Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading while sick…
How does your being sick (or injured) affect your reading? Do you read more? Less? Do you pick out a different book than you had already planned? Do you have a “comfort book” that makes you feel better?
It all depends on how sick I am. If I’m just off-colour or have a cold it doesn’t affect my reading, except that I’ll probably spend more time reading, until I fall asleep. When I’ve felt really bad – when I had flu or a middle ear infection for instance (both were years ago) I just couldn’t read at all – couldn’t even lift my head off the pillow, never mind pick up a book!
I don’t have a “comfort book” that makes me feel better, although when I was recovering from flu I read and enjoyed Flora Thompson’s books Lark Rise to Candleford and Still Glides the Stream and remember both with affection as comforting books.
When I had a really bad cold once (not flu) I was off work because of it and read Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea, which was not really a good choice if you want a book to cheer you up, but it sticks in my mind. It’s the sort of book I like to read in large chunks and having a cold gave me the extra time – although I did keep falling asleep and having to re-read pages. It’s funny but when I’m dropping off I read words that make sense but are not in the book at all and when I read it again it’s very different – either that or I have no idea what I’ve read at all.