The best 31 Hope books

In a world that can sometimes feel overwhelming, holding onto hope is essential. This book list explores the power of hope, offering inspiration and guidance for those seeking a brighter tomorrow. Dive into these uplifting stories and insightful reflections to remind yourself that hope is always within reach, even in the darkest of times.

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Hope Books: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

What's On the Come Up about?

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas is a powerful novel that follows the story of Bri, a young aspiring rapper who is determined to make a name for herself in the music industry. Set in the same neighborhood as Thomas's debut novel, The Hate U Give, this book explores themes of identity, family, and the pursuit of dreams in the face of adversity. It is a compelling and thought-provoking read that sheds light on the challenges faced by marginalized communities.

Who should read On the Come Up?

  • Teenagers and young adults who are interested in the hip-hop culture and music industry
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with strong, relatable protagonists
  • Individuals who appreciate authentic and unapologetic portrayals of social issues and diversity

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Hope Books: Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here

Joan Bauer

What's Hope Was Here about?

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer follows the story of 16-year-old Hope and her aunt as they move to a small town to start a new life. Hope discovers her passion for waitressing and finds herself involved in a local political campaign, all while navigating the challenges of family, friendship, and finding a sense of belonging.

Who should read Hope Was Here?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and hopeful stories
  • People looking for a strong and independent female protagonist
  • Those interested in themes of resilience, community, and following one's passion

What's All the Light We Cannot See about?

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a captivating novel set during World War II. It tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths eventually cross as they navigate the chaos and destruction of the war. Filled with beautiful prose and intricate storytelling, the book explores themes of survival, humanity, and the power of connection.

Who should read All the Light We Cannot See?

  • Readers who enjoy historical fiction, particularly World War II settings
  • Those looking for a beautifully written and emotionally engaging story
  • People who appreciate unique narrative structures and perspectives

What's Turtles All the Way Down about?

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green delves into the life of 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she navigates friendship, love, and her own thoughts. Set against the backdrop of a mystery, this novel offers a raw and honest portrayal of mental illness and the complexities of the human mind.

Who should read Turtles All the Way Down?

  • Readers who enjoy contemporary young adult fiction
  • Those interested in mental health and its portrayal in literature
  • People looking for a captivating and relatable story about friendship, love, and overcoming personal challenges

What's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time about?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003) by Mark Haddon is a captivating novel that offers a unique perspective on the world. Through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy with autism, it delves into themes of family, truth, and the power of perspective. The book takes readers on a thought-provoking journey as it unravels the mystery surrounding a neighbor's murdered dog.

Who should read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

  • Readers who enjoy unique and unconventional narrative styles
  • People interested in gaining perspective on the experience of individuals with autism
  • Those who appreciate a thought-provoking exploration of human behavior and relationships

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Hope Books: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind

Sharon M. Draper

What's Out of My Mind about?

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper tells the story of Melody, an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Unable to speak or move, Melody is often underestimated by those around her. However, she is incredibly intelligent and has a photographic memory. The book explores her journey as she fights to be heard and respected in a world that often overlooks people with disabilities.

Who should read Out of My Mind?

  • Anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and capabilities of individuals with disabilities
  • Educators, parents, and caregivers looking to promote empathy and inclusion
  • Readers who enjoy compelling and thought-provoking stories with unique narrators

What's You'll Get Through This about?

You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado offers hope and encouragement to those facing difficult times. Drawing from the biblical story of Joseph, the book reminds readers that God is with them in their struggles and can bring good out of even the most challenging situations. With heartfelt storytelling and practical insights, Lucado shares a message of resilience and faith.

Who should read You'll Get Through This?

  • Individuals going through challenging times and looking for hope
  • People seeking encouragement and guidance to overcome adversity
  • Those who want to grow in their faith and find comfort in God's promises

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Hope Books: Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

Black Hawk Down

Mark Bowden

What's Black Hawk Down about?

Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden is a gripping account of a disastrous US military mission in Somalia. Through meticulous research and interviews with soldiers involved, Bowden reconstructs the events of October 3, 1993, when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu, leading to a desperate battle for survival. The book offers a harrowing insight into the realities of modern warfare and the bravery of those who fought.

Who should read Black Hawk Down?

