Return to the Hospital

It does feel like ‘another week another operation’ at the moment as indeed once again I am in the hospital for another op. I still have another two to go after this one and various procedures to come…Really it’s just getting silly now isn’t it?


Anyway I thought I would use this as a catch up post to say thanks again for all your thoughts and sorry again for being a bit rubbish in responding to emails and all the like! The good news is I have a week next week where I will not visit a hospital, doctors or waiting room for a whole week and may finally catch up on everything as theres much to discuss and much to respond to!

In the interim as a catch up post (and do let me know how you all are), and also to fire up my reading as I am in a lull at the moment, I just thought I would as what your reading and loving (or not) at the moment and what’s so far been your book of 2011?


Filed under Book Thoughts

18 responses to “Return to the Hospital

  1. Chris

    That sounds awful, Simon. I wish you all the best, that you will get through all those OPs and procedures and have a speedy recovery afterwards.

    I have not commented before — being mostly a lurker on book blogs, so sorry for writing so late.

    Reading about all your hospital stays I just had to send you my sincerest best wishes.

  2. Jo

    Wishes being sent here as well. Hope all goes well.

    I just seem to be loving reading at the moment, and getting through quite a few books, I am sure I am missing the point of them though when I am reading them this quick aren’t I?

    Thanks to you I am reliving The Worst Witch which is great! Going to read all four before I review them on my blog.

    Plus there is plenty more books on my shelf to read! And I have yet to buy any so far on the 10 days off from work!

  3. Susan E

    Enjoy your blog, Simon. Hope everything goes well with the surgeries and that you enjoy your week off from the doctors.
    My book of the *year* so far is Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald, but I suspect when I read more of her essays they may take that place-they’re amazing with many of the same qualities I like in her fiction. Right now, I’m reading among other things Howards End is on the Landing and enjoying mentally arguing with some of the author’s picks for her 40 books. What is your book so far for 2011?

  4. Trusting everything goes well, Simon, and how wonderful that you will have a doctor-free week very soon!

    I don’t yet have a book of the year, but yesterday I sat in the sun and read ‘Hotel Iris’ by Yoko Ogawa and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Am off to Abu Dhabi tomorrow for two blissful weeks. Looking forward to laying by a pool, playing with my nieces and doing lots of reading!

    Take care.

  5. So sorry you are going through this! Just know that we are all thinking of you and wishing you the very best. Best read so far this year? A tie between The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt and Conversation in the Cathderal by Mario Vargas Llosa. Both chunksters.

  6. Enjoy your ‘week off’ from the hospital soon and good luck with the next operation.

    I’m not sure it’s my book of the year, but must mention ‘Branwell’ by Douglas A Martin which you might like. It’s lit fic, Bronte centred and has a GLBT aspect *tempts you*. Right now I’m reading ‘A Concise Chinese to English Dictionrary for Lover’ which I known you enjoyed and ‘I Was a Cat’ which is so so, so far.

  7. Jen


    You’re been through so much lately. I’m sending you good wishes! My favorite book in 2011 is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

  8. Chelsea

    So sorry to hear you’re back in the hospital again, Simon, but cheers to next week, completely hospital free! Right now, ‘Escape’ by Carolyn Jessop has got me pretty firmly by the collar (former polygamist FLDS Mormon runs away from her controlling husband and fights the courts for custody of her children…it’s very much so a Lifetime movie in book form) but I just put down ‘Even Silence has An End’ by Ingrid Betancourt and this one you just HAVE to read! I sped through it in just under two days, and for a 600 page book, that’s not bad (Colombian politician is taken hostage by rebel troops and kept as prisoner in the jungle for six years). Can’t wait to have you back on your reviwing feet again, and sending best wishes your way for yet another hospital trip!

  9. I wish you the very best, Simon.

    The first books I read this year were The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and Half of a Yellow sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have yet to beat those two.

  10. So sorry to read that you having such a rubbish time at the moment. I hope that you recover soon.

    Not sure if I can nominate a book of the year yet, however I really enjoyed reading ‘The Maltese Falcon’ by Dashiell Hammett.

  11. cath

    Having seen more hospital than I care for myself lately I feel very much for you. Hope the operation goes well and enjoy your doctorfree week. Have been lurking over the past months but must let you know now that I wish you strenght with all you are going through and Happy Easter too.
    My most favourite book so far is – alas not yet translated
    I think – Katharina Hagena der Geschmack von Apfelkernen.

  12. Lucy

    Hope you are soon feeling better Simon. How do you read in hospital? My Dad is an avid reader and a recent 2 month visit he only managed half a book!! My read of the year is The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman. XxX

  13. I think you are sounding like quite the trooper with all you have been through so far and wish you speedy recovery through this next surgery, Simon.

    I just finished a book I didn’t think I would like but read for our book discussion group. I loved it. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein was sad, and funny, and philosophical and I read it in two sittings, but, most of your readers, and you, would probably devour it in one. It is told from the dog’s perspective with a lot of car racing, which are analogies for life. I’m getting it on audio for my husband, who won’t sit down to read a book, but will listen to one being read, which is a subject you have already discussed.

    Good thoughts coming your way.

  14. Fabio Schirone

    I wish you all the best and I hope you will recover soon!
    My favourite book so far have been All quiet under the western front and American wife

    I a trying to read Solar but have not really been swept away yet,,, but i will persevere…

    Hugs and positive thoughts

  15. ‘The Paperbark Shoe’ by Goldie Goldbloom absolutely took my breath away. It’s set in Australia, during the Depression Era, and main characters are an albino woman and her husband, called “Toad” because he’s short, squat and ugly. I’m reviewing her for, and also including my interview with her. She’s brilliant.

  16. Bet

    Best wishes and prayers for your complete healing and recovery, Simon.

    I just finished Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand, which I found simply un-put-downable. It is such a shame that she has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as she is such a good writer and can make ANYTHING and ANYONE interesting.

    Looking through what I’ve read so far, I can’t single out a particular book as my favorite so far but I suppose I can list 2: Any Human Heart by William Boyd and The Curate’s Wife by E H Young.

  17. Enjoy your week off!
    My books of the year so far – I’ve been very lucky recently – are Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, One Day, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles. I would recommend all of them for the hospital or elsewhere!

  18. Thank you all again for your warm wishes and support, its meant a huge amount to me, keep it coming.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s