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    Usually if I am sick in bed... it is a migraine and reading is totally out. But if I had an ailment which allowed me the joy of reading while sick I would probably go back to Franny and Zoey by JD Salinger. I used to read this book once every couple of months from the time I was in high school, haven’t picked it up in years probably. I'm not sure if I even know where my well-worn copy is anymore. If not that it would be Jane Austen...
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    Watership Down or The Unlikely Ones......both childhood favs of mine.

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    Try reading Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice - that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennett as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth century drawing room intrigues. Or else, there's Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding. Every page will make you laugh out loud - how Bridget resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym 3 times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn how to program the VCR. It's hilarious and will keep you in high spirits till you turn the last page.

    And if nothing else works, you could always turn to the Harry Potter series - it never disappoints.

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    The Narnia books, as well as some other C.S. Lewis books. John Irving (all titles), Susan Isaac's "Shining Through", some Alice Hoffman, Harry Potter series, Neil Gaiman (all titles), Dominick Dunne (all titles), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Stephen King, especially "The Eyes of the Dragon".

    I love to read and I'm always looking for new titles, sick or not.
    S - '06 and G - '05 - always homeschooled

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    My go-to book recommendation, and my favorite choice when I want to reread a book, is Sarah Waters's Fingersmith. Think racy, queer, feminist Dickens (and thereby way more fun than reading actual Dickens). : )

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    Comfort Books
    Super necro-ing this thread ... forgive me.

    I have many book loves, but when I need a comfort book it's usually depression related. And I just gotta say -- Hyperbole and a Half is a flipping gem. Allie Brosh is a depressed, hysterical genius.

  8. #37


    My comfort books are Calvin & Hobbes and Enchanted Forest Chronicles, but when I'm sick or just need something to make me happy I tend to gravitate towards themes or authors. If I don't want to read something that requires much thought process, then I read supernatural/paranormal fluff. Haunted Places anthologies, dime store mysteries, anything with a bit of mysticism and not a lot of critical thinking. If I feel like thinking then I'll go to a trusted author: Jim Butcher is a good one, Tolkien, Doctor Who novels, Eddings, Brooks, Harris, Lackey...I like fantasy when I'm feeling cruddy.
    Kiddo - 7

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    I don't tend to read when sick, but when wanting comfort the Anne of Green Gables is always a good series. I also love rereading all of Elisabeth Ogilvie's books (she is a Maine writer and usually writes about Maine and Maine is my comfort place). I love the Outlander books and all the books by Phillipa Gregory which also mix romance with history. I reread Harry Potter too.
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Oh, I haven't read Alas, Babylon in DECADES but so glad you reminded me of it!
    I will have to check out your other suggestions, because any woman who recommends Alas, Babylon AND lip balm AND Earl Grey Tea, is obviously my long-long separated-at-birth twin!
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    I read every day.

    I read Harry Potter once a year.

    I've read Percy Jackson once a year for the past several years. (Sept. for the Oct. Release)

    I read Julia Quinn once a year. (Mostly the first 6 books of the Bridgertons, I never did like Gregory's story.)

    I read Sense and Sensibility once a year. (Not much of a fan of the others)

    Right now I'm reading Betty Neals, simple, British, love stories. I have 30 on my kindle, I start on the last page of that section of the kindle and keep picking the last book. I will cycle through many of them before I get bored. (Funnily enough my favorite book by her is not on the kindle. I read it any time I need a pick me up.)
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