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What are you reading? I'm always interested in this question. I love the way books have the ability to transport you into a different place and time as well as transform your state of mind.
We've talked about books related to cancer and survivorship previously. This time, I'd like to hear what you're reading for fun?
I'm a classic reader, so I love anything historical, biographical or just plain classic. Some of my favorite classic authors are Mark Twain, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Leo Tolstoy. Along with the classics, I enjoy everything from detective series to travel memoirs.
Think about books just for a moment. We begin reading with our parents as children. As we continue to grow and learn, we develop our own interests and taste in literature. Books are a big part of who we are, past and present.
Reading is a wonderful way to forget about your daily worries, relax and unwind. I love to curl up with a book at the end of the day for 30 minutes just prior to going to sleep. It's one of my favorite ways to de-stress and let go prior to falling to sleep.
If you feel like it might be a challenge to concentrate to read a book, try an audio book instead. You can find these at your public library and other book stores.
You may also want to consider forming or joining a book club. They're a great way to get ideas for new books and be in the company of others who love to read. Laughter and social time are typically included, which is always a plus for your spirit.
Tell me about recent books that you couldn't wait to pick up and didn't want to put down. I'd love to hear about your favorites. Feel free to share with others through the blog.
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Hi everyone, I love all of the book ideas being shared! A few years ago, I received a Kindle as a gift and I love it. Recently, I finished a book called "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I enjoyed the story and the way the main character finds her unique way of communicating with others through flowers. Now, when I am picking out special flowers for someone in my life, I frequently refer to their special meanings.
I am currently reading The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, I know it is a young adult book but they are really good. This one is about mixing classic Greek and Roman myth into modern day life. Like any hero story it starts with a prophecy and the heroes go on a quest and the prophecy slowly makes sense. I like to solve the prophecy before get to the end, which require knowledge of classic Greek mythology. Afterwards sometimes and go back and read the myths. I got into reading Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series while I was a teacher and before my cancer diagnosis. Now I read Rick Riordan books for fun because the stories are about important things in life: friendship, loyalty, honesty, bravery and love.
I have been reading A Day In Your Presence: A 40-Day Journey in the Company of Francis of Assisi, Devotional readings arranged by David Hazard, 1992, ISBN 1-55661-206-0.
Books are wonderful. We have a shelf full. And we go to the hospital book sale monthly to get new ones. However, lately I have a hard time concentrating. The first thing I do in the morning while having my tea and toast is read my Bible. During the day I watch a lot of TV but when I want to read I have picked some of the classic books off the shelf that re familiar like Black Beauty, Treasure Island, Heidi, Ann of Green Gables,etc. There is about twelve leather bound books of them. I find delight in reacquainting myself with them. I used to be an avid reader reading at least one a week and working. I also wanted to mention some of you to call someone different each to ask how they are doing or what they are doing. It is very rewarding on both sides. I do not think I would ever switch to a kindle as books are a valuable part of our lives. My husband is a John Grisholm fan and political books. When I feel better I am a fan of human interest books. I think the best thing to do is go for what helps at this time even if it is just an article or two in a magazine. You can always look at the pictures. It is a diversion.
Reading the book The Light Between Oceans, by M.L. Stedman, a very touching read about a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own. There is justice for one character and tragic loss for another. caring desperately for both.
Yes, books fall open and we fall in. What a wonderful esape from the harsh reality of cancer! I just finished Les Miserables and it had a profound effect on me. Keep reading, my friends! And thanks for the tips.
I love reading as well, Mills & Boons especially & Karen's Kingsbury, Detective stories etc, I just lose myself, especially thru a relationship breakup, that's where I get my romance from these days @ the moment, & I can chill out with a book, it's like u have heaps of people with u, I finish the book I'm lonely, I just start another one
I read my first novel by David Baldacci 5 years ago at the time of my bilateral surgery for breast cancer. It was totally absorbing and got me through some long nights interrupted by post-surgical pain. Now I have read everything he has written and eagerly await the next book.
"Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand is one of the best books I've read & certainly very supportive for cancer patients
I am in my 8th month of cancer treatment and as you suggest, reading is great escape. I am going to follow up on some of books suggested.
My favorites are-
My book of the year is "Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. Non-fiction, but such a great story it reads like fiction
"The Husband's Secret" is brisk-paced fiction set in modern Australia.
"The Power of the Dog" by Thomas Savage is set on a cattle ranch in Montana. Although it was written some time ago, it has a modern twist and is very satisfying.
"The Witch Doctor's Wife" by Tamar Meyers is set in the Congo where she lived. It connects the past to modern Africa in an interesting way.
I read everything that Louise Penny writes and she has a new release. Her characters are police detectives of the proper French Canadian type.
I could go on, but this is probably more than enough.
I am an avid reader..the best gift I ever received was a kindle from the pediatric team of doctors I worked with when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010...I waited in many waiting rooms but never seemed to mind as my kindle goes wherever I go! A friend whose taste in books is similar to mine recently recommended a book..."Once We Were Brothers" by Ronald Balson...I could not put it down and I know these characters will stay with me forever...similar to the character of Sarah in " Sarah's Key" (Tatiana de Rosnay)... For anyone who likes historical fiction I would give both of these 5 stars out of 4!!
I like westerns. I need to have the large print and our library is well stocked. It is interesting to pick apart the westerns written by British writers. They have a hard time with distance in our west.....
Just finished "Wind through the Keyhole", a part of the Gunslinger series from Steven King. I love SciFi and non-fiction, give me escapism any day!!
"Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer. A Pulitzer Prize Winning novel in 96 or 97, I always thought it was some testosterone fueled book about a glory-turned-gory climb up Mt. Everest. It was, in fact, a tense and terrific book. I was enthralled, couldn't put it down. An experienced climber, Jon was reporting the story for a magazine when he did Everest. The climb was a disaster, and a dozen people died within days of the climb. Jon himself suffered post traumatic stress and survivor's guilt. Jon's humanity, honesty, and writing skills make the book a worthy read. You will also value your own life more, after reading this.
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