What are the best books to feel less lonely?

asked by Lakshmi Lakh
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    #1What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir

    In 1982, Haruki Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing.

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    Amber Reid
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "This is a good book. However, I don't think it will make someone feel less lonely."
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    #2Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Perks of Being a Wallflower
    By Stephen Chbosky Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic
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    Cheryl Holland
    Written on November 21, 2017
    "The Perks of Being a Wallflower has strong following among st the Teen readers who adore this book. It is about trying to define yourself while trying to make choices while growing into who you are meant to be. It is honest in its heart break, and celebrates friendships and beginnings. It is funny and it is poignant, and it is worth the read. "
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    #3Women Who Run With the Wolves

    Women Who Run With the Wolves
    In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D., shows how woman's vitality can be restored through what she calls "psychic archaeological digs" into the ruins of the female unconscious. 
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    Russell Jackson
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "This book is good for women who are feeling down about themselves it shows a book and it seems it shows them how to be wild and enjoy life."
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    #4Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

    Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
    In Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde writes fifteen essays and speeches that take on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. 
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    Elizabeth Nichols
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "If you want to feel less lonely then I recommend this book Sister Outsider: essays and speeches. this book contains fifteen essays and speeches that discuss racism, ageism, homophobia and class. these essays are so interesting it will keep your mind off your troubles."
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    #5The Color Purple

    The Color Purple
    Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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    Steven Reid
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "The Color Purple written by Alice Walker is one of the best books to read to feel less lonely. It is a story of love and self discovery that is sure to warm the coldest heart. Buy it or borrow it but read it soon."
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    #6Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life

    Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
    A book by Jon Kabat-Zinn, available in Kindle, paperback, audio and CD format, about mindfulness meditation.
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    Joe Miller
    Written on July 7, 2018
    "This is not a "meaty" book, but that may be what you're looking for if you don't know much about mindfulness and meditation. For those that do have some such background, they might be disappointed as I was."
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    #7Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Anna Woods
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "For many readers, this story has been a popular and most rewarding experience. This classic book provides an entertaining journey for those needing this fantasy within their life. Now this story has evolved with Kindle to provide a new alternative to this form of story telling. This should be a welcome offering for those that enjoy this format."
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    #8The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback

    The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback
    A book -available in digital, paperback or Kindle format- about the clinical use of biofeedback together with mindfulness techniques.
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    Edward Schmidt
    Written on November 20, 2017
    "I have noticed myself feeling a bit down and depressed as the holidays approach. I came across the book The Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback and figured that it might help me not feel as lonely. This book has really helped me to not feel so by myself."
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    #9Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life

    Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life
    A cool beginners guide for people interested in mindfulness. The only downside about the ebook is that doesn't include the spoken-word audio component of the original printed version.
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    Lawrence Wade
    Written on July 10, 2018
    "While not necessarily focusing on loneliness, this book should be of use to anyone looking for a change of mind and a renewed sense of focus. The book is all about meditation and mindfulness, mastering one's own outlook on life and better controlling how one lives and interprets day to day events. This can be of great help to those dealing with loneliness or depression."
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    #10The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is set in a dystopic future where the Capitol rules the land and forces people to fight to the death for a supply of food. The trilogy depicts Katniss' experience and how the districts try to fight back against the Capitol. 

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    Dorothy Sanders
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "This series is mostly about surviving alone and making your way on your own. It's a really great series, but I don't think that it would help to make someone feel less lonely."
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    #11Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life

    Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life
    If you want to learn how to meditate. This is the only book that you need to take your first steps. It is short and easy to read. A real classic for beginners.
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    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on November 14, 2017
    "I bought this book a few months ago, and I finally found the time to actually read it. It's really easy to read and understand, and it helped me a lot to focus and meditate. I suggest it to everyone that wants to learn how to meditate!"
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    #12The Power of Now

    The Power of Now

    The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment is a spiritual book written by Eckhart Tolle. This non-fiction philosophy book is about the source of Chi. It was published in 1997 by  New World Library. 

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    Amanda Yi
    Written on November 19, 2017
    "The Power of Now is not really a book to read to feel less lonely. It's more of a book that helps you deal with the stresses of life and even then, you have to buy into what they are selling. It might be of some minor help to those that are lonely, but not the overall purpose. This book can also come off preachy, so especially good to avoid if you're not into the general concept."
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    #13Peace Is Every Step

    Peace Is Every Step

    Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life is a spiritual book written by Zen master and spiritual leader Thich Nhat Hanh. This Buddhism book was published in 1990 by Bantam. 

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    Ankita Patel
    Written on November 23, 2017
    "This helps me look at stressful situations in a new way. Some of it isn't as helpful, but there are suggestions that work for me. It helps me find my inner peace. It doesn't help much with loneliness. "
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    #14I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words. This memoir is a modern classic that will touch hearts and change minds.

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    Irma Mondragón
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "It is always helpful when you are feeling lonely and down to see, or read about those less fortunate then yourself. It helps you realize sometimes your problems are not as bad as you think. This book is a wonderful inspirational read, not just for the lonely but for all people."
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    #15Harry Potter

    Harry Potter
    Harry Potter is J.K. Rowling's seven-book series depicting Harry and his life as a student in Hogwarts, the wizarding school. Aside from tests, Quidditch matches, and Hagrid's dangerous beasts, Harry also has to survive the wrath of the Dark Lord, Voldemort.
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    Andy Gu
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "This is a very nice series of books for both kids and adults. Most likely you did come across Harry Potter movies already, at least some of them. If you feel blue and have nothing in your read list at the moment, why not to try some Harry Potter? "
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    #16A Brief History Of Time

    A Brief History Of Time

    A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking is an acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It remains a staple of the scientific canon, and its clear language continues to introduce millions to the universe and its wonders. 

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    Benito Quiroz
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "While I doubt this book will make you feel less lonely, I find this to be a great book from one of the greatest minds of our generation. I would give it a 5 had it not been listed in the books to feel less lonely category. Instead, I have to rate it a 3 for that."
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    #17Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
    Tsukuru Tazaki had four best friends at school. By chance all of their names contained a colour. The two boys were called Akamatsu, meaning 'red pine', and Oumi, 'blue sea', while the girls' names were Shirane, 'white root', and Kurono, 'black field'. Tazaki was the only last name with no colour in it.
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    Tom Jia
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "I get bored at my work by myself. I have been trying to pass the time all along. My wife bought me Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I found it interesting and it seems to pass the time pretty well. I am not even thinking about how lonely I am when I am reading it."
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    #18Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms

    Breathe, Mama, Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms
    In Breathe, Mama, Breathe, psychotherapist Shonda Moralis outlines the benefits of daily meditation and shows moms how to do it-in just five minutes! Plus, she shares over 60 "mindful breaks" that will help moms tune into their own well-being (along with everyone else's).
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    Benjamin Rose
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'm not a mom, but I bought this book for my sister. She tells me all the time how much she enjoys it, and how useful it's been to her. She's picked a couple of "quick exercises" that she can keep in her back pocket for when she's feeling stressed or angry, and she says it's helped her avoid snapping at people when she's stressed, so I guess it's working."
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    #19Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

    Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)
    A cool book about meditation for children. It has, however, received some complaints from Kindle users due its bad adaptation for some devices. We advise looking into this yourself before buying it
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    Nathan Baker
    Written on July 13, 2018
    "Good book on meditation for kids (adults too!). Really helps get you into a peaceful state of mind and balance. I'd recommend the paper book and not try on kindle as there has been some issues reported. "
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