In the High Peaks

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crisis Time Reading

You know, I don't like my header today. That's not unusual for me. But I'm dealing with a health scare at the moment. You know, by the time we've all reached 40, 45, or even younger, we've all had at least one drop into our laps. And if not concerning ourselves, then with a very close family member.

So I ask you all who read this blog, when you're distracted, nervous, and perhaps frightened out of your skull, what do you read or have you read successfully? Which books, and what type of book blots out the world for you? If you're able, please mention specific genres or titles that have worked for you in similar situations, if you're willing.

In the past, I recall reading Tina Brown's bio of Princess Diana during one of my husband's health crises. Sure made the hours in hospital fly!

Yes, a juicy, gossipy book holds my attention when bad things are happening because I lack concentration in medical settings. I wish it were not the case, but there it is.


  1. In such times of stress I read vintage crime or things set in wartime Britain. Don't ask me why they should be comfort reads but they are!

    Judith, I really hope that everything turns out fine for you all.

  2. Katrina!
    Thank you so much for your suggestion. I find that I turn to crime fiction easily, and wartime Britain novels are tops on my list.

    Thanks for the suggestions!


  3. So sorry to hear this--I have indeed had my own moments and hope this will pass quickly for you and with good results! I've been stressed lately a lot for different reasons--which is why I meander so much in my reading. For me something really gripping--can't wait to pick up sorts of books I like. I like thriller-ish stories. A specific book that worked for me, though not a thriller is Sarah Waters Fingersmith. And something funny is also good. Good luck finding a good absorbing book to take your mind off things!