Prescription Literature: Words For All Ailments

Monday, 24 July 2017

the little paris bookshop book

I recently finished reading the absolutely wonderful novel 'The Little Paris Bookshop' by Nina George, about a Parisian man whose hobby is to prescribe books to people based on their emotions or inner desires. I adored the entire book, but this small section of the plot is the part which has really stuck in my mind after reading it. I think it's true that a book is a powerful thing and the words that line the pages of your literature choices can completely shape your outlook on life. Novels give us new eyes through which to see the world, but not only this, they can help us to feel a little better or a little safer depending on the point of our lives that we're at. Books can strike joy in hearts, can make a person feel less lonely, less weak or more deeply understood. Books have saved me on countless occasions, so I'd like to prescribe some of my favourite books for the next time one of your emotions takes control.

Today I am alone:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky. Read when you feel introverted and like you're looking at life from the outside, or when you're tired of blending in.

Paper Towns, John Green. Read when you feel tired of just floating along and like you want to run away from everything, including yourself.

Anne of Green Gables, L.M.Montgomery. Read when you need a vividly relatable reminder that it's okay to stand out and be different, even if that means standing alone.

Today I am angry:

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd. Read when you need a slow and soft story, with heartwarming words to soothe your thoughts.

Today I am anxious:

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. Read when you're feeling stuck, pressured by life, unsure of what choices to make and fearful for the future.

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Read when everything around you feels static and overwhelming and you need to be reminded of what matters.

The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World, Haemin Sunim. Read when you feel like you're drowning in life and you need a helping hand to stop you from slipping under.

the secret life of bees book

Today I am broken:

Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh. Read when your mind has turned upside down and you feel like you're the only one who isn't quite upright.

I'll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson. Read when you need healing metaphors on love and some beautiful words to fill the cracks in your soul.

Today I am envious:

Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life. Read when your life feels like a constant competition and you've lost sight of what's important in life.

Today I am grieving:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer. Read when you feel overwhelmed by existence and need some clarity, or when you're searching for the smallest flicker of light in darkness.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter. Read when you need to feel reminded that healing is never linear and always subjective.

Today I am heartbroken:

Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read when you want a real, messy, poignant portray of love, or when it feels like you're in too many pieces to ever love again.

The Princess Saves Herself in this One, Amanda Lovelace. Read when you need to make room in your heart to fall in love with yourself again.

the perks of being a wallflower book

Today I am hopeless:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Read when you want to feel like your lost soul could be connected to another out there, or when you need a reminder that some friendships can turn every light inside you on.

Today I am out of love with the world:

Life of Pi, Yann Martel. Read when you need a reminder that people are strong, and will travel great lengths for kindness.

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini. Read when it feels like you've forgotten that hope and faith can be found in even the darkest of corners.

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. Read when you want to remember how much small acts of humanity, kindness and wisdom can change the world.

Today I am sad:

Reasons To Stay Alive, Matt Haig.  Read when you're feeling low and that the world may be better off without you in it. Spoiler alert: it wouldn't be.

Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira. Read when you have too much stuck inside your mind and it feels like you have nobody left to talk to.

reasons to stay alive book

Today I am uninspired:

Wild, Cheryl Strayed. Read when it feels like the world that you're living in just isn't enough, and you have a longing to find deeper meaning.

The Opposite of Lonliness, Marina Keegan. Read when you want to feel understood and like your voice can make a difference.

Today I am weak:

Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur. Read when you've been damaged and bruised and need a way to heal the scars, or when your heart needs to be reminded what forgiveness feels like.

-Prescriptions can be mixed as you wish -

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