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Which Books Have Helped You Manage Your Anxiety?

Living with anxiety is a daily battle and sometimes I wonder if it’d ever go away. It gets worse at night when one is not allowed to sleep even though one tries to count his each breath and sometimes the number is astonishing to that someone. Once it crossed 300 breathes and after that I lost the count. Well, I have read some books and reviewed a few here which do talk anxiety especially, Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive, and if you consider Syliva Plath’s Bell Jar, a book wholesomely written by an anxious person.

It causes me to spend more time with it, and less time with what I like to do. I end up wasting a lot of time due to it, less reading, less writing, not enough focus while working but someday I will have my revenge, I hope. Anxiety causes me to sleep sometimes too, but after the sleep, tiredness is often the result. Also, too much of caffeine never helps but increases the level of anxieties inside me. There are many ways of coping with this little bastard, and one way is to read a comforting book.

So I ask you guys, which books have helped yourself managing the anxiety. Share with me.

Books, Guest Post

GUEST BLOG: Feed Your Brain by Janita Lawrence

Feed Your Brain

by Janita Lawrence

I want to stick a fork in my eye when people tell me they ‘love reading’ but just don’t have the time. Life is so bloody exciting with all this sitting at my desk and looking at the Facebook and the Twitter. I get it. Who has time for anything anymore?

I want to take you (firmly, but not unkindly) aside. Your brain is starving, I want to say.Your brain is like the carnivorous plant in the Little Shop of Horrors.

I know all that! I can hear you yelling from behind your smarty-pants handheld devices. I know it’s good for me but where do I find the TIME? Well, here are some lifestyle hacks that will up your reading consumption, which will in turn help me to keep my eyeballs intact.

You’re welcome.

Continue reading “GUEST BLOG: Feed Your Brain by Janita Lawrence”

Books, Essay

The World of Crime Fiction

In Italy, people call a story that consist of detectives or crimes giallo, for the word yellow. The reason is that since 1930s mostly crime fiction books had yellow covers. The earliest known crime fiction book is over twenty pages and is written by Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher and published in 1829. It is called The Rector of Veilbye and is supposedly based on a true murder case from 1626 in Vejlby, Denmark. The story is in the form of diary entries by a character named Erik Sorensen whose focus is on a trial about an unexplained disappearance of a farm labourer and after fifteen years the bones are unearthed.

The evolution and popularity of the genre increased in late nineteenth century in UK and USA, offering cheap paperbacks and mass producing them. Author like Arthur Conan Doyle made a huge contribution in the development of this literary genre for the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Continue reading “The World of Crime Fiction”


David Foster Wallace on Good Will Hunting, Loneliness, Writing, and many more

THE LAST INTERVIEW AND OTHER CONVERSATIONS is a collection of interviews of David Forster Wallace including the last interview he gave before his death. David Foster Wallace not only answers the questions regarding his books and essays or collection of his essays rather he has an opinion on various subjects. Here are some of the recites in his on words.

On Pop Culture:

I use a fair amount of pop stuff in my fiction, but what I mean by it is nothing different than what other people mean in writing about trees and parks and having to walk to the river to get water a hundred years ago. It’s just the texture of the world I live in.

On his teaching career:

I was hired to teach creative writing, which I don’t like to teach.

On the film The Good Will Hunting:

I think it’s the ultimate nerd fantasy movie.

On Loneliness:

[…] there is this existential loneliness in the world. I don’t know what you’re thinking or what it’s like inside you and you don’t know what it’s like inside me.

On Writing Book Reviews: Continue reading “David Foster Wallace on Good Will Hunting, Loneliness, Writing, and many more”

Books, Crime & Mystery, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin

There are few authors who after becoming bestsellers keep on improving as a writer. With them, their characters grow, their stories become unforgettable and its a bliss for the readers. Rankin is one of them. After he got his hard work paid of with the publishing of Black and Blue in 1997 rewarding him Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger for best crime novel. Since then,  having reading almost every novel written by Rankin that includes his creation of John Rebus, a Detective Inspector who is known for bending rules, and getting the cases he is assigned, under his skin.

Standing in Another Man’s Grave, came three years back and is listed as the 18th book in John Rebus series. It is also a book that brings back John Rebus from retirement, brings back another interesting, twisted crime full of lies and real-life characters. And of course, John Rebus’ own demons. Many of the Rebus fans are interested in that. Few are more curious about his demons than of the crime solved by him.

