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    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what books helped them get through an existential crisis. Here are some of the best results:

    1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a historical novel that follows the life of an adopted girl growing up in Nazi Germany – with Death as a narrator.

    2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling immerses you in a magical world you'll want to enter over and over again.

    3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a children's novel filled with the fantastic adventures of Milo. The lessons this sad, bored boy learns on his journey just may resonate with us all.

    4. How To Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson challenges the workload of modern day life with a loafer's manifesto.

    5. Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun is an illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to earth long after all the humans are dead, and the creatures he befriends along the way.

    6. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut re-invisions humanity's placement within time, with a heavy dose of wit.

    7. The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff is an introduction to Taoism allegorically explained through our hero, Winnie the Pooh.

    8. Her Name In The Sky by Kelly Quindlen explores what happens when a girl loves a girl in a "girl loves boy" world.

    9. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is a novel about the artistic and intellectual life of Czech society during the Prague Spring period, as seen through two women, two men, and a dog.

    10. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt immerses you in the impoverished world of Limerick, Ireland, during the 1930s and '40s – and one boy's struggle to overcome it all.

    11. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that opens with this sentence: "I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974."

    12. Life of Pi by Yann Martel tells the story of a young man named Pi, as he embarks on a life-altering journey of survival and spirituality.

    13. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir about addiction, loss, and one woman's 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

    14. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez follows one family for a hundred years, breaking down the barriers of linear time as it goes; with writing saturated in vivid imagery and magical realism.

    15. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is a series of eight books with a little of everything to offer – elements of science fantasy, Western, horror, and dark fantasy.

    16. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia tells the story of one small leaf and just may help people of all ages cope with the fear of death.

    17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a satirical coming-of-age story about a boy named Huck trying to fit in (and often times escape) Southern antebellum society.

    18. East of Eden is John Steinbeck's most ambitious novel that hones in on two families settling into the Salinas Valley in California – one of which is said to be based on the family of Steinbeck's grandfather.

    19. The Trick Is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway shows what happens when one woman's struggle to appear "fine" falls apart – the lyrical novel uses different font sizes and words that sometimes flow off the page, depending on the state of the narrartor.

    20. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver details the lives and struggles of a missionary family, told through the perspective of five different narrators.

    21. The Humans by Matt Haig hilariously follows an alien at Cambridge University – disguised as a mathematics professor.

    22. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a children's book that'll strike a chord in your heart, and probably make you cry.

    23. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith focuses on the life of an impoverished, Irish-American teenage girl growing up in Brooklyn in 1912.

    24. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen is an inspirational story about the impact of losing a limb on a runner's life.

    25. Overwhelmed by Perry Noble puts words to the chaos inside the mind, and just may help you win the war against worry.

    26. His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman immerses you in the fantasy world of Lyra and other interesting characters that'll give you hope.

    27. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder delves into the world of a girl trying to survive during the great depression, and the secret place she discovers that helps her cope.

    28. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is a picture book that'll give you the tears – it's about the relationship between a boy and his mother, written after Munsch and his wife had two stillborn babies.

    29. Women by Chloe Caldwell tells the story of two women who fall in love, and will make you reflect on your own identity crisis/heartbreak.

    30. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a heart-warming novella about a sad little prince who is all alone in the universe, until he goes and visits earth.

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