Encyclopedias, short stories, and comics are three kinds of books I read a lot when I was a kid. We didn’t have access to the internet back then when we were in primary school, so books are the only way for me to know things. Growing up, I found myself getting into books more than I thought. Certain books are like a hit of caffeine in the morning and finding good books that help you in any way could be another form of joy.
This time of pandemic has permitted us to do our usual doings and stay at home. In the time when everyone is anxious and the worries are somehow bigger than the expectations, these 5 books have helped to go thru my quarantine days, and perhaps they will help you too:
Spark Joy: The Illustrated Guide to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
To be completely honest with you, I had no intention at all to redecorate, declutter, or even organize my room before the pandemic strikes. You might find me very cliché, but after reading this book and proceed to watch Marie Kondo series on Netflix, I suddenly had the urge to declutter my room and my old stuff. Believe it or not, the process of tidying up was actually very healing for me and you should try it too!
I Want To Die But I Want To Eat Tteokbokki
If you are into Korean culture, music, or perhaps the language, you might be familiar with this book. It’s an essay from Baek Se Hee in which she writes her conversations with her therapist. The book has it all from questions, judgments, answers about loving yourself. I found myself being heard while reading this book. FYI, this book is available only in Korean and Indonesian language! So far, the second book is only available in Korean.
I actually bought this book early this year in a local bookstore in Singapore and this book caught my attention since Debbie Lee is a local writer. This book will give you insights on how Debbie went through her depressions and the struggles she faced during the recovery. This also opens my mind to how reverse psychology doesn’t work for everyone and how girls should treasure their bodies and sexuality. However, if you are struggling with any of these, this book might trigger you!
HER Vol. 1
Poetry books are actually one of my go-to books when I don’t know what to read. Her Vol. 1 by Pierre Alex Jeanty is a collection of poetry about women, their strengths, and their beauty. I felt empowered while reading this book and if you are a woman, I recommend you to give it a try! One of my favorite parts of the book: “Them losing interest doesn’t make you any less interesting.”
the sun and her flowers
I think a lot of people know about this book already. Another poetry book that quickly became my favorite after a few pages into reading it. This book is all about love and relationships. There are five chapters depicting the process of love, from wilting to blooming. I personally love the illustrations, too. If you’re looking for a poetry book, this one by Rupi Kaur is a must for you to read!
I haven’t really caught up with books anymore since I got busy often with work. However, the feeling of finding books that speak to me really is something that I’m looking for these days when things get hard. Anyway, I hope you could find this helpful and enjoy these books as much as I do. I would love to read more books! Do you perhaps have any recommendations?