I had hoped by now to have written a triumphant return blog post with some sort of uber imaginative post title like – ‘I’m baaaaack!’. Unfortunately there’s still a lot going on here in Book Ninja land which is interfering with my blogging time and motivation. Chief among these is the seemingly never-ending dental issues that have been dragging on for 7 weeks now and are having a major impact in terms of both pain and frustration. Anyone can have a simple, easy to understand and treat dental issue but I’m not just anyone. I like to be different and have dental problems that, in their own words, ‘stump’ the dentists! 😦 Keep your fingers crossed I get some answers and solutions very, very soon!
When I’m feeling particularly stressed like this my mind goes into MAJOR overdrive and it’s difficult for me to concentrate on anything too heavy, so my trusted, go-to coping mechanisms (other than friends and family obviously!) are light-hearted books, and my old, and beloved friends, my Gilmore Girls boxsets. It’s a delicate balance finding the right light-hearted book – too light and it won’t hold my interest or offer any sort of distraction at all. At the moment, I’m reading Austenland by Shannon Hale. A very short book, it tells the story of Jane, a young New Yorker with a Jane Austen obsession, particularly with the Colin Firth version of Pride and Prejudice. When Jane’s distant relative dies, she leaves her a trip to an Austen experience where visitors get to dress up and live as they would’ve lived in Regency England.
Admittedly the character of Jane is slightly irritating at times and it’s definitely not the best book in this genre that I’ve ever read but I have to say it’s doing the job nicely at the moment. Whether we’re a Jane Austen fan or not (obviously I am) who among us bookaholics hasn’t fantasised about getting the opportunity to live, even for a while, in one of the worlds that we come across in our books? I certainly don’t have the same level of obsession when it comes to dreaming of literary worlds that Jane has but I have to admit that I can relate and it has been a very pleasant distraction getting to live vicariously through her Austen experience. 🙂 I missed the movie when it was out here in Scotland due to a limited release but it’s definitely one I’ll be checking out when the dvd is available here next month.
As for the Gilmore Girls, that show has seen me (and my mum) through some tough times for years. When I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown during my university exams years ago what got me through? The Gilmore Girls! When my mum was ill and recovering from an operation, what got her through? The Gilmore Girls! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this lovely, lovely show, it’s set in a small-town in Connecticut and shows the ups and downs of life for Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory, who she had when she was 16. The show is just the right balance between light-hearted and drama, the cast of characters including the Gilmore Girls themselves, are just the right amount of quirky and eccentric without being annoying, and no matter how stressed I am, it always manages to get me back from the edge. If I could find a way to live in Stars Hollow and be BFFs with Lorelai, played of course, by the fabulous Lauren Graham, I would! If you haven’t seen this show, particularly if you’re going through a tough time, you HAVE to go get a copy immediately! It’s one of the best forms of stress relief I’ve ever come across and both me, and my mum, will be eternally grateful for it.
I really, really hope that I’ll get some dental answers and feel better soon so that I can get back to top blogging form, and engaging more with all you lovely people. Just hang in there a wee bit longer and I promise I’ll be back soon!
How about you? What are your go-to stress relief/feel better distractions?
Any light-hearted book recommendations for me?