Books For When You’re Sick…

It appears the Savidge Reads has swine flu so I may be bit ropey at blogging as have only my Blackberry and am planning on doing lots of sleeping!
In the mean time do keep on giving me your feedback (scroll down) and letting me know what your top reads are (see yesterdays blog)!

Most importantly could you leave recommendations for the perfect books when you are under the weather! Something that’s quite an easy read yet one I could get very lost in would be nice, I need your advice a bit like a book version of NHS Direct!


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19 responses to “Books For When You’re Sick…

  1. Sorry to hear you aren’t well. I think I caught swine flu on my trip into London for the book club!

    I hope you aren’t feeling too bad. I wasn’t that ill – just had the worst sore throat ever, aching muscles and the other usual symptoms. I took some paracetomol and was able to potter about the house almost as normal.

    Hope you get better soon.

    I find childrens books great for when I’m not feeling too well. If I was sick I’d pick up my copy of Inkheart or get my husband to buy me a Patrick Ness book. I haven’t read either yet, but have heard great things about them. Have you read The Hunger Games yet? That will take your mind of being ill!

    • Awww thanks for your well wishes Jackie! I didn’t realise you’d got swine flu after book group I thought it was a few days after! Sadly mines vile and am now on Tamiflu after getting all 5 symptoms and a temperature of 38.4 which maybe why I have looked at a few books but been watching dvd’s! Can’t snooze as get too hot! But am commenting back from my sick bed like apro!

  2. I would second that. You want intriguing books that aren’t too complicated. The Hunger Games is a perfect example. I am so sorry you are feeling poorly. Get lots of sleep, chicken soup and liquids!

    • Its not as bad as the press make out but its fairly horrid and realised after wrote this post I can’t leave the house so can only go through books I already have and don’t have Hunger Games!

  3. Oh no! Hope you feel better soon, Simon, and recover promptly.
    I third Children’s Literature recommendations and, although I haven’t read it myself yet (but intend to very soon), just now may be the best time for Love in a Cold Climate? Or you could console yourself with rereading some Tales of the City books; there is nothing like 28 Barbary Lane and its residents to soothe and cheer.

  4. Oh no Simon, hope you get better soon. I’m under the weather myself. Not sure if it’s swine flu but flu all the same. I haven’t done any reading except poetry. Can’t read when sick.. Btw, you won The Impostor’s Daughter, can’t find your email address. Please email me your mailing address, thanks! Get well soon!

    • That is brilliant! That’s added some sunshine to my slightly, well very rubbish day! I have emailed you my address and can’t wait! Sorry to hear that you are unwell hope you make a speedy recovery!

      • Simon.. hope you’re feeling better now. Have you read my last email? So stupid of me. I just included all the commenters in the giveaway for the random drawing and realized too late that, yes, of course, UK addresses not allowed. 😦 Hope it didn’t dampen your spirits. It would’ve been a great book to read while ill.

        If you’ve any graphic novels or poetry around you, that’s what I would recommend, but then I remember you’re not much for poetry? Oh I just hope you get really well soon! Take care..

  5. armen

    Simon, I hope you get better soon.
    I always enjoy reading E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children.
    There are several others who always cheer me up but I can’t find them in English.
    I always felt good reading some French classics like Alexander Dumas La Reine Margot and La Dame de Monsoreau and I remember Desiree by Annemarie Selinko was an absolute joy (Don’t try the movie).I am sure you’d like that.

    • Thank you Armen! I haven’t heard of Desiree but will most certainly looking out for it now! I haven’t read any Dumas and have always wanted to! I also haven’t read any Nesbit! I so need to read more classics its shameful!
      Am still not quite in the reading mood so will be watching Slumdog Millionnaire tonight instead of touching a book! Maybe tomorrow!

  6. lizzysiddal

    Coffee table books, particularly to do with art, are my favourite when sick. Lots of glossy pictures, not too much text.

    Get well soon.

  7. Oh dear, sorry to hear you’re ill. Hope you get better very, very quickly. Whenever I’m sick I just read trashy stuff or books that don’t tax the brain matter too much — ie. Nicci French and Maeve Binchy!

    PS> Am off to Ireland tomorrow and my “Bell Jar” hasn’t arrived, so will have to buy a copy in Dublin! Good excuse to go book buying anyway.

    • Oh no Kim really? That’s rubbish two members have had theirs today I bet its going to be sods law it arrives tomorrow when you’ve departed! I am sorry! I have royally nagged them, in the nicest poliyest ways of course! When are you back?

  8. Dot

    I hope you feel better soon, I had swine flu a few weeks ago, I couldn’t believe how much I slept! You need a nice cosy read where you can have a snooze between chapters and still know what is going on!

  9. Whenever I’m sick I’m usually too sick to read. I do agree with the children’s books recommendations. I have a ton of unread ones of my shelves. I hope you feel better soon.

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