Maybe it’s because Daylight Savings Time officially ended a few weekends ago or maybe because it’s getting colder and we’re outside less, but it feels like there’s been a noticeably “bluer” atmosphere around lately. I definitely feel this way myself; I feel like I’ve been more affected by small things recently, and I’m feeling more introspective and melancholy because of it. (It doesn’t help that work has been extra busy lately, but that’s another post for another time.) So while small doses of introspection are always welcome, I would prefer to be my bright, energetic, summer self more often.
Being a bookworm, I decided the best way to get over this is to read my way out of this late fall/early winter funk! How do I think I’ll read away my winter blues? Let me tell you…
Read something funny.
What better way to instantly feel better than to tickle your funny bone and actually laugh out loud? I’m a huge fan of humorous books all year, but especially in the winter. Some hilarious, feel-good books I’d recommend:
- Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
- No Relation by Terry Fallis
- Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Travel through the pages.
The colder weather always has me yearning for the sun’s warm rays or a change of scenery. Because my wanderlust is usually stronger in the winter, the next best thing to actually going on vacation is to read about foreign places. Some adventures I’ve recently been on:
- Bye-Bye, Evil Eye by Deborah Kerbel (Greece)
- Us by David Nicholls (Grand tour of Europe)
- Alphabetique by Molly Peacock (Anthropomorphic dream world)
Cry it out.
Sometimes you just need a good cry. I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation for why crying feels so damn wonderful when you’re feeling down, but since I am not scientifically inclined, you’ll just have to believe me. I’ve already wrote a full post about books that make me cry, but I love them so much that I had to restate it here. (What was the most recent book that made you cry?)
Visit old friends.
This works in “real life” too! Sometimes a good hangout with my best friends really helps boost my mood. But if they don’t live close to you or you don’t really feel like being with humans, re-visiting friendly book characters work as well! Some friends I’ve been meaning to catch up with:
- Anne from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Bruno and Boots from This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall by Gordon Korman
- Any character from Susin Nielsen’s wonderful books.
Do you have any sure-fire ways to cheer yourself up? Are there any books that will always bring you out of a funk? Do you have any suggestions for me?