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7 Books for Caregivers to Relax and Unwind

Self-care is something that we should all make time for, especially if we’re having a difficult day or are going through a trying time. However, it is important even on ordinary days when we go about our daily lives, and there are no significant changes to our universe.

When we neglect to take care of ourselves or believe we are too busy, it all builds up and eventually starts to show in our mental and physical well-being, as well as our creativity, vigor, and passion.

Make Time for You

Make time for self-care a priority, despite your hectic schedule or feelings that you don’t need it. Everyone needs it, even you.

You can read these books to unwind and take your mind off things.

1The One Woman by Laura May

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The One Woman is author Laura May’s most recent sapphic love novel. Julie is a graphic designer who employs a range of lenses, yet her life and her partnership with Mark are unremarkable.

Until Ann shows up.

Ann is charming, successful, and beautiful. Julie finds it difficult to argue against the chemistry they had when they just so happened to run into each other.

When their pasts collide in Barcelona, the spark will be reignited. When tragedy strikes, Julie must choose between her commitment to Mark and her love for Ann.

Can true love endure in the face of adversity? Find out in Laura May’s book.

2Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett

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This book, which is set on Tasmania’s wild and rocky South Coast, doesn’t exactly put surfing front and center, but its lyrical descriptions of the sea and its power are well worth your time.

After their mother passed away, Harry, Miles, and Joe are three boys attempting to make their way through life with their resentful, alcoholic, and abalone-fishing father. While the older two guys utilize surfing as a means of escaping from their miserable lives, Harry, the youngest and most sensitive, is scared of the ocean.

It is a tale of survival, brotherly love, and the force of the ocean—which may bring both salvation and wrath in equal measure. It’s worth your time if you enjoy excellent writing and becoming emotional.

Get your copy of Past the Shallows today.

3Carrie Soto Is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Due to her will to succeed at all costs, Carrie Soto is stubborn and unpopular. However, she is at her best after she makes the decision to stop playing tennis.

She has twenty Grand Slam victories and other records to her name. In addition, Carrie will assert that she is entitled to each one. She almost gave up everything to become the best, and her father Javier served as her coach. Since she was two years old, Javier, a former champion himself, has been teaching her.

However, six years after her retirement, Carrie found herself watching from the stands when Nicki Chan, a tough and impressive player, shattered her record at the 1994 US Open. Carrie decides to come out of retirement at the age of 37 and undergo one last year of coaching from her father in an effort to reclaim her record.

Even though her body isn’t moving as quickly, the sports media has never liked “the Battle-Axe.” Even if that means swallowing her pride in order to train with Bowe Huntley, a man with whom she once perilously flirted. Like her, he has to win before giving up the game for good.

4The Night Shift by Alex Finlay

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New Year’s Eve 1999. At the close of the year 2000, markets are expected to tumble, elevators to fall to the earth, and planes to crash from the sky. A digital catastrophe.

None of that happens.

On the other hand, four young people who were late-shifting at a Blockbuster Video in New Jersey were attacked. Only one unexpectedly survives. Police quickly identify one of the victims’ lover as a suspect, but he flees and is never seen again.

Another ice cream business in the same town hires teenagers, and fifteen years later there is another attack. This time, only one worker makes it out alive.

The brother of the wanted criminal, who thinks the police have the wrong suspect, the Blockbuster massacre survivor, who must relive the horrors of her tragedy. Plus, FBI agent Sarah Keller, who must delve into the secrets of both nights—reviving memories of teen love and lies—in order to discover the truth about murders committed while working the night shift.

5Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

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Tova Sullivan started working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, scrubbing floors and cleaning things after her husband passed away. Her coping mechanism of staying busy hasn’t changed since her 18-year-old son Erik unexpectedly disappeared on a boat in Puget Sound more than 30 years ago.

Tova meets the grumpy Marcellus, a large Pacific octopus that lives at the aquarium. Before striking up an extraordinary connection with Tova, Marcellus would never consider using one of his eight arms to free his human captors despite knowing more than anyone could possibly conceive.

Marcellus, ever the detective, determines what took place the night Tova’s son vanished. And now Marcellus needs to find the truth for her before it’s too late, using every trick his ancient invertebrate body is capable of.

6Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan

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Sewanee Chester’s current career as an audiobook narrator is a far cry from her former aspirations, but those days of being a movie star are long gone. She has found happiness and success working in a sound booth, which enables her to take care of her ailing grandma.

Sewanee unintentionally spends a frantic night with a gorgeous stranger when she unexpectedly lands in Las Vegas for a literary convention.

Sewanee returns home to learn that one of the most well-known romance authors in the world wants her to perform her final book—with Brock McNight, the hottest, most elusive voice in the business.

After having her own ambitions brutally cut short, Sewanee doesn’t buy what romance books are selling, and she stopped narrating them years ago. However, her affection for the late author and the chance to give her grandmother greater assistance influence her choice.

Brock and Sewanee develop a genuine bond as they work on the novel under the cover of anonymity, recreating her old romantic pen name. She soon returns to dreaming, but as soon as secrets are disclosed, the reality of life once more crumble around her.

7When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

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The Mass Dragoning of 1955, when countless numbers of regular wives and mothers gained wings, scales, and talons, left a trail of blazing devastation in their wake, and soared to the skies, was the most important event in Alex Green’s world, which otherwise resembles our own.

Was that their decision? What will happen to those who are abandoned? Why did Marla, Alex’s dear aunt, change yet her mother did not? Alex is unsure. It is improper to discuss.

Despite being forced into silence, Alex must deal with the effects of this incredible event, including a mother who is more protective than ever, a father who is absent, the upsetting assertion that her aunt never even existed, and seeing her cherished cousin Bea develop a dangerous obsession with the unlawful.