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A Novel Distraction...

Posted May 04 2009 5:26pm

I think I've mentioned before that I've cultivated a bit of an obsession for books and all things book-related. I could spend hours in a book store. Rifling through the new fiction reads, paging through cookbooks, crying in the "self-help" section. Sigh...that's my idea of the perfect way to spend a rainy, weekend afternoon. Unfortunately, my browsing is often foiled by pain but, if that's the case, I seek out the comfort of one of those over-sized, upholstered chairs that are often hidden amongst the shelves (in the larger book-store, at least). If all of the chairs are taken, I will hover until it's uncomfortable.

Chronic pain can make a nasty person out of me.

Anyway, I've come to the realization that part of me is a repressed librarian. This doesn't mean I want to start working at a library..it just means that I enjoy discussing books with others and I also like recommending books. As noted on my sidebar, books represent an escape for me. Not just an escape from worries but also an escape from pain. I find the whole mind-over-matter thing comes into play when occupied by a great novel (to a certain extent, at least).

So, I thought I'd list a few books that have offered me an escape over the years. Of course, your tastes may differ (though, I've tried to offer an eclectic list). If you're into other genres and need a recommendation..let me know. I'll save you the trouble of looking on Amazon.com.

  1. Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling (started the first one after my first back surgery..don't judge).
  2. In The Time of the Butterflies- Julia Alvarez (actually supposed to read this again for my upcoming bookclub)
  3. Outlander Series- Diana Gabaldon
  4. The Golden Compass- Philip Pullman
  5. Pillars of the Earth- Ken Follett
  6. Here Be Dragons- Sharon Kay Penman (sounds totally dorky but actually pretty good)
  7. The Winthrop Woman- Anya Seton
  8. Marley & Me- John Grogan (will make you cry if you own a pup)
  9. A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini
  10. Most Marian Keyes novels
PS- For those of you who are recovering from a recent stimulator surgery or trial procedure..I just wanted to wish you the best and to let you know that thingswillget better. Sending healing vibes to all of you..especially: rsmontani, limojay, Kim and Cheryl.
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