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Hello, my lovelies,

As you know, I love the book community everyone is so friendly and I can spend hours happily browsing the blogosphere reading articles, posts and memes.

I found this on Rosie’s blog – The Secret Library Book Blog – she’s a fellow Brit and avid reader, I love her blog and this post really spoke to me. I’m off work now on summer break and having days, blissfully reading and being given permission to curl up with a whole series (not just a box) is music to my ears.

Have you given yourself permission to enjoy a book coma before? I can hear Dianne Duval’s Immortal Guardians and Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates calling me as I type. What series would you choose?

The link at the bottom opens a new tab and takes you directly to this post.


Flora x




Reading Comas: The Secret to Good Mental Health

You ever have a week where you want to lock the door, curl up under a blanket and leave the world to do its thing? That is a week that needs a mental health day, for sure.

I took a day this week to stay inside, drink banana tea and read like crazy. Yes, banana tea is a thing and I couldn’t recommend it more. (Comment if you want the recipe – I’ll share!)

Some great books have found their way into my inbox lately, some really underrated self-published books and spending the whole day reading them was such a stress reliever. So began the reading coma: that vegetative state in which you are so engrossed with what you’re doing that you can’t possibly move. Sometimes it’s Angry Birds, but mostly it’s books.

Let me tell you, a reading coma was just what the doctor didn’t order, but really should because it’s so good for us. (Seriously, why prescribe drugs that cost money when you could just give people an excuse to curl up and read? I’d take that doctor’s note in a second!)




Stress is kinda inevitable. Work is usually loves giving stress a big helping hand, and sometimes it’s tough enough keeping it out of the home, too. Taking a mental health day and cramming it full of books, tea and biscuits probably isn’t going to give us a totally clean slate. We’re still going to feel the pressure of life and all its nasty little surprises at times. But honestly, these pockets of time in which we choose to do nothing and think about nothing other than the book we’re reading are what get us through the hard times.

For a little while, it’s more mind-easing to worry about the characters and what will happen next rather than the more depressing realities of life. So for goodness sake, no matter what you do for a living or what’s going on in your life, give yourself a moment of peace, if not a day. We may think we’re too busy, but how are we supposed to give our all without letting ourselves recharge?

So, if you’re looking for someone to give you permission, here it is, buttercup. Go and buy yourself a series. Not a book, a series. One you’ve been meaning to read for ages, in paperbackSit your butt down on the sofa, turn yourself into a human blanket burrito and forget the world outside the front door exists. It doesn’t. Not right now.

Also, do yourself a favour and turn your phone off. Janice’s baby pictures can wait. So can Melanie’s make-up based pyramid scheme.

Truth be told, we’re not that great at figuring out when we need a break. We don’t think to ourselves that actually, this week has been rough and we could do with a time-out. We keep going until all the stress boils over and we become either a blubbering mess or a would-be axe murderer. So, here’s a plan: we commit to falling into a reading coma before we lose our minds. It’s called self-care and if we’re going to be functional human beings, we need it.

So, go! Take a mental health day and for goodness sake don’t skimp on the cake.

Thanks for reading – and seriously, if you want that banana tea recipe, just ask!

Source: Reading Comas: The Secret to Good Mental Health – The Secret Library Book Blog

About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

(3) Comments

  1. […] while I’m browsing the blogosphere, did you read this one about our allowing yourself “Book Comas“. I think I might have allowed myself a few of those during August – […]

  2. […] while I’m browsing the blogosphere, did you read this one about our allowing yourself “Book Comas“. I think I might have allowed myself a few of those during August – […]

  3. You’re welcome, Kaya ♥️

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