  • History enthusiasts interested in modern military operations
  • Readers who enjoy intense and gripping non-fiction narratives
  • Individuals who want to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of war and its impact on individuals

What's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian about?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie is a captivating coming-of-age novel that follows a young Native American boy named Junior as he navigates life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Filled with humor, honesty, and heartache, Junior's diary entries offer a unique perspective on identity, friendship, and the pursuit of a better future.

Who should read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

  • Tweens and teenagers dealing with identity and self-discovery
  • Readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories with humor and honesty
  • Those interested in exploring complex issues such as racism, poverty, and cultural identity

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Hope Books: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

What's The Light Between Oceans about?

The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue a baby adrift in a rowboat and decide to raise her as their own. Set on a remote island off the coast of Australia, the novel explores themes of love, morality, and the consequences of difficult choices. M. L. Stedman's beautiful prose and gripping plot make this a captivating read that will stay with you long after turning the last page.

Who should read The Light Between Oceans?

  • Readers who enjoy emotional and thought-provoking novels
  • Those interested in ethical dilemmas and moral decision-making
  • Individuals who appreciate vivid descriptions of natural landscapes and remote settings

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Hope Books: The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

The Rent Collector

Camron Wright

What's The Rent Collector about?

'The Rent Collector' tells the story of a young mother living in a Cambodian dumpsite who becomes determined to change her family's fate. Through unexpected friendships and the power of storytelling, she learns valuable lessons about hope, resilience, and the importance of literature. This poignant novel explores the transformative power of education and the universal desire for a better life.

Who should read The Rent Collector?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful stories
  • People interested in exploring the human spirit and resilience
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of poverty and its effects

What's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine about?

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is a compelling novel that delves into the life of the quirky and solitary Eleanor Oliphant. As Eleanor navigates through everyday life with her unique perspective, her carefully constructed world begins to unravel. This heartwarming and thought-provoking story explores themes of loneliness, the power of human connection, and the possibility of healing.

Who should read Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

  • Readers looking for a compelling and heartwarming story with well-developed characters
  • People who are interested in exploring themes of overcoming loneliness and trauma
  • Those who appreciate a mix of humor and poignant moments in a novel

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Hope Books: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

What's Wonder about?

Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that follows the story of August Pullman, a young boy born with a facial deformity. It delves into the challenges he faces as he enters a mainstream school for the first time and the impact he has on those around him. The book touches on themes of kindness, acceptance, and the beauty of being different.

Who should read Wonder?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming and uplifting stories
  • Individuals looking for insights into empathy and kindness
  • Parents, educators, and children who want to understand and navigate the challenges of being different

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Hope Books: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

What's Red, White & Royal Blue about?

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is a heartwarming and hilarious romantic comedy that imagines an alternate reality where the son of the first female president of the United States falls in love with a prince of England. Filled with wit, charm, and plenty of swoon-worthy moments, this book explores themes of identity, family, and the power of love to transcend boundaries.

Who should read Red, White & Royal Blue?

  • Readers who enjoy romantic comedies with a unique twist
  • Anyone looking for a heartwarming and diverse LGBTQ+ love story
  • Those interested in exploring the complexities of politics and family dynamics in a contemporary setting

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Hope Books: The Shack by William P. Young

The Shack

William P. Young

What's The Shack about?

The Shack by William P. Young is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the depths of faith and spirituality. After experiencing a heartbreaking tragedy, the main character, Mack, receives a mysterious invitation to a remote shack. There, he encounters unexpected conversations and revelations that challenge his beliefs and transform his understanding of God.

Who should read The Shack?

  • Individuals seeking contemplation and spiritual growth
  • Readers open to exploring different perspectives on faith and grief
  • People grappling with personal challenges and seeking solace and understanding

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Hope Books: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

What's A Thousand Splendid Suns about?

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini tells the story of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of a war-torn Afghanistan, the novel explores themes of friendship, resilience, and the enduring power of love. It is a compelling and heartbreaking tale that sheds light on the lives of women in a patriarchal society.

Who should read A Thousand Splendid Suns?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally powerful storytelling
  • Individuals interested in the lives and experiences of women in Afghanistan
  • Those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of war and conflict on personal lives

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Hope Books: Unshakable Hope by Max Lucado

Unshakable Hope

Max Lucado

What's Unshakable Hope about?

