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.