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Cure the Holiday Stress with Jane Austen Mania...

By December 29, 2012

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Confessions of a Jane Austen AddictDecember is one of the most stressful times of the year. And, this particular month is more chaotic, maddening, and depressingly stressful than most years in recent memory. But, Laurie Viera Rigler (Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict) wrote: "It is a truth little-known that Jane Austen novels and works inspired by the great author are an effective cure for holiday stress."

Do you allow books to offer solace at stressful times in your life? Books always offer an escape--a brief moment of reprieve to forget the worries or troubles of the day. But, books are also old, familiar friends. Cradled in your arms, a book can take you back to bygone days, be the voice of reason, and offer sage wisdom or life-changing experience.

So, what have books meant to you in stressful times? Does reading help you deal with stress?

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December 30, 2012 at 11:11 am
(1) Susan says:

I’m not a huge Jane Austen fan, but I do find re-reading old favorites to be the intellectual equivalent of comfort food. One problem for me is that my favorites tend to be a little dark, and that’s not always helpful when you are stressed out. Dickens is one of my favorites choices when feeling down as his works are engaging but usually have the proverbial happy ending.

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