Books for fun…and stress relief…

I recently read an article by the Associated Press about colouring books for adults, in order to help them relieve stress. Not only is this new trend popular, with competitions as a result of it, but it also seems to be an effective means of relieving stress.

To read up on the original article you can click on the link below:

Trendy but calm: Adult coloring books selling like crazy

However, I’m not writing this post to advocate the recent trend but to point out that even reading regular novels can also be an effective means of relieving stress. Yet, for many persons this task may be arguably a difficult one in terms of our busy schedules, managing the kids and having a full-time job. As an avid reader and someone who has a full plate, I often try to read as much as possible and I find it so rewarding. (Even if it takes me over a month to read one book). So I am challenging you all, especially if you haven’t read for a while, take some time to read a book  and see how you feel afterwards. Come on, I dare you! 🙂

Below I have provided a list of recent books read by some members staff (including one of our interns) for fun and which may also serve as a brain cooler during our hectic work schedules and projects.

  1.  Of  Age and Innocence (1958) – George Lamming
Of Age and Innocence - George Lamming
Of Age and Innocence – George Lamming

George Lamming is a west Indian writer, born in Barbados, who is very diverse in his professional pursuits which included a teacher in Trinidad, a radio host, an editor, essayist, not to mention, an award-winning writer. One of his earlier novels is In the Castle of My Skin (1953).

In my opinion, Of Age and Innocence is the perfect novel to read at present (seeing that we are about to hold our own government elections in September), since it centres around elections in the fictional island of San Cristobal. This novel highlights race and ethnicity in colonial and post-colonial societies, as well as, the linkages between diverse groups and people as a whole. This novel is deep, thought-provoking and captivating.

To read more about George Lamming you can click on the link below:

An afternoon with George Lamming

2. Warm Bodies (2011) – Isaac Marion

Warm Bodies - Issac Marion
Warm Bodies – Issac Marion

Isaac Marion, a native from Seattle, began writing in high school. He self-published three novels before his breakthrough with Warm Bodies.

Warm Bodies tells the romantic tale between R, the liveliest zombie you will ever meet, and Julie, the girlfriend of one of his victims. Not only is this novel humorous, it is also very moving and deep, (not to mention scary at times ), since it looks at humanity in a way that most of us may not have ever thought about. For sure it’s a certified page-turner and you wouldn’t want to put it down until the last page.

3. The Pilgrimage (1987) – Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho
The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian author, is the writer of the well-known novel, The Alchemist (1988), which sold 35 million copies and is the most translated book in the world by a living author.

Here Paulo Coelho details his journey across Spain along the legendary road of San Tiago, which pilgrims have travelled since Middle Ages. On this contemporary quest, he encounters a Chaucerian variety of mysterious guides and devilish opponents and learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity of life. The Pilgrimage holds an important place in Paulo Coelho’s literary canon. His first book, it not only paved the way for his phenomenal novel The Alchemist , but it also fully expresses his humanist philosophy and the depth of his unique search for meaning. (Harper Collins, 2015).

4. Styxx (A Dark Hunter Series Novel) – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Styxx - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Styxx – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon , a #1 New York Times bestselling author,  who is proud of her mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger, as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. When not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than thirty million copies of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too. Her books appear regularly at the coveted #1 bestselling spot. (Amazon, 2015)

This novel delves into the realms of fantasy and follows the centuries-long adventures of the immortal warriors of Atlantis. According to Publisher’s Weekly “Sherrilyn Kenyon [is] the reigning queen of the…paranormal scene.” This novel is book number seventeen (17) in the Dark-Hunter Series. So if you enjoy adventure, romance and a bit of paranormal/fantasy maybe you can do some research and start to read. However, if you are not into reading a book with abuse, torture etc., then this book may be a bit too much.