Unshakable Hope by Max Lucado offers a powerful message of hope in the midst of life's challenges. Drawing from biblical stories and personal anecdotes, Lucado reminds readers that God is always with them, providing strength and comfort. With inspiring insights and practical wisdom, this book encourages us to hold onto faith and trust in God's unchanging love.

Who should read Unshakable Hope?

  • Anyone facing challenges or uncertainties in life
  • Individuals looking to find peace and strength in the midst of adversity
  • Readers who want to deepen their faith and trust in God's promises

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Hope Books: Love Me Whole by Nicky James

Love Me Whole

Nicky James

What's Love Me Whole about?

Love Me Whole by Nicky James is a heartfelt romance novel that delves into the complexities of love and mental health. The story follows Oryn, a man with dissociative identity disorder, as he navigates life and relationships. When he meets Vaughn, a kind-hearted and patient man, Oryn begins to believe that he deserves love and acceptance. This beautifully written book challenges societal norms and reminds us that everyone deserves to be loved for who they are.

Who should read Love Me Whole?

  • Readers who enjoy complex and diverse characters
  • Those interested in mental health and neurodiversity
  • People who appreciate slow-burn romance and emotional depth in storytelling

What's Walking with God through Pain and Suffering about?

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller offers a thoughtful exploration of the age-old question: why does God allow suffering? Drawing from theology, philosophy, and personal experiences, Keller provides insights and practical guidance for those grappling with pain and hardship, ultimately pointing towards a deeper understanding of God's presence in the midst of suffering.

Who should read Walking with God through Pain and Suffering?

  • Individuals seeking to find meaning and purpose in their pain
  • Those who want to understand how faith can intersect with suffering
  • People looking for a compassionate and thoughtful exploration of human struggles

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Hope Books: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

What's The Glass Castle about?

The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls that delves into her unconventional and challenging childhood. Walls recounts her experiences growing up in a dysfunctional family, constantly on the move and living in poverty. Despite the hardships, the book also explores themes of resilience, determination, and the unbreakable bond within her family.

Who should read The Glass Castle?

  • Readers who enjoy memoirs and personal stories
  • People looking for inspiration and resilience in the face of adversity
  • Those interested in exploring themes of family dynamics, poverty, and personal growth

What's The Adventures of Beekle about?

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat tells the heartwarming story of an imaginary friend who goes on a journey to find a real child to befriend. With beautiful illustrations and a charming narrative, the book celebrates the power of imagination and the unbreakable bond of friendship. It's a delightful read for both children and adults.

Who should read The Adventures of Beekle?

  • Readers who enjoy whimsical and heartwarming stories
  • Children who are open to exploring the power of imagination and friendship
  • Parents or educators looking for a book that encourages creativity and acceptance

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Hope Books: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

What's Number the Stars about?

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a powerful historical fiction novel set during World War II. It tells the story of a young girl named Annemarie Johansen and her family, who risk their lives to help their Jewish friends escape from the Nazis in Denmark. Through themes of bravery, friendship, and resistance, the book highlights the courage of ordinary people in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

Who should read Number the Stars?

  • Readers interested in historical fiction set during WWII
  • Young adult readers looking for a coming-of-age story
  • Educators and parents seeking a way to introduce children to the Holocaust with sensitivity

What's Oh, the Places You'll Go! about?

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a classic children's book that also holds valuable life lessons for adults. Through whimsical rhymes and colorful illustrations, it explores the journey of life, the ups and downs, and the endless possibilities that lie ahead. It inspires readers to embrace change, take risks, and never lose sight of their dreams.

Who should read Oh, the Places You'll Go!?

  • Individuals seeking inspiration and motivation
  • People going through a life transition or facing a new chapter
  • Readers who enjoy whimsical and insightful storytelling

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Hope Books: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

What's A Man Called Ove about?

A Man Called Ove tells the story of a grumpy yet endearing widower who finds new purpose in life when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Fredrik Backman's heartwarming novel explores themes of friendship, love, and the impact one person can have on the lives of others.

Who should read A Man Called Ove?

