Sometimes all it takes is a few chapters from my favourite books to alleviate my dark mood. Reading has been my safe place since I was younger and it continues to be. These are some of the books I read when things are a bit crazy in my head.
- Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo
“your mother was your first mirror.
Didn’t she carry herself well enough
To make you feel like a God?”
Poetry books do for me what self-help books do for others. Words have the power to heal. Ijeoma Umebinyuo’s poetry makes me feel less small in this vast world.
- Spud Series by John van de Ruit
This is hands down the best book series in the entire world and you can’t tell me otherwise. It will always be my number one book. Spud follows John Milton (not the poet) through his four years of boarding school. Night-swimming shenanigans, dysfunctional roommates and tricky prefects all lead to Spud having the worst and best years of his life.
- Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
I recently read this book for the second time, it’s that good. Whenever I’m feeling down I like to read books that will make me laugh and forget for a little while. Noah Grimes has been best friends with Harry since forever. His life is turned upside down when Harry confesses his love for him.
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
I don’t know how to describe this book but if you’re suffering from a mental illness, it’s a good book to read. Everything I’m feeling translated into words that make sense.
- Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
What better way to escape from the crushing reality of depression than the magical world of Harry Potter.
What are some of your favourite books to read when you’re feeling down ?