Book therapy

So this week I had one of those days where for no particular reason I felt a bit down. Actually it was probably caused by a combination of things like not getting enough sleep (staying up late watching Le Tour), not doing my usual exercise (I’ve had to take a break from running recently), and receiving a writing submission rejection the day before (you win some, you lose some).

I was out and about going about my usual day, when somewhere between searching for engine coolant and posting some letters I found myself ‘just having a look’ through the book store. I should know by now that putting myself in the path of new books when I’m feeling a bit vulnerable will make resistance practically impossible.

New books

So this is what happens when I should be doing other things … I buy books. I’d been meaning to read ‘All That I Am’ by Anna Funder for a while now, so when I spotted it on the shelves, well I couldn’t really say no. Even though I should have finished there, I couldn’t stop my eyes from wandering further along the stack of fiction titles. That’s how I found ‘The Tiger’s Wife’ by Tea Obreht … I’m not really sure why it caught my eye, but when I read the blurb on the back I thought it may prove to be interesting.

Jones likes books too.

After a long period of not really reading much fiction, it feels good to be making time for it again. Books provide such comfort to me, and especially when the weather outside is cold and grey there’s really little better than curling up and escaping into those pages for a while (particularlyΒ if those books are kitty approved). And just like that I don’t feel so down any more…


  1. woolf

    nothing better to perk up a little than a slice of someone else’s life. in the act, not forgetting your story is just as important. i think hormones may have tricked you a litle too. don’t worry. inpiration is on its way, i’ve slipped some in someone’s backpack in the tour. go, go get it… ;)))
    good luck, hang in. and enjoy! (i’ve read a few things on the tiger thing. supposed to be good!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Oh yes indeed … fiction can help us escape and also inspire all at the same time. But yes, I must remember that I still need to find time and the mental space to give attention to my own work. Balance is a tricky thing with creative pursuits (something I discover more each day).

      You are such a delight … you know that just after I posted this, the muse suddenly appeared to deliver me a new idea. I have a sneaking suspicion you might have had something to do with this? πŸ™‚

      I think the message I take away from low days is the fact that before too long a better day will appear. xx

  2. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Aaah, book therapy, my favourite sort!! I had some of that this week while I was down with a nasty bout of flu. It gave me an excuse to stay in bed and read, which I’ve not been able to do all year. A warm bed + a good book + time = instant happiness for me!! I hope the therapy was successful for you. Mine certainly helped me. πŸ™‚

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Oh I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well this week. There are some really nasty flu strains going around this year. But yes, the one positive to being sick is that it forces you to slow down, and take it easy recuperating. I hope you enjoyed your reading time! πŸ™‚

      Even though I’ve only started one of the books so far, they’ve helped me already. My love affair with books began at an early age, and I don’t think I’ll be getting over it any time soon.
      Take care. xx

  3. Michelle

    Looks like the cats are enjoying them too. Don’t worry next week will be better.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Michelle – It’s funny how whatever I do the pets like to get involved. Now if I actually set out to take a photo of one of them, it would be a completely different story … but focus on something else, and suddenly they want to become the centre of attention. Typical! πŸ˜‰

  4. bobbi

    Fiction. Please, yes. I have been reading self development books all year and I think I’m done for a while. Tomorrow I’ll be all day in my plastic pool and I’ll do two things: eat and read. Oh, and drink soy milk and mint. Whoa.
    Books are like therapy. There is only one library in the little town where I live, and I buy there all my italian authors. But. Amazon. The book Depository. They are open at three in the morning too, so when I can’t sleep…
    Can I come and smooch your cat? The farmers just rescued two tiny cats from the streets and they are irresistible.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh I know what you mean. I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction, so it’s been really nice to switch back to more fiction for a while. I love all kinds of books, but I think fiction will always hold a special place in my heart.

      Your day tomorrow sounds perfect! I really hope you enjoy your pool and reading time.

      Like yourself, whenever I’m having trouble sleeping or in need of a pick-me-up, I venture into a virtual bookstore and will often come away with at least one title. In Australia postage from Amazon tends to be a little $$, so more often than not I’ll buy from Book Depository … it’s sooooo good! πŸ™‚

      Haha … you are more than welcome to come and smooch my cat (he’d love that). The two little cats the farmers rescued sound super cute … I never can resist a sweet feline face … or any animal really (but I think you’re much the same way). xx

  5. Hayley Cafarella

    Yay for retail therapy! I hope you start to feel lots better, really soon. Winter is just a bit too grey sometimes xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hayley – Retail therapy can work such wonders! After a productive weekend I’m feeling so much more positive and happier about the world again … it’s funny how things (like my mood) swing up and down.