  • Readers who enjoy heartwarming stories about unlikely friendships
  • People looking for a character-driven novel with a mix of humor and emotional depth
  • Those interested in exploring themes of loneliness, loss, and the power of human connection

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Hope Books: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

John Green

What's Looking for Alaska about?

Looking for Alaska (2005) is a compelling coming-of-age novel by John Green. It follows the story of a young boy named Miles “Pudge” Halter as he enrolls in boarding school and meets the enigmatic Alaska Young. The novel explores themes of love, loss, and the search for meaning, taking readers on an emotional journey that challenges their perspectives on life and death.

Who should read Looking for Alaska?

  • Individuals seeking a thought-provoking and emotionally impactful coming-of-age story
  • Readers who enjoy exploring themes of friendship, love, loss, and personal growth
  • Young adults navigating the complexities of adolescence and the search for meaning in life

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Hope Books: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Jennifer Niven

What's All the Bright Places about?

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a powerful and heartbreaking novel that explores mental illness, love, and the impact we have on each other. It tells the story of two teenagers, Violet and Finch, who meet on the ledge of a bell tower and develop an unlikely friendship as they embark on a journey to discover the beauty and meaning in their lives.

Who should read All the Bright Places?

  • Readers who enjoy young adult fiction
  • Those looking for a heartfelt and emotional story
  • People interested in mental health and the impact it has on individuals

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Hope Books: Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

Tattoos on the Heart

Gregory Boyle

What's Tattoos on the Heart about?

Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle is a powerful book that shares the author's experiences working with gang members in Los Angeles. Through heartfelt stories and insightful reflections, Boyle challenges our notions of kinship and compassion, and offers a glimpse into the lives of those society often overlooks. It is a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of unconditional love.

Who should read Tattoos on the Heart?

  • Readers seeking inspiring stories of redemption and resilience
  • Those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities
  • Individuals who appreciate heartfelt and compassionate narratives

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Hope Books: The Fault in Our Stars by Nicola Winstanley, John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Nicola Winstanley, John Green

What's The Fault in Our Stars about?

The Fault in Our Stars is actually written by John Green and tells the story of two teenagers, Hazel and Gus, who meet at a cancer support group. As they bond over their favorite books and share their fears and dreams, they embark on a journey that challenges their perspectives on life and love. It is a poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of living with illness and the power of human connection.

Who should read The Fault in Our Stars?

  • Readers who enjoy emotionally impactful and thought-provoking stories
  • Those who appreciate authentic and relatable characters
  • Anyone interested in exploring themes of love, loss, and the meaning of life

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Hope Books: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

Markus Zusak

What's I Am the Messenger about?

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak is a captivating novel that follows an ordinary teenage boy named Ed Kennedy who begins receiving mysterious messages instructing him to carry out acts of kindness and deliver messages to strangers. As he navigates through these tasks, he uncovers the truth about himself and the people around him, ultimately leading to a life-changing journey of self-discovery and purpose.

Who should read I Am the Messenger?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and introspective narratives
  • Those who appreciate unique storytelling and unconventional characters
  • People who are open to exploring themes of personal growth, human connection, and the power of kindness

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Hope Books: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

What's Between Shades of Gray about?

Between Shades of Gray is a historical fiction novel by Ruta Sepetys that tells the story of a young Lithuanian girl named Lina, who is deported to a Siberian labor camp during World War II. Through Lina's poignant and harrowing journey, the book sheds light on the lesser-known atrocities committed by the Soviet regime. It explores themes of resilience, family bonds, and the power of art in the face of adversity.

Who should read Between Shades of Gray?

  • Readers who are interested in historical fiction, particularly World War II era
  • People who enjoy stories of resilience and survival
  • Those who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of lesser-known aspects of history

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Hope Books: The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

What's The Arrival about?

The Arrival by Shaun Tan is a beautifully illustrated graphic novel that tells the story of a man who leaves his family to seek a better life in a new country. Without using any words, Tan captures the immigrant experience, the challenges of adapting to a new culture, and the universal themes of hope and resilience. It is a poignant and thought-provoking book that will stay with you long after you've finished reading.

Who should read The Arrival?

  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and visually stunning stories
  • Those interested in exploring themes of immigration, identity, and belonging
  • People who appreciate unique and unconventional storytelling

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