Hey everyone! So I know that saying the last pretty much two years has been tough is the understatement of the year. So much has changed and some changes have been great while others have not been. With my anxiety, I’ve been throwing myself into my reading because it’s the only escape I seem to have that I really want to make and well, with the passing of my grandpa, it’s been even worse so any moment I have to check out, I take it.
I know a lot people have their reading preferences when they are having a hard time, for some its rereading whats familiar or their favorite and for others its reading a particular genre without a break from it in sight. I’m pretty much the reading a particular genre which tend to be rom-coms, romances or plenty of comedy. The lighter the content, the better I feel and can really lean into it for however long it takes me to read it. I figured that for this weeks post, I would give a short list of books that I have loved that got me through rough periods. Also, in the interest of transparency, I didn’t have the emotional bandwidth to write full on reviews & didn’t want to short change the books or their authors but still wanted to give you all a post because I am committed to this blog. Of course, you all are welcome to ask questions in the comments or find me on social media and I’d be happy to talk about specific books.
Alrighty, let’s get to this list and there are hyperlinks to ones that I have written about in the past. So if you find yourself intrigued by them, do go check out those posts!
- Rent-A-Boyfriend by Gloria Chao
- American Panda by Gloria Chao
- Love Is A Revolution by Renee Watson
- A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen
- Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
- Made In Korea by Sarah Suk
- Simone Breaks All The Rules by Debbie Rigaud
- Of Princes And Promises by Sandhya Menon
- Ahmed Aziz’s Epic Year by Nina Hamza
- Josephine Against The Sea by Shakira Bourne
- The Tiger At Midnight Series by Swati Teerdhala (The Tiger At Midnight, The Archer At Dawn and The Chariot At Dusk)
- Sister Of The Bollywood Bride by Nandini Bajpai
- Once Upon A Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira
- Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
- Radha & Jai’s Recipe For Romance by Nisha Sharma
Books, like the ones on this list, with gratuitous laughter and/or romance are the ones that really helped me get through the tough times like now because they give me a mental break from what I’m dealing with. I’m sure that so many of you could relate in some way. I also find that the characters are experiencing some of the same emotional turmoil or situations I’m dealing with (though they are often younger) and it helps me work through my own stuff, its one of the best things about books.
Are any of you the same when it comes to your reading and your mental/emotional space? Let me know in the comments or find me on social media on Instagram @bookishgirlmagic, Twitter @bookishgrlmagic and Clubhouse @bookishgrlmagic where you can typically find me in book centered clubs/rooms (which I’m not on super often, just to put that out there but for sure on Tuesdays and Fridays). Also subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already because it always gives me a mood bump when I see there is a new subscriber!
Have a wonderful day wherever you are in the world! As usual, I’m sending you tons of bookish love and wishing you happy reading! Be sure to take care of yourself out there! Peace Out Y’all!