Musing Mondays

monday-musingToday’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!

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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.

the-sea-the-sea2When 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.

5 thoughts on “Musing Mondays”

  1. I tend to be one of those who would be more likely to read a short story if I was sick, or even watch a movie instead of read. The Iris Murdoch book sounds good.

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  2. I would like to try ‘Larkrise to Candleford’ anytime really. Have you seen the programmes of the same? I enjoyed the original programme last year, but the current series is not so good imho.
    What is your opinion Margaret, the book v. the t.v.?

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  3. Beth, the Thompson books are just lovely to read in bed.
    Diane, watching a movie is good too when I’m not feeling very well.
    Kim, I found them very comforting.
    Mog, I only watched Larkrise to Candleford last year as I much prefer the book. In fact I usually prefer not to watch a TV or film version of a book if I’ve already read the book.

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