3.21.2008

Books saved me this week


Hi, everyone,

Just wanted to share how two book-related incidents this week really helped me over a tough patch:

1) Bookmarks magazine. My first copy arrived, and right before bed, at the end of a trying and exhausting day, in lieu of my regular reading, I leafed through the copy. Wow! Where have I been all this time?? And I know I found this from one of the blogs I regularly read. I am not sure whose, but I suspect Iliana at Bookgirl's Nightstand. Whoever the blogger was (or bloggers were), many thanks! I'm addicted. And, for others whose interest is piqued, click here to reach the Bookmarks homepage.

2) Awhile back, when I was undergoing some stress (seems to be a recurring theme, alas), a blogger recommended the book, Full Catastrophe Living. (I believe the blogger in question is the wonderful Litlove.) At any rate, I bought it and looked at it, and somehow, it got buried in the pile by my nightstand. Well, two days ago, I had a "dark night of the soul" kind of experience -- you know, like eating broccoli: you don't like it but it's good for you. I woke up in the middle of the night and needed comfort from a book. Lo and behold, I saw the book's spine at the bottom of a huge pile, winking at me, and I pulled it out. Well, it was the right words at the right time. I heartily recommend this book for anyone who suffers from chronic pain, stress, or is undergoing any stormy period. Even if you don't read it right away, you can always pull it from your shelf when you need it.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all! (P.S. Check out Amazon.com -- apparently, they sold out of kindle!)

7 comments:

Courtney said...

Oh, I hope you get some relief from all of this stress sometime soon. We are supposed to be writing our novels together! Okay, I know that's hideously shallow, but I just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and I am hoping a time less difficult is around the corner for you. Take care of yourself, litkit!

Gloria, Writer Reading said...

Thanks for the Bookmarks reference. Even just the website looks great. Full Catastrophe Living is great, and so is its sequel, Wherever You Go There You Are. I've met Jon Kabat-Zinn. Very intense, centered, charismatic.

Dark Orpheus said...

I remember reading "Full Catastrophe Living" many years ago when I was trying to clean up the mess of my own life. That was waaaaay back when I was approaching life like a contact sport -- so glad it's over. ;p

In some odd way I am happy you've found it helpful, that this book continues to serve its karma around the world, over time.

Be well, LK.

Dorothy W. said...

Yay -- books to the rescue! I'm so glad you found some comfort there. I hope you are doing okay ...

Iliana said...

Books to the rescue - I love that! I'm so glad you are enjoying Bookmarks Magazine. I will add Full Catastrophe Living to my list as well it just sounds like a good book to have around.
Hope you have a good Easter and hope the stress goes away.

Andi said...

Happy Easter!! I love Bookmarks Magazine, and I've often thought of suscribing. Not sure why I haven't, really. Thanks for the reminder!

Litlove said...

Oh poor LK! All I can say is think how much good karma you must be stacking up in a storeroom of the universe. Hang on in there and the good times will come again. I'm so glad Full Catastrophe living was there when you needed it - it has saved me on many an occasion.