Literary Listings: 5 Books I Read When I’m Stressed

I have some pretty bad anxiety and stress issues and this recent move had me clinging to my a few of my favourite books to help alleviate it. Nikki will roll her eyes at this list in bit because of course, there is a certain series that will appear up top, but the others I hope will be a bit more surprising.

5 Books I Read When I’m Stressed

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

How could this beauty not appear on this list? It’s the first thing that I read when I’m upset or too stressed out to calm down. I think its why I choose to reread it every year because the minute I pick up it’s pages I can feel my breathing regulate and my shoulders relax. It’s like the best drug ever, this magic, and I’d say I’m proper addicted.

The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

This series is everything and a bag of chips. I haven’t even reviewed it yet but I will soon. In short I love it and the magic of the series surrounds me with such vigour.

This kind of magic is a great way to relax because it’s so foreign and different and odd from our very own, it’s necessary.

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

I’m sure many are surprised that this book is here. I read this when I was 15 years old and now that I think back to it, a 15 year old should not be reading this book. Yet, it struck a chord with me and ever since when I’ve become immensely restless and frustrated it always manages to calm me. It’s very melancholic but I love it because it gives me a feeling of immersion and quiet which is wonderful when I’m stressed or my head won’t simmer down.

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Though scathing, this book is a brilliant commentary on Caribbean life. Being from the Caribbean and having spent significant time in Antigua visiting family, I recognise the places that she mentions so for me, though harsh and satirical, this book is plain funny. I laugh and cheer Kincaid’s writing on every single time.

Sailor Moon series by Naoko Takeuchi

Oh come on, who doesn’t love some magic girl for their stressed out days? I even made a Sailor Scout alter ego for myself once (it involved a sun, some pretty rad prism colored colors and pretty sensible shoes, with a magical, badass staff of course, I was always the staff girl). I don’t have them with me now but there is a new edition that I’ve been sneaking eyes at… I may get them soon and start my magic girl journey all over again.

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11 Responses to Literary Listings: 5 Books I Read When I’m Stressed

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  2. Lily Lau says:

    I need to take a look then, I’m so stressed lately… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Thank you for sharing!

  3. That is what I love about Harry Potter; it doesn’t matter what your mood is, it’s always the best choice ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Lisa says:

    This is a really sweet concept. Harry Potter would make my list of comfort books too, and probably the Outlander series (although I’d have to pick and choose to make sure I only read non-traumatic chapters) ๐Ÿ™‚ I think anything by Christopher Moore would work for me too!

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      Would you recommend Moore’s books? I’ve always wanted to read them but I have a bad sense of humor (or none really) so I’ve avoided them.

      • Lisa says:

        I do love Christopher Moore, but you have to be okay with weirdness and a very twisted sense of what’s funny. I think Lamb is a masterpiece, actually, and his other stuff is just so weird (I love weird) that it really tickles my funny bone.

  5. HOLLY says:

    I totally agree with you about Harry Potter! Lord of the Rings also does the same for me, as do John Green’s books. I’m not really sure why, but hey, I’ll go with it!

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