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6 Books to Stave Off the Sunday Scaries.

You’ve had a fantastic weekend of relaxation, fun, and maybe even a little productivity. You’re feeling good. But then, sometime around 3 PM, you realize, “Wait, is it Sunday? I have to go back to work tomorrow? Noooooo!” And then comes the dread.

Welcome to the Sunday Scaries, my friend. They’re no joke; a Monster survey found that 76% of Americans experience “really bad” anxiety on Sunday evenings as the work week approaches, compared to an average of 47% for the rest of the world.

Well, you may already know that reading is magic. But did you know that reading has been shown to relieve stress in as little as six minutes? Sounds like a perfect approach to address those Sunday Night Blues to me. Check out some of these newly released books to stave off the Sunday Scaries and embrace your weekend chill.

1. EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER BY LINDA HOLMES

After Evvie Drake’s husband dies in a car crash, friends and family circle around to support her. But she’s afraid to tell them the truth: she was preparing to leave her husband the day he died. And when a former Yankee’s pitcher who mysteriously lost his ability to pitch starts renting the downstairs apartment in her home, they find they have something in common. They’re both mourning the life they planned, and they both must figure out how to move forward. These are some heavy themes, but Evvie Drake Starts Over is the perfect happiness bomb for your end-of-the-weekend funk. The characters are so charming, and the storytelling is full of heart. You can’t help but smile while reading this one. Read More.
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2. DEAR GIRLS: INTIMATE TALES, UNTOLD SECRETS, AND ADVICE FOR LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE BY ALI WONG

This memoir from comedian/screenwriter/actor Ali Wong is sure to make you laugh, but it’s also got a sizable portion of feel-good power. Written in the form of letters to her daughters (that she insists they can’t read until they’re at least 21), Wong’s writing is hilarious, irreverent, and touching. With tales of her wild youth, starting her comedy career, and parenthood, reading Dear Girls is like having coffee with a close (and super funny) friend. Read More.
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3. PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS BY RAJEEV BALASUBRAMANYAM

Professor Chandra has dedicated his life to earning a Nobel Prize and keeps falling short. And along the way, his wife left him and his relationships with his children became strained. After a bicycle accident reveals a major health concern, his doctor recommends that he take a break and “follow his bliss.” Professor Chandra’s journey is humorous, but also tender. The wisdom and compassion displayed in Balasubramanyam’s writing is fantastic. When you’re facing down a new week of work stress, this book can help you step back and focus on the things in life that matter in the long run. Read More.
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