(many, many) books about dealing with and overcoming uncertainty

Given the stressful circumstances that many of us now find ourselves in, I thought that today I would share many, many books about dealing with and overcoming uncertainty. Each book listed is linked to a post or review that I’ve written about it (if there is one), in case you want to learn more or hear my thoughts on it. I’ve separated them into four categories: memoirs, classics, general fiction, and young adult fiction.


  1. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  2. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  3. Educated by Tara Westover
  4. Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton
  5. I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff by Abbi Jacobson
  6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  7. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  8. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor


  1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  7. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  8. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
  9. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  12. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins


  1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  2. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  3. How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  4. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  6. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  8. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  9. The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
  10. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  11. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  12. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


  1. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
  2. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  3. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  7. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  9. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I hope these recommendations are helpful and that everyone is doing well!

What books would you recommend that discuss dealing with and overcoming uncertainty? What are your thoughts on the books that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!



15 thoughts on “(many, many) books about dealing with and overcoming uncertainty

  1. So many great books on this list! Loved Educated, Wild, Mrs. Dalloway, The Goldfinch, The Hunger Games, We Were Liars, Fangirl, The Raven Boys, and Perks! Several others are on my TBR. ❤

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