Hey everyone! Welcome to #blogtober wrap up. It’s been such an overwhelming journey. A month ago, I decided on whim to do #blogtober, i.e. one post a day all of October. With apprehensions and anxiety, I started and thankfully things went pretty well.
The best part about October has to be my birthday in the hills. It was whimsical, filled with lots of sunshine and good food, just the way I wanted.
Have a look at Mcleodganj Diaries – part I and Part II to have a closer look at the celebrations!
A month of churning content and sticking to a schedule has made me feel so productive and happy. And true that, it’s not the journey that’s intimidating but that first step. Gathering courage to take that first step is the most difficult, and I’m so thankful to y’all and especially maa, for being such a support!
Today I’m bringing you another book post. I’m not a big sci-fi fan, but then there are some temptations that you just cannot resist. I saw this one book – Illuminae (mentioned below) repeatedly over booktube and wanted to know what the hype is all about. So that’s how I started to delve into the genre and it’s been pretty good until now.
But since I didn’t have enough sci-fi recommendations, I’m adding a few magical realism ones to make the list more interesting and diverse.
Here are my top 6 Sci-Fi/ Magical Realism book recommendations
1.Illuminae – by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the first book in the Illuminae Files Trilogy! Told in a unique format of intercepts, coded messages, interviews, military files, emails Illuminae is one helluva of a ride. The year is 2575, two rival mega-companies are at war about the planet, Kady and Ezra have just had a break-up and are now on opposing spaceships to sort out all the mess! But things get a lot more messier.
For some people the format might not work, it isn’t the traditional novel format. But that’s the beauty which makes this series so special. If you want an action packed sci-fi that’s not heavy on scientific stuff, then this is what you should be reading.
2. After Dark – by Haruki Murakami
Cannot say anything more about Murakami books that hasn’t been said before. This one is magical realism mixed with drama and metaphysics. Talks about shenanigans of Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and before dawn.
Let me admit, this one was the most difficult read out of the list. I need to re-read it to decipher it fully, because you cannot read Murakami books just once.
3. The Astonishing Colour of After – by Emily X.R. Pan
If you want to read a tale that’s woven with threads of culture and heart wrenching emotions, The Astonishing Colour of After is something you’ll love. It is a story of Leigh, a young girl who’s mother dies and she starts believing that her mother has turned into a bird. The bird takes Leigh to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. She explores her culture, roots, and heritage.
It is such a stunning and poignant story about loss of a loved one, grief, and connecting with yourself. Read it for a beautiful experience and relive the fairy tale nostalgia. Be ready to cry…lots!
4. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James
If you’re looking for a dark, action packed, yet easy to read sci-fi, my recommendation would be The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship travelling to another planet. She’s connected to earth and talks to her therapists and team through email which takes months to transmit. Then one day she finds out about this other spaceship launched from earth with a boy named J, and things just escalate from there. It is not a cliché love story; things get messier and bloodier, so beware.
5. Dark Matter – by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter is a story of Jason Dessen who’s abducted by strangers and taken to an all new world. A world where his wife isn’t his wife, he is not just a physics professor but a scientist who has achieved brilliance in a project. He struggles to find answers in this world and why he’s been brought here.
I’ll say don’t start your Sci-Fi journey with Dark Matter, because it’s way too scientific and technical which may be a bummer for some. The concept is futuristic almost like watching an action movie, but the overly scientific parts are kinda difficult to understand.
6. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell
For all those who’re too comfortable reading YA, yet want to jazz up your reading Landline is a great pick. It is a magical realism story that reads a lot like a whimsical romantic contemporary.
Hi y’all. Hows it going? Today we’re going to talk about something that’s a tad bit serious, but very important!
Anxiety and stress have become constant companions in our fast paced urban lives. Being anxious once in a while or being stressed for a particular reason is acceptable, we’re all humans after all. But when things start slipping out of hand, you know it’s becoming a difficult situation.
If you’re battling alone, then making small changes can help you fight panic attacks and anxiety.
Here are 5 effective ways to manage anxiety
Take time out
A packed schedule with overwhelming deadlines forms the basis of anxiety. Try to manage your time effectively and do smart work instead of hard work sometimes. Take time out for yourself and trust me, those little breaks go a long way.Go for an evening out with your friends, gossip session with your mom, eating out at your favorite café, or just gifting yourself a small something.
Also saying ‘no’ to things around is perfectly okay when you’re feeling stressed.
2. Face your fears
Sometimes all you need is that one push to chase that dream. It’s difficult to it that first time, but then slowly things do fall in place. You have to help yourself. Falter, learn from your mistakes, and strike back harder.
3. Seek help and talk to someone
You can talk to a friend, your parents, or anyone close who you trust. Talking makes things a lot easier and you’ll get a new perspective.
Also if you’re feeling too jittery to talk to someone in person, then consider joining an online support group. Meeting people who understand what you’re going through and with similar experiences will make you feel connected.
4. Do something that you love
As cliché as it sounds, this tip works wonders. For me, when I’m anxious as hell I try to disconnect (which is rather difficult) and dive deep into my world of books. For some seeking solace in traveling is an answer while for others baking is therapeutic, you just need to find what’ll make your heart happy!
5. Lifestyle changes
Making healthy lifestyle choice is something that we all should opt for. (And guilty as charged, most of us don’t do it). But making a conscious effort in the direction is what matters.
Less caffeine, eat those greens, relax and deep breathe, meditate, exercise in whatever form you like, calm yourself with some music and light reading….and the list goes on. All these are simple ways to keep anxiety at bay, but if you think that you cannot control it, consider seeking medical help.
I know some days are glum and sad, but then other days are happier. Here’s hoping the gloom subsides and you’re blessed with positivity and sunshine. And remember, it’s just a panic attack, there are worse things in life that you’ve faced, so don’t lose hope.
Share your anxiety management tips in the comments below! And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for #blogtober journey….