      I hope you’re well. xx

  6. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    Sorry to read about the rejection. However I am hopefully that you are accepted another time.

    I’ve not watched the cycling in years, but I used to when younger. I used to be bike mad when younger. I should get back into riding one day.

    Book’s are great therapy and I escape into the book world daily, reading a book per week usually. I used to be the same with book shops, but these days it is either the library or my kindle. I hope you enjoy your new books. πŸ™‚

    I also hope you get back into your exercise routine soon.

    Love the cat partaking in the photos. πŸ™‚

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – I’m sure one of these days something I write will end up in the right place at the right time … it’s just all part of the process I have to accept. πŸ™‚

      Riding is great, but I don’t do enough of it any more. I like watching the Tour for the riding, the drama, and the scenery! πŸ™‚

      Books are such wonderful friends, aren’t they? I tend to read books on my kindle too … but sometimes I just can’t resist the temptation of a ‘real’ book. I’m sure I’ll get out and running again soon, I just needed to take a bit of a break for a while I think.

      Haha, yes Jones does like his reading material. πŸ˜‰

  7. Gabrielle Bryden

    Going into a bookshop while down is like going into a cake shop when starving πŸ˜‰ what were you thinking – haha – but nothing wrong with buying books (gotta help out the starving authors).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Haha, I know … what was I thinking? Still it’s a nice excuse to buy books and have the bonus of feeling better, and yes it’s always nice to send some money an author’s way! πŸ™‚

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  9. Hila

    I would be lost without books. Honestly, what do people who don’t read do with their time? And how do they get rid of lousy moods? I’m always depressed when I talk to someone who tells me they don’t read books.

    p.s. Jones looks intrigued by the reading material there …

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – I often wonder what non-readers do with their time (and non-bloggers for that matter). I always find it a bit unsettling when you go to someone’s house and there don’t seem to be books anywhere…

      Reading is one of life’s best pleasures and greatest mood-improvers. Haha, and yes if it’s good enough for cats like Jones … then it should be fine for all of us! πŸ™‚

  10. Camila Faria

    Books (and buying books) have the same effect on me. They’re like instant happy pills. And I include cookbooks too. Just to hold them makes me feel better.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – Yes, books definitely equal instant happiness. Oh you are so right about cookbooks too … I find them quite irresistible, especially when they’re filled with beautiful photos of all that delicious food! πŸ™‚

  11. Teresa

    I love books. I use to read so much when I was younger but it was something I sadly let slip away in more recent years. I am however, taking advantage of my mother’s fabulous books shelves at the moment and setting aside time to read. Which makes me happy!

    Love the last photo of Jones. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – How wonderful that you have access to your mum’s books again … YAY for a convenient home library! I think finding time for anything is really hard some days, but it is definitely a happy thing to find time for reading. There needs to be more of it! πŸ™‚

      Haha … Jones is such a cheeky cat when the camera comes out … now if I was actually intending to take his photo it would be a different story. πŸ˜‰

  12. Debby

    Sorry you had a low day Tracey. A good book or magazine is the perfect cure… and a treat to indulge in some reading time.

    The rejection thing happens to all writers and artists. I read somewhere that an artist should only expect a 20 percent response to submissions…so that means only 20 out of 100 acceptances! I’m constantly reading about famous writers papering their walls with rejection slips…it seems to be part of the course. Look at JK Rowling!

    Enjoy loosing yourself in some good fiction.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Those books and magazines help with so many of life’s little crises, don’t they? πŸ™‚

      The rejection thing is something I’m getting better with, but there’s still that little moment of pain and self-reflection. As you say though, it’s all part of the process and I just have to accept it. There’s always another writing project just around the corner that needs attention. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your encouragement, it’s always inspiring to hear of how some other writers have persevered through rejection and eventually been met with great success. πŸ™‚

  13. Selma

    Books are definitely therapeutic. I understand how rejection can lower one’s mood – we put so much of ourselves into our stories that it is almost lilke a personal slight when we are rejected. But don’t let that rejection stop you from writing. I know you can do it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Books are such a comfort … and I always find myself wanting more, more, more. Thanks for your encouragement with my writing … I’m sure with time I’ll grow a thicker skin and not worry so much about rejection. After all, it’s all a part of the industry. πŸ™‚

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