The “go-to” comfort books when you’re mentally exhausted

April 25, 2015 Discussion 35

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Exhausted much yes! – someone pass me a super mega sized Ice White mocha triple shot hold the whip please! 

So I’m finally back in the swing of things reading wise – I’m still reading much slower then I would normally (if I didn’t have a mewling baby begging me for every ounce of my attention, arms, hands and soul). I’m learning when and how I can best read under conditions of extreme sleep deprivation and hey sometimes starvation because let’s face it…I’m always freaking hungry. This little guy is still zapping all of the life and nutrients out of me. Ok but enough complaining – I love’s the little booger.

Back to reading. I’ve come to realize that I can’t handle just any kind of book right now. 

– Deep thought provoking reads? – NO (I haven’t the brain power)

– Slow and steady wins the race? – NO (It’ll put me to sleep faster then …trying to think of something witty here and I just can’t see?)

– Emotionally heart wrenching and all that jazz? – NO (come on don’t you know I’m hormonally imbalanced right now!?)

So what CAN I read?

– Fast! I like it fast and loosey goosey baby yeeeah – cause yeah I don’t have a lot of time.

– Funny! Because hey I need something to make me laugh….when I’m not crying along with my baby and from exhaustion

– Light cause anything heavy will weigh me down and knock me out

– Ok so maybe not so light or shallow that there is no substance – I still need something to sink my teeth into.

– Action cause its the only action this girl is going to be seeing for a long time cause let’s face it – I’m broken. You ever go 40 rounds on the mechanical bull? I feel worse then that. Oh what was that TMI? Tooo freaking bad *evil laughter*

A few books I’ve absolutely loved recently (I’ve had pretty good luck acttually all things considered)

– UPROOTED by Naomi Novik (the best eveeeer) – #fantasy

– PRUDENCE by Gail Carriger (giggles giggles – I loves me some Carriger) – #Victorian #alternate history #steampunk #urban fantasy

– GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown (action the max, kill kill kill, die die die) – #sci-fi

– FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson (so much fancy pants fun fool!) – #urban fantasy

I’ve determined that what I’ve really been enjoying lately is Urban Fantasy. It seems to have a wonderful mix of all the elements I need. Let’s call it my comfort go to reads during this time of exhaustion. But I’m also really loving fantasy. I AM going to try two epic fantasies this or next month. Lets see if I can survive it shall we? Or if they make my weak exhausted brain explode. You never know I might be able to hang with them.

So any of you got any recommendations for what makes for great reading when you are are physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted but you just CAN”T not read because hey reading is a life line for us.

I’ll stop reading when I’m dead.

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35 Responses to “The “go-to” comfort books when you’re mentally exhausted”

  1. Jules

    Hmmm. I’m not sure if I will be able to give you a suggestion ‘cuz most books I love to read lately make me cry haha. Usually tho, if I can’t find any funny books to read, I watch my fave actors in interviews. haha
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  2. Liza Barrett

    I find Molly Harper to be a good author to read when I just need something light and easy. Her books are entertaining, relatively quick, and not too heavy. And while some pretty awful things might happen in the beginning, they actually worked as a bit of a pick-me-up when I was emotionally drained.

    Some really good epic fantasy that’s not too heavy either is Patricia Briggs. She’s got quite a handful that she published before she got into urban fantasy, and I think I actually like those better than her Mercy Thompson series. The Raven Duology, The Hob’s Bargain, Dragon Bones & Dragon Blood, and Aralorn are some of my all-time favorites. They DO have some emotional moments, but they all have happy endings eventually. And since the MOST books you have to read in a series is 2, there aren’t any crazy drawn-out cliffhangers.

    Oh! And Tanya Huff’s Summon the Keeper and subsequent books are HILARIOUS. I think you’d enjoy them. 🙂

    Good luck! And best wishes with the youngster. 😉
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  3. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Ahh, I’m so excited that you loved Uprooted! It’s on my wishlist. 😀 And I really need to read Red Rising and Golden Son Asap, because “kill kill kill, die die die?” Hell yeah. 😉 I’m not really a big urban fantasy reader, and most of my go-to comfort reads are actually more on the emotional side of things, so I’m definitely not the right person to give you recommendations. xD
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Your comfort reads are the emotional ones!? Lol I don’t want to get all sad and emotional when I am already emotionally unstable and exhausted lol. So definitely to each their own. Now someday when you have a baby I want to hear what you read once the baby is born haha. Plenty years away tho I’m sure.

