Adele is queen of the feels, so naturally we’ve all been feeling some things since 25 came out in November. By now we’ve all hopefully put the wine away, but in case you’re still looking for something to compliment your Adele-induced emotional palate, here is a list of literary counterparts to each song on her new album and feelings you might find yourself feeling.
“Hello” | Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
For when you’re grown and just as fabulous as ever, but you still really need to talk to someone from your past in order to successfully rock that little black dress and those YSL boots while on a night out with the girls.
“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” | On the Road: The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac
For when you’re over it. Basically what all the women of this book should have said to Kerouac and Neal Cassady. You’re not a subplot to come home to when the cash runs dry, ladies.
“I Miss You” | The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
For when you want someone so bad that you are practically steaming, and you should really calm down before things get weird (but you don’t calm down and things do get weird).
“When We Were Young” | The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
For when grief takes you back down some old roads you’re not ready to revisit, so you come up with really complex new routes and start doing your grocery shopping across town to avoid confronting your memories in the milk aisle.
“Remedy” | A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
For when you’re trying really hard to take care of someone. You may not always know what you’re doing, and it may result in some serious FOMO, but when duty calls, you’ll sure as hell be there.
“Water Under the Bridge” | The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
For when you’re unable to admit that it’s over (or that it never began), so you maybe dabble in experimental religion to cope and really need to wake up to the fact that life is not a Jane Austen novel.
“River Lea” | The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
For when you can’t escape your hometown, and you realize you’re internal music isn’t any louder than anyone else’s, but you still go to the same diner and still stick a dime in the jukebox because it’s what you’ve always done.
“Love in the Dark” | East of Eden by John Steinbeck
For when you need to let go of the love you’re not getting—whether from the psychopathic prostitute who shot you, a bloodline of absent fathers, or the man who’s children you raised.
“Million Years Ago” | Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
For when you’re reflecting on your college days and thinking of all the stupid stuff you did and that was done to you, but you smile a little anyway because it shaped you and you turned out pretty damn OK.
“All I Ask” | Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
For when you fall in love with your best friend, take him home for Thanksgiving, and the family adores him, but he crushes on your sister instead and says he still wants to be friends. . . .
“Sweetest Devotion” | A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
For when your life is a kind of annoying Nicholas Sparks romance, and you spend all your time baking in the sun on sailboats and exotic islands with the love of your life—and then you find The One.