In this Day and Age, I acquired some money on which to spend. Like most people, I have a large wish list. Lately, I’ve been getting back into my true loves which are books and writing.

So I decided that a good use of this money was to spend it on books.

I know other people would disagree with me on this, but it was a gift and I wasn’t particularly in need of a whole lot else at the moment. Thankfully.

So since I have a lot of freetime on my hands now, I am determined to catch up on about 7 years worth of books I haven’t read. I’ve been at college and after graduating, I usually was working two-three jobs and so I just didn’t have a lot of time.

Here are the books I bought with my money:

  1. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
  2. The Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa
  4. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  5. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 

I am really excited about reading these in my spare time and I am ordering more books from the library now that they are doing curbside pick-up.

But one of the reasons I think that books are an essential item for some is that especially in times like these, it’s really important to take care of our mental health.

Of course there are other ways to take care of our mental health, but I especially think that we can get through this age by reading.

Books, especially fiction, provide an escape when the world around us is uncertain and scary. The majority of the time, we know that our protagonists will come out on top and that good will eventually win.

Books have that certain level of expect ability that is comforting to us.

Beyond that, books provide a good way for us to learn empathy for others when it seems like everyone is fighting now. We can learn more about our neighbors by reading and then take that empathy with us into the world.

Books provide us with a way to travel when we cannot.

They allow us to explore new cultures and new places without ever having to leave our homes or our comfortable reading spots.

They also give us something to talk about that isn’t the news. I think reading and then talking about them with a friend or book club can be a really good way to connect with people over the same subject. Along with being something we can connect with new people over.

I have been seeing a lot more diverse books lately which makes me really excited. For example, I’m thrilled to read Akata Witch because it centers around African mythologies and traditions. There are some other books along the same vein that I’m excited about.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Greek and Roman mythology, but it’s great when you can explore other cultures as well. There is so many different mythologies out there, it would be a shame if we never took the time to explore them.

Have you been taking time to read anything new lately?

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