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Monday Musings January 19

January 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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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?

For me it depends on what I’m sick with.  If it’s something like the flu where I can’t leave bed I’ll usually curl up with a book when I feel conscious enough to actually focus on reading.  Otherwise, I turn on the TV so I can just vege out.

If I don’t have a headache I’ll read whatever I am in the middle of which usually means catching up on new books.  In these cases I can usually get through more books than usual.  If whatever I have is giving me a headache or making me really tired I’ll stick with books that I have read over and over before.  My fallback books are usually Pride & Prejudice, Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds of Valdemar series, Mage Storm series or the Owl series.  Or if I am in the mood for a romance I’ll pick up The Viscount Who Loved Me, Never a Lady or Say You Love Me.  I love those books and since I already know what happens I can enjoy the story without having to focus on every word and processing what is in front of my face.

I have to admit I do love those days where I am too sick to go to work but not sick enough not to be able to focus on reading.  It’s the only time I can really read for a long period of time without feeling guilty.

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  1. Jo

    I never get just a bit ill! I know thats a good thing but sometimes i wish i could get poorly enough to be off work, but well enough to read! I’m grateful really that i don’t get ill though!

  2. Beth F

    If I’m reading something that takes concentration when I get sick, I’ll put it aside and turn to something lighter.

  3. Rebecca

    ah, guilt free semi-sick reading days are the best kind of sickies :)

  4. Kara

    I love those days where you are sick enough to take off work but still able to concentrate on reading!! The only time I can’t read are those times when I get a headache while being sick.

  5. bluestockingbb

    I don’t have comfort reads.

    But I do have an author visiting today! Marie Bostwick.

    Book Reviews

  6. Kim

    I am laughing because I too love those, “guilt free semi-sick ” as Rebecca above put it! I haven’t had one in a while-nor been sick, knock on wood. It seems that at least once a year, in recent years, I come down with at least one good bug that lays me flat and they really aren’t fun. I am amazed at how many people re-read books! I am not much of a re-reader–I think because my tbr stack is so out of control I feel I need to keep books there moving. :)

    *smiles*

    Kim

  7. dsuzuki

    I was such a hard core re-reader until I found book blogs and now my TBR pile is huge. So most of my re-reads are now when I’m sick or I know if I start a new book I won’t be able to put it down and really need to get some sleep that night.

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