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Eight Great Reads for When You’re Sick

I’ve been down for a few days with just about the worst cold in my memory. Never got to the fever stage, thank goodness, but it was absolutely awful. Lung-shattering coughing, mind-blowing sinus headache, drum-splitting pressure earaches, and more snot than I’ve seen since I was an elementary school teacher. It knocked me sideways, but I lived through it. I’m feeling better today–either that or my world has adjusted to being in this state.

Yesterday, a Saturday, I had NOTHING going on. This is rare in our family. So I made the trek to the grocery store (trying not to infect anyone with this coldbola that invaded my body; I hope the next person who used my cart used the sanitizing wipes to kill my germs) and purchased provisions for the family. NOTE: it was Saturday, the end of the month, a big storm was predicted, AND the Superbowl was the next day. It was a little bit nuts in the store. I’m sure a few people inadvertently got my germs. Sorry ’bout that. BUT after that, I headed upstairs and crawled back into bed. With my Kindle Paperwhite , my Fire HD 6, my phone, and the tv on some random, great-for-resting movie. And I read. And read. And read. And played some Candy Crush. And then I read some more.


All this reading got me thinking about the best reads for sick days. So I made you this weekend list.

My Eight Great Reads for When You’re Sick

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. Yep, it’s a fun read and it’s just like the movie. Pretend that Peter Falk aka the kindly grandpa is reading it to you. And have some Matzo Ball soup while you’re at it. And then you can watch the movie, just to make sure you understand it all!

Sense and Sensibility or Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen. Or any Jane Austen, really Because it’s Jane Austen, and you’ve probably read her before, so it’s not a tough read. And it’s romantic, while still being a classic. In both of these titles, the sister gets so sick that they are bedridden, but they recover (even in the 19th century), so you probably will, too. And maybe you will find love, after you recover. You just never know.

The Harry Potter Collection by JK Rowling. Again, the familiarity of it all. Being in bed gives you the chance to read one just because. And then you can put it down–until the next time you’re sick. Then you can pick up the next one!

The Stand by Stephen King. I always throw in a King, don’t I? This one is big, and unless you’re in bed for a week you probably won’t finish it, but when you survive your cold or flu, you can think of yourself as one of the ‘survivors.’ Just make sure you move to Boulder and NOT Las Vegas.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater. A great series, deeper than most YA fantasy books. The first one is a great sickbed read; you get an introduction to the characters without getting too incredibly deep. Right now I’m reading the second one, which is much more thought provoking. A great story, a great series. And why not start a new series while your stuck in bed?

Quentins by Maeve Binchy. Again, or any Binchy. Romantic and fun, Binchy books are easy, light reading set in Ireland. Perfect for when you’re laid up.

In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, Book 1) by Tana French. Again, Irish.  There are five books as of now in this ‘series,’ although each one stands alone and is about a different detective and a different murder. This one was my favorite. It is a kind of dark book, but the mystery of it will make you forget your sick. French does a fantastic job of painting a picture and telling a story.

Wonder by RJ Palacio. Such a wonderful story, written for middle grades so it’s a quick read. Perfect quick read; you can read it in a day. A great way to restore your faith in humanity.

There you have it. My favorite reads for when you’re stuck in bed. Hopefully you’re stay is short lived. Now, get reading!



I love to read; writing is my outlet. My blog is my way to combine the two, with a some life stories thrown in for good measure.

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