I've been plagued with summer colds ever since I got off college but only recently they've taken a turn for the worse and busted into fevers.
It's a huge nuisance because:
(a) I now have the attention span of a fruit fly.
(b) Who invited you to the party, Headaches and Sluggishness?
(c) If I sleep any more, I'll morph into Sleeping Beauty.
(d) I can't rely on my favorite TV shows because the screen is too bright and the background music is too loud and why the heck is that guy coming back to life again?
(e) Air? Never heard of it. All I've ever known of is Augmentin and Kleenex.
So basically, I can't focus on anything, my head is about to explode and I do not have the strength to deal with complex, political strife. But I still
In these dark times, what are the perfect bookish companions?
1. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Go ahead and read the entire series because not only are they graphic novels (less words = less concentration), the artwork that Fiona Staples created is magnificently detailed and colorful but not too colorful and it possesses your fingers with the need to turn the pages. The characters and the world are lovable in their own whacky ways and this series is a lot like a sci-fi Game of Thrones with more madness and less court intrigue.
2. One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
This is a short fun story about a boy coming to terms with his sexuality, his Armenian heritage and his awkwardness. I just wish it was a bit longer because the ending wrapped up pretty fast.
3. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
This book requires zero thinking whatsoever and is highly predictable but also very, very fun. This is hugely because of how funny and lovable the main character is but the side characters get a lot of attention too and although the parallel worlds thing is a bit confusing, the story is easy to read and easy to enjoy. Cute fluff at its best.
4. Sins & Needles by Karina Halle
This is a dark (but not depressing), tension-filled adult book centered around 2 characters that I keep thinking of as Disney's Hades and Maleficent taken to the extreme. They are problematic, bitter and I really wanted them to survive and not kill each other as they run for their life from a determined drug lord. I also wanted them to fall in love but they were too busy pointing guns at each other.
5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I can't say that the entire series *side-eyes Blood Promise* is addicting and hella fast-paced but I flew through the first 3 books in a single week. The story is filled with action, a new take on vampires and hilarious, witty comebacks. Plus, there's also sexy couples.
6. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Like Ask Again Later, this book is cute fluff with a more bigger focus on female friendship. It's not as predictable in the romance department and features nerdy girls who are highly relatable. I finished this in one sitting in a 5 hour flight.
7. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
I read this when I had chicken pox in the 3rd grade and for some reason, I couldn't put it down despite that fact that it's 400+ pages, I had a 103 degrees Celsius fever back then and my body was covered in itchy spots. It's writing is beautiful and the fairytale lore behind the dragons is fun to explore. There's also a lot of travelling and since I was stuck in a room for weeks, I enjoyed traveling vicariously through these characters. It worked out well for me but it might not for some people if they aren't a fan of journeys.
I hope these books will help keep you company when you're cursing bacteria or your lazy immune system and I'd love to hear of any other books that helped you get through a summer cold!