This book is one of the major leap in the life John Rebus, if he has been made of flesh and bone rather than by Rankin’s imagination. It brings Rebus back to life. He has become old as his Saab, officially not a cop anymore, working for the SCRU department under CID as a semi-official investigator, handling cold cases, cases which are still unsolved, has cut his boozing, has cut his smoking, but not at all rusty. Ghosts of the past such as Big Ger Cafferty a semi-retired gangster who in his prime use to run Edinburgh, are still mingling with Rebus. They occasionally patch for a drink, but Rebus consider him nothing more than a ghost from his own past. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin”

Books, Crime & Mystery, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey is a different work produced by Jane Austen, not so typical Austen novel I would say, and many times referred as a ‘Gothic Parody’. I haven’t read Jane Austen in years. Last book I remember reading of hers is Mansfield Park that I consider her best work.

Most of the events described in this book take place in Bath, England and later in Northanger Abbey, an estate. Catherine Morland is this novel’s young heroine who has little experience outside her own country village until she is invited to Bath with family friends, Mr. & Mrs. Allen. In Bath she befriends two families, the Thorpes and the Tilneys.

While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers and especially a fan Ann Radcliffe’s books immerses herself in the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion and let it mingle with her mind with terrible suspicions. She arouse some questions to satisfy her own appetite of imagination such as what is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother?  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Most of us know Elizabeth Gilbert from her bestseller Eat, Pray, Love. I remember reading that book and never completing it. It is a bestseller as well as one of the most critically bashed as I have seen from reviews all over the internet. I don’t have an opinion on it though, since I never completed reading it. But a few days back, I got my hands on her newest non-fiction, Big Magic: Creative Living and Beyond Fear, which I think everyone at least should have a glimpse of it.

Gilbert’s Big Magic is a sermon telling us not to fear our creative sight. In this book, she offers insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She talks about creativity as freely as if someone merely telling you his or her thoughts on a subject that is not subjective at all but an essential to discuss among two human beings. She claims rightly about that Humans being differ from other animals in terms of creativity. Every animal on this planet seeks basic survival instincts. Food, water, shelter, sleep, poop. We, humans, seek another extravaganza factor that differ us from every other species. And that is called ‘Creativity’. If no creativity, mind you, you won’t be reading this blog post because I wouldn’t have read the book. With creativity comes curiosity. Internet might have been there but it would be an utter boredom without creativity. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert”

Books, classics, Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Martin Eden by Jack London

Jack London’s Martin Eden is a rare book that would indulge any reader from page one. It is also rare since it does resemble the typical American writing as one can observe in the writing styles of American writers of early twentieth century. It’s a powerful book, one that will definitely have an impact on its readers and will leave a reader thoughtful in the end.

Set in San Fransisco, this semi-autobiographical work is the story of a sailor called Martin Eden who pursues ambitiously, dreams of education and literary fame. For a start with help of the girl, he falls in love with, he educates himself feverishly and becomes a writer, hoping to acquire the respectability sought by his society-girl. However, fame is a cruel mistress and takes her own time to develop but that doesn’t mean it will knock on one’s door. Martin pledges towards his writing everyday, once he feels confident of himself being an intellectual he starts writing articles, essays and stories and sends them to magazines and newspapers all across the country.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Martin Eden by Jack London”

Books, Crime & Mystery, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

John Rebus is back. Old, fat, still surviving on booze and nicotine. This time he is back with some old fellows as DI Siobhan Clarke and Malcolm Fox, and his old Dr. Hyde resembler, Big Ger Cafferty. With new villains and other fresh characters such as Daryl Christie and James Page, introduced only two novels back in Standing in Another Man’s Grave, Rankin has indulged us readers into a deeper mystery this time.

Detective Inspector Siobhan Clarke is investigating the death of a senior lawyer during a robbery. But the case becomes more complex when a note is discovered, indicating that this may have been no random attack, and when local gangster Big Ger Cafferty receives an identical message, Clarke decides that the recently retired John Rebus may be able to help. He’s the only man Cafferty will open up to, and together the two old adversaries might just stand a chance of saving Cafferty’s skin.

Meanwhile a team from Glasgow has arrived and they will leave no stone unturned for what they want before the leave Edinburgh in its own hands. DI Malcolm Fox is assigned a simple looking yet harsh task of providing local expertise to the undercover squad but he is soon drawn in too deep as everything collides. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin”