Do you need an escape, but a physical one is just not possible at the moment? There’s still a way to get out of your head, and the easiest method is by simply turning the pages of a good book.
Often you can find camaraderie in the author’s view on life or the characters’ exploits, and this can go a long way towards making you feel less alone. Books are the world’s best way of releasing you from the clutches of an anxious mind and ushering you in to a restful landscape to give your soul a rest!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Stephen Chbosky’s novel is a coming-of-age epistolary work originally published by Pocket Books on the 1st of February 1999. It’s set in the early 1990s and follows an introverted teen, Charlie, through his freshman high school year in a suburb in Pittsburgh.
You’ll be as immersed in this young man’s unconventional style of thinking as you would be by the online gambling NZ has to offer on a good day!
Follow him as he tries to navigate the borders between adulthood and adolescence and attempts to find answers to plaintive questions about life as a result of his interactions with family and friends.
Living a Feminist Life, Sara Ahmed
This work has Ahmed showing how feminist theory gets generated by everyday life and the very ordinary experiences of someone who supports this life-view at home and at work.
She offers a poetic, personal meditation on how feminists get estranged from the worlds they critique because of their naming problems and calling attention to them, and what can be learned from the world’s efforts to change you.
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
This is a best selling collection of essays separated in to two parts. The first section is made up of articles about Sedaris’ life before his move to Normandy, in France, including his Raleigh, North Carolina upbrings, the time he spent working odd jobs in New York, and a visit from a childhood friend of his and her rube girlfriend to The Big Apple.
The second part, Deux, looks at Sedaris’ move to Normandy with Hugh, his partner, and casts a humorous eye on his efforts to make a home there without speaking French and his exasperating attempts to make sense of it.
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Rick Riordan
This is a fantasy adventure pentalogy that was inspired when the author started creating stories for his son who had recently been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, Haley.
Haley had studied some Greek mythology in the second grade and asked his dad to tell him bedtime stories based on these, and when Riordan ran out of new tales to tell, Haley told his dad to simply make some up. Thus Percy Jackson was born, and the story tells of his travels all over America as he tries to find Zeus’ lightning bolt. The books were also adapted into some awesome movies.