A Path Unknown

The path to the future is a path unknown, and this fact often weighs down our spirits. While we could never plan for every unforeseen circumstance, there is comfort in knowing others are just as lost as we feel. This feeling of being lost, of feeling like we have no control over our own lives, of wandering around in the dark looking for the light switch: this is the feeling we as a collective humanity feel, at different times in our lives. This is a feeling with which these books help us move forward.

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Call of the Void

L’appele du vide, as the French say, translates to “the call of the void.” It is this feeling we get when we look down a steep cliff, once step away from permanent change. We can hear the void calling, when we feel hopeless in our endeavors, lost in our pursuits. These are books that feel gray; their emptiness echoing with each word. This is a feeling with which these books help us analyze our pasts, evaluate our presents, and step into our futures.

  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

Those Once Loved

The emptiness left by those once loved is arguably one of the strongest, most essential emotions in life. The heartbreak that we experience is second to none, and letting someone you love walk away is nearly impossible, and often feels like a mistake in the moment. The unanswered questions, the parallel universes in which your love never faded, the broken promises that stab us in the chest. These books feel it too; they will feel broken until you are ready to move on. This is a feeling with which these books allow us to feel how we feel, regardless of the circumstances.

  • Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
  • This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews