A Bookish Guide to De-Stressing After the Election

So the election happened. Maybe you’re happy, maybe you’re not. (Please don’t leave political views in the comments section! This is a strictly book-and-music safe space.) But I think we could all use a bit of a detox. So here are some books to read in the aftermath of the crazies:

1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

madeline-main2

A simple and lovely picture book, follow Madeline into the world of tigers in the zoo and those two straight lines.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

pride-and-prejudice-book-austen

Escape to the world of balls and suitors, where Lizzie receives all the engagements and turns them all down. Ah, the simpler times.

3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

pb3288__73443.1397784530.1280.1280

Everything is so wacky and different that it’s the perfect escape! Go play croquet with some flamingos.

4. Heap House (Iremonger #1) by Edward Carey

heap-house

It’s different than the books I normally talk about, but this felt like an appropriate time to plug it. It’s one of the quirkiest, most otherworldly, fascinating books I’ve read in a while. I highly recommend it! (Although it might be slightly dark. Fair warning.)

5. Your favorite book

Whether it’s happy or sad, calming or thrilling, re-reading your favorite book is always refreshing.

Bonus: For some gorgeous, soothing music, check out John Field’s nocturnes! They sound like part of the soundtrack to the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice to me. Chopin is another great choice for beautiful, lyrical music that can soothe the soul. Here’s an example of his in case you’re interested!

Super Deluxe Bonus (What NOT to Read Right Now): 1984 by George Orwell.

1984-george-orwell

Trust me. Just let the election settle down and then you can read it. (It’s an absolutely fantastic book.)

 

Further recommendations: 

Another shorter piece to help de-stress might be A Fairy Tale Retelling of Jane Eyre.

You might like If Macbeth Met Thor, too! (Yay for political-ish humor.)

Happy reading and listening!

 

Twitter: @ifmermaids

 

6 thoughts on “A Bookish Guide to De-Stressing After the Election

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s