Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read When You’re in Pain

Pain can get really old, really quickly. I like to use literature to take me away from it, but I’m not at all into the whole mindful, deep breathing, yoga self help books that are meant to help you to control pain. I just want to vent my frustration or to escape entirely from where I am in real life into a better place,or into a better person.

Depending on whether or not I want to calm down, I am more likely to pick up a book to help me overcome pain with rage, or to bring me cuddly peaceable feelings. So if you’re in pain, or even just angry, I’m going to offer both options, because sometimes, situations just call for them!

When you want to get rage-filled

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates


There’s nothing more infuriating than sexism (to me anyway) and so this book will make you ready to take a chunk out of anyone who dares to be a total pig to you or anyone in your vicinity based on gender. Nothing like re-routing your anger into smashing the patriarchy!

Plus, if your pain is due to chronic illness, Bates covers it in her book, so you won’t feel left out and voiceless… which was a very satisfying feeling for me.




Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith


Nothing like a nice gory crime novel with some prime idiots to make you feel better.

Especially when Cormoran starts punching those prime idiots right in the face. Just imagine your pain into their position and BAM.





To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee



People truly do suck in this book. From the racists to the sexists to the murderers, this book is full of people to direct your frustration at.






Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


This book is the total opposite of that dreadful earworm that is the Lego movie theme… Everyone is dreadful, and everything is crap coz they’re evil freaks.


No one in this book is much good.

At best, they’ll haunt you for twenty years and smash your window. At worst, they’ll  hang your dog, dig up your rotting corpse and ruin your child’s life. So there’s that.



Books to calm down over

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Anne Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer8013752

This book is too lovely for words. You’ll become happy and cry at the end with joy, guaranteed. This is a place hurting from war, but also a place full of joy and beauty.






The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

51-3c6ufgsl-_sx327_bo1204203200_ Arthur Dent and his intergalactic co-conspirators are some of the funniest characters in the history of literature, and will definitely make your day, week, month and year. Plus, the books are really short, so re-reading is totally doable and there’s a whole series to devour!






Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich

61mbelfo6el-_sx324_bo1204203200_This series is also hilarious! I recommend it to anyone and everyone, and it will not fail to give you a smile. There’s so much awesomeness going on here!








Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park

9780670076864 This book is one of the ones I wish I’d read as a child, but I’m still so happy to have enjoyed it as an adult. This time travelling book is beautiful and historically interesting, and will take you into another world





Orkney by Amy Sackville




The writing in this beautiful novel is beyond words, and truly transports you to that beautiful island. I read this while having the gnarliest cold ever, and having a terrible time at university, but it helped me to escape from it all.





Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

511l2cetj1l_ss500_Sneaky entry here, but it’s so transportative and glorious to miss out on.


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read When You’re in Pain

    • There’s very few books that make me laugh out loud, and that one is one of them! DO IT, you won’t regret it! It has the same dry, absurdist humour as Douglas Adams =D

    • Yeah I wanted to punch them in the face most of the time, but I think if I’d read it when I was younger and in a different place in life I would have reacted so differently!

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