Finding Hope Through Literature: Five Wellness Books to Read
With Covid-19, the state of US politics and protests around racial injustices, 2020 has been a roller coaster year for everyone. For college students, online courses and Zoom meetings only added to the stress of the year.
But all is not lost.
With vaccines now distributed, classes returning to campus in the fall, and global politics coming to a more restful place, 2021 looks to have a brighter future. To help you enjoy that hope and the beauty of warmer weather, here are five wellness books to get your hands on this spring.
Swedish author Fredrik Backman kicks off our list with the heartwarming and sad novel, A man called Ove.Published in 2012, the story follows the titular Ove, a bitter, cranky old man who lives alone and wants nothing to do with his neighbors. While his bitter exterior repels any intimate relationship with others, his new neighbors take on him an unexpected affection.
Backman creates a character who, over the course of the book, comes to terms with the grief that gave rise to his bad mood. A man called Ove is a compelling story about hope, resilience, and the value of warm relationships, perfect if you’re looking for a book that makes you feel good.
Next on our list is a novel that expresses both sadness and joy. In Jojo Moyes’ Me before you, Louisa Clark finds herself unemployed after someone closes her bakery. Anxious to find a job to be able to keep her family afloat, Lou takes on the role of babysitter for Will Traynor. Will once lived a life full of speed and adrenaline, but after a devastating accident he is now in a wheelchair.
As the couple begins their working relationship, a deeper relationship begins to form. Soon Lou finds out about Will’s plans to end his life and she shows him that, even in the midst of his woes, his life is still worth living.
In Me before you, Moyes illustrates an enchanting love story, where two unlikely people find love in an unlikely circumstance. The first volume of a trilogy, Me before you is a beautiful story about love, sacrifice and the fragile beauty of life.
Another novel centered on loss, This too will not passs by Milena Busquets focuses on Blanca, a 40-year-old woman who has just lost the most important person in her life: her mother. To help her come to terms with her new reality, Blanca contacts her friends and family and returns to Cadaqués, Spain. During the novel, Blanca spends her summer in Cadaqués, where she seeks closure and a life full of meaning.
Blanca’s story is a crude illustration of the emotions one experiences when faced with the loss of a parent. Busquets writes his story to emphasize the importance of reaching out to others when it seems like our lives have turned upside down, and the hope that comes with it.
In Americanah through Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the reader grows up with Ifemelu, a young Nigerian woman who immigrates to America to have a better chance of having a university education. Having grown up in Nigeria then arriving in America, Ifemelu must adapt quickly to American customs and build a new life. We find Ifemelu constantly navigating between his Nigerian and American identities.
Adichie is a Nigerian writer who has written numerous books on the Nigerian experience. Through her enchanting prose and her own experiences as a Nigerian woman, Adichie absorbs readers into the inspiring world of Americanah, illuminating the vitality of white.
For our fans of historical fiction, we end our list with Paulette Jiles World news. Written in 2016, the book takes us back to the aftermath of the Civil War. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels north Texas reading the news to a paying audience. One day, when he arrives in Wichita Falls, he receives an offer to deliver an orphan to his relatives in San Antonio, in exchange for $ 50.
During the 400-mile journey, the unlikely couple form an invaluable bond with each other. The captain faces a dilemma upon arriving in San Antonio and must decide whether to hand the girl over to her relatives, who see her as an unwanted burden, or to venture out, become a criminal himself and raise the youngster. girl.
Apparently based on a true story, World news is a charming western tale that brings out the tough decisions and moral dilemmas one faces, as well as the hope that comes with finding the right path.
While this list isn’t exhaustive, it’s a great place to start for anyone looking for a cheerful read this spring. As exam time approaches, it’s important to find contentment and tranquility, whether through a wellness book or a day’s sleep.