Esther says "I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike."
When reading Plath's most famous work, channel Esther and drink vodka, preferably neat and ice cold.
Alternatively, you might need soothing as you read. Plath delves into the mind in a way that is both open and refreshing, but that doesn't stop it feeling harrowing in places.
A reading of The Bell Jar is an almost annual occurrence for me and I usually reach for a glass of cold milk, a simple earl grey with lemon or a raspberry leaf tea.