my top 3 rage books

My Top Three !!RAGE!! Books

Posted June 4, 2018 by Amber in Bookish Things, Reading / 6 Comments


Every once and a while, when I’m really aggravated, I want to jump into a book and lose myself for one reason or another.

Like, fine world!  If you’re going to suck, I’m just going to find another place I like better.  So there!

Actually, in all reality, I have a terrible temper.  I’ve traditionally been pretty good at controlling it as I’ve gotten older, but sometimes I feel like Clariel fighting against her Berserk and it’s all I can do to remove myself from a situation and calm myself.  It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s something I acknowledge and am constantly working on to make myself better.

If you’re like me, perhaps sometimes you need a good book to climb into as well.  May I make a few suggestions?

Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

For when you want to say “Screw the world and everyone in it.”

If you’re that type of miserable angry that really wants some company, you can hardly do better than the bitter Holden Caulfield.  For those of you who avoided reading this one in school, Holden is a 16 year old in NYC who decides he’s done with all the bullshit in the world for a bit and goes underground to clear his head and reflect upon life.

Mostly, this is a teen angst novel, but somehow Holden’s pain always appealed to me when I was angry.  It’s a classic, though in modernity not particularly well-loved.  Still, if you’re angry – Holden is angry too.  The two of you can definitely be angry together.

Hyperbole and a Half

by Allie Brosh

For when you need to break out of the angry and laugh against your will.

When I was a kid, my parents used to watch me throw my temper tantrums with calculated patience, then promptly deal with them as appropriate.  If I was particularly badly behaved, there were harsh words and punishments.  But sometimes I was being foolish, and they knew I was being foolish, and the whole thing just needed to be sorted.

That was where The Three Stooges came in.  I was raised watching these knuckleheads (Curly is my favorite) and it’s really hard to sit on a couch and watch their hijinks and not laugh.  Even when you don’t want to.  If you want a book that will make you laugh to tears in the worst of times… Allie Brosh has your back.

The Bad Beginning

by Lemony Snickett

For when you need to put on big girl panties and realize your life isn’t that bad.

Sometimes, we know we need to be brought down to earth and smacked across the face with the reality of things.  We don’t like it, but it’s essential.  There are loads of books I could point out where the protagonist’s life is invariably worst than yours, mine, and ours… but I chose The Bad Beginning and this series in general for a reason:  The Baudelaires have fallen into terrible circumstances, but unlike many other protagonists, they try to fix it.

Many hard luck protagonists are stuck in their situations, others are destroyed by it.  These three kids make friends wherever they go, are never as hoighty-toighty as their previous fortunes would have allowed them to be, and they need ever give up.  These may be children books, but these are also great reminders for us adults.


What do you do when you’re angry?

What type of angry person are you?

Have you ever read while you were angry and felt better afterwards?

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6 responses to “My Top Three !!RAGE!! Books

  1. Danielle

    I thought this post was going to be a list of books that were so bad they made you angry lol. I don’t get angry too often, I mostly get hella annoyed and pressed then either walk off or storm TF out lol. Huh, maybe I do have anger issues!! Especially with stupid people at my job. They’re nice and everything but dammit if they aren’t dense as hell when it comes to direction. So yeah, I get angry but not all the time. And I remember Three Stooges but never fully watched them lol.

  2. When I’m angry I usually just pick up whatever book I’m currently reading, but if I’m too angry it can affect my reading, so I often backtrack a couple pages and reread them, so that by the time I get to where I was, my anger has disappeared, and I can properly appreciate the new content. (This obviously doesn’t apply when I’m rereading… And honestly rereading just works way better in general.)

    If I’m not enjoying the book I’m currently reading, or I’m too angry, or it just isn’t working, I’ll go back to an old favourite and reread it. Usually Harry Potter, or sometimes Tamora Pierce. They tend to work the best, but I can’t just reread them EVERY time I get mad… I would barely get any other reading done that way… ?

    • Amber

      Old favorites are a great way to pick yourself back up! I do usually have a few of those on call for times when I need a pick-me-up. 🙂 Tamora Pierce is a good one – she builds such intricate fantasy worlds that it’s easy to get lost and get away from it all. 🙂

    • Amber

      ALL of her stories make me laugh to tears!!! 🙂 I like the cake one, and the dinosaur suit, lost in the woods… they’re all gold. Adulting. 🙂 The adulting one is probably my favorite. I recommend H&aH to everyone, at every possible opportunity. XD