Reading and Recovering

I love to read and always have.   A good story can transport me, carry me away and cause me to easily miss entire conversations.  As a ardent multi-tasker, reading feels luxurious and, with a book, I always have a friend to turn to.
 Before my foot surgery several weeks ago, I spent a fair amount of time assembling a large variety of books, deliciously anticipating that I’d finally have enough time to read at will.  And I have the time … but the after effects of anesthetic coupled with pain (and pain meds) have conspired to sap my attention span. Regardless, I have soldiered on, determined not to fill my recovery days with reality TV, incessant news shows (that rarely offer new) or old reruns. Next to “command central” (the recliner that I spent most of my days in) are neat stacks of paperbacks within arm’s reach. These are the ones I’m focused on at present:   
  1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 
  2. Dirty, Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain
  3. Sh*t my Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  4. Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo
  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein  

  Are you a reader? If so, what are you eager to read next? 


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“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Anonymous     

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  1. Heather

    I read Sh*it My Dad Says on a flight last fall and it had me laughing so hard I was crying! The people sitting around me thought I was nuts! Enjoy your reading!

  2. Oh, I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” this summer. Hard to get used to a story told from the dog’s perspective but interesting. I remember crying a lot reading it….

    • I wondered about the same thing, getting used to a dog’s take on things … but have a few people who recommended it so here’s hoping! Thanks for visiting 🙂 MJ

  3. I love love love to read! It seems as if my days are so filled that I can not quite get to the book stack. I will be looking into some new titles. Thanks for posting these.

  4. I’m a reader! I’m currently reading “The Lovely Bones.” In the past month, I’ve also read “Water for Elephants” which I LOVED. I hated for it to end. I also read “Heaven is for Real” which was another I couldn’t put down. “Room” is an excellent read if you’re looking for anything to add to your list.

    I’m not sure what I’ll read next. I tend to browse the Barnes & Noble website for the best sellers and go from there, but I also have a few friends who read a lot and I take my cues from them.

    • Ooh thank you Terri for the addition .. funny, I also peruse the BN site for ideas and I like that “if you liked ___ you might like ___” feature, too. We have a great library that I can access so I often do; the ones I referenced are purchases or gifts just calling my name. Thanks for your input! MJ

  5. Hey, a fellow reader! I’m reading Committed: A Love Story, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Very good so far. She is the author of Eat Pray Love


  6. Well, now I’m going to look at these! Have you read Pope Joan? Or 1000 White Women. ? Two of my favorites.

  7. cooper

    Am I a reader????
    Just slightly

    Numbers 1 and 3 on your list have previously caught my eye…

  8. Hey Coop- thanks for the link to your list … boy I will have a nice juicy to-read list now … cheers! MJ

  9. Well, former Librarian her…do I read, duh! Can I give you a list? Well it might go on forever. I do have Water for Elephants on my Kindle but haven’t started it yet. I will suggest one of my favorite authors to you, Geraldine Brooks. She is a novelist so these are all fiction. Year of Wonders: a novel of the Plague, People of the Book (just wonderful), and March ( a story featuring the father of Alcott’s Little Women and what he was experiencing while we were reading about the girls). She has a new one coming out in May, Caleb’s Crossing, and I can’t wait. PS, I was recovering from bunion surgery a year ago and doing the same as you.

  10. Red Dirt Kelly

    Oooohhhh…FoOT surgery. P.s. I suck Sao hard at typing on an iPad and autocorrect is a bitch.

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