Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sick? Just read!

Yep, the snot monster strikes again. I'm usually head-coldish somewhere round about my birthday in November, but this year it's decided to wait until four days before Christmas. I'm at work like a good little minion, but I don't think it'll last too terribly long to tell the truth.

In good news, I am reading MULTIPLE BOOKS. Can't even tell you how long its been since my readerly mojo has stirred enough to read more than one book at a time.I finished Joanna Kavenna's The Birth of Love last night, and while my Nook was charging I skipped to where the movie left off, and started a partial re-read of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Once the Nook was set to go I dipped into Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance.

Other books looming on my shelves for this holiday break: Reginald Rose's play, 12 Angry Men, and selected stories from Stephen King's Different Seasons. I'm looking forward to both. Will let y'all know what else I add to the Lit and Film syllabus.

What are you reading? What good recommendations have I missed in my prolonged absences??


  1. My book club just read The Great Gatsby. We loved it. I'm not sure if it's good for sick person, but it sure is good.

    Hope you are well soon.

  2. C.B., I read Gatsby for the first time as a high school student, and it's the book I've re-read most in my life. I think I'm up to 5 or 6 readings of it at this point. Love, love, love it!

  3. Good luck with attempting a "partial" read of HP7. I had the same idea in mind... until i got half-way through and realized I couldn't put it down. :) Happy holidays and hope you feel better soon!
    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf.

  4. Enjoy both! I really liked Physick Book. Lots of fun. Other sick book recommendations: One Day was excellent, and I really like Letter to My Daughter, by George Bishop (Not Maya Angelou).

  5. I am one of the few who loved Deliverence. I hope you like it too. I think I was sick when I read it too...

  6. I stopped by your blog today. I still read the old paper books and didn't think about having to "recharge" - it must be frustrating.

  7. I'm not a huge Stephen King reader, but I did enjoy Different Seasons. Sorry to hear the snot monster is back! I arrived at my parents' in time for both of them and my niece to be sick. I know I'm going to be next!

  8. Ugh, hope you feel better. It's tough being at work when you don't feel well.

    Glad to hear you're getting your reading mojo back! Have you read The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist? I think you'd like the dystopian and feminism angles of that novel. It was great. Just read a few days ago and more than likely will end up being on my favorites list.

  9. Hope you're feeling better!
    Not really much of a Stephen King fan, but Different Seasons is a really excellent collection of stories. I am curious also about his latest collection of novellas, Full Dark, No Stars.

  10. Thanks, Alayne!! So far I haven't jumped back to the beginning. I tried it and it was too familiar after seeing the film. I'm easily bored these days, though. Oy!

    Thanks for the recs, Kerry! I'm feeling better, thank goodness, and Physick still has my attention, so that's also a really good thing.

    Thanks, Kristie!

    Ann, I read a good blend of printed books and digital e-books. I really love the e-reader because it keeps my purse light when I'm traveling or trying to choose which book(s) to take to work with me. I'm usually really good about charging overnight so I'm set. It only has to be charged about once a week, so not bad at all but that instance snuck up on me.

    Emily, I haven't been much of a Stephen King reader since I was a teen, so I'm glad you liked Different Seasons. I'm looking forward to it--especially the Shawshank story.

    Thanks for the rec, Iliana! I haven't read Holmqvist, but I've heard really good things.

    Olduvai, we're in the same boat when it comes to Stephen King, but I'm also weirdly interested in his new collection. I think it's a combo of the descriptions I've read and the cover. lol

  11. Sorry to hear you were sick and I sure hope you are feeling better by now. I don't mind being a little sick if I can get some good reading done. Sometimes being sick is the only thing that lets us get off the treadmill of life and take a breath!


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