It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post but this week’s prompt couldn’t not be passed up! I’ll be taking you on journey from my depression and abuse, using books that were a comfort for me during those times.  These are the books that made me rage, cry, laugh, and even hurt me. They taught me lessons I was unwilling to face myself.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl who, this week, prompts us to share the books Books with Sensory Reading Memories

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky opened my eyes to the danger and abuse in my relationship…


“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” – Stephen Chbosky


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini gave me hope and made me feel less trapped…

A Thousand Splendid Suns

“‎I know you’re still young but I want you to understand and learn this now. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You’re a very very bright girl. Truly you are. You can be anything you want Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated Laila. No chance.” – Khaled Hosseini


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte eased my fears and insecurity; the book helped me a lot with body image…

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  

“I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.” ― Charlotte Brontë,



 What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey allowed me to open up to the love and mercy of my God…



 “Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less. It means that I, even I who deserve the opposite, am invited to take my place at the table in God’s family.”
― Philip Yancey



 Crush by Richard Siken gave me the chance to cry when I needed to…



“A man takes his sadness down to the river and throws it in the river but then he’s still left with the river. A man takes his sadness and throws it away but then he’s still left with his hands.”
― Richard Siken



You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon gave me someone to share my grief with…

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“My problems are not in the same country as hers and Ima’s. They’re not on the same map. Does that make them less valid?”
― Rachel Lynn Solomon

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Which books do you consider to be your comfort read?

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  1. Montana says:

    I’ve been meaning to read A Thousand Splendid Suns for soooo long. I read The Kite Runner my senior year of high school and finished it in one day. I was addicted to the writer after that

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  2. thebookishlibra says:

    This is a great list and I’m so glad to hear how they all helped you. I’ve read all but the last two so I’ll have to give those a try at some point. They both sound like powerful reads.


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