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      It has been harder for me to read it because it’s so big and I almost always need one hand free right now. I am hoping to put a dent in it today.

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I definitely do want to reread them someday but lately I have been staying away from retreads because there is so much new stuff I want to read. What I really want to reread someday soon is the deathgate cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

  4. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I tend to go back to old favorites in times like those^^ but I do have a few recs that (I think) fit the bill for what you’re looking for atm. The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. Funny. Action. And sexy times. Plus it’s a UF series 😉 There’s also the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning but those get a little heavier and more complex as the series moves forward. Definitely addictive though and another UF series. I think you read Owl and the Japanese Circus, but if I’m wrong and you haven’t, that would be a good one too 🙂
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Yes I have read Owl and the Japanese Circus. I think I just bought the first six Darynda Jones books on the kindle daily deal yesterday…are those the ones you are talking about? I have been wanting to give them a try so I totally will. Thanks for the Recommendations!

  5. Dragana

    I’m in the similar mood lately. My little som is learning to walk and it’s sometimes physicaly exausting. I also find that uf work best for me since they have a nice mix of action romance and humor.
    I recently enjoyed On the edge by Ilona Andrews and The Shattered Court by MJ Scott.
    Ill check out yours too. 🙂
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I actually started reading The Shattered Court last night while rocking the wee one to sleep. Thankfully he wasn’t being fussy by then. I am only 5% in.

    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      Shh don’t tell but years ago I went thru a cowboy romance phase. It only lasted two months but I binge read a bunch of them for some reason lol.

  6. Lynn

    I must admit that I have to read something light in between my bigger more epic books – just to chill out really. Plus I love something funny too.
    I’ve just finished Traitor’s Blade – which did make me laugh and I read it incredibly quickly – the pages just flew.
    And now that I’m really trying to find a light funny book I just can’t seem to think of one! Typical 😀
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    • Tabitha (Pabkins)

      I loved Traitor’s Blade so much! It is one of my favorite books now. As for funny hmm urban fantasy is usually good for that. Have you read a Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett? That is funny!

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    Good lord woman, I don’t know how you do it. Just reading your description of having a new baby makes me exhausted, so I definitely see why you need something light and quick. I am liking this UF kick that you’re on, Tabitha! I’ll recommend Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (just read it, it’s fab) because it’s action packed, snarky heroine, and very light on the romance. It’s YA UF so it doesn’t require an insane amount of brain power, but there’s some seriously good world building going on.
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  8. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    UF or romance are definitely my go tos when I am mentally exhausted. They are fun enough to keep me interested but aren’t so involved that I need to concentrate too much. I recently read the 2 and 3 books in the Parasol Protectorate series which were so fun.

    Hope you and the lil guy are doing well!
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  9. Diamond Dee @ Dee's Reads

    I was gonna say— Gail Carriger would be perfect! Id also recommend some good graphic novels, because..they can have action humor and be fast paced. They’re my go to when I’m exhausted because they don’t take as long to get through and yeah. I actually really loved Doctor Strange. I normally don’t read Marvel but a friend bought me it and I loved how fantastical it was. Loved the illustrations, magic, action, it was amazing. Also middle grade is good when you’re exhausted and want something light 🙂 if you’re in the mood that is. Terry Pratchett is excellent for humor as well. I just restarted Dragons at Crumbling Castle — they’re short stories he did when he was younger and they’re more YA. I like that they’re short too because hey, my attention span is zero.
    Glad you are enjoying time with your baby and good luck with everything lady 😉
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  10. Rachel @ Rachel's Reading Corner

    Your poor thing! I’m even more tired just reading about your sleep deprivation. Hopefully you’ll be up and running soon.

    I don’t really read a lot of UF so I don’t think I could recommend anything. Maybe try some middle grade though? That’s always light, humorous and easier to fly through than YA. Hope you find something to pull you out of the slump! 🙂
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