Good Fiction Books to Read When You're Down

Turn that frown upside down with these cosy literary treats! From rib-tickling tales and romantic reads to mind-bending magic, enjoy our list of rainy-day favourites for when you're feeling down.

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1. The Complete Harry Potter Collection

The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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J. K. Rowling

Don't let the Dementors get you down and pick up the Harry Potter books! A little bit of magic may be the much-needed medicine to your Monday blues. Hop aboard the Hogwarts Express and take a mystical journey through the wonderful world of Harry Potter, because J. K. Rowling's books are bound to get you out of the dumps! As spoken by Albus Dumbledore: 'Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.'

 

2. Bridget Jones's Diary

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Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones is the ultimate comfort novel to pick you up when you're feeling low. The lives of Bridget, Shazzer, Jude and Tom will have you laughing out loud from the beginning. Join Bridget as she documents the social minefield that is her thirties, as well as the ongoing trauma of deciding between heartthrobs Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver. If you're feeling blue, Bridget is there to drown your sorrows in a good laugh and a bottle of chardonnay.


3. The Museum of Things Left Behind

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Seni Glaister

When your heart says 'I need a holiday' but your purse says 'no chance', pick up The Museum of Things Left Behind for an affordable literary alternative to exotic travelling! Set in the fictitious country Vallerosa, with an idyllic landscape and equally extraordinary community, this book will keep you hooked from the beginning. The enticing descriptions and witty tone will leave you dreaming of a glamorous holiday to Vallerosa to escape the toils of modern life.



4. The House of New Beginnings

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Lucy Diamond

In this uplifting novel by bestselling author Lucy Diamond, follow the lives of the three tenants living at Number 11, Dukes Square, throughout a brilliant pick-me-up book that will charm you to pieces! Set in the sunny vibrancy of Brighton, this novel will fill you with all the joys of spring. Find yourself turning over a new leaf and leaving your troubles behind you in The House of New Beginnings alongside Georgie, Charlotte and Rosa.



5. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

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Joanna Cannon

Enjoy reading about the curious lives of The Avenue residents, as discovered by 10-year-olds Tilly and Grace. Set during the famed summer of 1976, this novel is a nostalgic treat! Written with wit and perception, the story follows the strange circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Mrs Creasy. With roots in a Christian parable, and the addition of suburban cul-de-sac charm, this book is perfect for a rainy day.




 

6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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Mary Ann Shaffer

In this delightful and unique book, embrace the peculiar lives of the members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Written in the form of letters between Juliet, an author in London, and the society members, find yourself falling in love with the charming country and residents, just as the protagonist does. Set in 1946, this book is heartfelt and enjoyable, and the lovable characters will help you to look on the bright side of life.

 

7. If You Go Away

If You Go Away - Hardback - 9781472205483 - Adele Parks
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Adele Parks

This remarkable love story set in 1914 is hopeful and uplifting. Parks's first historical romance follows the lives of Vivian and Howard throughout the First World War. Vivian is unhappily married and Howard is struggling with the realities of war. Things take a wonderful turn for the better as amongst all the chaos and severity of conflict, the two develop an enchanting romance. This novel is bound to warm your heart and lift your spirits.




 

8. A Room with a View

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E. M. Forster

In this classic love story, step back in time to follow the life of Lucy Honeychurch as she discovers what lies beyond her rigid middle-class Edwardian upbringing. On a trip to Italy, she meets an abundance of unconventional characters, as well as the charming and passionate George Emerson. This timeless novel will help you forget about your troubles and escape into the past.




 

9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

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Mark Haddon

See the world through the eyes of 15-year-old Christopher as he tries to solve the mystery of a dead dog. Christopher has Asperger's Syndrome, a viewpoint that brings poignancy as well as humorous situations to the story. When learning about Christopher's refreshing perspective to life, find your own outlook being transformed and your grey skies turning blue.






10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Lewis Carroll

Grin like a Cheshire cat with this fantastic read! Revisit this enduring classic and rediscover all of your favourite characters and adventures from your childhood. Follow the extraordinary escapades of Alice as she tumbles down a rabbit hole and lands in a bizarre new world full of bizarre new friends. A little bit of brilliant nonsense may be just what you need if you've had a bad day.








 

Need more uplifting literature in your life? Browse our full range of the best fiction books for plenty of rejuvenating reads.