Books for a Busy Brain

Busy Books

It’s no secret that my mind is being pulled in a million directions lately, so getting myself focused enough to read is tough. I feel like I’ve done a bit of a disservice to some of the books I’ve been reading, in maybe not giving them my full attention, but choosing not to read doesn’t go over so well either. I’ve definitely consumed more comfort TV recently, but I always get the itch for a book. Looking back, some of these could have helped push through the busy brain and make my reading a bit more enjoyable.

Short and Funny

Short stories in general have been a bit of a godsend for me lately, but I think the quick, funny bursts of Simon Rich’s Spoiled Brats would have been exactly what I needed. The same goes for George Saunders’s Tenth of December.

A Book in Verse

Maybe it’s the rhythm, but there’s something about stories in verse that makes them easy to fall into. Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is brilliant and a pretty perfect means of escape.

The Comfortable Favorite

I honestly can’t believe I haven’t opened up Tiny Beautiful Things or When Women Were Birds over the past several weeks. This is probably where I went wrong—I didn’t have my favorites to back me up.

A Pageturner

A book that totally grabs you and doesn’t let go. That rare gem. They can be so hard to find, depending on your tastes, but Justin Cronin’s The Passage totally did it for me.

Shifting the Focus

I’ve had some trouble with nonfiction recently but, strangely enough, devoured $2.00 a Day in just a few hours. I think some shorter, more narrative nonfiction, like Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, can be just enough to shift your focus.

What are your favorite books for a busy brain?