You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. –Paul Sweeney

What’s the last book that moved you? That made you laugh or cry or completely reconsider your thoughts on life or love? Those are always the books that stick with me. When I come across a book that truly impacted me I can often remember the intricate details of where I bought it or who gave it to me. Sometimes when I’m in a certain mood, reading a favorite book can help heighten the depth of emotion. Here are a few great books and the perfect kind of mood to read them in.

1. When it’s late at night and you want to go on a dark, twisted journey.


Haunted by the death of his brother and the suicide of his mother, Ben continues to slip deeper into the darkness of his own mind. Convinced everything wrong in the world can be traced back to a drug dealer, Ben heads out on a journey to Saskatoon to kill him. Magpie is a riveting read that’s sure to keep you up all night.


2. When you want to buy a one way ticket and never look back.


In The Lost Girls, readers go an adventure around the world with Jennifer, Holly, and Amanda as the three best friends decide to ditch their careers and lives back home for a crazy journey around four continents.


3. When you hate everyone in your family.


The title explains it all, although some might know the book as the PG-friendly title Being Flynn. When you think no one understands just how hard it is to have a complicated family, this book shows you you’re not alone.


4. When it feels like no one understands you.


Marina Keegan was seen as a literary prodigy for her work as both a journalist and playwright at a young age. Her essay “The Opposite Of Loneliness” went viral just a few days after she died in a car crash following her graduation from Yale University. Her collection of work was published posthumously with features and essays that will make you wish this young writer could have lived long enough to keep telling stories of the truths of this generation in a way no one else could.


5. When you’re not sure if you’re doing that great at this whole adult thing.


This is every 20-somethings’ manifesto as Sheila Heti explores all of the life issues we deal with as adults while also wondering if we’re actually adults or just faking it.


6. When you’re waiting for that person to text you back but they haven’t texted back and now you’re re-examining everything.


Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been uneventful, at least until he finds himself at a boarding school with one of the most clever, beautiful, and self-destructive girls he’s ever met. Looking For Alaska is a classic coming-of-age love story and it’s great for one of those moments when you aren’t quite dating someone, yet everything feels so possible.